PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo Announces Chef Robert Irvine as Keynote Speaker
NEWARK, DE - The Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Foodservice Conference & Expo is coming up in July. To tease attendee’s anticipation, the association has announced that world-renowned personality and businessman Chef Robert Irvine is scheduled to keynote in Monterey, California. I can say on behalf of everybody, this is an event that you won't want to miss.
During “A Morning with Robert Irvine” on Friday, July 24, the high-energy chef and TV personality will inspire attendees with healthy food tips, eating habits, and the passion he brings to everything he does. He’ll share insights on setting clear goals, the significance of image, and the importance of quality. According to the press release, Irvine will also serve as the celebrity judge for PMA’s 2020 Foodservice Lunch Competition, which will feature guest chefs preparing tasty, inventive, and produce-centric recipes using sponsor products. Irvine will present the second-annual PMA Produce Plate Award on-site to the winning chef and product sponsor. Attendees will vote for their personal favorite as well, and PMA will present a People’s Choice Award.
“The eat-more-plants movement, no matter what form that takes, is gaining momentum,” said Nichole Towell, Senior Director of Marketing for Duda Farm Fresh Foods and PMA’s Foodservice Conference & Expo Co-Chair. “PMA’s event is where menu developers, foodservice providers, and other influencers can get the best access to suppliers, potential partners, and other innovators at the forefront of bringing good-tasting, good-for-you food, and flavor combinations to diners of all ages and in each segment of the industry. You can’t get access to this many key players in foodservice and produce anywhere.”
After the Lunch Competition, delicious eats, and award presentations on July 24, PMA’s Chief Marketing Officer Lauren M. Scott will dive into what’s hot in foodservice and culinary and where produce can shine. Her “Insights and Innovations of Tomorrow” session is a precursor to smaller break-out discussions where participants will explore the topic further with industry leaders and come away with actionable ideas.
In addition to the conference and expo, activities include Center for Growing Talent’s Bocce for Talent Tournament Wednesday, July 22; Center for Growing Talent Golf for Talent in Honor of Joe Nucci on Thursday, July 23; and Center for Growing Talent 5K Race for Talent on Saturday, July 25.
Invite-only events include the Center for Growing Talent Contributor and Volunteer Reception and PMA’s Foodservice thinkTANK, a gathering of foodservice thought leaders charged with discussing critical issues facing the industry and serving as catalysts to increase produce consumption and help reach the goal of making produce #HalfThePlate.
For a complete schedule, more details, and to register, visit PMA’s Foodservice event page. Keep reading AndNowUKnow as we bring more news leading up to the event.