Tuesday, April 16 7:45am – 6:30pm

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom Foyer
Presented By:
Kraft Heinz Company
McLane Company
NCR Voyix
PepsiCo Foodservice
Tuesday, April 16 8:00am – 9:00am

Networking Breakfast Groups

Tuesday, April 16 9:30am – 11:00am

General Session

Location: Grand Saguaro Ballroom
Food 4 Thought Power Talks - Igniting Industry Impact, Insights, and Innovation!

This lively “musical chair” style session will drive tangible insights around key industry hot topics. A series of short format panel discussions will be fueled by questions to top restaurant leaders who will help address key industry challenges and provide thoughtful ideas for the best solutions.

4 fast-paced solution driven panel discussions focusing on different topics:
• Technology for the Future
Meeting the Moment - Leading with Possibility
• Impactful Innovation
• Explosive Expansion 

Speakers:

Executive Editor
Nation's Restaurant News

Senior Editor
Restaurant Business

Editor-in-Chief
Restaurant Business

Senior Editor
Restaurant Business, FoodService Director

Technology for the Future

A quick format discussion with top operators focusing on three pillars: Data Management, “Unified Commerce” for True Omnichannel, and Productivity.

Speakers:

Chief Information Officer
Shake Shack

Chief Information Officer
Chicken Salad Chick

Presented By:
NCR Voyix
Meeting the Moment - Leading with Possibility

Hear from best-in-class leaders and how they turn challenges into opportunities to shape their organizations to focus on possibility and futureproofing.

Presented By:
PepsiCo Foodservice
Impactful Innovation

Operators will highlight Menu Development, Culinary Trends, LTOs, Sustainability, Supply Chain, and more during this quick format panel discussion!

Speakers:

Chief Marketing Officer
BurgerFi

Senior Vice President, Culinary & Innovation
Subway

Presented By:
Kraft Heinz Company
Explosive Expansion

This quick format panel discussion topic will highlight “hot” industry topics around Rapid Growth, Emerging Markets, Finance, Franchising, Brand Development and more.

Speakers:

CEO
Bojangles

Presented By:
McLane Company
Tuesday, April 16 11:00am – 11:30am

Networking Break

Tuesday, April 16 11:30am – 12:15pm

Innovation Forums (choose 1 of 10)

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! 

Sessions are not available for pre-registration - seating will be first come , first accommodated.

Option 1
Presented By:
PepsiCo Foodservice
Option 2
Presented By:
McLane Company
Option 3
Presented By:
PAR Technology
Option 4
Presented By:
Restaurant365
Option 5
Presented By:
World Wide Technology
Option 6
Presented By:
SiteZeus
Option 7
Presented By:
Radar
Navigating Complex Labor Laws & Rising Labor Costs

In our 2023 Restaurant Operations Report, respondents shared that stores are insufficiently staffed—either understaffed or overstaffed—for 38% of shifts in any given week. With the added challenges of complicated labor laws and minimum wage hikes, it’s no wonder that more than half indicated they plan to invest in labor scheduling technology in the coming year. 
Join us to hear how top restaurant chains navigate these challenges and put themselves in a position to grow and succeed in today’s complex labor environment. Our prestigious panel of operations leaders will share the best practices their organizations are using right now to manage minor laws, fair workweek laws, and overtime and penalty pay, all while optimizing schedules in order to compensate for rising labor costs and continued staffing shortages.

Speakers:

Enterprise Sales Director
Crunchtime

Presented By:
Crunchtime
Option 9
Presented By:
Botrista Technology
Digital Isn't Just Delivery Anymore

The rapid emergence of innovative restaurant technology has operators eyes wide open about its lasting impact on customer and employee experience. As pressure mounts to augment same-store sales, entrepreneurs are transforming the playing field for digital growth by moving beyond just delivery. DoorDash will moderate an insightful discussion between Taco Bell, Wingstop, and McKinsey & Company executives where we'll unpack successful restaurant technology strategies currently in market and nascent growth opportunities.

Presented By:
DoorDash
Tuesday, April 16 12:15pm – 1:45pm

Networking Lunch & Stroll

Presented By:
Ecolab
Tuesday, April 16 1:45pm – 2:30pm

Innovation Forums (choose 1 of 10)

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! 

