Tuesday, January 12 11:00am – 11:45am

State of the Economy

This session will include a discussion on key business indicators and the U.S. economic outlook, including how the economy will continue to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak and a 15 minute Q&A session. Register now »

Speakers:

Senior Vice President, Analytic Solutions and Insights
GES

Tuesday, January 12 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Foodservice Industry Update

A forecasted look at the economy in relation to foodservice industry trends, health and performance, including how restaurants can continue to perform despite decreased traffic and restrictions caused by the coronavirus. Register now »

Speakers:

Managing Principal
Technomic

Tuesday, January 12 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Intro to Reinvention

As our industry gradually rebuilds from COVID-19, Technomic is turning an eye to the future of foodservice. Join us for our virtual Planning Program conference in January as we forecast what the restaurant landscape will look once all virus concerns are resolved and consumer confidence in dining out rebounds. This three-part series will provide you with an in-depth exploration of the key themes that will matter most in the coming years to help you reinvent yourself for success in a post-pandemic environment. Register now »

Speakers:

Managing Principal
Technomic

Thursday, January 14 11:00am – 11:45am

Part 1: Slow Roll to Recovery, Innovation Shifts

The first theme of the session will look at what forecasted recovery will look like given the many obstacles in the way, such as unemployment and debt. It will explore how the future economic environment will favor chains over independents, discuss the role of physical foodservice sites in a post-pandemic world, review margin challenges and traffic declines hindering rebuilding, and ultimately help you understand how to account for bumps in your recovery process. We’ll then turn our attention to why operators are focusing more and more on running efficient and profitable operations over culinary experimentation in order to solve for operational challenges, and how this affects your product pipeline, as well as your sales and marketing strategies.
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Speakers:

Principal
Technomic

Senior Principal
Technomic

Thursday, January 14 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Part 2: Decompartmentalization, Need for Simplicity, Connection is Key

Consumers’ new jumbled routines have many blending family life with their careers. This is leading to changes within foodservice channels, including more blurred lines. In this second installment of our program, we’ll help you understand how the muddling of work and family lives will affect dayparts and off-premise business, as well inform you how to better sell to operators throughout the pandemic and beyond. Next, we’ll discuss how consumers are looking to simplify their lives, and why restaurant operators are following suite. We’ll examine what the growing importance of a “less is more” strategy for both menu and in operational practices means for your planning and product development purposes. Lastly, we’ll highlight why connection is an integral part of the foodservice experience, what connection will look like after the pandemic and how you can be a better partner to operators as they navigate a growing need to build connective restaurant experiences. Register now »

Speakers:

Senior Research Manager, Menu
Technomic

Senior Managing Editor
Technomic

Director, Consumer and Industry Insights
Technomic

Thursday, January 14 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Operator Guest Speaker – Pollo Campero

Federico Valiente, director of marketing at Pollo Campero, will join us and share how the brand has navigated the pandemic thus far, including menu and operational innovations. He’ll also discuss post-pandemic plans for growth related to our reinvention themes and how manufacturers can support Pollo Campero during this time.

Speakers:

Director of Marketing, Pollo Campero

Tuesday, January 19 11:00am – 11:45am

Part 3: Health and Safety Reigns, Sustainability Returns

The pandemic has made health and safety top of mind for all. We know sanitation and safety measures will stay important while COVID-19 threats remain, but what about after virus concerns lull? We’ll forecast the evolution of contactless services and highlight noteworthy technology to enhance health and safety measures, along with other research, to help you understand shifts in this critical space. Then, we’ll turn our attention to sustainability—the big industry buzzword prior to the pandemic that has taken a backseat in 2020 to more pressing concerns. Join us as we discuss how sustainability will regain its importance and ways consumer and operator priorities will shift to help you strategize how to wisely invest in these types of initiatives. Register now »

Speakers:

Principal
Technomic

Principal
Technomic

Tuesday, January 19 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Guest Speaker

TBA

Tuesday, January 19 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Key Takeaways

Join Technomic as we provide key takeaways from the Foodservice Planning Program and an update on ways our product and service portfolio can support your strategic decisions in this uncertain business environment.

Speakers:

Managing Principal
Technomic