Nationwide Restaurant Affiliation Present Studies Large Surge in New Exhibitors

The Nationwide Restaurant Affiliation, Restaurant, Resort-Motel Present, happening at McCormick Place in Chicago Might 20-23, will characteristic greater than 2,100 exhibitors, together with 800 corporations that can make their debut on the occasion. That’s a 61% enhance over 2022’s first-time exhibitor complete, in keeping with a press launch.

The annual occasion will showcase the most recent meals and beverage merchandise and tendencies in addition to rising applied sciences and operational improvements that can deal with labor challenges and enhance the underside line.

“The Nationwide Restaurant Affiliation Present is a big, legacy occasion with a fame for driving innovation,” Tom Cindric, president of Winsight Exhibitions, stated within the launch. “Annually, the Present does what no different occasion can—it gives a full image of the place the trade is now and the place it’s heading. Each exhibiting firm helps create that image. We’re thrilled to welcome so many newcomers this yr and sit up for seeing the most recent from our returning exhibitors.”

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With greater than 11 soccer fields (659,000-plus sq. toes) price of exhibit area, the present’s ground will supply cutting-edge merchandise throughout 900-plus classes, together with meals and beverage, tools, know-how, tableware, sanitation and extra. Greater than 60,0000 trade professionals are anticipated this yr alone, bringing collectively extra consumers, suppliers and producers than every other trade occasion.

A lot of this yr’s new exhibitors will be present in considered one of seven featured pavilions: A Style of the States, Bellavita Italian Pavilion, Iberica Spanish Pavilion, The Beverage Room, International Meals Expo, Natural & Pure, and The Culinary Expertise. The Startup Alley may also characteristic many first-time exhibitors showcasing meals and beverage gadgets, tools and provides, know-how and extra.

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Each new and returning exhibitors have obtained specialty awards and shall be featured in designated areas on the present ground. This yr, the present has awarded a record-setting 42 exhibitors with Meals and Beverage (FABI) Awards and 20 with Kitchen Improvements (KI) Awards.

For an entire listing of corporations exhibiting on the 2023 Present, click on right here. For extra info and to register to attend, go to