The Concession & Hospitality Expo

Join the top food and beverage leaders at THE International Concessions and Hospitality Marketplace.

The 2018 Concession & Hospitality Expo will be held on August 7-10, 2018 at the Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Visit often for information on an evolving Agenda, Sponsorships and Trade Show. REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN IN JANUARY 2018!

To review the 2017 Concession & Hospitality Expo CLICK HERE.

About

DSC00512BThe National Association of Concessionaires will bring together the top food and beverage concession leaders in the recreation and leisure-time industry at The Concession & Hospitality Expo. The Expo committee is planning terrific educational sessions, great social functions and exciting events. Check back often as the 2018 program comes together.

Formerly known as the NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show, the event is an educational conference in its 36th year covering a wide range of concessions and foodservice topics. The business sessions are practical and focused on the concessions industry, and provide interaction between all types of operations. In addition, exciting social functions allow for attendees to network in a less formal setting. Your full convention registration fee includes all educational sessions, food functions, social events, venue tours and the trade show.

As part of the Expo, NAC will host its own trade show specifically for the recreation and leisure-time foodservice industry. The trade show will feature companies that provide products and services to all types of recreation, leisure-time and public assembly facilities. For more information on the trade show and how you can participate, click on the Trade Show tab on this page.

Make plans now to attend the 2018 Expo in New Oreleans.

This is a tentative Schedule for the 2018 Expo. Check back often for additions and updates for 2018.

Date
Event
Room
Session Materials
Description
Tuesday, August 7
6:00 – 8:00 PM  Opening Night Reception & Joe Chabot Memorial Silent Auction
Wednesday, August 8
9:00 – 10:15 AM Our Disrupted Concession & Hospitality Industry (Panel Talk)Participants Include: 
Chris Bigelow – The Bigelow Company,
Bruce Irving -Smart Pizza Marketing,
Ron Krueger II – Southern Theatres,
Daniel Loria – Box Office,
Shelly Olesen – C. Cretors & Company, and
Ken Whiting – Whiting’s Food Concessions.
10:30 AM - 1:00 PMBrunch @ The Movies – Cinebarre Canal Place 9
1:30 – 2:30 PM  New Product Presentations
2:30 – 5:00 PM  NAC Expo Trade Show
4:00 – 5:00 PM  Mickey Warner Reception on Trade Show Floor
6:00 – 9:00 PM  Wednesday Evening Event
Thursday, August 9
9:00 – 10:00 AM The Arena -  Author Rafi Kohan
10:30 – 12:30 PM  Shop Talk – (10 Minute Presentations followed by 20 minute discussion on topic)
1) Food Marketing – Bruce Irving
2) Government Relations Update – Gina Di Santo
3) Cinema/Sports & Entertainment Analytics- Survey Me
4) Millennial Marketing - TBA
12:30 – 2:00 PM   NAC Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting
2:00 – 4:30 PM   NAC Expo Trade Show
6:00 – 9:00 PM  Thursday Evening Event
Friday, August 10
8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast Presentation
9:30 – 2:00 PM  Venue Tours and Transportation to Airport 

Check back often for additions and updates for the 2018 NAC Expo.

Wednesday, August 8

9:00 – 10:15 AM

NAC 2018 EXPO Keynote Address- Our Disrupted Concession & Hospitality Industry

featuring:
Chris Bigelow – The Bigelow Company
Bruce Irving -Smart Pizza Marketing
Ron Krueger II – Southern Theatres
Daniel Loria – Box Office
Shelly Olesen – C. Cretors & Company
Ken Whiting – Whiting’s Food Concessions

Thursday, August 9

9:00 – 10:00 AM

The Arena –  Author Rafi Kohan

Author Rafi Kohan has written a humorous and entertaining book about where our sports teams play and why we can’t get enough of them. Enjoy his new book and start thinking about questions you might want to ask him when he addresses the 2018 NAC Concession & Hospitality EXPO in New Orleans on Thursday, August 9 at 9:00 AM. Kohan is the author of The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport. He has written for GQ, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Rolling Stone, Town & Country, and more. Formerly, he served as deputy editor at New York Observer. Currently, he works at The Atlantic as the head of editorial for Re:think, the magazine’s branded content studio.

