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Innovation was the keyword at the NRA Show 2017

03:31 SGT July 13, 2017
Innovation
NRA 2017 Show was packed with new technology, tech-savvy startups and products that highlighted the importance of innovation

From knowledge to hands-on implementation, from quantity to quality, from variety to value, from innovative to traditional well-proven solutions, NRA Show 2017 kept up its legacy as a prime show in the foodservice industry.

Spanning three halls at McCormick Place in Chicago, the NRA Show had supplier brands showcasing more than 900 product categories. At more than 695,000 sq ft, the show included top brands and organizations such as McDonald’s, Domino’s, Aramark, Stanford University, Sysco, Whole Foods, Panera Bread, Chick-fil-A, Sodexo, Kroger, Starbuck’s, Darden Restaurants, Bloomin’ Brands, and more.

Non-US exhibitors came from more than 30 countries including Australia,Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the UK. The show had 55% more international pavilions this year, with new additions from Mexico, China, the Philippines, Iran and Canada.

LED BY INNOVATION
The key highlight in 2017 was the newly launched Innovation Hub that comprised three distinctive areas: The Innovation Theatre, Tech Talks, and Start-up Alley. The Innovation Hub had everything participants needed to stay abreast on the latest industry innovations and unlock best practices.

At Innovation Theatre, attendees participated in key discussions such as The Impact of Customer-Facing Technology on Restaurant Design, Key Trends Shaping the Future of Foodservice and Bridging the Atlantic: US and UK Restaurant Trends. All topics covered were devoted to keep participants ahead of the competition with in-depth research and timely education sessions.

Created to connect attendees with tech startups poised to make a big impact in foodservice, Start-up Alley brought 14 companies at the forefront in digital innovation in the foodservice sector. These included Kitchens with Confidence, Orderly, SeatNinja, Tabit, and Tapyness.

The key highlight in 2017 was the newly launched Innovation Hub that comprised three distinctive areas: The Innovation Theatre, Tech Talks, and Start-up Alley. The Innovation Hub had everything participants needed to stay abreast on the latest industry innovations and unlock best practices.

This year’s 36 Food and Beverage Innovation (FABI) Award recipients included products such as salt created with revolutionary processing technology; a naturally flavoured beverage with ginger, cane sugar and blood orange extract called Blood Orange Ginger Beer; and the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like fresh ground beef.

Hot New Products showcased F&B innovations such as packaged salad product with roots designed for optimal flavour, freshness and convenience (Pete’s Living Greens Living Strips), and 2017 Sofi Award winner that is a delicious “salad in a bottle” (ZUMO Gazpacho).

The KI (Kitchen Innovation) Awards and Pavilion set forth a mezze of forward-thinking equipment solutions to meaningfully improve the back of the house. The 18 selected innovations addressed operator concerns from labour, energy and water-efficiency to food safety, sanitation, cross-functionality and space-saving.

NRA Show 2018 will be held from May 19-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.