With the Pandemic in the rearview mirror and a year of supply chain challenges, The NAFEM Show returns this week. From February 1st to 3rd, foodservice equipment and supply buyers will convene at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
With a wide array of products for food preparation, cooking, storage and table service on display, the NAFEM ’23 show is a one-stop-shop for commercial foodservice E&S purchasing decision-makers. The show floor will welcome dealer/distributors, kitchen and restaurant management consultants, any food-away-from home operations such as independent, chain and quick service restaurants, colleges & universities, C-store, grocery, concessions, K-12 schools, hospitals, senior living, military and corporate dining.
Exhibitors at The NAFEM Show have the opportunity to get in front of and connect with the industry including dealers, distributors, operators and consultants. NAFEM also provides exhibitors with a variety of tools, resources and webinars to help them make the most of The NAFEM Show. “I’m looking forward to just being able to see people again,” noted David Stafford, president and CEO, Stafford-Smith Inc. “The pandemic lockdowns kept us away from each other for some time. At NAFEM, I plan to meet with customers, walk the show floor with them and find out how things are going and just share ideas and best practices. I want to find out how to do things better.”
The show has long been an integral resource for the restaurant professional looking for equipment and supply’s newest solutions. “I’ve been looking forward to NAFEM for the past few years,” Nadine Rodriguez, director of supply chain, Noodles & Co. said. “It’s always a great opportunity to see new, innovative equipment. We are currently looking for equipment that can help improve cook times, increase throughput and reduce labor. We’re also looking for equipment that will help reduce utility costs and aligns with our environmental, social and governance goals.”
“The NAFEM Show is a one-of-a-kind experience that connects the operator with the latest in foodservice equipment and supplies as well as E&S manufacturers and foodservice professionals from around the world,” added the show’s General Manager Deirdre Flynn. “It’s one of the most efficient ways to discover what’s trending today. Be inspired and hear new ideas that can transform the way you operate today – and in the future.”
Foodservice equipment and supplies choices need to be more strategic than ever, increasing productivity, reducing waste and providing operational flexibility. “Only The NAFEM Show gives you a front-row seat to today’s most impactful solutions to address these challenges and many more,” Flynn. continued. “Whether you’re looking for cutting-edge advancements or tried-and-true machinery that can enhance your operation, it’s all here. Plus, the show gives you a unique opportunity to not only see equipment and supplies in action but connect with manufacturers about the right solutions for your needs. Leave feeling confident you’ve selected the best possible solution for your operation.
Flynn and her NAFEM ’23 team have also crafted a comprehensive educational program. “@CenterStage gives you unparalleled access to insights that you can apply to your operation immediately, Flynn explained. You’ll hear from industry leaders and experts on the hottest topics in commercial foodservice E&S during engaging talks, panel discussions and presentations. It’s all available in one place – and invaluable to your future success”
There’s nothing like a face-to-face conversation to inspire the foodservice professional’s next breakthrough. “Beyond the show floor, you’ll have several opportunities to interact with foodservice professionals at special networking events,” the Chicago based executive noted. “These gatherings, including the Kick-Off and NAFEM parties, give you a chance to build or maintain your network while enjoying delicious food and exciting entertainment after a successful show day.”
“We’ve all learned how to make do on our own or digitally, but there’s just something special about everybody coming together physically. It’s almost symbolic in that it’s indicative of the industry’s recovery,” Flynn concluded.
Learn more about the NAFEM ’23 Show, visit their website.