National Restaurant Assocation Show 2021 canceled

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The restaurant industry's prolonged recovery from Covid-19 means that the key US show will now return for the 2022 edition

The 2021 National Restaurant Association Show was due to take place 22-25 May at McCormick Place in Chicago, but since the state of Illinois implemented an order banning gatherings of more than 50 people until early July, the venue has ruled out hosting the show, which sees thousands of people gather under one roof for consecutive days.

“We understand and share in the disappointment of our attendees, exhibitors and sponsors, and acknowledge the critical importance of the Show for foodservice industry. No matter what challenges our industry is facing, our goal is to continue to provide information, resources and connections that will help build the next era of business,” said Tom Cindric, president of Winsight Exhibitions, the organization that owns and operates the annual show with the National Restaurant Association.

“We look forward to serving the foodservice community year-round through online resources and are committed to planning a 2022 Show focused on fueling recovery.”

The Show To Go

In place of the physical event, the National Restaurant Association Show organizers has put together a selection of resources, available to the foodservice community free of charge. These include live Q&As with experts, panel discussions, and webinars while a variety of recorded content focused on the state of the industry and future projections, consumer trends, operational innovations and more is available online.

New assets will be made available throughout the year. The Show To Go platform also allows guests to connect with suppliers.

“While we can’t do business or learn together in-person just yet, we are dedicated to helping our industry through this exceptionally challenging time,” Cindric said.

Further details:

The National restaurant Association Show will return 21-24 May 2022.

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