International Restaurant and Foodservice Show in NYC
- There were two groups that have very strong presence in the show. One represents the farms and wineries in Upstate New York, the other comes from Japan. I am glad to see the promotion for Upstate and the comeback of Japan after last year’s natural disaster.
- Natural and healthy food continues to get attention from farmers, food manufacturers, and consumers. I tried several healthy food options --- everything taste very good! Many of them are also available in Whole Food and Wegmans for retail sales. I love that.
- I was impressed with the technology that turns real flowers into eatable food. The real (dry) flowers look great, taste fantastic, and are healthier than cream and sugar. I highly recommend this product to cake shops.
- I talked to a couple of representatives from Livingsocial in the show. I was asked: What are the next big things in technology? Actually, I got that question a lot. Mobile is definitely here to stay. Very soon, artificial intelligence will probably take off. However, it seems to me that there are still many things that businesses could have done with the existing technology and in the “old” Web 2.0 platforms. Sometimes, we need to sit back and think what we can do better with what we have already had. For companies like Livingsocial and Groupon, I would like to see if they can provide better “after-sales” service to their partners. For example, what business solutions can they provide to the companies that are interested in more than just one-time promotion?