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National Restaurant Association - New Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group to tackle complex issues

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New Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group to tackle complex issues

The National Restaurant Association has formed a new Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group to facilitate dialog and best practice exchange around issues such as increasing commodity and wholesale food prices, sourcing of ingredients, and traceability of products.

Food and beverage purchases alone by the restaurant industry are expected to exceed $200 billion this year, underscoring the importance of addressing supply chain management.

The group, whose steering committee met today, will address the full spectrum of the field, including purchasing, distribution, logistics, quality assurance, freight and inventory management, and provide perspective applicable to restaurant operations of all sizes. The group’s first conference will be held in Chicago in May 2012, preceding the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, which will be held at its new dates May 5-8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

“We are excited to bring industry leaders together to discuss solutions to critical supply chain issues that face every restaurant operator today,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO for the National Restaurant Association. “The National Restaurant Association is committed to helping restaurateurs navigate the complex issues of safely and efficiently getting supplies to our nation’s nearly one million restaurant and foodservice locations.”

“Supply chain matters are at the heart of any foodservice operation, so a focus on quality, safety and efficiency is crucial to success,” said David Parsley, SVP Supply Chain Management for Brinker International, Inc., and one of the initiators and current chair of the new Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group. “Working together to share perspectives and peer-to-peer education will greatly benefit our industry as a whole. The National Restaurant Association is well positioned to serve as the facilitator for this collaboration.”

For more details, read our news release. Members of the National Restaurant Association receive a substantial savings on registration fees for all Executive Study Group conferences.

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