Noncommercial foodservice operators have long gained industry-building ideas from the National Restaurant Association Show. From May 18 to 21, more than 2,300 exhibitors and roughly 65,000 foodservice professionals will walk into Chicago’s McCormick Place for the biggest show in foodservice. As always, the takeaways from those four days will be seemingly endless. The editors at FSD have combed through this year’s Show agenda and pulled out some of the most actionable ideas on deck.
1. Hiring and retention strategies
It’s not just about the food. Noncommercial operators can expect to bring back a greater understanding of current labor issues and valuable information about creating a strong and reliable workforce—from hiring and retention strategies to ideas for employee engagement—with tips from experts, restaurateurs and noncommercial peers alike.
2. Culinary insights
Not only will operators have access to top culinarians in the business, but they can also visit the first-of-its-kind Culinary Experience Center. There, operators can learn about new techniques as well as the latest flavor and preparation trends. They can expect to grasp how to take advantage of the evolving snack craze, menu predictions for 2020 and more.
3. Marketing tips and tricks
Smart marketing can make all the difference when it comes to drawing a big crowd for a menu launch or upcoming event. With more avenues to cover than ever and fewer resources to go around, noncommercial operators need to know how to make marketing work from start to finish. At the Show, they will hear successful marketing and branding strategies and learn how to drive profits through alluring limited-time offers and new and exciting events.
4. Learn from new peer partners
Opportunities to strategize with new noncommercial friends are everywhere at the Show, as attendees can get together at any of its after-hours events. Operators just beginning their foodservice careers might be able to score an invitation to the exclusive Young Professionals Party. In the past, the Association has organized bar crawls and concerts for folks looking to connect with peers.