The Expo focused on the needs of the entire food service industry, highlighting innovation, technology and trends. The Expo featured 195 companies in 282 booths, with 113 of those companies being first-time exhibitors at the Ohio Restaurant Association-produced event. New vendors included TouchBistro, Buzztime, Thanx, Crimson Cup, Premier ProduceOne, Coca-Cola and other industry leaders.
Beyond a packed show floor, the Expo featured educational seminars, demonstrations and quick 30-minute talks by industry leaders.
"We're proud of the thought leadership on display at the Expo," said ORA CEO John Barker "There were 61 educational sessions versus 25 the previous year and included speakers such as Cameron Mitchell of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Tom Krouse of Donatos, Greg Ubert of Crimson Cup and Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef's Garden."
The 2018 Mid-America Restaurant Expo is slated for Jan. 28-29, returning once again to the Greater Columbus Convention Center. For details, click here.
See highlights of the Expo in this video.
High-resolution photos are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available on the Expo website.
About the Ohio Restaurant Association
The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA), founded in 1920, is the leading business trade association for the Ohio foodservice industry, the third-largest private sector employer in Ohio. ORA represents the interests of Ohio's $20 billion restaurant industry, comprised of 21,921 locations and more than 572,000 employees. The ORA provides its members with advocacy, information services, education and a variety of cost-saving benefits. For more information, visit www.ohiorestaurant.org.