10:30 – 12:30 PM  

Shop Talk – (10 Minute Presentations followed by 20 minute discussion on topic)

1) Food Marketing – Bruce Irving
2) Government Relations Update – Gina Di Santo
3) Cinema/Sports & Entertainment Analytics- Survey Me
4) Millennial Marketing – TBA

Check back often for additions and updates for 2018 NAC Expo.

Tuesday, August 7

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Opening Night Reception & Joe Chabot Memorial Silent Auction

Wednesday, August 8

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Brunch @ The Movies – Cinebarre Canal Place 9

In conjunction with Regal Entertainment the Wednesday morning brunch and screening will take place at the Cinebarre Canal Place 9 just 2 blocks from the New Orleans Marriott – the host property for the NAC EXPO. This new EXPO feature will highlight new food and beverage offerings at the cinema as well as an exciting movie screening.

Friday, August 10

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Venue Tours

Trade Show

Booths can now be reserved for the 2018 Expo Trade Show!

The 2018 Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, August 8 (2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Thursday, August 9 (2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at the Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans and is open to full and tabletop displays.

Check to the graphic below for available booths. You can contact Dan Borschke at the NAC office, 312.236.3858, or email dborschke@NAConline.org to reserve your booth!

Click on company name to go to their website or video icon to see video clip.
Booth #
Company
Booth #
Company
Booth #
Company
100Gold Medal Products Company
210Packaging Concepts, Inc.
318
101Tossware
211American Licorice 319
103Johnsonville Food Service 213Prime Ticket

320
104Churchill Container 214Vivian Company
321
105Tootsie Roll Industries 215Van Holten’s 322
107d’marie, inc. 216Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
323
108Con Agra Foodservice 217G.E.T. Enterprises
324
109NCR
218400Mennel Popcorn
111219EOMAC LTD.
401White Castle
113220402Pepsi
114221403Nestle USA
115222404
117223406
113225Home Market Foods (Eisenberg)
408
118300Promotion in Motion Companies
409RTS Solutions
119301Vistar

410
121304Ricos Products
412
123305Ventura/Odell’s
413AVS Companies
125306Pop Corn County

414
200C. Cretors & Company
307Pro Star Industries
416
201Royal Corporation
308Cotton Cravings

417
203Preferred Popcorn
309Golden Krust
418
204Coca-Cola 310Proctor Company
419
205The Hershey Company
311Go LidZ
420
206Mars/Wrigley Confectionary
312UNO Foods
421
207New Belgium Brewing
314Cinema Scene/Vision Media
422
208Mars Ice Cream
315Kernel Season’s 423
209Iowa Rotocast Plastics (IRP Inc.)

316Govino
424
317425

Trade Show Hours
Wednesday, August 8 (2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
(includes lunch)

Thursday, August 9 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

The trade show will feature products and services such as:
soft drinks • beer • iced tea • nachos • menu boards • pizza • hot dogs • soft pretzels • peanuts • pressure fryers • cotton candy • sno kones • frozen yogurt • ice cream • churros • egg rolls • condiment dispensers • mobile food carts • food warmers • holding ovens • candy • grills • BBQ• popcorn poppers • concession stands • containers & trays • architectural planning & concession design• souvenir cups/mugs • beverage dispensers • paper products • popcorn toppings & oils • point-of-sale equipment and MORE!

Don’t miss the chance to put your company in front of the leading buyers in the industry!

HOTEL

The 2018 Expo will take place at the Marriott New Orleans Hotel.

