Foodservice Planning Program

Build and refine your foodservice strategy. Technomic’s Foodservice Planning Program offers suppliers industry research and actionable recommendations throughout the year. Members receive access to three in-person meetings annually, our online platform, Ignite, and ongoing searchable and downloadable deliverables. Join today for immediate access to existing reports and an invitation to our upcoming meeting.

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Upcoming Events

June Member Meeting
June 17-19, 2019
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

January Member Meeting
January 7-9, 2020
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch


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.

June 2019 Studies

The Role of LTOs in Operator Menu Strategy
Understand how restaurant operators leverage limited-time offers in their menu strategies, as well as how they leverage consumer insights to drive innovation. This study will cover menu innovations, promotions and what drives consumer to purchase limited-time offers.

The Transforming Distribution Landscape Over the Next 5 Years
The foodservice distribution industry faces a sea of change centered around both macro and foodservice industry dynamics. From a macro perspective, driver shortages, new regulations and technology enablement provide new challenges. Within foodservice, new competitor types, including third party e-commerce sites, increased group purchasing, shifts toward more difficult-to-handle products such as perishables and more overall intense customer demands, result in distributors rethinking their entire business models. This study will look at how the foodservice distribution industry is expected to evolve over the next five years from sourcing, go-to-market, customer targeting and position standpoints. All of these will be examined under the lens of how this impacts the supplier community, and recommendations will be provided on how suppliers can leverage opportunities and overcome threats. Technomic will also provide its forecasts for the distribution sectors over the next five years.

Generation Z: How the “We” Generation Will Force the Foodservice Industry to Evolve
According to Technomic’s recent 2018 Generational Consumer Trend Report, the members of Generation Z will rely on foodservice more than previous generations. These digital natives are constantly connected to a world without physical borders, leading to a savvy generation of consumers who expect transparency, value diversity and focus on the collective good. In this study, Technomic will explore what matters to this generation and how it will impact the future of the foodservice industry, from expectations for service formats and menus to labor, brands and beyond.

Foodservice Planning Program - Evolution Continues
“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.

Past Events

May Forecast & Outlook
May 20, 2019
McCormick Place, South Building


January Member Meeting
January 7-9, 2019
Westin Kierland Resort
Scottsdale, AZ

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

Planning Program - The Power of Change - Jan. 8-10, 2018 - Fashion Island Hotel - Newport Beach, Calif.
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