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ALIWORLD 2019

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1 ALI GROUP Let me extend my heartiest welcome to this, the seventh edition of Aliworld North America magazine. Looking through the sto- ries in this issue reminds me of the fact that even though we all have our own individ- ual problems and concerns, many of you face the same issues regardless of location. Everyone faces labor-related challenges, including finding and retaining qualified team members. Ever-increasing food costs affect your bot- tom line. New ordering and delivery systems change the way you produce and serve food. And kitchen sizes continue to shrink to accommodate a growing front-of-house area. As always, we at Ali Group have a continual focus on designing and producing products that help you meet those challenges. At the same time, we keep an eye on the trends loom- ing on the horizon. One of those trends that affects operators globally is the advancement of technology. Consumers today want conveni- ence more than ever. We'll show you some of the new technologies and systems that help op- erators facilitate consumer orders from almost any location and allow diners to take delivery of their food within minutes. Also in this issue, you'll see how a coffee company's unique delivery system helped them carve out a niche in the crowded coffee seg- ment and moved them into other beverages as well. You will also learn how a successful Chicago-based chain serves creative, deli- cious (and highly profitable) donuts. And, by combining a perfectly prepared and delivered product with a culture based on "doing good" in the communities it serves, we will show you how a pizza chain differentiates itself from the competition. This issue contains these stories and many others that showcase just some of the ways that we at Ali Group listen to our cus- tomers and go beyond simply providing them with products that meet their needs. I'm very pleased that this issue will introduce you to the first seven winners of The Berti Foundation scholarships. These talented stu- dents are the children of Ali Group employees, and we are delighted to help them reach their educational goals. On a personal note, I look forward to seeing many of you at The NAFEM Show 2019 in Orlando in February. We are already in the planning stages for this year's National Restaurant Association show in Chicago as well as HOST 2019. I look forward to seeing many of you at these shows, as well as at the many other trade shows and buying group conferences in which we participate. From all of us at Ali Group, let me extend my sincerest wishes for a happy and prosperous 2019. Enjoy Aliworld. Filippo Berti Chief Executive Officer, Ali Group

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