Wednesday, March 25 7:30am – 11:00am

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer
Presented By:
McLane Foodservice
NCR Corporation
PepsiCo Foodservice
Wednesday, March 25 7:30am – 9:00am

RLC Social Enterprise Partnership Desk

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer
Presented By:
NCR Corporation
PepsiCo Foodservice
Wednesday, March 25 7:30am – 8:30am

Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, March 25 8:15am – 9:00am

Innovation Forums (choose 1 of 9)

Led by the brightest professionals in foodservice, RLC's innovation forums are packed with hot topics and powerful messages designed to spark new ideas. Connect with the industry's game changers and gain valuable takeaways from the latest and greatest in foodservice innovation. There's something for everyone!

Option 1:
Presented By:
Hormel Foods Corporation
Option 2: Drive Traffic: The Art and Science of Improving Guest Experience

Which is more important today to drive guest traffic: Creative thinking or Analytics? Each of us lean towards one direction but solving today’s traffic challenges requires the best of both the creative right brain and the data-driven left brain. Come and hear two industry pros: Brad Rukstales CEO, Cogensia and Robin Blanchette CEO, Norton-Creative share real examples of how both analytics and creative strategies are working to improve the guest experience. This will be a spirited, lively interaction and you will leave with specific steps your brand can take to improve your guest traffic.

Presented By:
Cogensia
Option 3:
Presented By:
ServSafe International
Option 4:
Presented By:
Whirley-DrinkWorks!
Option 5: Unlock The Secrets to Employee Pay and Benefits

Labor cost is a critical driver of business success. How can you tell if you are paying too much or too little? How can you learn about the latest offerings in employee benefits? This session will share restaurant compensation and benefits trends and reveal sources that you can use to know how your labor costs stack up!

Presented By:
Aon
Option 6:
Presented By:
Spendgo
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Wednesday, March 25 9:15am – 11:00am

General Session

Grand Prize Drawing
Speakers:

Vice President, Industry Relations and Business Development
PepsiCo Foodservice

Presented By:
PepsiCo Foodservice
The New Restaurant Recession

The restaurant industry is facing dramatic changes in the coming years. The business is saturated in the U.S., with no room to generate additional sales without taking them from existing locations. It faces new competitors in ghost kitchens that promise new economic models that could undercut existing players. And it faces a dramatically changing consumer that has more choices and more information than ever. All of this is putting operators on their heels and changing the very nature of what it means to be a restaurant.

Jonathan Maze, the executive editor of Restaurant Business Magazine, is the author of The Bottom Line blog and its companion newsletter and is the host of the weekly restaurant finance podcast A Deeper Dive. He gives his overview on the future of the restaurant industry, and how operators can combat these changes. 

Speakers:

Executive Editor
Restaurant Business Magazine