In 2019 will the market be defined by emerging technologies, shaped by changing consumer interactions with brands, or upset by emerging leaders in channels and product categories? Discover these key developments, patterns, products, and disruptions by joining CFBN and member company Technomic, for a look at the year ahead. Technomic has provided the food industry with research, insights, and strategy on the leading edge of industry intelligence for 50 years. Join a panel of their expert analysts and industry insiders for this exploration of the economic, channel, consumer, and political elements that will impact your business, shape consumer behavior, and have the biggest impact on the year ahead!
The panel will include:
Aimee Harvey, Managing Editor, Technomic
As managing editor, Aimee Harvey analyzes and reports on the foodservice market for the retail segment. She also specializes in restaurant concept analysis, trend tracking and custom research in an editorial capacity, as well as contributing content for the company's Supermarket Foodservice Insights Group and Convenience Store Insights Group. Harvey is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Kathryn Fenner, Principal, Technomic
Kathryn is responsible for managing and executing research and consulting programs for manufacturers, restaurant operators and trade associations throughout the foodservice industry. The innovation, convenience and education segments are her specific areas of emphasis.
Lizzy Freier, Managing Editor, Technomic
Lizzy Freier is a managing editor at Technomic, with a focus on menu trends. She covers trending flavors, ingredients, dishes and preparations for food and beverage at independent restaurants, emerging chains and top chain restaurant brands, as well as non-commercial operations. Freier has also analyzed global trends. She has presented at numerous conferences in the U.S. and Canada on menu trend development for restaurant operators, manufacturers and distributors. Freier has a degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently resides in Chicago.
Joe Pawlak, Managing Principal, Technomic
Joe is head of the Advisory Practice, Technomic’s vertical that is engaged in food industry proprietary and multi-client consulting and research assignments. A 30-year food industry veteran, Joe’s experience encompasses virtually all food industry categories and channels.
Sara Rush Wirth (moderator), Executive Editor of Restaurant Business, Winsight
Sara Rush Wirth is Executive Editor at Restaurant Business, where she plans and contributes to the magazine, website and e-newsletters. Sara’s background in food writing includes both foodservice and culinary experiences. Prior to joining Restaurant Business, Sara was an editor in the cookbook department for Publications International. Previously, she was on the editorial team at Technomic, a market-research firm within the foodservice industry. Sara studied English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also received her professional cookery certificate from Kendall College in Chicago. Sara currently resides in Chicago.
Networking nights with The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network are an opportunity to access an inclusive network dedicated to bringing together all of the industry players of the greater Chicagoland area to develop meaningful and mutually beneficial business connections. The evening provides a great opportunity to enjoy drinks and appetizers and an opportunity to mingle - forging new connections and circling back with contacts from other events, all while experiencing the power of the CFBN network!
This event is presented in partnership with CFBN member, Technomic.
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