Focus on: Seminars at the Fall Food Show

You’re focused on your business, and we’re focused on you. Join us at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on October 24 as we look ahead to the next 50 years of serving you.

Focus on growth with our seminars. See below for schedule!

Focus on Flavor  |  9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

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Variety is the spice of life! People want flavor experiences that make food interesting and enjoyable. In this session, you will learn about healthy solutions for meeting your customers’ needs whether low sodium, low calorie, or no added sugar.

Speakers: April Bechel, RD and Taylor Gawlik RD, LD, CD


Focus on Finance  |  10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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What do banks look for in a loan request package? What do you do if they won’t finance your restaurant? Discover the answers to these questions and so much more in this informative seminar.

Speakers: John Bradshaw – Senior V.P. Commercial Relationship Manager and Michael Lattery – Entrepreneur Fund


Focus on K-12 Procurement  |  11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

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In this seminar you’ll learn about the K-12 procurement process, as well as how to successfully deal with issues and difficulties. Our speakers will also inform you of other options that exist in the marketplace that don’t require line item bidding.

Speakers: Julie Powers – J.A. Powers Consulting LLC  and Tom Morgan – NJPA Contract Administrator


Focus on Five Star Reviews  |  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Harvard Business School Professor Michael Luca found that a one-star increase in a Yelp rating leads to a 5% to 9% bump in revenue. We’ll tell you how to manage your online reviews and give you strategies on increasing your rating.

Speakers: Jeff Flaherty – Operations Development Specialist and Mariah Berg – Digital Marketing Coordinator


We have applied for one clock hour for each seminar for Certified Dietary Managers, Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians Registered, and MN/WI School Nutrition Directors.