Technomic is set to feature prominent guest speakers at its upcoming conference as part of the Foodservice Planning Program, taking place June 17-19, in Chicago.
Pat Mulhern, CEO and president Distribution Market Advantage (DMA), will cover the ever-changing distribution landscape and discuss ways for manufacturers to more effectively work with operators and provide tips for serving the industry better moving forward.
Also speaking at the program, Sara Schmillen, vice president of marketing for Kahala Brands, will discuss menu innovation and how to maximize limited-time offers.
The sessions will cover a variety of topics, including the state of the economy, an industry update and studies on operator LTO menu strategy, how to meet the needs of Gen Z and how the distribution landscape will change over the next five years. The conference will also include a noncommercial operator panel featuring a discussion on catering to Gen Z consumers as well as how manufacturers can support their efforts.
“The lineup for June’s conference is rich with industry experts who have a wide range of unique experiences,” stated Bernadette Noone, vice president of programs at Technomic. “We’re really excited for our members to attend these sessions and leave with key takeaways for their business strategy for the remainder of 2019 and into the next few years.”
In addition to sessions, the meeting offers a first-time attendees welcome reception, networking opportunities with peers from the food, beverage, packaging and equipment industries, cocktail receptions and workshop breakouts.