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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.

Upcoming Events

May Forecast and Outlook
May 21, 2018
New Location: Metropolitan Club, Willis Tower, 66th Floor

June Member Meeting
June 18-20, 2018
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

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.

Foodservice Planning Program - Mark Your Calendars for May Forecast and Outlook and June Member Meeting - Chicago, ILFoodservice Planning Program - The Power of Change - Jan. 8-10, 2017 - The Island Hotel - Newport Beach, Calif.

May Forecast and Outlook

May 21, 2018
NEW LOCATION: Metropolitan Club, Willis Tower, 66th Floor
7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Networking Breakfast
Breakfast includes assorted breakfast pastries, muffins, bagels and fruit, served with coffee and tea
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
State of the Economy Midyear Update
Arjun Chakravarti, assistant professor of management and marketing at IIT Stuart School of Business
Up-to-date look at the economy with key metrics that influence consumer spending and the foodservice industry. A discussion on the impact to foodservice of these key business indicators and new tax regulations, as well as what to expect for the year ahead
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Foodservice Industry Update, Forecast and Outlook
Joe Pawlak, managing principal, & Erik Thoresen, principal
Techonomic will provide an update on the current health of foodservice segments along with a review of 2017, outlook for the rest of 2018, and first-look at segment forecasts for 2019
“We have found the Foodservice Planning Program studies and meetings to be insightful, and well worth our time spent at the event.”
-Sandy Goldberg, Vice President Business Development, Saputo Cheese USA Inc.
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