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The National Restaurant Association Show is the place to explore everything that’s happening in the restaurant industry—from equipment and supplies to food and beverage to technology, it’s all here! This year celebrate 100 years with us in Chicago, May 18-21.

Media/press inquiries contact Christina O’Connell.

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The Show is the place to explore everything that’s happening in the restaurant industry.

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Join us to report on the latest culinary breakthroughs, transformed by new equipment and technology. Share in-depth stories about emerging and growing culinary trends and get quotes and bold insights from industry leaders and impassioned keynote speakers. Participate in energized networking events that will give you a glimpse into the passion of the industry and introduce you to the connections you need for impactful storytelling. Learn, experience, network, sample, and test all the latest things.

Restaurant Industry Facts at a Glance

$825 billion
Restaurant industry's projected sales in 2018.

1 million+
Restaurant locations in the United States.

15.1 million
Restaurant industry employees.

1.6 million
New restaurant jobs created by 2028.

Restaurant workforce as part of the overall U.S. workforce.

9 in 10
Restaurant managers who started at entry level.

9 in 10
Restaurants with fewer than 50 employees.

8 in 10
Restaurant owners who started their careers in entry-level positions.

7 in 10
Restaurants that are single-unit operations.

Industry Overview
compelling statistics worth reporting

Household wealth in the United States has consistently grown over the past several economic quarters due to the rising stock market, which means consumers are more likely to spend on luxuries and treats. As such, the restaurant industry has experienced positive growth. These statistics will help paint the industry outlook.

Show highlights, perfect for your coverage:

During our 100th anniversary, there is something happening everywhere and every day on the Show floor. With more than a hundred events taking place over four action-packed days, the Restaurant Show will immerse you in everything related to the restaurant industry. From special exhibits and pavilions, celebrity chefs, mixology demos and motivating featured presentations to a robust education line up and vibrant show floor — and let’s not forget the networking — you will leave with a notebook full of story angles and inspiration. Visit the schedule at a glance to get a taste of each Show day.

Show Highlights:

Special Exhibits & Pavilions

To help you dive into the topics that are most important to you and your readers, we’ve grouped the Show floor by top trends, products, and emerging technologies. The Show floor consists of three exhibit halls: South, North, and Lakeside Center. Curated areas and pavilions throughout the Show floor will showcase emerging technologies, unique ingredients, and shifting trends to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments shaping foodservice today. Be sure to visit special exhibits to bring your stories to life.

Education opportunities to deepen your knowledge:

The Show floor is a hot bed of interesting content, innovative technology, and emerging trends. The best way to get up to speed on the latest industry trends is to attend sessions in any of the five education tracks which highlight: Hiring and Retention, Culinary Insights, Marketing Matters, Technology and Innovation and Beverage/Alcohol. Get additional insights at KI Fireside Chats! Programs taking place at the Show are designed to provide you access to industry best practices, trends and industry thought leaders.

Celebrity Chef & Mixology Demos

Celebrity Chef & Mixology Demos bring to life the already exciting sights and sounds of this dynamic Show. Join us at various stages across the Show floor as industry experts demonstrate their techniques and share their success stories. Get a front row seat to watch award-winning chefs and authors Rick Bayless, Abe Conlon, Anjula Devi, Kari Underly, and Andrew Zimmern. Witness spirit masters Tony Abou-Ganim and Charles Joly as they guide you through a deeper understanding of the magic behind the bar.

Featured Presentations

Get story sources from inspirational industry and business thought leaders during the keynote presentation. Notable for their visionary approach to business, steady hand at diplomacy, or entrepreneurial spirit, our recent Signature speakers have shared personal experiences and meaningful lessons that transcend industries.

Show Floor Discovery

National Restaurant Association Show highlights the best innovations every year through its award programs and a roster of innovative exhibitors. Explore the Show floor to discover foodservice trends, experience emerging technology designed to improve operations and enhance customer experience, and report on Kitchen Innovations® Award recipients, set to define foodservice in the years to come. Your next compelling story is likely an award recipient.

Networking opportunities get you connected to industry experts:

Join the industry as they gather to not only conduct business, but to rekindle old friendships, make new contacts, and grow relationships. Networking events provide a perfect opportunity to meet industry thought leaders and experts that can help you craft your story or serve as a resource for future in-depth pieces. Be sure to add these events to your Show calendar.

