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Ms. Tristano

Jodie Tristano

Business Development Manager, Technomic, Inc

Jodie Tristano currently serves as Business Development Manager at Technomic, Inc., a Chicago-based research and consulting firm that focuses on food and foodservice. Technomic provides industry intelligence, forecasts, data and training support to operators, manufacturers, distributors and others allied to the field. Ms. Tristano brings more than 20 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing within the hotel, resort and convention industry. During her career, she has represented many prominent brands including Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Westin/Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and Benchmark Hospitality International. More recently, Ms. Tristano served as Account Services Director, Convention Sales and Marketing for McCormick Place in Chicago, the largest convention center in the United States. With broad industry capability, Ms. Tristano has managed all group market segments including corporate, association, government and social, earning top sales performance awards with both Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Ms. Tristano spearheads Technomic's growth initiatives in the Lodging Industry through her efforts in developing the Global Lodging Practice encompassing consumer, industry and market research reports and services. Technomic's Lodging Practice provides clients with a wide range of consulting services such as operational audits, strategic planning, and concept development and positioning; consumer studies on topics including hotel food and beverage consumption, brand preferences, amenity importance and campaign effectiveness; and online resources that track and measure company performance, menu development and more. Holding a degree in Hospitality Management, Ms. Tristano is an active industry leader, having served on many committees with prominent organizations including the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Ms. Tristano can be contacted at 708-205-1427 or jtristano@technomic.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences.  Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha,  kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns  creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.