February 12, 2016

New England Food Show and New England Food Fanatics LIVE to co-locate in 2016

(Boston, MA) The National Restaurant Association announced that US Foods will co-locate its traveling road show Food Fanatics LIVE® on Tuesday, March 15 during the 2016 New England Food Show (NEFS). NEFS 2016 is set to take place Sunday, March 13 – Tuesday March 15 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC).

The two events will be held in adjacent exhibit halls on Tuesday, March 15. NEFS 2016 badge-holding attendees will be granted access to Food Fanatics LIVE at no additional charge; likewise badged Food Fanatics Live attendees will be permitted to visit the NEFS floor.

“The National Restaurant Association is pleased to share the BCEC with US Foods during NEFS 2016,” said Mary Pat Heftman, Executive Vice President, Convention at National Restaurant Association. “Bringing these two events together provides a one-stop shop for New England foodservice professionals looking to explore new products, participate in robust educational and edutainment-type programming and connect with one another.”

“US Foods is excited to kick off the Food Fanatics LIVE 2016 tour in Boston, a city rightfully heralded as one of America’s great food towns,” said Marshall Warkentin, SVP marketing, US Foods. “Hosting Food Fanatics LIVE alongside the New England Food Show, means chefs, restaurateurs and food lovers throughout the area can now go to one place to see, taste and experience great, innovative food, leading business solutions and more to make their operations more successful in 2016.”

As part of the co-location plan, Food Fanatics LIVE will host periodic education sessions and live demonstrations throughout the day on the show floor at NEFS 2016, while a select number of NEFS educational offerings will take place on the Food Fanatics Live stage.

Exact programming on both stages will be announced closer to Showtime. Up-to‐date information can be found at Restaurant.org/NEFS.

Restaurant, foodservice and hospitality professionals can register for NEFS 2016 here.

About The New England Food Show
The 2016 New England Food Show is a three-day event held from March 13-15, 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston, Massachusetts. This event convenes the entire New England restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry and showcases product from agriculture & forestry, meat, poultry & seafood, food & beverage, tea & coffee, wine & spirits industries. The New England Food Show is a once-a‐year opportunity for the region to come together and identify new and innovative ways to grow the New England foodservice businesses.

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking™ and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-­‐ unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-­‐quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef inspired line of scratch-­‐quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Discover more at www.usfoods.com.

To learn more about US Foods and its Food Fanatics Chefs, visit www.usfoods.com or www.foodfanatics.com. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.5 million employees. Together with 52 State Associations, we are a network of professional organizations dedicated to serving every restaurant through advocacy, education, and food safety. We sponsor the industry's largest trade show (National Restaurant Association Show); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find @WeRRestaurants on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.