Supermarket News Agenda

2018 Program Agenda

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11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Monday, October 01
Networking Break
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday, October 01
Lunch Dine Around throughout MUFSO Supplier Exchange
Let’s do lunch!  Taste your way through the MUFSO Supplier Showcase, featuring the industry’s top food purveyors and solution providers in the restaurant industry.   This showcase is a feast for body and mind…you don’t want to miss it! 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday, October 01
MUFSO Track: C-Level Leadership - Theme: Innovation
3:00 p.m.-3:05 p.m. NRN Market News Digest  3:05 p.m.-3:20 p.m.  The Conversation Starter: The Role of Unconscious Biases  Gerry Fernandez, Founder of the Multi-Cultural Foodservice Hospitality Association (MFHA), will kick off this discussion with his “straight talk” approach to delivering authentic, multicultural insights that will help restaurant industry leaders increase what he terms Cultural Intelligence and address Unconscious Biases, starting at the top, with C-Suite Executives.  3:20 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Crisis Management at the C-Level: How to Respond A discussion with industry experts sharing best practices and lessons learned in responding to a crisis, such as unconscious bias, that gets national attention in all forms of media.  
Speakers
Brett Carrey


Blink OnDemand Crisis PR
Panelist

Gerry Fernandez

President & Founder
Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance
Speaker

James Fripp

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
YUM! Brands
Panelist

MUFSO Track: Consumer Experience - Theme: Customer 20/20
Sponsored by:   Ventura Foods
3:00 p.m.-3:05 p.m. NRN Market News Digest  3:05 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Converting Trends into Reality:  A Look at Return Visits and Successful Menus How hard is it to read the customer’s minds?  This panel discussion will focus on best practices in engaging with the next generation of consumer, specifically what drives their dining preferences and customer experience factors that influence return visits. 
Speakers
Andrew Gruel

CEO & Founder
Slapfish Restaurant Group
Panelist

Brian Ingram

Chief Development Officer
Williston Holding Company
Panelist

Marci Needham

Vice President, Insights & Category Management
Ventura Foods
Panelist

Nancy Kruse

President
The Kruse Company
Moderator

Quinn Adkins

Director of Menu Development
Culver Franchising Systems, Inc.
Panelist

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, October 01
Welcome Cocktail Reception in Supplier Showcase Exhibits
Welcome to MUFSO! Join us for networking and cocktails as you peruse the industry’s top suppliers of the latest products, services and solutions you need to remain competitive.  
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Monday, October 01
Hot Concepts Celebration Reception (Landmark Ballroom Winner Stations Dine Around)
Sponsored by:   Sponsored by: Anchor Food Professionals, Impossible Foods, Thomas Foods and V&V Supremo
Don't miss this year's Hot Concepts Award Reception. Find out what your customers are craving on the menu of the most innovative emerging growth restaurant chains in the country.  Supermarket News Summit attendees will get to taste signature dishes from these award-winning restaurants and mingle with the most innovative leaders in the restaurant industry. Read about our winners in Nation's Restaurant News here. Sponsored by:           
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Monday, October 01
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Tuesday, October 02
Breakfast with NRN MUFSO Attendees
Sponsored by:   Brill
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 02
Registration
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Tuesday, October 02
Keynote Address - Chef José Andrés - Creativity & Innovation for a Better Tomorrow
Join us for this high-energy keynote session with Chef Jose Andres, a creative visionary whose passion has fueled the growth of some of the country’s most successful restaurants. Chef Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés. José is a passionate advocate for combating hunger and supporting sustainable solutions around the globe, and is working to change the world through the power of food. His recent work in Puerto Rico and other regions affected by natural disasters provide smart solutions to hunger and poverty and changing the world through the power of food.
Speaker
Chef José Andrés

Culinary innovator, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés
ThinkFoodGroup
Keynote

