Conference Beat™- IDDBA: Atlanta, June 2015

Leaders in the dairy, deli and bakery business gathered in Atlanta to be inspired by industry leaders and celebrity speakers and learn about the latest new products and opportunities for deli and bakery operations.

Hot Topics for Dairy, Deli and Bakery

  • Balancing convenience and value based on understanding consumer needs
  • Food safety and gaining consumer trust in an environment of recalls and litigation related to consumer injuries caused by listeria
  • Understanding how to use technology to enable personal connections with customers
  • Catering to millennial consumers and creating experiences they value
  • Delivering a fresh and flavorful experience throughout the day, every day
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Conference Beat™- NRA: Chicago, May 2015

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show has also branded itself the NRA International Foodservice Marketplace, as the foodservice industry and the audience for this show have evolved. The show has indeed become a marketplace of buyers walking the aisles with their shopping lists, designers, and consultants ready to make decisions.

 

More than 2,100 exhibiting companies demonstrated their goods and services to a crowd of more than 63,000 chefs, restaurant owners and other foodservice professionals at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. The show floor was a great place to spot new trends.… More

Sweets & Snacks Expo – Chicago, May 2015

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National Restaurant Association Show Highlights – Chicago, May 2015

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Mindful Dining – How consumers’ values influence their meal choices away from home

Today’s foodservice consumers have many choices when they dine out, and they have high expectations.  They expect a warm welcome, delicious food whether it is healthful or indulgent, good service and fair prices wherever they dine.  With so many options available, consumers are beginning to scrutinize the provenance of their meal or snack and the treatment of everyone who plays a part in bringing it to the table.

 

Culinary Visions® Panel surveyed over 1,200 restaurant consumers about ordering habits and their perspectives on issues like local, organic, natural, non-GMO, sustainable, fair trade, vendor reputations, community support, employee satisfaction and others factors that impact their decisions.  This study explores the factors that drive consumers to choose a particular restaurant and the impact of specific menu claims on what they choose to order.… More

Hot Spots & Hidden Treasures: NRA Restaurant Recommendations 2015

We are delighted to welcome you to Chicago for the National Restaurant Association Show, and we want to share some of our favorite places with you to help you enjoy our city even more.

 

There are always plenty of hot new restaurants. Our 2015 edition includes a special section on The Ramen Rage. This year we also talked to the best servers in the city to see where they go after hours.

 
You will find restaurants, gourmet retail stores and fast casual concepts to explore for inspiration, indulgence or relaxation with your friends in the industry. There are some intriguing new food scenes and adventures as well as some of our tried and true favorites to enjoy!

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Conference Beat™ – SIAL: Toronto, April 2015

SIAL Canada is the North American exhibition of the SIAL global network that focuses on innovation, insight and inspiration for companies dedicated to the food and beverage business. It is one of six exhibitions developed to extend the reach of SIAL Paris which is widely known as the global forum of food innovation. This year SIAL Paris will be part of Expo Milano, the World’s Fair that we will cover in the fall.

 

Driving Innovation in North America:

The top three categories driving product development from manufacturers in North America are indicative of the consumer’s desire for a life in balance and unwillingness to sacrifice enjoyment for healthfulness in a fast paced lifestyle.

  •  A category described as “Pleasure” accounts for most of the new product development from food manufacturers, up 50% from the previous year. Products that offer satisfaction and indulgence are in demand.
  • Health is driving the second highest number of new product introductions from food manufacturers.
  • Convenience is third in the list of trends driving new product introductions.
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SIAL – Toronto, Canada

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Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Show – Seattle, WA

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International Association of Culinary Professionals – Washington DC, March 2015

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