FSTEC: Complete Guide to the Restaurant Technology Conference

If you aren’t familiar with the FSTEC conference, you should know that it is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases new technology that has been designed for both the commercial and noncommercial food service sectors. It is one of the most comprehensive industry conferences and is expected to host over 1,400 C-suite decision-makers. This conference is ideal for hospitality leaders looking to stay ahead of the curve by adopting the latest and greatest technology trends and solutions.

FSTEC 2021: Conference Overview

In 2021, FSTEC will be a three-day event that runs from September 12th – 14th and is held at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. The conference provides participants with the opportunity to sample the latest gadgets, attend sessions and speeches by industry leaders, network, and share solutions and ideas. In total, there will be three General Sessions and 24 Innovation Forums where you can learn about data-driven insights and get access to the expert knowledge you need to create a successful business plan.   

The FSTEC conference is hosted by Winsight, which is a B2B company that provides information services to the restaurant industry. They work with every facet of the food and beverage consumer market, including grocery stores, convenience stores, noncommercial foodservice, and restaurants. They organize a variety of media events and tradeshows while also providing valuable data and advisory services throughout the foodservice industry.  

What to Expect at FSTEC 

Restaurants can learn about innovative solutions that range from new technology that increases operational efficiency and creates a more seamless guest experience to the best marketing strategies for bars and restaurants. Suppliers who have partnered with FSTEC will be on-site to share their new tools and how they can be leveraged to improve restaurant operations and prioritize public health in the wake of the pandemic

Who Will Be Attending FSTEC

Over 800 restaurant industry executives have registered to attend. This number includes 400 operators and more than 250 suppliers. To see a complete list of attendees, you can download the details at: https://fstec.com/attendees.

The Agenda for FSTEC 2021

Sunday, September 12th

On Sunday, September 12th, the conference will open with a Marketplace Sponsor setup in Ballroom E-F that will run from 8 am to 4 pm. The first Innovation Forum will begin at 3 pm with a speech by Melisssa Wilson, Principal of Technomic. Her forum will focus on how COVID-19 has impacted the industry and what to expect moving forward. Next, a panel consisting of Jonathan Maze, Editor-in-Chief of Restaurant Business, Aaron Noveshen, CEO of Starbird and Founder of The Culinary Edge, Atul Sood, Chief Business Officer of Kitchen United, and James Walker, Senior Vice President of Restaurant’s Nathan’s Famous, will discuss ghost kitchens and ways restaurants can capitalize on this innovation. At 5 pm, participants will be welcomed to the dinner and reception.

Monday, September 13th

Monday will begin with a breakfast that runs from 7:30 am to 8:30 am and will provide attendees with an excellent networking opportunity. Innovation forums will begin at 8:45 and provide guests with six different options to choose from, including:

1: Dirty Little Secrets Your Tech Providers Aren’t Telling You

2: Enabling Memorable Digital Guest Experiences with Brinker International

3: Get More from Your Customers

4: How to Stop Getting Gouged on Credit Card Payment Fees + Free Mimosas

5: Food Safety During Labor Shortages – Leveraging Technology to Protect Customers

6: Loyalty Innovation 2021: Building the Restaurant of the Future Today

The next set of forums begin at 10 am and offer seven sessions:

1: Free Tools from Oracle to Boost Orders and Efficiency
2: Leading Through Change & Controlling Your Own Destiny
3: I Loved It So Much, I Bought The Company
4: Boosting Team Execution and Productivity through Technology
5: Creating the Drive-thru of the Future as an Immersive Guest Experience
6: Algorithmic Growth: How Virtual Virtual Virtual will be more important than Location, Location, Location
7: Digital Strategies that Authentically Differentiate a Brand in its Category

From 3 to 3:30 pm there will be another networking break before three general sessions that will cover how technology can be used to improve hiring processes, how restaurants can take full advantage of data and insights, and the future of on-premise services. 

Following the general sessions, attendees are invited to head over to the Texan Station Sports Bar and Grill for dinner and drinks as part of the IFTBA’s Celebration of Technology. 

Tuesday, September 14th

There will be another networking breakfast at 8 am followed by the last two general sessions that will address the topics “Artificial Intelligence: Are Humans in Jeopardy” and “How CMOs use Tech Today.”

If you’re interested in attending FSTEC, you can register to attend here.

FAQs

What is the FSTEC conference? 

FSTEC is a technology-focused conference that hosts top restaurant industry executives and suppliers. It is a three-day event where businesses have the opportunity to enter the market and spread the word about their solutions and brand.

Where is FSTEC 2021? 

FSTEC will be held at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, on September 12th – 14th. 

Who are the FSTEC attendees? 

Attendees are set to include 800+ industry executives, 250+ suppliers, and 400+ operators.  

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