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7:30am – 10:30am

Registration and Information Desk

Location: Delta A Lobby
Presented By:
Sysco Corporation
7:30am – 8:30am

CARRE Foundation Desk

Location: Delta A Lobby

Grand prize drawing tickets are available, benefiting the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign, whose goal is to end childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food; teaching their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and engaging the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. Choose to CARRE and donate today!

Presented By:
Sysco Corporation
Wildflower
7:30am – 8:30am

Networking Breakfast

Location: RD Pavilion (Delta Ballroom B-D)
Presented By:
Nestle Waters North America
8:00am – 8:45am

Education Forums (choose 1 of 8):

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the industry’s leading experts. They'll share the recent successes and challenges their businesses have faced and deliver useful takeaways.

Option 1: Differentiating Through Drinks
Location: Canal B

Fountain, specialty coffee, tea, slushies – learn what’s trending and where opportunities lie to sharpen your competitive edge with beverages. 

Speakers:

Principal
Technomic

Presented By:
Thrive Farmers Coffee & Tea
Option 2: Off-Premise Realities and Solutions
Location: Bayou A

Consumer demand for takeout and delivery--including from third parties--is changing the face of operations. This session will focus on how to plan and adapt.

Speakers:

Editor-at-Large | Moderator
Winsight Media

CEO
Chowly

Director of Marketing
Pie Five Pizza Co.

Former EVP and COO
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Presented By:
Chowly
Option 3: Investments IRL
Location: Canal C

As new technology tools and suppliers come online, operators must evaluate the benefits before taking a risk. Here's how to determine what's worth it.

Speakers:

Content Director, Foodservice | Moderator
Winsight Media

Managing Partner
Gala Capital Partners, LLC

Co-Founder|CEO
ThinkFoodGroup|WineGame

Presented By:
Brady Risk Management (BRM)
Option 4: The Evolution of Millennials
Location: Bayou B

Despite being one of the most talked about and analyzed consumer segments in the foodservice space, many in the industry have not kept pace with how Millennials have changed since we met them. Many still perceive Millennials to be young Americans in the early adult life stage, when the reality is that the upper range of this cohort is already in their 40’s. This presentation illustrates how this generation has evolved and diverged into two unique subsets: younger Millennials (born between 1985-1992) and older Millennials (born between 1977-1984), each with distinct foodservice attitudes, need states and preferences.

Speakers:

Director, Consumer Insights
Technomic

Presented By:
Chobani
Option 5: Competitive Threats from Beyond the Restaurant Industry
Location: Bayou C

A discussion of disruptors from convenience stores, supermarkets, meal-kit makers and even Amazon.

Speakers:

Managing Editor
Technomic

Presented By:
American Security Products
Option 6: Food Safety and Security
Location: Canal D

Keeping diners safe becomes an even greater challenge as a chain grows. Best practices and prevention are explored in this session.

Speakers:

Vice President, Retail Grocery & Foodservice | Moderator
GS1 US

Executive Vice President, Purchasing & Development
COSI Restaurants

Senior Director, QA
Captain D's

Presented By:
Ecolab
Option 7: Leading Multigenerational Teams
Location: Bayou D

In growing organizations and within individual restaurants, employees range from boomers to teens, and they have different motivations.

Speakers:

President & COO
Orange Leaf

Presented By:
Ovention, Inc.
Option 8: Trend Talks: From Discovery to the Menu
Location: Canal A

Join some of the top thought leaders in an engaging conversation centered around how to make a trend a profitable reality on your menu. In this ever increasing digital age, trend lifecycles come and go at a rapid pace - learn how savvy operators blend in them into their menus to generate growth!

Speakers:

Director | Moderator
Sysco Field Marketing

Sr. Director, Corporate Executive Chef
Sysco Culinary Development

Sr. Director
Sysco Marketing Services

Presented By:
Sysco Corporation
8:30am – 11:30am

RD Pavilion Sponsor Tear Down

Location: Delta Ballroom B-D
9:00am – 10:30am

General Session

Location: Delta Ballroom A
CARRE Grand Prize Drawing
Speakers:

Senior Vice President- International Foodservice Operations
Sysco Corporation

Presented By:
Sysco Corporation
Menu Evolutions

To help guide R&D strategy, this data-backed presentation will point to the food and flavor trends driving menus today and look forward to menu evolutions.

Speakers:

Managing Editor
Technomic

Managing Editor
Technomic

Presented By:
Sysco Corporation
Power Panel: Influential Investors

Restaurant Business' April Power 20 cover story will reveal the top executives who are funding growth chains today. Here, a few of these deep-pocketed leaders talk about what they're looking for from chains today.

Speakers:

Executive Editor | Moderator
Restaurant Business Magazine

Founder and Managing Partner
Kitchen Fund

Chairman & Founder
Barteca Restaurant Group

Vice President
H.I.G. Capital

Presented By:
Georgia Pacific Professional
60+Speakers
770+Attendees