2014 Sponsors
  • Platinum Sponsor
    • GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard:. For centuries, the versatility of GREY POUPON has inspired chefs and operators to create delicious menu items with exceptional flavor profiles that draw new customers and stimulate sales. GREY POUPON is the mustard and brand that patrons recognize and demand. It’s held a reputation of sophistication for more than 200 years, yet it maintains a very modern appeal. It continues to inspire culinary innovation that adds a touch of elegance to your offerings.
  • Platinum Sponsor
    • Of all things a company can supply none is more important than trust. This is evident at the Middleby Corporation by our strong relationship with customers, suppliers, shareholders, and employees. Trust is why we’re the world leader in commercial cooking equipment. We perpetually “disrupt” our industry with advanced cooking innovations that bring speed, energy saving and green benefits to commercial kitchens. Our products are in one of every three restaurants around the world. And our customers have been with us for decades. It’s all because we don’t just sell products- we provide trust. And we will always keep that prime commodity on our front burner.
  • Platinum Sponsor
    • SpenDifference is a full-service, customized supply chain management partner that provides the infrastructure, scale and buying power of a co-op. Through us our customers gain access to the leverage of more than $7.8 billion in annual purchasing as well as programs that cover more than 60% of their foodservice budget. Our team of 25+ industry experts delivers supply chain support and services including annual food cost forecasts, negotiation and management of RFP programs, commodity intelligence and risk management and monthly invoice accuracy verification. And unlike some third-party purchasing partners, our programs are based on landed costs, so there are no hidden fees.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • Founded in 1949, ADM Marketing is a Direct Marketing Agency with focused capabilities in Direct Mail, Email, Promotions, Mobile Loyalty, Dbase Management and Segmentation. We work with clients’ to build a Central Member Database and long-term 1-1 relationships with consumers to become more efficient and reduce marketing costs over time.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • At Beverage Innovations we develop fresh ideas and turn them into successful products and solutions to provide value and increased profits to our customers worldwide. Leading through innovation, constant improvement and creation of trends is what defines our company culture and positions us as a leading resource to the beverage industry internationally with quality products and groundbreaking concepts, state of the art manufacturing and excellent ingredients. Superior customer service is our mission in every department; marketing, sales, procurement, manufacturing, logistics and accounting. Our award-winning design team creates unique brands and turns exciting concepts quickly but thoughtfully into reality with flexible and useful sales tools to increase our customer's profitability.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • National businesses rely on DIRECTV to deliver a consistent, total entertainment experience across multiple locations. No matter how complex your organization’s TV installation requirements are, DIRECTV is a smart choice. Our expertly trained sales and service teams, a dedicated customer service staff and full-scale marketing support are designed to meet all of your enterprise’s requirements. Plus, with the widest variety of HD programming available, your customers are sure to be entertained – no matter where they’re located. Let us help you create a total entertainment solution that’s custom-designed to meet your large-scale organization’s needs.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • Endorsed by the National Restaurant Association, Heartland brings secure payment processing, payroll, loyalty and mobile solutions to more than 275,000 business and educational locations nationwide—including 55,000 restaurants. Discover how fair and transparent pricing, our commitment to one-call customer service resolution, our leading advocacy on behalf of customers and our trusted customer relationships can define your Heartland experience.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • LevelUp offers the most advanced mobile payment, loyalty and consumer engagement tools on the market in a custom branded app for your business. We've distilled our experience from working with 5,000 merchants and 1MM+ users into a custom experience that can be integrated into your existing mobile application or launched as a brand new one.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • MonkeyMedia Software helps restaurant operators grow sales and increase profits by educating them to become experts at feeding their customers where they live, work and play. Using the turnkey Get Catering and Grow Sales!™ System, a toolkit for catering strategy, education and software, MonkeyMedia Software works closely with each brand’s Executive Team to drive strategic alignment, provide education for team members, and deploy an enterprise software platform to service and support the off-premise business channel. This is accomplished through the MMS Catering Institute™ and MonkeyCatering™ Software platform. For more information, please visit www.monkeymediasoftware.com.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • From the classroom to the boardroom, from the desktop to the diner, NEC Display Solutions has a full range of desktop and large-screen LCD displays, and multimedia and digital cinema projector solutions for just about any display need imaginable. NEC Display Solutions leverages award-winning display technologies and advanced research and development, while building on a rich history of product innovation. The quality of the NEC brand is also illustrated by the company’s customer-focused programs, industry-leading support and service benefits for a display solution unlike any other.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • Philips Commercial Signage delivers 24/7 performance along with the only standard advanced exchange warranty in the business. We focus on one thing, display; front of screen optimization as well as control and asset management. See why we are the choice of the biggest retail and Airport deployments in the US.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • Punchh works for both restaurants and customers. For restaurants, Punchh provides an easy way to engage customers – we provide restaurant customers tools to spread the word of mouth, and reward them for repeat visits and referrals. Most important, restaurants can track and measure what’s working and what’s not; and run campaigns to keep customers coming back.For customers, Punchh puts the punch cards of all their favorite restaurants on phones so that they never have to carry stacks of them. And unlike other loyalty programs, Punchh provides customers rewards when they eat at their favorite restaurants and when their friends show up to eat.
