May 21-22 event at NRA Show 2017 is the strongest yet
 
The always-rich agenda of the annual Foodservice@Retail: Grocerants Symposium is taking shape for NRA Show 2017 at McCormick Place, Chicago.
 
Make the home of the World Series-winning Cubs your place for new ideas and trend insights that bring sizzle to your grocerants next year. Network with retail dining leaders.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW.
 
Here are some sessions already lined up for the impactful springtime event:
 
State of the Industry 2017—Technomic principal Wade Hanson will share the latest facts, figures and trends in c-store and supermarket restaurant operations, including prepared food takeout. He’ll frame them within the context of the entire restaurant industry, and identify growth opportunities for operators.
 
Ethnic Retailing & Trends—Award-winning chef, author and TV host Richard Sandoval will share his insights as one of America’s leaders in ethnic cuisine. He’ll also tell the passionate tale of his creation, Latinicity, a one-of-a-kind Latin retail and dining experience on State Street in Chicago.
 
Guided Tours, Tastings, Cocktails and Group Discussions of Latinicity—An immersive experience of the retailer-restaurant’s merchandising, culinary inspiration and kitchen. This culminates in group talk of how to implement learnings from this visit into your retail grocerants.
 
Evolution of Restaurant Design in Supermarkets & C-Stores—A panel of accomplished and award-winning restaurant and grocerant designers discuss how they work with c-stores and supermarkets to understand their operational needs, and satisfy and attract new customers. They’ll share case studies and before-and-after photos.
 
Manufacturers and Retailers Working Together: The Recipe For Success—Panelists will candidly discuss the needs of each side, as well as the assets brands can bring to foodservice retailers, such as recipes, consumer research, flavor trends and other tools that can fortify their relationship.
 
Restaurant & Foodservice Marketing in the Era of Social Media, Facebook LIVE & Pokemon Go—How can you attract Millennials and Generation Z to your in-store restaurants, and retain them as customers? This panel examines the latest trends in social media, what works and doesn’t, the power of special offers and pricing, off-the-menu specials, unique limited culinary opportunities, and just plain fun – peppered with how much you’ll have to invest and how to keep them as your fans.
 
Talent Acquisition: Culinary Student Panel from Kendall College—How can you attract and retain culinary talent? Competition is keen for culinary pros. A panel of advanced culinary students from Chicago’s Kendall College tells what it will take to win them over. A Q&A period follows.