The Gist – National Restaurant Association Show roundup

Highlights from the must attend food-service industry event, a sister show to New Hope Network’s Natural Products Expo West and Newtopia Now. Give it a listen.

10 Min Listen

In this episode of The Gist, co-host Adrienne Smith recaps her weekend in Chicago, Illinois, and shares highlights from her panel discussion at the 2024 National Restaurant Association Show. Tune in to hear all about it, as well as for a quick review of the show’s natural and organic pavilion and one of the standout trends from the show. She'll also offer a look into what opportunities can come from collaborations between CPG brands and the restaurant and food service industry. 

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Your hosts

About Jessica Rubino  


Jessica Rubino is a natural products industry expert and content strategist with more than 15 years experience in media, events and natural products. As New Hope Network’s vice president of content, Jessica oversees digital and print content, conference programming and branded content for CPGs, retailers, investors and service providers. Jessica is passionate about using innovation as a force for good and leveraging content to spark the changes we want to see in the world.  

About Adrienne Smith  


Adrienne Smith is the director of content for and the editor-in-chief of Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine where she helps ideate and produce content for natural products retailers, brands and entrepreneurs. Before coming to New Hope Network, she spent nearly two decades writing about food and beverage products and trends for the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Trade in Madrid, Spain, as well as for publications including the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and El País. 

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