C-Store Foodservice Forum

Foodservice sales are a bright spot for convenience stores, providing 22.5% of in-store sales and 33.9% of gross profit dollars in 2017, according to the NACS State of the Industry report. The rapid growth of prepared foods continues, even as retailers tackle labor challenges and increased regulations.

Whether your stores offer traditional roller grill and packaged foods or full-service made-to-order meals, you need to know the latest trends in flavors, ingredients, menu development and what the health-conscious consumer is demanding. The push for transparency in food sourcing and preparation is changing c-store operations and on-site kitchens.

CSP’s fourth annual C-Store Foodservice Forum brings together all levels of foodservice retailers. In addition, you’ll experience dining in Chicago, one of America’s favorite foodie meccas.

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Wednesday, May 8
2:30pm - 3:00pm Welcome and Introductions
Kristi Prior, Conference Director, Winsight Events (Moderator)
3:00pm - 4:00pm Foodservice in Focus: Opportunities & Challenges for C-stores
Technomic’s Donna Hood Crecca, Principal & Aimee Harvey, Managaging Editor
Now a crucial category for convenience retailers, foodservice is under pressure to prompt more customer visits and drive profitability in an environment of intense competition for customers and labor. Technomic’s Donna Hood Crecca and Aimee Harvey will provide an update on c-store foodservice including evolving consumer demands, growth areas and ways to sharpen the competitive edge.
4:00pm - 5:00pm New Directions for Food: The New Green Rush
Dave Donnan, Partner Emeritus, A.T. Kearney
What you need to know about cannabis, CBD and hemp in foods.
5:30pm - 9:30pm An Evening with Johnsonville, LLC
Dinner and fun, followed by dessert and beer pairings.
Thursday, May 9
7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am Title Sponsor Presentation “And You Thought You Knew Roller Grill” Presented by: Johnsonville
Donna Hood Crecca, Principal, Technomic & Sarah Babb, Johnsonville LLC
Ubiquitous in c-stores, the roller grill is a mainstay of the foodservice offering for many convenience operators. But how well do understand the opportunity roller grill presents to your business? This session will challenge some of your assumptions about roller grill and provide actionable insights to help you leverage this important category.
9:00am - 10:00am Developing a Foodservice Workforce
Terry Erdle, COO, National Restaurant Association
Finding and retaining excellent foodservice workers is an ongoing challenge. Learn some proven workforce development techniques from restaurant operators.
10:05am - 10:30am Networking Break
10:30am - 12:00pm Speed Insights Sessions
Track 1
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm Speed Insights Sessions
Track 2
2:30pm - 3:00pm Networking Break
3:00pm - 4:30pm Speed Insights Sessions
Track 3
4:30pm - 5:30pm General Session
Come together for a daily wrap-up and information on special culinary event.
5:30pm - 6:30pm Networking Reception
6:30pm - 8:00pm Dinner on Your Own
Optional Activity: Visit Amazon Go store: 144 S. Clark Street and 113 S. Franklin Street
Friday, May 10
7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 9:45am Retailer Panel
Moderator: Frank Beard, Analyst/Evangelist, Convenience Store and Retail Trends, GasBuddy
Panelists: Jessica Williams, Jerry Weiner & Retailers
9:45am - 10:15am Check-Out Break
10:15am - 11:00am Update on Labeling Regulations and Implementation
Jeanmaire Hryshko, Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling, FDA
11:00am - 11:30am Open Discussion & Concluding Thoughts
11:30am - Departures from Hotel


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