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Innovative insights and recommendations for Canada.
7:00am – 8:00am

Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am

Welcome and Introduction

Speakers:

Director, Business Development
Technomic

8:15am – 9:00am

State of the Economy

In this session, the latest economic benchmarks will be discussed, including a focus on key metrics that influence consumer spending and foodservice sector performance. A discussion of the Canadian economy’s impact on commercial and noncommercial operators, manufacturers and the industry will provide attendees with a better sense of what to expect in the year ahead.
Speakers:

Senior Economist & Director
BMO Capital Markets

9:00am – 9:45am

Foodservice Industry Update, Forecast & Outlook

Techonomic will provide an update on the current health of the foodservice market and individual segments, along with a discussion on industry performance for 2021 and an outlook for 2022. Current and emerging trends shaping the foodservice landscape will be covered as well as the impact and implications for manufacturers.
Speakers:

Principal
Technomic

9:45am – 10:10am

Networking Break

10:10am – 10:55am

Menu Insights and Trends for the Year Ahead

The pandemic’s impact on foodservice menus has been extensive. Operators across all segments have had to streamline their menus to focus on core items and eliminate SKUs. But consumers are still looking for innovation, and as dine-in operations reopen across the country, operators will need to drive traffic with craveable menu items that appeal to consumers’ changing needs. While many unknowns for foodservice will continue to exist for the foreseeable future, we can look to Canadian menu and consumer data as an indicator of what’s on the horizon. Join us as we explore new trends to come and provide recommended actions for you to help operators drive guests back into restaurants.
Speakers:

Director, Business Development
Technomic

10:55am – 11:40am

The Shifting College & University Landscape

Colleges are among the segments hardest hit by the pandemic, but foodservice continues to have an important role on campuses. Discover the challenges faced by foodservice operators as students return to campuses and what those operators plan for the future.
Speakers:

Principal
Technomic

11:40am – 12:15pm

The Post COVID-19 Higher Education Food Service Marketplace

The Canadian higher education food service marketplace is estimated at nearly $1 billion. This subset of the broader industry has many similarities and a number of unique attributes that operators and suppliers in this space need to understand.

We are going to explore the elements of the higher education marketplace that make it unique. Overlaid with colossal change to mindset and behavior that COVID-19 brought, what are the fads and trends that will shape the industry in the short and mid-terms?
Speakers:

Director
Trent University Foodservice

12:15pm – 12:30pm

Key Takeaways & Adjourn Session

As the conference ends, we will review key takeaways for attendees to take back and present to their offices.
Speakers:

Director, Business Development
Technomic