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2018 Foodservice Forecast 

Date:  Wednesday, 02/21/18 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Start the New Year With Market Insight and Knowledge That Will Put You Ahead of the Game!
The foodservice world is changing: affected by an economy in recovery, technological advances, sustainability initiatives, and an ever more sophisticated public. How healthy is the foodservice industry? Will 2018 be a good year?
Join us for an update on current trends and a forecast into 2018 and beyond.

Special guest speaker Robin Ashton will discuss the growth and unit trends of the foodservice and equipment and supplies markets, as well as structural issues affecting both markets.

FSTC's Richard Young will share the latest developments in equipment technology and restaurant sustainability and offer a glimpse into emerging technologies that could save the industry millions in energy and water bills.

The 2018 Forecast with close with a local focus "What You Need to Know" presentation from the CRA.

Attendees will learn:

  • About national trends in restaurant sustainability and efficiency
  • About developments in efficient lighting technology that offer good news for restaurants
  • What the FSTC engineers are learning in their lab and field research that will save energy and water
  • How international market and growth trends and driving and shaping the food service industry at all levels

Speakers: Jot Condie (CRA), Robin Ashton (CRA) and Richard Young

Jot Condie joined the California Restaurant Association in 1999 and was promoted to the position of president and chief executive officer May 17, 2004. Before this post, Condie served as the association’s vice president of government affairs and public policy, where he was the restaurant industry’s chief lobbyist and political strategist in California. In that role he built the CRA Political Action Committee into one of the largest small-business trade association PACs in the state and raised $18 million from the restaurant industry to fight Proposition 72 in 2004.

Robin Ashton is publisher of Foodservice Equipment Reports and its ancillary print and electronic products, including, FER Fortnightly and FER Dealer Report, FER Worldwide Report and FER e-Product News.

As an editor, Mr. Ashton has won numerous awards, including American Business Press Jesse H. Neal Certificates of Merit in 1983 and 1987, and national award for in-depth features from the American Society of Business Press Editors in 1990 and again in 2014.

Richard Young is Director of Education at the PG&E Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), a publicly funded energy-efficiency research facility operated by Frontier Energy, an energy and technology consulting firm headquartered in Oakland, California.

Richard currently focuses most of his efforts on technical outreach- translating the FSTC's 30 years of research into practical information. He has over 25 years of experience creating and presenting seminars on energy efficiency and currently delivers about 75 sessions a year.

Food Service Technology Center
12949 Alcosta Blvd. STE 101
San Ramon, CA 94583


Event Contact Info:

Kiana Caban