Kathryn Fenner

Principal, Technomic

Kathryn Fenner has over 20 years of experience in the Food Industry, including experience in the Foodservice, Vend, Convenience and Drug Channels.  Kathryn has been part of the Technomic team for more than seven years, and is responsible for managing and executing research and consulting programs for manufacturers, restaurant operators and trade associations throughout the foodservice industry. Kathryn also spent many years working for foodservice manufacturers in various marketing, sales and innovation roles. Noncommercial foodservice and foodservice innovation are particular areas of expertise.



The ingredients and flavors trending at independent restaurants often inspire menu ideas at more mainstream operations. To track what’s happening now in food and beverage, Technomic examined more than 50 menus from indies across the U.S., ranging from food trucks to fine-dining destinations.

Despite a historic drop in unemployment, foodservice operators enjoyed a slight slowdown in employee turnover midsummer, with the data signaling the dawn of a trend rather than a pause from years of acceleration, according to new research.

In a departure from its fast-casual roots, Toronto-based Freshii introduced its own school lunch program for the 2018 school year.