2018 Foodservice Forum

Join your peers from across the Premier alliance for three days of high-powered learning, sharing and inspiration. There is no registration fee. Bring your entire team.

This year’s Foodservice Forum features:

Peer best practice sharing

Ample opportunity to earn continuing education credit

More than 150 foodservice suppliers on the trade show floor

Well-known and respected political, healthcare, management and motivational leaders as speakers

Annual Culinary Creations Dinner where the top culinary award will be given the Best Breakfast All Day Recipe

2018 Foodservice Forum | Week at a Glance


Foodservice Supplier

Foodservice suppliers only
1 - 4 p.m.

Reverse Trade Show
Suppliers only
2 - 5 p.m.

Awards Recognition
Opening General Session

Mike Alkire
COO, Premier Inc.
5:15 - 6:15 p.m

10th Annual
Innovation Celebration

A Decade of Innovation
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


General Breakfast and
Breakfast Sessions

7 - 7:45 a.m.

General Session

Supporting Our Communities -
Multimedia Storytelling

Premier Cares Award & Premier
Excellence Award

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session
Food Trends

9 - 10:00 a.m.

Concurrent Session
Waste Not - Want Not

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Exhibition / Luncheon /
Premier Village

11:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Education Sessions
Share Your Success Roundtables

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

General Session

The Future Of Medicine

Eric J. Topol, MD

Executive VP/Professor of
Molecular Medicine,
Founder/Director, Scripps
Translational Science Institute (STSI)

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Culinary Creations

Foodservice attendees only
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


General Breakfast and
Breakfast Sessions

7 - 7:45 a.m.

General Session

Environment and Strategy

Susan DeVore

President and CEO, Premier Inc.

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Local Restaurant

9 - 11:15 a.m

Exhibition / Luncheon /
Premier Village

11:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session
Is "Local Making You Loco"

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Supplier Awards Recognition

General Session

Teamwork, Leadership, Patient Story

Robin Roberts

Co-anchor of ABC's
"Good Morning America"

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.


Nashville at Night
6 - 9 p.m.


Breakfast and Closing
General Session

Healthcare From Local And
National Perspectives

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN);

Blair Childs Senior Vice President
of Public Affairs, Premier Inc.

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Take a seat at our table and savor the learning at the 2018 Foodservice Forum

The spotlight is on food and we have a very full plate at this year’s annual Foodservice Forum at Premier’s Breakthroughs Conference. Dig into these meaty sessions:

  • Trend follower to trendsetter. Purple ube, black garlic, brown butter… Learn more about what’s advancing from fad to ubiquity in today’s fast-moving culinary landscape.
  • Talk trash. With an industry-wide goal of reducing food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030, every operator needs to reduce, reuse and recycle. Hear from leaders as they share successful strategies for keeping food waste out of landfills.
  • Regroup. Share and share alike with other Premier members at lively roundtable discussions focused on increasing revenues, reducing costs, addressing a growing population of allergic diners and reeling in the youngest generation of workers.
  • Get street smart. Hop on our exclusive tour of local eateries for a behind-the-scenes look at why Nashville continues to rock the culinary world.
  • Local, redefined. What does local mean to you? Is it the dairy farm up the road? The artisan bakery across the street? Or maybe a national manufacturing plant that supports the local community? Consider a new definition of local that may lead you in a completely different direction.
  • It’s 5 p.m.: time for breakfast. You’re in the judge’s seat at our Culinary Creations dinner, where the top Breakfast All Day Recipes are served up with a flourish.
  • Be floored. Visit the best booths on the exhibit floor – the 150+ foodservice suppliers – with generous samples and information aplenty.


Registration for the Breakthroughs conference is open to all Premier members. Foodservice members will receive a special invitation containing private access codes that allow sign up for certain Foodservice Forum sessions. If you are a Foodservice member and have not received an invitation, please contact the Premier Solution Center at 877.777.1552.