National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago
Lee and Chris visited Chicago to the 100th NRA (National Restaurant Association) Show which took place from 18-21st May.
As well as catching up with various customers and suppliers at the show, it was a chance to make some factory visits too. They enjoyed a couple of tours to see the production process in action including True in St Louis, Missouri, Heritage and Taylors in Rockton, Illinois.
Chris was particularly impressed with the efficiency of operations at the various sites. Clever colour coding on the floors to mark out danger zones, boxes made on site to the exact size ready for dispatching parts ordered, automated packing systems vs hand picked.
The trip provided lots of food for thought - exploring, meeting, discussing opportunities.