ALEXANDRIA, VA €" NACS Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence (NACS CAFÃ‰) Education Director Nancy Caldarola will moderate at session at the 2012 NRA Show, the food industry€™s largest trade show dedicated to foodservice.
Produced by the National Restaurant Association, the NRA Show annually draws 58,000-plus attendees €" all seeking or showcasing the newest innovations and up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues. This year€™s NRA Show will take place May 5 to 8 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Caldarola will moderate the May 8 session, "Foodservice: The C-Store Game Changer," and focus on the future of foodservice offerings in convenience stores, as well as the importance of cost controls, inventory management and the value of tapping into the growing demand for freshly prepared food away from home.
"Our industry€™s involvement in the NRA Show is a testament to just how far convenience stores have come in foodservice, both in terms of best practices and reputation," said Caldarola. "We view this session as a huge opportunity to continue to talk about our industry and the opportunities to grow foodservice."
Speakers for the session include Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research and knowledge for the National Restaurant Association; and Joseph Chiovera, vice president of foodservice for Alimentation Couche-Tard, Circle K Stores Inc.
NACS CAFÃ‰ also will have a kiosk in the Power of Partnership Pavilion to visit with NACS members and others in the convenience store industry.
Established in 2009, NACS CAFÃ‰ provides certified training programs for foodservice managers, supervisors and corporate directors through a series of on-campus educational programs and soon-to-be-introduced online computer-based training modules. NACS CAFÃ‰ holds a number of three-day Certified Convenience Foodservice Manager Programs throughout the year to provide foodservice knowledge that assists operators in becoming more profitable; develops connections to allow operators to find resources that support a profitable foodservice operation and advocates on behalf of the convenience store industry.