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Topics to Consider

Trends on Display:

Forward-thinking, cutting-edge equipment that will improve operations through automation, efficiency, safety improvements, sustainability, waste solutions, and more.

Menu and flavor trends set to spice up the restaurant offerings.

Trending products that satisfy cravings yet address diners’ concerns about nutrition, packaging, sustainability, and more.

Innovative products designed to improve operations and enhance customer experience.

Storylines to Consider:

  • Report on industry statistics and the economic impact of the foodservice industry on the economy.
  • Uncover how the foodservice industry is working to bring sustainable products to their restaurants.
  • Report on how restaurants are setting the example for recycling initiatives.
  • Cover the foodservice industry supply chain and the steps the industry is taking to cost containment, food safety, and while maintaining quality.
  • Discover the technology innovations coming to the market that will support industry profitability and efficiency.
  • Workforce development, report on the steps the industry is taking to ensure the next generation of leadership is trained and prepared for a future in the foodservice industry.
  • Report on trends to cultivate, train, manage and maintain high quality staff.
  • Cover the lighter side of the industry by featuring new culinary techniques to test and try.
  • Highlight celebrity chefs of the future, how they are growing their skills and making a name for themselves.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the entire restaurant industry. Register today

Media Criteria

On behalf of the National Restaurant Association Show, we’d like to invite you to join us for the largest, most important industry trade event of the year. Celebrating our 100th anniversary, this event gives you an unequaled opportunity to engage with more than 2,300 exhibitors spanning more than 715,000 square feet of exhibit hall and the 41,000 foodservice buyers from more than 110 countries and 40+ industry segments. There's no other place to connect with the entire foodservice industry ecosystem.

Get hands-on with the latest industry trends and hear from industry leaders and visionary speakers at this year's sessions and floor exhibits. Gain inside knowledge from expert-led education sessions, culinary demonstrations, featured presentations and more. Report on the latest trends and ideas in foodservice that are shaping the future of the industry. Take this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in everything related to the restaurant industry.

We look forward to seeing you at the Show,
National Restaurant Association Show Communications Team

To ensure that the registration process goes smoothly, please review the registration criteria and overview of credentials:

Media Credentials:
  • Reporters and editors must have an editorial role in a well-established news outlet that publishes original content. This excludes YouTube, Facebook, personal blogs, user groups and communities or forums.
  • News outlets or blogs must regularly cover food, foodservice, entertainment and leisure or other topics related to the hospitality industry and receive at least 1,000 unique visitors per month.
  • Freelance writers and photographers must present a letter of assignment from an approved media outlet to be granted a press badge. Similarly, broadcast or online production company representatives must present a letter of assignment from an approved news media outlet.
  • Media outlet interns and student practitioners accompanying credentialed media representatives must show proof of employment.
  • Video crews must present a shoot schedule prior to the first day of the event.
  • Reporters and/or editors’ registration fees will be covered at the discretion of the show management
  • Reporters and/or editors are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Media Resources

Press room location

Visit the press room for a comfortable location to file a story, have meetings with exhibitors, review press kits, or get a snack and rest your feet before you set back out to the 715,000 square feet of exhibit hall.

The press room is located in room: N226

Press room hours:
May 18, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 20, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 21, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Press Inquires

Media/press inquiries contact Christina O’Connell.

Join the conversation and gain added exposure for your stories by tagging our social channels:
Facebook: @NationalRestaurantShow
Twitter: @NatlRestShow
Instagram: @nationalrestaurantshow
Don't forget to use the official Show hashtag #l00YearsOfWow

Digital Show Daily

Read about all of the breaking news and daily recaps that happened during National Restaurant Association Show with the digital Show Daily.

National Restaurant Association Show Press Releases

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Exhibitor News:

National Restaurant Association Show is at the center for everyone in the foodservice industry —where new technology is introduced, new products are launched, and new ideas are born. Visit the Exhibitor press room to find exactly what you need to craft your next industry story.
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Press Conferences:

Join us at the press breakfast, Saturday, May 18th at 10:30 a.m. and learn about the top things to do and see at the Show.