  • Gold Sponsor
    • Rewards Network is a results-driven, measurable marketing program that helps restaurants fill more tables and build a loyal customer base. We provide access to over 3.4 million passionate diners, driving trial and repeat visits by offering rewards such as airline miles, hotel points, charitable contributions and more. We promote restaurants to diners via websites, emails, social media, and mobile apps, and provide valuable customer feedback and performance tracking to help operators improve service and increase profits. Find out how Rewards Network can help give you a competitive edge. Visit www.rewardsnetwork.com
  • Gold Sponsor
    • SCA and its Tork brand offers professional hygiene products and services to customers ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries. Products include dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, and industrial and kitchen wipers. Through expertise in hygiene, functional design and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader. Tork is a global brand of SCA, and a committed partner to customers in over 80 countries. To keep up with the latest Tork news and innovations, please visit: www.torkusa.com or www.tork.ca
  • Gold Sponsor
    • Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is the world leader in location-based media designed to actively and intelligently influence human behavior. We love creating intelligent digital signage solutions that move products, consumers, and sales metrics. Scala solutions increase sales, improve brand loyalty, optimize customer experience, and reinforce business objectives. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, Pa., and has subsidiaries in The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany, Japan and India, as well as more than 500 partners in more than 90 countries. Find out more at scala.com.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • Groupon’s National team collaborates with tier-one national brands seeking a fully developed mobile and online marketing platform. Groupon national programs drive in-store and online traffic, promote new customer acquisition, motivate repeat business and increase customer engagement and awareness. Groupon is a global leader in mobile commerce. More than 80 million people worldwide have downloaded the Groupon Mobile app.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • Integrated Control simply delivers the best technology solutions for Product Management, Operations, Food Safety and Quality to the Food Service Industry. This is possible thanks to the successful working relationships and collaborations with some of the best brands in the market. Products facilitate the ability to Remind, Record and Report on each daily task to be performed in the kitchen.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • Since the birth of LRS’ iconic restaurant coaster pager, LRS remains committed to providing tools and services that enable its customers to provide a better guest experience. As the innovator of onsite communications, our services today range from: on-site paging and messaging, guest tracking services, guest queue and process management tools, on-site feedback and customer survey services. We know restaurants need simple solutions that streamline communications between guests and staff. Visit us as LRSUS.com to learn how we can help you better manage your operations and improve customer experiences.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • McLane is a highly successful $34 billion supply chain services company, providing foodservice and grocery supply chain solutions for more than 18,000 restaurant locations as well as thousands of convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and military locations. To learn more about McLane, visit www.mclaneco.com.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • Market Force is the leading global customer intelligence solutions company for multi-location businesses, including restaurants, major retailers, grocery and convenience stores, financial institutions, and entertainment studios. With more than 125 years of combined industry experience, Market Force has pioneered the industry with a suite of customer intelligence solutions – from proprietary decision-support tools to 600,000 field associates across North America and Europe who conduct mystery shopping, to real customer surveys, contact center solutions and social media monitoring. Its solutions enable brands to identify the actions required at the individual location level to increase customer loyalty and improve financial performance.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • NetBase enables business leaders to manage marketing and content strategies with real-time, fast and accurate social media analytics. Clients include AMC Networks, American Airlines, Arby’s Coca-Cola, Ogilvy, SAP, Taco Bell and YUM!.ROI figures calculated by IntelliCap and by TechValidate show that we deliver hard ROI for our customers. Among other benefits, we can reduce costs to capture social media insights by 34% over traditional methods, reduce time spent managing PR issues by 20%, reduce campaign costs 50% and boost productivity for many functions.Please contact us to learn more or to schedule a custom demo where you can see our solution in action: call 1-855-SOCMROI (762-6764) or email info@netbase.com. www.netbase.com
  • Silver Sponsor
