International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York revamped, attracts thousands – slideshow

Newly rebranded as the New York Restaurant Show, this year’s event welcomed thousands of global attendees and hundreds of exhibitors. Check out our exclusive slideshow of innovative products discovered at the show, from food and beverage machines to biodegradable tableware.

Heather Carter, Associate editor

April 5, 2024

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At a Glance

  • The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York was rebranded as the New York Restaurant Show this year.
  • The show showcased the latest innovations, including food and beverage machines, as well as sustainable packaging.
  • The event aimed to meet the needs of the food and beverage industry by offering new technologies and sustainable solutions.

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, held March 3-5 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, welcomed thousands of global attendees to showcase the latest innovations in the foodservice and hospitality industries. From food and beverage machines to biodegradable packaging, hundreds of companies exhibited products primed to enhance the industry.

The annual event, hosted by Restaurant Events LLC, was rebranded this year to the New York Restaurant Show to better align with the marketplaces the show services. Restaurant Events LLC also operates the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, held in California and Florida, respectively, which were also part of the revamp.

“The name changes are just one of several steps in our strategy to grow the events, with a strong focus on meeting customer needs,” Glenn Celentano, partner and CEO of Restaurant Events LLC, said. “These are actually the original names for the shows when they were launched decades ago, and we look forward to working with our state restaurant associations to build upon the success and longevity of these events by creating a new brand strategy.”

As a first-time attendee of the event, I was on the hunt for the latest and greatest technologies available on the market. A plethora of innovations were on display, including machines that can assemble, bake and box customized pizzas, as well as self-cooking machines designed to assist people — technologies which can be adapted by food scientists, product developers and other food and beverage companies to advance and simplify operations.

Sustainable packaging and tableware were also abundant — from plant-based straws crafted using coffee grounds and dragon fruit peels to biodegradable utensils, plates, bowls and cups made utilizing everything from sugarcane to bamboo. These options, which were neat to stumble upon, have the ability to impact food and beverage manufacturers and developers worldwide.

Check out some of the most unique products discovered at this year’s event in our exclusive slideshow.

About the Author(s)

Heather Carter

Associate editor, Food & Beverage Insider

With over a decade of diverse professional experience under her belt, Heather has journeyed from the bustling world of local news reporting to the intricate realms of trade publishing. She has covered a wide array of topics, ranging from architecture and design to the food and beverage industry.

During her illustrious career, Heather also ventured into the realm of public relations, where she gleaned invaluable insights into the art of strategic communication and brand storytelling. Yet, her heart has always been anchored in the vibrant world of F&B, a passion deeply ingrained in her roots as the daughter of a seasoned chef. She has always held a profound appreciation for the role food plays in shaping cultures and connecting people.

With each story she tells, Heather seeks to illuminate the profound impact of food and beverage on people’s lives, celebrating its ability to evoke emotions, foster connections and weave the fabric of our shared human experience.

As Food & Beverage Insider's associate editor, she co-publishes a weekly news column, Business Bites, which showcases the latest industry news, highlighting key business updates, food and beverage innovation, industry events and more. Some of her other articles touch on important topics, such as ultra-processed foods, plant-based foods primed to change the food landscape, international flavors and ingredients, as well as better-for-you CPGs. She also frequently covers top trends at various industry events and has moderated first-of-their-kind education sessions at Informa events.

She can be reached at [email protected].

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