Foodservice

2024 McLane Engage to Feature Keynote Speaker Padma Lakshmi

Convenience-store distributor’s annual event offers networking, expert content, product announcements
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McLane Co. Inc., one of the largest distributors in America for retail and restaurant brands, will host McLane Engage, Aug. 28-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

With the support of title sponsors Reynolds and The Hershey Co., McLane Engage brings customers and suppliers together for its elevated, full-scale trade show and conference. The event will feature three days of networking, the latest in convenience-store products, educational content, deals and more, the company said.

“McLane Engage continues to deliver unique opportunities for our customers and partners to connect over the latest in c-store products and trends,” said Chris Smith, president of McLane Retail. “With access to expert content and representatives from leading brands, the event is a dynamic platform that fosters collaboration and innovation across our industry.”

This year, keynote speaker Padma Lakshmi, acclaimed culinary expert and “Top Chef” personality, will share insights on the importance of staying ahead of culinary trends and leveraging partnerships for innovation, collaboration in the kitchen and creativity across the culinary landscape.

In addition to the keynote, McLane Engage will provide the opportunity for attendees to build connections with industry leaders and to learn from experts in a lineup of educational sessions. Topics presented by representatives from Conexxus, Bona Design Lab, NexChapter and McLane include artificial intelligence, future of convenience stores, customer experience and digital innovation and foodservice innovation and safety.

Representatives from more than 350 of America’s most beloved consumer packaged goods (CPG) and convenience-store retail brands will be in attendance at McLane Engage, the company said.

Registrants can discover and experience new, cutting-edge c-store solutions and innovations designed to foster business growth while taking a glimpse into the future of the $906.1 billion convenience industry, said McLane. Attendees can also take advantage of exclusive discounts of up to 50% on a curated selection of 1,200 innovative products. 2024 exhibiting companies and sponsors include Altria, General Mills, The J.M. Smucker Co., Mars Wrigley and PepsiCo: Quaker/Frito-Lay, ensuring a comprehensive and diverse array of offerings.

McLane Engage will feature a welcome reception, entertainment from Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, Caylee Hammack and LOCASH, Music City line dancing lessons and more. Attendees will have access to an enhanced schedule and agenda designed to maximize their time and opportunities for networking, learning and discovering new products and programs.

More information and schedules related to McLane Engage can be found at mclaneengage.com. McLane Engage is an invitation-only event for McLane customers and suppliers. McLane customers and suppliers interested in attending may contact their McLane representative.

Founded in 1894, McLane services convenience stores, mass merchants and chain restaurants. With headquarters in Temple, Texas, McLane has more than 80 distribution centers across the country, employs more than 25,000 teammates, and delivers to nearly every zip code in the United States. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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