The 3rd Annual Fast Casual Trends & Directions Conference Will Kick Off May 16 in Chicago

The fast casual segment of the restaurant industry has become the fastest growing, and with a new wave of super quality product, it will only continue to innovate. In order to stay ahead of the curve in all aspects — from technology to ingredients to consumer trends — there’s no better resource than the annual Fast Casual Trends & Directions Conference. This year, as a bonus, Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen will be featured as a speaker.

Kicking off its third year in Chicago on May 16, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton, the conference — an invite-only event hosted by the National Restaurant Association, in partnership with DigitalCoCo and Technomic — provides C-level fast casual executives with a comprehensive outlook on the future of fast casual, as well as its current state.

“This segment is the future of how innovation in the restaurant business will happen. The [NRA’s] Fast Casual Industry Council provides a vehicle for like-minded fast casual innovators to come together for the sharing of ideas, but most of all, to forge relationships that can help the segment become the leader for upgrading the restaurant industry to adapt to the modern day food consumer,” said Paul Barron, CEO and Founder of DigitalCoCo.

Aside from being a great networking resource with key fast casual players in attendance, the Fast Casual Trends & Directions Conference will be a platform for industry experts to delve into detailed data on fast casual trends, consumer trends, insights, and foodservice knowledge.

“Executives in attendance will have access to exclusive research findings and information and leave with a competitive edge in the marketplace,” said Technomic EVP Darren Tristano.

This year, the conference will be sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice and Primary Color.

For more information on the event, including agenda details and speakers, please click here.

Also, be sure to check out Fast Casual Trends TV, which includes some exclusive footage from last year's event.