The 2012 Foodservice at Retail Exchange (FARE) was a show of milestones. It marked the fifth year for this one-of-a-kind conference, and more than 500 attendees showed up in Schaumburg, Ill., for two days of education and networking.
Over the past five years, FARE has established a reputation for the unique cross-section of foodservice and retail channels represented, its broad education components and the familial atmosphere--the latter best illustrated in the nightly FARE After-Dark Lounge. Yet things are never quite the same at FARE as in years past. This year saw the inaugural Puzzle Solvers mass roundtable session as well as Lightning Talks, in which industry leaders were challenged to speak on a specific topic in 15 minutes or less.
These new additions, combined with the annual Food Pavilion of the latest food, beverage and equipment products, made for a busy show where friendships were formed and education gained. Stay tuned to www.foodserviceatretail.com for details on FARE 2013, to be held June 18-20 at the Renaissance Schaumburg.