Sessions are not available for pre-registration - seating will be first come , first accommodated.

Option 1
Presented By:
Kraft Heinz Company
Option 2
Presented By:
NCR Voyix
Option 3
Presented By:
Vericast
Option 4
Presented By:
Paytronix
Option 5
Presented By:
Lunchbox
Option 6
Presented By:
DTiQ
Option 7
Presented By:
Uber Eats
Technology Top Operators Are Using to Boost Profits and Sales

Explore the latest industry insights and tools in next generation customer engagement and online food ordering and delivery that can help create more visibility for restaurants’ business and boost sales. Learn how to transform your restaurant’s delivery and customer feedback to take back control of your own customer data, lower fees, and create a more seamless and superior customer experience.

Hear from fellow restaurant operators who know first hand the challenges and triumphs that come when trying to retain customers, generate loyalty and optimize their online ordering and delivery. Leave with tangible tactics to empower your digital journey.

Presented By:
Digital Restaurant Association
Option 9
Presented By:
Mastercard Data & Services
How AI is Changing the Game for Prime Cost Management

Discover how Fourth, the leading restaurant software company, is revolutionizing prime cost management through artificial intelligence. In a panel discussion led by Fourth's CEO, Clinton Anderson, industry leaders from top restaurant brands such as TGI Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings, Arby's, and the like will share their experiences and insights on leveraging AI to tame prime costs. Learn about the latest advancements in AI and how our panelists are using this technology to stay ahead of the competition. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the future of technology.

Presented By:
Fourth
Tuesday, April 16 2:30pm – 4:00pm

RLC Marketplace

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom

With almost 200 suppliers on display, you're sure to find all the industry-shapers within the RLC Marketplace. It's all about the connections you make and the hands you'll shake here, where suppliers and operators gather to uncover the latest solutions, sample new products and even close deals.

Presented By:
McLane Company
Tuesday, April 16 2:30pm – 4:00pm

RLC Marketplace Happy Hour

Location: Grand Canyon Ballroom

It's time for everyone's favorite hour … happy hour! Take a well-deserved break, and mix and mingle among the displays in the RLC Marketplace. 

Presented By:
Entegra
Tuesday, April 16 4:15pm – 5:45pm

General Session

Location: Grand Saguaro Ballroom
C-Suite In the Hot Seat- Dining with a Side of Competition - Key Lessons from Eatertainment Executives!

If the post pandemic world has taught us anything, brands must be more innovative and tech savvy than before to stay relevant.   The Eatertainment category was greatly affected during the shutdown, but they are coming back on top with a wave of exciting concepts while tapping into new markets. 

This lightening round hot seat style session will feature top restaurant leaders who are taking Eatertainment to the next level with trend forward experiences, technology advances and unique hospitality.  Each mini one-on-one interview will provide insightful stories about their path to success, business focused ideas, and possible future plans. Hear about the competing needs of the modern consumers quest for a balance of entertainment and value driven dining options. 

Speakers:

Founder and CEO
Pinstripes

CEO
Puttshack

Chief Opperating Officer
Camp Pickle | Jaguar Bolera

EVP, Conferences | Moderator
Informa Connect

Editor-in-Chief | Moderator
Nation's Restaurant News

VIP Fireside Chat with Food and Lifestyle Icon, Martha Stewart

Get up close and personal with the founder of the first multi-channel lifestyle company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she is an entrepreneur, bestselling author of 99 to date lifestyle books and Emmy award winning television show host. 

Speakers:

Food and Lifestyle Icon

President, Global Foodservice
PepsiCo, Inc.

Presented By:
PepsiCo Foodservice
Tuesday, April 16 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Dinner on Your Own

Embrace the opportunity to explore the variety of offerings and indulge in a delightful dining experience tailored to your preferences. Your culinary adventure awaits – seize the moment and savor the flavors of our resort's many dinner options.

https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/phxdr-jw-marriott-phoenix-desert-ridge-resort-and-spa/dining/

**reservations are not required but are highly recommended**

Tuesday, April 16 9:00pm – 11:00pm

RLC After Dark

Location: Twenty6

For the perfect “nightcap” following a busy day of networking, learning and deal-making, meet friends and colleagues at RLC After Dark. Light refreshments and specialty beverages will complete the festivities - along with you!  

Presented By:
Ziosk