Attendees explored menu trends, industry and economic shifts along with specific adult beverage trends
CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2019—Technomic helped 300 foodservice and adult beverage professionals jump-start their business plans for the year by sharing industry-leading data and forward-thinking recommendations at a recent conference in Arizona on Jan.7-9. Session topics included: reaching the DSR, emerging specialty segments, economic update, eatertainment success and the adult beverage consumer. The sessions focused in general on how the food and beverage industry is evolving and featured guest speakers from Dot Foods, Chipotle and Punch Bowl Social.
Key statistics were shared, such as:
- 32% of consumers are willing to pay more for food with functional benefits
- 93% of foodservice operators are highly satisfied with the performance of their DSR
- 51% of consumers surveyed say that they’re familiar with food halls as a concept
- 70% of consumers are more likely to visit an eatertainment venue than a traditional casual-dining restaurant for group get-togethers
“We tried a lot of new things for this event to make it all the more worthwhile for attendees,” explains Bernadette Noone, vice president of programs at Technomic. “From back-of-house kitchen tours to a session specifically welcoming our first-time attendees, members received rare hands-on experiences and were able to seamlessly network, in addition to attending sessions.”
This meeting was only open to members of Technomic’s Planning Programs. In addition to in-person events, membership includes access to searchable company profiles, custom studies and reports, newsletters and ongoing deliverables on the dynamic platform Ignite. For more information on the program, visit Technomic.com or contact one of the individuals listed below.
Technomic, Inc., a Winsight company, was founded as a management consulting firm in 1966. Since then, Technomic’s services have grown to encompass cloud-based B2B research tools, consumer and menu trend tracking, as well as other leading strategic research and analytic capabilities, to prioritize and size business opportunities. Our clients include food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants, retailers and multiple other business verticals aligned with the food industry that are looking to make informed decisions to support their business growth. Visit Technomic at technomic.com.
About Winsight, LLC
Winsight LLC is a recognized leader in business-to-business media and information services for the convenience-retailing, foodservice and grocery industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio, including five publications: CSP, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, Convenience Store Products, and Winsight Grocery Business. Winsight also offers a suite of digital products, including websites, e-newsletters, webinars, video products, mobile and tablet apps, and custom marketing solutions. In addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings, Winsight also produces seven exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences: Restaurant Leadership Conference, Global Restaurant Leadership Conference, Outlook Leadership Conference, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC, MenuDirections and Restaurant Directions. In 2015, Winsight acquired Technomic, Inc., a provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services for the food industry. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to www.winsightmedia.com.