Breakout Sessions

Take a deeper dive into the challenges facing the restaurant industry

Monday, July 10

10:45 am–11:30 am

Innovation Forums (choose 1 of 3)

With in-depth Technomic data and insights, the most compelling content from Restaurant Business, and unique perspectives from some of our industry’s leading suppliers, innovation forums are packed with hot topics and business-building ideas.

More Option 1: Build a Better Breakfast

Presented by: Nestlé Professional

Location: Pacific 1

The morning meal is the new front line in the battle for share of stomach. Consumer drivers around convenience, portability, health and, of course, flavor will help define menu directions.

Ina Pinkney

Author of Ina's Kitchen, "Breakfast with Ina" columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Inspirational Speaker, Chef/Owner, INA's

More Option 2: Digital Ordering: The Secret Sauce That Makes It Work

Presented by: LoyaltyPlant

Location: Pacific 2

Digital ordering alone is not the ultimate formula for success, but just one of many other important elements of a successful mobile app that creates customer engagement. Join us to learn the ways how to make it work.

Jim Steinberg

SVP of Enterprise Partnerships
LoyaltyPlant

More Option 3: Hispanic Consumers: Feeding a Growing Demographic

Location: Pacific 3

The Hispanic market is among the fastest-growing in the U.S., creating a customer group that cannot be ignored. A data-backed look at the behaviors and attitudes of this diverse demographic will help inform both menu development and marketing efforts.

Kelly Weikel

Director of Consumer Insights
Technomic

3:00 pm–3:45 pm

Innovation Forums (choose 1 of 3)

With in-depth Technomic data and insights, the most compelling content from Restaurant Business, and unique perspectives from some of our industry’s leading suppliers, innovation forums are packed with hot topics and business-building ideas.

More Option 1: Training Staff to Be Salespeople

Location: Pacific 1

The desire for unique experiences and made-for-me menu items means front-line employees have a greater role than ever: They can be storytellers, educators or entertainers, all in the name of salesmanship.

Zach Friedlander

Founder
Aloha Poke

Alaina Lancaster

Associate Editor, Foodservice Content Group
Winsight Media

Scott Wise

Founder
Scotty’s Brewhouse & Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.

Moderator: Alaina Lancaster, Associate Editor, Foodservice Content Group, Winsight Media
More Option 2: Long-Term Success With Limited-Time Offers

Location: Pacific 2

A successful limited-time offer is a little bit of art and a lot of science. This session will look at the research, culinary development, marketing and operations best practices of successful LTOs.

Rachel Kalt

Creative Director
The Culinary Edge

More Option 3: Raising the Good in Food

Presented by: Maple Leaf Foods

Location: Pacific 3

A Scientific Journey on why sustainability and anti-biotic free protein is good for the Planet, Humanity, Animals and your Business. Presented by Kathryn Fenner from Technomic and Dr. Greg Douglas, VP of Animal Care from Maple Leaf Foods, Dr. Douglas lays out the scientific rationale supporting the need for reducing antibiotics in animals and our food stream. The significant benefits for positive progress and the consequences for failing to change. While Kathryn Fenner will use proprietary Technomic research to discuss the growing trend towards transparency and how meeting this consumer need can drive traffic in your operation. This session will conclude with a delicious culinary sampling of RWA protein concepts fit for any menu’.

Dr. Greg Douglas

Vice President, Animal Care
Maple Leaf Foods

Kathryn Fenner

Principal of Research & Consulting
Technomic