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Conference registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor.

Advance registration for the conference will close on Feb. 16, 2018. After Feb. 16, you will still be able to register on-site at the Motif Hotel at the same price point.
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Network with restaurant nutrition professionals who face the same challenges, and share on-target, specialized experiences. What better way to discover best practices, solutions to stubborn problems, or opportunities for advancement than from restaurant leaders in your field? Our Nutrition Executive Study Group delivers information essential to your daily workload and long-term career. Whether you need guidance on menu labeling, dietary guidelines, sodium or food allergens, or insight into consumer trends and preferences, this group is your window into what fellow restaurant industry leaders are doing and which strategies work best.

2017 Presentations

*Speaker presentations are only available to conference attendees. To request a username & password to access the presentations please email meetings@restaurant.org.


Our group's member-only Listserv is an effective way to ask your colleagues questions, share news, and contribute to discussions on issues important to professionals in your field. To be eligible, you must work full-time in the field of nutrition for a company that is a restaurant member of the National Restaurant Association. Click here to subscribe.

Once you join the list, simply send Nutrition email messages to nutrition@lists.restaurant.org. Your message goes to everyone who is subscribed to the list.

Can I view past messages?
Yes, click here to visit our archives. Registered members of the Listserv can read or search past messages. You can also change the settings of your account.

How do I unsubscribe?
To leave the Nutrition Listserv, send a message to nutrition-unsubscribe@lists.restaurant.org. Be sure to send this message from the email address you want to remove from the list.

2018 Agenda

Tuesday, March 6

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast, Welcome & Sponsor Introductions
  Maggie Sommers Gentile, Vice President, Nutrition & Wellness, Food Directions LLC
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Keynote
  Hear from a seasoned RD on how Nutrition professionals can stay relevant in an ever changing environment. You'll learn what CEUs and experiences you should engage in to enhance professional skills, how to talk to your employer about your role and what making a mark looks like in your organization.
10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. The Freshest Insights in New Food Trends
  Food trends are evolving rapidly, particularly in the new healthy and plant-based realms. In this session, CSSI Marking + Culinary and Datassential partner to preview trends that are shaping the future of food, including ingredients and flavors that define the new American palate, consumer attitudes around new health & wellness and plant-based eating, and motivators and decision drivers for the evolving consumer  – along with actionable insights for our industry.
11 a.m. - Noon Allergens
  Allergens are emerging more and more every day. Miller will discuss front and back of house best practices including restaurant training, state and local regulations, and where you can find resources.
Noon - 12:15 p.m. Allergens Follow-Up Discussion
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Allergens Roundtable
  This in-depth allergens roundtable will include information sharing, best practices determination, cross-contact prevention, regulation monitoring and compliance, process for allergens identification, organization, communication, training and allergens introduction into new and prior menu items.
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Networking Break
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. GRAS
  In this session, Basu will share the process for GRAS approval and removal and how to deal with product changes. You'll also hear the most recent information on PHO elimination and any future watch-outs.
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Clean Label Follow-Up Discussion
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Regulatory and Legislative Overview
  Simpson will share her perspective on the current legislative and regulatory environment under the Trump administration, their priority issues, where menu labeling fits in, and the impact of executive orders such as the one in, two out plan.
4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. NESG Board Yearly Recap and Member Accomplishments
5 p.m. Cocktail Reception
  *Dinner on your own

Wednesday, March 7

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Animal Welfare of Beef, Pork and Poultry
  Smith will discuss animal welfare issues around beef, pork and poultry.
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Animal Welfare Follow-Up Discussion
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Ingredient Transparency and Disclosure
  Ingredient transparency and disclosures are stirring thanks to customer demand. In this session, Post and Whitlow will share ingredient disclosure, proprietary vs. regulatory information, ingredients companies are avoiding and adding more of, ingredient declaration beyond QSR, red flag ingredients, science based nutrition, and more.
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Ingredient Transparency and Disclosure Follow-Up Discussion
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks


National Restaurant Association Member* National Restaurant Association Non-Member
$499 $749
*National Restaurant Association members are entitled to discount registration. Eligible members must complete registration with the email address listed in their member record. To verify your membership, contact membership@restaurant.org
Operator Cancellation PolicyCancellations received by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 will be fully refunded. Any cancellations between Nov. 18, 2017 and Dec. 29, 2017 will be assessed a 50% administration fee. Cancellations after Dec. 29, 2017 will not receive a refund. For more information, contact nrameetings@restaurant.org.

Hotel Accommodations


1415 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Room Rate: $179/night + plus tax   single/double
Deadline to Reserve your Room: Feb. 9, 2018

Attendees are responsible for making their hotel reservations. You will receive instructions on how to book your reduced-rate hotel room within your conference registration confirmation email. Please wait for this email to ensure you are within the reduced-rate room block.

United Discount

United Airlines offers discounts up to 10% off published fares based on booking class for Nutrition Executive Study Group attendees. To save, book online at United.com/meetingtravel. Enter ZZ3J730597 in the Offer Code box. Make sure SEA is entered as the airport. Discounts are available for travel booked between March 2-10, 2018.


Registration is open to restaurant operators and those who work for restaurant or hospitality companies. If you are a product or service provider, you are welcome to attend the conference as a sponsor. For 2018 conference sponsorships, please contact Stephanie Krasner at skrasner@restaurant.org.





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