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2024 Agenda

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Tuesday, September 17, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm MT
Welcome Networking Reception
Wynkoop Brewing
1634 18th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Wednesday, September 18, 2024

Hilton Denver City Center
Colorado Ballroom, Lower Level 2

7:00 am MT
Networking Breakfast
8:00 am MT
Welcome + Opening Remarks
Adrienne Moncrief, Executive Director of Foodservice
Cleveland Research Company


8:10 am MT
Macroeconomic + Consumer
Skylar Xie, Director of Macro
Cleveland Research Company

Skylar will unpack the latest insights on the U.S. economy and how that is impacting the consumer today and our expectations for the rest of the year. She will outline the key opportunities and watch-outs for senior leaders to consider at a high-level for their business.

8:40 am MT
Chain Restaurant Industry
Luke Mason, Market Research Associate
Cleveland Research Company

Luke's presentation will contain an overview of the chain restaurant environment and consumer spending dynamics. This will include current demand trends as well as our outlook by key restaurant segment. 

9:10 am CT
Networking Break

9:20 am MT
Quick-Serve National Accounts
Annie Ariens, Senior Research Associate
Cleveland Research Company

Annie will provide a deeper dive into the quick-serve restaurant segment, focusing on key national accounts. From value and new products to digital and loyalty – she will provide an overview of how brands can resonate with their consumers in the current environment. 

9:50 am MT
Chain Restaurant Operator Panel
James Butler, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Brinker
Todd Peterson, Chief Development Officer, Robeks
Gracie Prasanson, Vice President of Sales, Jason's Deli

10:35 am MT
Networking Break

10:45 am MT
Convenience Store Industry
Josh Spicher, Market Research Associate
Cleveland Research Company

In his presentation, Josh Spicher will discuss the state of the business for convenience store chains, with a focus on foodservice. He will share what c-store retailers are doing to boost sales, drive traffic, and leverage their loyalty programs today and over the longer term.

11:15 am MT
Foodservice Industry Pro Panel
12:00 pm MT
Networking Lunch

1:00 pm MT
Adrienne Moncrief, Executive Director of Foodservice
Cleveland Research Company

Adrienne will share perspective on the non-commercial and contract management landscape. She will touch on areas of opportunity and best practices in dealing with this evolving space.

1:30 pm MT
Fireside Chat with Digital Expert in the Restaurant Industry
2:15 pm MT
Networking Break

2:25 pm MT
Foodservice Distribution
Steven Gojak, Senior Research Analyst
Cleveland Research Company

Steve will review key industry themes and outlook across foodservice distribution, with a focus on the Big 3. Distributors are looking to gain share and reduce costs in a softer end market – what are the key sales strategies and cost efforts suppliers can expect?

2:55 pm MT
Closing Remarks
* Sessions, topics & speakers are subject to change