Press Releases

Whether it's the latest news or insight into discovering what's new and next in the foodservice industry, stay up-to-date with everything happening at the centennial National Restaurant Association Show.

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Press Releases

National Restaurant Association Show Makes History With 100th Anniversary Event

For the fifth year-in-a-row, the Show had record exhibit space sales at 725,869 square feet and welcomed 42,557 restaurant operators, retail foodservice professionals, equipment dealers, food distributors, and many others - 3% more than 2018.

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National Restaurant Association Show To Screen Award-Winning Documentary, A Fine Line

Announcing an exclusive, early access screening of award-winning documentary film, A Fine Line. A Fine Line is a riveting portrayal of women in restaurants, getting to the heart of what is needed to empower women across the foodservice industry and all industries.

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World Culinary Showcase Lineup for 2019’s 100th Anniversary Event

On the World Culinary Showcase stage, attendees will experience the latest trends, techniques and recipes, fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, and how to rethink cuisine in their own kitchens. Accomplished and celebrated chefs will be in attendance at this year’s Show, including Rick Bayless, Gerry Garvin, and Andrew Zimmern, Abe Conlon, Diana Dávila, and Zach Engel.

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Technomic: Insights from the Top 500

In this featured session, Show attendees will hear from Technomic’s Joe Pawlak and Pat Noone about where the restaurant industry is headed, which restaurant concepts are winning big (and why), and the latest in acquisitions and financial trends. Additionally, they will get a taste of how best-in-class operators are using the latest insights tools to anticipate industry, menu and pricing trends for their businesses.

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Signature '19: The Future of Dining

Announcing this year’s can’t-miss keynote session, Signature ’19: The Future of Dining, featuring Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, and foodservice CEOs that are leading the pack in meeting shifting consumer demands.

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SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants

This year’s SuperSession brings together experts in restaurant tech including robotics, voice-activated technologies, mobile tools, and autonomous delivery to discuss with the audience the ways these tools can – and probably soon will – drive their business forward.

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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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FABI Awards

The FABI Awards honor the year's most delicious, unique, and exciting food and beverage products that benefit restaurant operators and consumers. This is the list of the 2019 award recipients and you can sample all of these great products and talk to company representatives at the Show.

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Kitchen Innovations Awards

From increased smart tech to advancements in food safety to maximized energy and water efficiency, the 2019 KI Award recipients had no shortage of devices to improve back-of-house operations.

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National Restaurant Association Show Co-Chair Announcement

The 2019 Show Co-Chairs, Scott Redler of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and Mike Hickey of EcoLab Inc., will advise the National Restaurant Association Show to ensure that the Show epitomizes the current industry landscape and provides the thought leadership necessary to lead the industry to its future.

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2019 Startup Alley Exhibitors Announcement:

These ground-breaking companies will display their high-tech ideas for enhancing restaurant operations and increasing revenue, in addition to giving buyers a sneak peek at the future of foodservice at the 2019 Startup Alley.

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