Call For Speakers
Deadline: April 3, 2017
If you have any questions, please contact:
Karen Mahoney
Events Content Manager, EnsembleIQ
The second annual Convenience Foodservice & Beverage Exchange is the only conference and networking event that focuses solely on the foodservice and beverage categories at convenience stores.
Showcase your company or brand’s most successful business innovations and initiatives, examples of best practices and case studies, opportunity to network with attendees and share your insights on the c-store foodservice & beverage categories.
The deadline for application submissions is March 10, 2017. Notification to all applicants regarding accepted presentations will be made no later than April 3, 2017.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Convenience Foodservice & Beverage Exchange editorial team and by a content selection committee composed of individuals that are experienced in the areas of c-store foodservice and beverage programs.
Proposal Guidelines
Convenience Store News relies heavily on two components when choosing content for a session:
  1. Content matching the interests identified by our audience through surveys and session evaluations.
  2. Speaker references to ensure the quality of our programming efforts.
Presentations should be 45 minutes in length.
Convenience store retailers with responsibilities including brand management, consumer & shopper insights, merchandising, marketing and management of the following product categories:
  • Foodservice — prepared foods, made-to-order, grab-and-go.
  • Packaged beverages — carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, juices, iced teas, dairy drinks, and other nonalcoholic cold vault drinks.
  • Alcoholic beverages — beer and malt liquor, wine and other alcoholic drinks.
  • Hot dispensed beverages — coffee, espresso, hot tea, hot chocolate, and other hot specialty drinks.
  • Cold and frozen dispensed beverages — carbonated and non-carbonated, shakes, frozen yogurt, smoothies, etc.
Subject Matter
The most successful presentations engage the retailers. We are looking for presentations that address:
  • Strategies to overcome negative consumer perceptions about c-store food
  • Food safety procedures
  • Achieving restaurant margins in the c-store format
  • Finding and retaining well-trained and passionate staff
  • Developing a culture to execute foodservice programs consistently in every store
  • Importance of beverage selection in building foodservice sales
  • The latest beverage trends
  • Analyzing sales and consumer counts by daypart
  • Managing increased labor, spoilage & marketing costs
  • Competing with fast-food drive-thrus
  • New products are health & wellness, ethnic foods and innovations like cold brew coffee