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NAFEM Show 2019

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50 Foodservice Equipment & Supplies | The NAFEM Show 2019 Planning Guide How often do you attend The NAFEM Show? I go every time. I don't think I've missed one. What industry trends or issues will be top-of-mind as you walk the 2019 show? The big-picture issues that drive so much of every project right now. They're led by sustainability — energy-ef…ciency, waste management and water savings, in particular — durability, automation and ease of use, whether for customers or employees. As the economy gets stronger, the labor market for this industry just becomes more challenging, so we'll have labor-saving solutions on our radar. Of course, as design consultants we're interested in every corner of front and back of house, so we're also just really excited to see what's there and what's new. You've said the show also helps with your own labor issues. How? We …nd that it can be a pretty powerful recruitment and retention tool. We have a lot of associates who are new to foodservice and who really don't understand how broad it is. We use NAFEM not only as a place to learn about equipment, but a place to show our staff just how big and important the industry is. Everyone is there, from manufacturers and reps to consultants and dealers and operators. You get a very good picture of the many layers and career opportunities in foodservice. I love taking new people there and seeing them get as excited about this industry as I am. "SOUTHERN PRIDE WAS THE CLEAR CHOICE. WE ARE ONE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA'S LARGEST CATERERS; SOMETIMES FEEDING THOUSANDS A DAY. WE DEMAND A LOT FROM OUR FIVE 1400'S, AND AFTER TEN YEARS THEY'RE SMOKING BETTER THAN EVER!" Matt Van Sloten Back Forty Texas BBQ Pleasant Hill, CA NAFEM Booth #4557 Lenny Condenzio, FCSI COO and Executive Principal Ricca Design Studios Boston

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