Foodservice Planning Program
Technomic's Foodservice Planning Program is a membership-based program delivering suppliers with industry research and actionable recommendations in a collaborative environment. Members annually vote on six common-interest study topics and findings are presented at on-site meetings throughout the year.
June Member Meeting
June 18-20, 2018
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
January Member Meeting
January 7-9, 2019
Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
June 2018 Studies
The Future Foodservice Consumer Hot Buttons
This study will look at the foodservice issues that will be top of mind for consumers in the future. Today, issues related to fresh, local, and “not processed” are important; however, Technomic will explore what issues are expected to be the next big things on consumers’ minds, relating to the foods they eat, beverages they drink and other issues related to purchasing food away from home.
The Future of Support
This study will focus on providing an evaluation of the new types and forms of support elements that street operators will look for from their manufacturer partners in the future, which could include app-enabled customized recipes and online streaming for training, to name a few.
The Power of Brands: Manufacturer vs. Distributor
This study will look at distributor versus manufacturer brand dynamics from the perspectives of operators. Technomic will evaluate and compare distributor and manufacturer brand perceptions on numerous factors, as well as the future for both as competition revs up.
January 2019 Studies
The Menu of Tomorrow
As consumers’ tastes become broader, menus are changing at a rapid pace. This study will look at how menus will evolve and what’s in store for the future, related to menu items, preparation methods, varieties, flavors and more. Using predictive analytics, Technomic will provide sponsors with a view of menu opportunities to leverage in the future.
Reaching the DSR (Distributor Sales Rep)
This study will look at the DSR and their evolving role within the operator buying process. Specifics into the profile of the typical DSR will be provided, as well as their preferences for manufacturer support and identification of effective DSR reach tactics.
Trends and Directions in Emerging Specialty Segments
This study will focus on understanding the dynamics of emerging segments, such as food trucks, ghost restaurants, food halls, pantry foodservice and micromarkets, including size, growth and segmentation. Issues related to products used, supplier selection process/criteria, sales/marketing support and menu/format trends will be explored.