General Session Speaker

Lauren Hallow

Manager of Consumer Insights


Lauren Hallow is an editor for Restaurant Business and its sister publication, Foodservice Director. She also works with Winsight’s sister company Technomic, where she studies trends and provides content on emerging restaurant concepts.  

Lauren studied journalism at The Ohio State University and currently lives in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. She is a sucker for French fries and thinks the world would be a better place if every restaurant table and bar counter had purse hooks.


MenuDirections News

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.