    • PreGel AMERICA is the U.S. subsidiary of PreGel, a global ingredient company headquartered in Reggio Emilia, Italy. PreGel develops, manufactures and distributes ingredients, toppings and fillings of the highest quality from Italy, including flavors, powders and pastes used in gelato, soft serve, frozen yogurt, pastry and other specialty desserts. Our ingredients are intended to serve and inspire the creativity of our customers. PreGel believes in blending Your Passion with Our Ingredients.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • Server Products is a leader in portion controlled dispensing and point of use holding of ambient, chilled and heated food products. More than just a manufacturer of high quality food serving and dispensing equipment, Server Products is a food serving solution provider that works with operators and chains to help them save money, improve product quality and improve operational efficiency. From pumps that ensure precise portion optimization to space saving countertop warmers and chillers, Server has been proudly helping their customers serve better for 65 years.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • With a 60+ year history of success, Simmons has grown from a regional provider of fresh chicken to a diversified global company with a large portfolio of products and services for private label food service and retail. At Simmons we deliver customized products, from the ideation through development, design, brand positioning, production and logistics. In fact, all our jobs are custom-made. Whether product matching or developing a secret signature taste, we pride ourselves in offering tailor-made poultry products to meet your customers’ palates and price points.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • SMG (Service Management Group) is the leading international customer experience research firm. Driving business results by partnering with brands to improve customer loyalty and employee engagement, SMG provides actionable insights and recommendations at both the front-line and senior executive levels. SMG has developed a proprietary suite of research services combining world-class technology with unmatched industry expertise. Each year, the firm evaluates over 100 million customer experiences in 90 countries and 41 languages for more than 300 brands
  • Silver Sponsor
    • Splick.it is a leading mobile and web technology provider that develops custom branded mobile apps and responsive design websites for multi-location restaurants with sophisticated menuing, ordering, payment, loyalty and 1:1 marketing. Splick.it has a plug and play technology infrastructure which makes it easy to create 'super apps' by integrating 3rd party technologies such as stored-value gift cards, mobile wallet and in-store loyalty providers into a seamless single sign-in user experience. See why top restaurants such as Jersey Mike’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Pita Pit, Tully's, Fuddruckers and so many more have chosen Splick.it to power their mobile and web commerce.
  • SILVER Sponsor
    • Touchpoint's POS, Mobile, Loyalty and Data platform captures and shares information across all devices and locations to create an exceptional customer experience. Mobile, Big Data, Loyalty, Rewards, POS, KDS and more. Enjoy unified sales, inventory and labor data to headquarters, freedom from PCI scope, greater efficiency and lightning performance in a fully managed solution.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • Waze is an award-winning crowdsourced traffic and navigation app with millions of active users around the world. Our goal is to save drivers five minutes a day, every day. Advertisers can reach users in the context of their drive with Waze's industry-leading location-based ads. Ads on Waze increase location and brand awareness - and drive Wazers more frequently to your business.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • With a 60+ year history of success, Simmons has grown from a regional provider of fresh chicken to a diversified global company with a large portfolio of products and services for private label food service and retail. At Simmons we deliver customized products, from the ideation through development, design, brand positioning, production and logistics. In fact, all our jobs are custom-made. Whether product matching or developing a secret signature taste, we pride ourselves in offering tailor-made poultry products to meet your customers’ palates and price points.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • SMG (Service Management Group) is the leading international customer experience research firm. Driving business results by partnering with brands to improve customer loyalty and employee engagement, SMG provides actionable insights and recommendations at both the front-line and senior executive levels. SMG has developed a proprietary suite of research services combining world-class technology with unmatched industry expertise. Each year, the firm evaluates over 100 million customer experiences in 90 countries and 41 languages for more than 300 brands
  • SILVER Sponsor
    • Touchpoint's POS, Mobile, Loyalty and Data platform captures and shares information across all devices and locations to create an exceptional customer experience. Mobile, Big Data, Loyalty, Rewards, POS, KDS and more. Enjoy unified sales, inventory and labor data to headquarters, freedom from PCI scope, greater efficiency and lightning performance in a fully managed solution.
  • Culinary Sponsor
    • Cockrell Enovation provides comprehensive solutions for fast casual brands, enabling you to successfully implement marketing and branding efforts. We allow your individual locations to order finished products or customized templates, then we handle the print, fulfillment and distribution of all items.