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Tuesday, October 02
Kitchen Hero Cook-Off Winner Presentation, sponsored by Texas Pete
Four restaurant chefs cooking for a cause at the Texas Pete Kitchen Hero Cook-off benefitting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry and the Jose Andres non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen.  See highlights from the competition and find out who is named the 2018 Kitchen Hero!
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Tuesday, October 02
Networking Break
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Tuesday, October 02
Networking Break
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Tuesday, October 02
MUFSO Track: Consumer Experience - Next Phase of Delivery: Off-Premise Consumer Trends: Delivery & Takeout
Sponsored by:   ShiftPixy
11:15 a.m.-11:20: NRN Market News Digest 11:20 a.m.-11:35 a.m. Off-Premise Consumer Trends: Delivery & Takeout - What are the most successful methods of delivery to date?  What are the statistics on delivery beyond QSR.  Does timing affect delivery trends? Is 100% digital ordering in our future?  Then, who's your competition today, tomorrow? 11:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Competition for the Consumer - Delivery has disrupted all traditional competitive models for the restaurant and grocery industry. From grocery to gas station convenience stores, discount retailers and even shipping companies such as Amazon—competition is fierce. Are you prepared to compete for share of market now and in the future? This panel will discuss delivery trends in other channels and how the restaurant and the grocery industries can prepare for the next wave of consumers.
Speakers
Aaron Noveshen

Founder & President
Starbird & The Culinary Edge Ventures
Panelist

Carrie Walters

Culinary Director
Dorothy Lane Market
Panelist

Chris Demery

General Manager & Group VP of Off-Premise Dining
Bloomin' Brands Inc.
Panelist

Ed Keller

Director of Off-Premise Business Development
Corner Bakery
Panelist

Scott Absher

CEO
ShiftPixy
Panelist

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, October 02
Lunch (MUFSO Supplier Showcase Exhibit Space)
Let’s do lunch!  Taste your way through the MUFSO Supplier Showcase, featuring the industry’s top food purveyors and solution providers in the restaurant industry.   This showcase is a feast for body and mind…you don’t want to miss it! 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, October 02
MUFSO Track: Consumer Experience: Theme: The Changing Service Model
Growth of Limited Service: Is This the Answer? This panel will discuss the emergence of “Fine Fast.”  Is this where the convenience of fast, self-service and a high-quality customer experience intersect?  Let’s discuss!
Speakers
Carl Howard

President & CEO
Fazoli's Fast. Fresh. Italian!
Panelist

Denyelle Bruno

President & CEO
Tender Greens
Panelist

Shu de Jong

Chief Brand Officer
Retail Worx
Panelist

Tracy McGinnis

Director of Marketing
Fox Restaurant Concepts
Panelist

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday, October 02
Break (Reunion Ballroom & Foyer—Exhibit Booths)
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Tuesday, October 02
MUFSO Track: C-Level Leadership: Theme: The Changing Shape of Real Estate
4:15 p.m.-4:20:  Real Estate Market/Trend Update The top 3 market trends you need to know. 4:20:-4:40 p.m. Interview Session:  Why the Mall Isn't Dead One-on-One discussion on how the mall is still a relevant dining destination. 4:40 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Alternative Real Estate Strategies Retail is moving out, and restaurants are moving in…for a price.  This panel will discuss the innovative ways that restaurant companies are approaching real estate opportunities in today’s market.
Speakers
Craig Weichmann

Vice President
Pinnacle Commercial Capital
Panelist

Doug Flaig

Vice President Franchise Development
Wetzel's Pretzels
Panelist

Rachel Cope

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
84 Hospitality
Panelist

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 02
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Wednesday, October 03
Breakfast with NRN MUFSO Attendees
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Wednesday, October 03
Keynote Session: State of the Plate: The Most Crave-worthy Menu Trends
Menu Trends Maven Nancy Kruse will reveal what’s new and what’s next in menu trends. Get an insider look at food trends in the restaurant industry that you can parlay into your own prepared foods strategy.    
Speaker
Nancy Kruse

President
The Kruse Company
Keynote

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday, October 03
Keynote Address - Kimbal Musk - How Do You Scale the ‘Real Food’ Movement?
Don’t miss this thought-provoking keynote address focused on reinventing the role of restaurants as a source of “real food” that is available to all.  By “real food,” Musk means made-from-scratch menus offering--food you trust to nourish your body, nourish the farmer and nourish the planet.  Kimbal Musk is not only talking about it, he’s implementing these concepts right now in his own restaurants, with plans to expand in a big way.
Speaker
Kimbal Musk

Venture Capitalist∙ Entrepreneur∙ Environmentalist ∙Restaurateur
Square Roots Grow, The Kitchen & Next Door Restaurants
Keynote