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National Restaurant Association Show 2014

Posted on  April 21, 2014

If you work in the food or lodging industry you need to attend the National Restaurant Association Show 2014. The NRA show is the best way to connect and network with industry professionals, learn about the latest food service developments and fulfill your needs with a vendor. This year’s show will take place from May 17-20 at McCormick place in Chicago.


Who should attend? 

Over 60,000 business professionals from all different areas of the food service industry ¬†attended last year’s show and that number is expected again this year.


The name “National Restaurant Association” is actually a bit misleading as you don‚Äôt need to be involved in the restaurant business to benefit from the show. People from across the food service industry attend the show including culinary professional, non-commercial operators K-12, university and healthcare feeders as well as retailers.


Exhibitors and Educational Sessions 

More than 2,000 exhibitors including vendors, food industry experts and business professionals representing a wide variety of needs and interests will be present this year, meaning you’ll be able to connect with someone meaningful to your business no matter what your particular need is.



There will also be a range of educational sessions designed to cover a wide variety of issues a the fore front of the industry.


Some of the key topics this year include:

-       Menu development

-       Marketing

-       Operational Issues

-       Sustainability

-       Technology

-       Health & Nutrition

-       Dealing with Special Dietary needs


Facts and Figures

-       77% of NRA attendees are influencers or decision makers at their business.

-       33% of attendees each year are first timers

-       On Average, attendees plan to spend $388,500 as a result of attending the show

-       Over 100 countries are represented

-       People from all 50 states attend


How to attend

You don’t need to be an NRA member to attend the show, but you do need to be associated with the food or restaurant industry or lodging industry, the show is not open to the public. Register today.



National Restaurant Association Show 2014

Date: May 17-20, 2014

Location: McCormick Place, Chicago Illinois

Registration: $99, but  complimentary badges are availability if your company is an NRA member.





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