The Omega-9 Oils team has been busy this spring attending several food industry events and tradeshows! The team recently sponsored and attended two foodservice-focused events — keep reading to learn more about these events and check back soon for updates on our other recent activities.
The National Restaurant Association’s Nutrition Executive Study Group held their annual conference February 28 through March 2 in Atlanta. This is an excellent opportunity for restaurant nutritionists and registered dietitians to network with others in the industry. This forum is a great example of how companies in the same industry can join together to discuss challenges, experiences and best practices, and share key learnings across the group. This year’s conference featured the following topics: Clean labels, menu labeling, saturated fat, label claims, legislative/regulatory issues, sustainability, allergens and consumer attitudes. In addition to presentations, small group sessions were held to share learnings and answer questions on areas of interest. These small groups discussed advertising, nutrient analysis, menu presentation, documentation, catering, online information and buffets/salad bars/self-serve.
Consumers are requesting more information on the foods they consume, and the Nutrition Executive Study Group has been at the forefront of creating these messages. Omega-9 Oils has been a proud sponsor of this executive study group for more than 10 years and is grateful for the relationships created with these industry experts.
Market Vision, a semi-annual conference for restaurant supply chain professionals, held their 10th annual Spring Conference, March 21 to March 23, in Palm Desert, Calif. Market Vision President John Barone gave key industry updates that discussed the current challenges in the industry. Warren Solochek, President, Foodservice, The NPD Group, Inc., presented new consumer insight data that indicated the marketplace is evolving. Growth will continue to be a challenge in the industry as the sector continues to fragment. Traditional sit-down restaurants are losing ground to fast casual and newer sectors such as grocerants and c-stores. Changes like this typically fuel innovation, so it will be very interesting to see how the industry responds.
The restaurant industry faces a number of challenges: growth, supply, sustainability, labor, transportation and public policy. Supply Chain groups are influenced by all of these, and this conference is a forum to share learnings and influence change. Omega-9 Oils has been proud sponsor at the spring and fall Market Vision conference for three years and looks forward to our continued involvement with this group of professionals.
With rising supply and labor costs along with ever-changing regulations, managing a foodservice establishment is more challenging than ever before. Foodservice managers need cost-effective opportunities and products that will not take away from the quality of their food. For more than a decade, Omega-9 Canola Oil has delivered key performance and health attributes food professionals desire while also providing cost savings. Learn more about how switching to Omega-9 Canola Oil provides a healthier menu and healthier business with our Healthier Frying Calculator. To learn more, connect with the Omega-9 Oils team to discuss how to Omega-9 Canola Oil can support your business.