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Pairing retail and foodservice? Come to our summit first

Thinking about offering foodservice at your grocery or c-store operation? If you are, our Foodservice @ Retail Summit is your ticket to building your perfect “grocerant” business.

The Summit will be held May 21 to 22, during NRA Show 2017 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. NRA Show 2017 runs May 20 to 23.

Retail restaurants are growing

Serving restaurant food at retail venues is still a relatively young concept, but one that is growing fast. Nevertheless, there are some tricky logistics involved, including:

  • Designing the perfect restaurant space for retail
  • Deploying the newest food trends
  • Implementing food-safety best practices
  • Acquiring culinary talent

The Summit is your chance to learn from the best and brightest in the field. You’ll participate in one-on-one tours and education sessions, share ideas with experts and network with peers.

The agenda

Here are some summit highlights:

Sunday, May 21

State of the Industry 2017
1 to 2 p.m.

Marketing research firm Technomic will kick off the summit with a presentation on the latest facts, figures and trends regarding restaurant operations at supermarkets and c-stores.

Signature ’17
2 to 3 p.m.

Our CEO, Dawn Sweeney, will engage in conversation with some of the industry’s top movers and shakers, change agents who are making an impact on our industry.

Ethnic Retailing & Trends, Latincity
4 to 4:30 p.m.

Award winning chef, author and TV personality Richard Sandoval will talk about Latincity, his one-of-a-kind retail and dining experience.

Latincity Guided Tours, Tastings & Cocktails
4:30 p.m.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Latincity and learn about its merchandising, culinary inspirations and the kitchen. Tour concludes with cocktails and tastings from Latincity’s menu.

Monday, May 22

Evolution of Restaurant Design in Supermarkets & C-Stores
8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

Award-winning restaurant and grocerant designers will discuss how they meet operational needs and expectations, and attract new customers.

Manufacturers and Retailers Working Together: The Recipe for Success
9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Learn how recipes, consumer research, flavor trends and other tools can serve as the foundation for a stronger and more lasting relationship between retailers and brands.

Restaurant and Foodservice Marketing in the Era of Social Media, Facebook LIVE & Pokémon Go
10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

How do you attract Millennials and Generation Z to your in-store restaurant? Via social media, of course! Gain insight into what works and what doesn’t. Explore the power of special offers, pricing and more.

Talent Acquisition: Culinary Student Panel from Kendall College
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Hear from the best and brightest students at Chicago’s Kendall College about what it takes to attract and retain great culinary talent. A Q&A session will follow.

See the full agenda and learn more

Photo, top: Market Bistro by Price Shopper, Latham, N.Y.; Above: Latincity

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