Marriott New Orleans Hotel
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
555 Canal Street New Orleans Louisiana 70130 USA
+1 504-581-1000

website

ROOM RESERVATION LINK TO APPEAR SHORTLY

The excitement and energy of Crescent City is at your doorstep when you stay at the New Orleans Marriott. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter, directly on Canal Street, our impressive hotel lets you experience everything this city is renowned for. Walk to local attractions including the Audubon Zoo and The Aquarium of the Americas, sip coffee at Cafe du Monde, stroll around the Garden District, try your luck at one of the riverside casinos or tour a haunted cemetery. Within our hotel near Bourbon Street, guests will enjoy over 1,300 distinctive hotel rooms offering luxurious amenities and inviting bedding, two delicious dining options and a Starbucks Cafe in our lobby. When it’s time to relax, go for a dip in the pool or work out in the fully-equipped gym. If hosting meetings or planning events is on your schedule, you’ll appreciate our extensive conference and event venues and our team of professionals to assist in ensuring your stay at our New Orleans hotel is perfect in every way possible.

Unsolicited New Orleans Room Phone Call Scam
Apparently NAC members and exhibitors are receiving unsolicited phone calls from companies stating that they can provide you cheaper rooms than we can in Ne Orleans for The Concession & Hospitality Expo. Please be aware that these individuals and companies are known to scam clients by getting credit card numbers and pertinent information that can be used in nefarious ways. You are receiving the most affordable rate at Marriott New Orleans while also supporting your association at NAC. DO NOT PROVIDE THESE CALLERS ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION AND PLEASE REPORT THEM TO US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THEM A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER ASAP.

This an example of the Sponsorship support at the 2017 Expo. Check back often for additions and updates for 2018.

2017 Expo Sponsors

Platinum:
Allure, A Christie Company
Coca-Cola
Nestle

Gold:
Continental Concession Supplies Inc. (CCSI)
Gold Medal Products
Hershey
Mars Chocolate
PepsiCo Foodservice
Ricos Products Company
Spectra By Comcast Spectacor
Vistar

Silver:
Business Russia
C. Cretors and Company
Cinema Scene Marketing/Vision Media
ConAgra Foodservice
Concierge by Food Buy
Kernel Season’s
Packaging Concepts, Inc.
Promotion in Motion
ReactorNet
Royal Corporation

Bronze:
American Licorice Company
Dynamic Drinkware
Eisenberg Sausage Company
Feltl & Company
Gehl Foods, Inc.
Great Western Products
Legends Hospitality
Odell’s
Pop Weaver
Preferred Popcorn
Pretzel Haus Bakery
RCM Media
Scribner & Associates
Sodexo Sports & Leisure
Taste of Nature, Inc.
Ventura Foods
White Castle Food Products, LLC

Sponsorships

The Concession & Hospitality Expo provides your company with opportunities to put your products, services and brand in front of buyers for all types of recreation and leisure-time food and beverage operations. Sponsorships are available at every level and extend well past the convention itself, and benefits for each level are detailed below. Many of our sponsors also choose to extend their opportunities by registering for the full NAC convention, allowing them access to buyers at all educational sessions and social functions.

For more information on how to become a sponsor contact Dan Borschke at the NAC office, 312.236.3858, dborschke@NAConline.org.

Sponsorship Benefits

Platinum Level ($10,000 and above)
Logo recognition as a platinum sponsor and major prominence on every convention page on the NAC web site throughout the year;
Recognition as a platinum sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a platinum sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event;
Thank you announcement and invitation to address attendees at event;
Invitation for two to invitation-only board/sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 20;
Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, July 23.

Gold Level ($5,000 to $9,999)
Logo recognition as a gold sponsor and major prominence on every convention page on the NAC web site throughout the year;
Recognition as a gold sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a gold sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event;
Invitation for two to invitation-only board/sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 20;
Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, July 23.

Silver Level ($2,500 to $4,999)
Logo recognition as a silver sponsor and major prominence on every convention page on the NAC web site throughout the year;
Recognition as a silver sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a silver sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event;
Invitation for two to invitation-only board/sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 20;

Bronze Level ($1,000 to $2,499)
Recognition as a bronze sponsor on the NAC web site;
Recognition as a silver sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a bronze sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event.

Contributing Sponsors (under $1,000)
Recognition as a educational session prize sponsor in signage;
Recognition in program as an educational session prize program sponsor;
Recognition in post-convention materials.

Expo Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

           

Gold Sponsors

                               

Silver Sponsors

                                       

Bronze Sponsors

                                                                   

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