  • Culinary Sponsor
    • For over 60 years, Custom Culinary, Inc. has been perfecting the art of flavorful food. Custom Culinary® draws on this experience to deliver the most authentic flavor systems for our National & Regional Chain partners. Our broad range of capabilities includes everything from liquid sauces, gravies and marinades to fully particulated chutneys, entrees and sides. We leverage our proprietary customization process, FlavorIQ™, to help our partners taste success faster than ever before. Our industry leading team of experts delicately balances culinary arts with food science to quickly and accurately translate your vision into creative menu concepts. We pride ourselves on Innovation without limitations!
  • Culinary Sponsor
    • GSP helps consumer facing businesses transform their growth strategies into store-level results. Our site profiling technology and survey capabilities enable flawless site-specific execution. Our design team creates award-winning graphics and restaurant environments. And our point of purchase management team leverage G7 certified production facilities and store-specific fulfillment capabilities to maximize return on your POP marketing efforts. For more information, visit gspretail.com
  • Culinary Sponsor
    • PlayerLync is the only automatic content delivery and control platform for tablets that let's your restaurant instantly push and pull high quality videos and documents right into the hands of your team – no matter where they are or how much bandwidth they have. PlayerLync’s native offline access allows your employees to instantly and easily watch, read and collaborate on new training content, recipes and policies and procedures from anywhere in your facilities. With this accelerated learning, restaurants and food services teams drive rapid onboarding, and talent development and retention. Additionally, PlayerLync’s tablet-based user app empowers your team to capture video and photos for sharing best practices from the front line across the organization.
  • Culinary Sponsor
    • No one grows ketchup like Heinz. Every red, ripe tomato is grown only from Heinz seeds. And ketchup isn’t all we grow… From condiments, to soups, to sauces, Heinz is your go-to-partner in all things culinary. Whether choosing from our thousands of branded products or creating custom, proprietary offerings, Heinz meets your needs. Heinz also provides creative and unique marketing programs – such as our “Talking Label” program which engages your consumer at the table and occupies them in a fun fashion while waiting for their meal. We provide you with valuable consumer insights needed to drive your entire menu.
  • Culinary Sponsor
    • PlayerLync is the only automatic content delivery and control platform for tablets that let's your restaurant instantly push and pull high quality videos and documents right into the hands of your team – no matter where they are or how much bandwidth they have. PlayerLync’s native offline access allows your employees to instantly and easily watch, read and collaborate on new training content, recipes and policies and procedures from anywhere in your facilities. With this accelerated learning, restaurants and food services teams drive rapid onboarding, and talent development and retention. Additionally, PlayerLync’s tablet-based user app empowers your team to capture video and photos for sharing best practices from the front line across the organization.
  • Culinary Sponsor
    • Cockrell Enovation provides comprehensive solutions for fast casual brands, enabling you to successfully implement marketing and branding efforts. We allow your individual locations to order finished products or customized templates, then we handle the print, fulfillment and distribution of all items.
  • Culinary Sponsor
    • For over 60 years, Custom Culinary, Inc. has been perfecting the art of flavorful food. Custom Culinary® draws on this experience to deliver the most authentic flavor systems for our National & Regional Chain partners. Our broad range of capabilities includes everything from liquid sauces, gravies and marinades to fully particulated chutneys, entrees and sides. We leverage our proprietary customization process, FlavorIQ™, to help our partners taste success faster than ever before. Our industry leading team of experts delicately balances culinary arts with food science to quickly and accurately translate your vision into creative menu concepts. We pride ourselves on Innovation without limitations!
  • Associate Sponsor
    • We work in close partnership with our customers, and we have extraordinary insight into the challenges they face. With on-site presence and the latest technology, we can capture and analyze data from multiple systems, see how processes interact and impact each other, and use this in-depth understanding to solve problems and find opportunities. We work together to develop clean, safe and sustainable practices.We have hundreds of scientists researching food safety problems and water and energy solutions -studying the viruses and bacteria that can make people sick – and how to destroy them. Investigating how a new technology can impact, and be impacted by, the efficient use of natural resources
  • Associate Sponsor
    • InMoment is a cloud-based customer experience (CX) optimization platform that gives the world’s leading food service brands the ability to listen to and engage with their customers to improve business results through better experiences. Through its Experience Hub™, InMoment provides Voice of Customer (VoC), Social Reviews and Advocacy, and Employee Engagement technology as well as strategic guidance and tactical instruction support and services to 350 brands across 25 industries in 128 countries.
  • Associate Sponsor
    • MagTek is the most experienced and innovative provider of secure transaction technology to the payment card industry. MagTek provides PCI-compliant products that process, encrypt, tokenize and authenticate millions of magnetic card transactions daily, facilitating over a trillion dollars of world-wide commerce each year. MagTek leads the payment industry’s campaign to wipe out counterfeit card fraud, saving banks, processors, merchants and consumers billions of dollars annually, effectively eradicating an entire category of crime.
