Photos by Brooke Olsen for HNGRY
Last Friday, HNGRY hosted 70 food industry innovators for a day-long summit focused on the increasingly blurring lines between restaurants, CPG, and the broader supply chain through fireside chats, breakout sessions, and networking breaks. Unlike traditional conferences, the goal was to facilitate a day of collaboration and connection amongst an interdisciplinary group of investors, operators, and startup founders working in both traditional and tech-forward businesses. Keynotes were focused on restaurant loyalty, food accessibility and nutrition, regenerative agriculture, and omnichannel restaurant and CPG brands. Over the course of the nine-hour day, we held five breakout sessions on food-as-medicine, foodservice automation, food waste management, content x commerce, and of course, the potential of ghost kitchens. Perhaps the most rewarding part was watching restaurant operators and CPG brand founders debate tech folks on their perspectives. Below is a summary of the day’s events organized into three key themes I pulled out across the keynotes.