  • Associate Sponsor
    • Marketing Informatics (Mi) specializes in providing local market intelligence and practical programs to drive traffic for the restaurant industry. With insightful direct marketing services such as our BusinessPlace and HomePlace products, we are able to reach consumers where they LIVE and WORK, generating more guests and sales for your brand. Mi has been recognized with awards from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business; Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship; Experian Marketing Services; and Inc. Magazine’s “Inc 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.”
  • Associate Sponsor
    • Schreiber Foods has grown from a single production facility in Green Bay, Wis., to a $4.5+ billion global enterprise and the world’s largest employee owned dairy company. We supply a full line of dairy products including natural cheese, process cheese, cream cheese, specialty items, yogurt, and more. We offer leading edge services to protect and grow your business through risk management programs, supply chain programs, culinary services, and customized tools that will support your restaurant growth. We're successful because we live our values of ownership, caring, partnership, continuous improvement and commitment to our customers each and every day.
  • Associate Sponsor
    • Give your brand large brand purchase leverage. SCS’s shared savings business model is the answer to increasing purchasing power without adding G&A expenses. Because of our clients’ and parent company’s annual purchasing power ($3Billion), SCS has contacts and leverage to which most evolving brands can only aspire. We have expertise in food service distribution management and purchasing of food, packaging, smallwares, stainless, millwork, furniture, fixtures, equipment and signage. With an office in Hong Kong we have opportunity to leverage Asia resources to our clients’ advantage in the U.S. Give us a call 305-442-6600, or visit us on the web at www.SCSWeb.net.
  • Associate Sponsor
    • Thermodyne's revolutionary heating method is designed to heat foods without the need for circulating hot air. Using our patented Fluid Shelf technology, every shelf in the cabinet is heated to a precise temperature ideally suited for holding, slow-cooking, low temperature cooking or rethermalizing - all in one unit!
  • Associate Sponsor
    • Winston Industries, LLC is an innovative foodservice equipment manufacturer headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. Winston’s family of brands includes Collectramatic® – the original workhorse used for frying KFC chicken; Controlled Vapor Technology or CVap® – a breakthrough in cooking and holding foods at their optimum condition and used in kitchens around the world from fine-dining chefs to fast-food operators; and its newest brand, Kitchen Data Systems™ – a revolutionary temperature management system that presents the company with an exciting opportunity to make a difference in food safety.
  • Associate Sponsor
    • For over 40 years, Wray Executive Search has specialized in the recruitment of executive talent, including C-level professionals, functional officers and mid-level managers for clients in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. We provide in-depth knowledge, understanding, and expertise for matching client needs and cultures with candidates who will not only perform but also make a difference. Our clients benefit from our consultants’ expertise in search methodology, firsthand industry exposure, and our strategic restaurant and hospitality executive search network that includes the industry’s best and brightest. We leverage our candidate network and original research to help clients solve executive talent challenges while observing the highest professional and ethical standards. Services are tailored to our clients’ specific hiring and assessment objectives. We work tenaciously until an assignment is complete, with a strong client focus and a commitment to quality on every engagement. Our clients range from multinational, billion dollar brands to entrepreneurial startups. Our objective is to develop a long-term relationship that encourages a strategic partnership.
  • Associate Sponsor
    • MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.
  • Associate Sponsor
    • RTi is a leading provider of technical consulting for resin, paper, packaging and risk management. Founded in 1995, Resin Technology Inc. provides market expertise and consulting services that extend to fast casual and quick serve restaurants. RTi works with procurement teams to form a sustainable foundation for best in class pricing. RTI unravels the value chain and formulates a negotiation strategy with the client and then provides support that includes technical specifications and costs. RTi has over 14 billion lbs. of direct transactional visibility in the resin market. We handle all resin and paper classifications and provide customized solutions that leverage in-depth analysis.
  • Associate Sponsor
    • ZNAP™ is an innovative mobile business platform which optimizes transactions through the bundling of secure multi-channel mobile payments with value added solutions such as loyalty integration, business intelligence, geo-location, in-app consumer communication, offer marketing and much more. The product was developed by MPayMe, an international high-growth business technology company founded in 2010. Headquartered in Hong Kong and with offices in US, Europe, Asia and Japan, ZNAP™ has recently launched in a number of markets around the world with well-known merchants and partners. MPayMe solutions are designed around the needs of merchants and consumers, in order to add value and solve real business problems. For more information visit: www.znap.com
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