Tuesday, 15 November 7:00am – 8:00pm

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Dubai Level
Presented By:
Coca-Cola Company, The
IFFCO
NCR Corporation
Tuesday, 15 November 8:30am – 6:00pm

GRLC Special Events (pre-registration required)

Location: Departure from Hotel Lobby

 

You are invited to participate in one of the activities that GRLC is offering on Tuesday, November 15, 2022   

This year, we will be offering morning and afternoon options. 

During the registration process you will have the opportunity to select one event that you would like to join. 

Space is limited , you can use this link to register  https://cvent.me/gnM4n9?RefId=special+events+website

If you have additional questions day of, please go the GRLC Registration Desk, located on the Dubai Level of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.  Please note all special events  require day of check in and will depart on-time from the hotel lobby , near La Farine.

 

Event Options

 

Option 1:  Helicopter Tour ( Morning only)

Morning:  10:00- 12:50

Taking a helicopter tour of the city of Dubai is a privilege that few get to enjoy. There are a selection of thoughtfully designed aerial tours created to ensure an unforgettable experience for all travelers and tourists to Dubai.

 

From the internationally renowned Burj Khalifa and world-famous Burj Al Arab to the spectacular The World Island and The Palm Jumeirah, these aerial tours ensure a unique unobstructed view of Dubai in well-appointed helicopters.

 

Option 2:  Desert Experience 

Morning:  08:30 - 12:30

Afternoon:  14:00 - 18:00 

 

No trip to Dubai is complete without experiencing the desert. You are picked up from your hotel in 4x4 SUV vehicles and not long after you leave the city behind and enter the desert landscape.

 

After a 45-minute drive we enter the desert where you stop to see a camel farm before our guide takes you on a round of adrenaline packed dune drives. Falconry has been part of culture for years and today you learn more about this fascinating animal and understand how the Emiratis used falconry as a source of food. Enjoy a camel ride before driving back to the city.

 

Option 3:  Discover Old Dubai

Morning:  08:30 - 13:00

Afternoon:  13:30 - 18:00

Take a cultural tour of old Dubai with a guide in a luxury vehicle where the tour begins with a stop at the Dubai Frame, a landmark that captures the everchanging landscape of Dubai. Photo stop at the Dubai Creek, the lifeblood of Dubai where you take a water taxi across the Creek and walk-through spice and gold market.

 

We end at the Sheikh Mohammed Center of Cultural Understanding where you will meet a local Emirati for an introduction to the local culture and have an opportunity to ask your host questions about life in the UAE. We treat you to a spread of traditional Emirati cuisine before thanking your host and departing.

 

Option 4:  Dubai Canal Dhow Cruise

Morning:  09:30 - 13:00

Afternoon:  14:30 - 18:00 

A dhow is a traditional wooden boat used in this region of hundreds of years to trade between Africa, Iran, India and as far as China. To this day they are used as trading boats and cruise to nearby ports in the Arabian Peninsula.

 

Our tour today takes you on one of these boats cursing past the modern landmarks like Festival city, Dubai Canal with its modern Highrise buildings and under the highway which was raised to accommodate the canal exit into the ocean making part of the city an island. A selection of beverages and Middle Eastern snacks are served during the cruise which lasts for 2 hours before returning to the pier.

 

Option 5:  Explore Modern Dubai

Morning:  08:30 - 13:00

Afternoon:  13:30 - 18:00

Take an immersive tour of the man-made landmarks of Dubai following breakfast. The tour will include driving through Dubai Marina, where you can take photos of the man-made marina, moving onto a drive on The Palm Jumeirah, again another man-made island in shape of a Palm Tree which is iconic to Dubai.

 

You can stop off at the Atlantis to visit the Lost Chambers or take the monorail back to the end of the Palm trunk where your driver will pick you up and head straight on Jumeriah road for a photo stop of the world’s only 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab.

 

The driver will then head down on Sheikh Zayed Road where you can see all the luxury car retailers, malls and shops with a backdrop of Burj Khalifa in the distance, the tallest building in the world.

 

Option 6:  Yellow Boat Rides

Morning:  07:30 - 11:30 

Afternoon:  13:00 - 17:00

Dubai and its splendour unfolds before your eyes and its even more fun when your Captain puts his foot down!

 

This spectacular sightseeing tour takes you on a journey through the most exclusive waterfront developments in Dubai. From Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), to Atlantis and the Burj Al Arab you are guaranteed to feel in awe of Dubai’s enchanting islands, architecture and beauty.

 

Start your trip around the stunning vista of Dubai Marina and then enter the Gulf waters where you will see Ain Dubai located on Bluewaters to cruising around the Palm, and pause for that perfect photo opportunity at the Atlantis and the Burj Al Arab

 

Option 7:  Experience Skyview

Morning:  11:00 - 14:30

Located on floors 52 and 53 of the twin Address Sky View Hotel, this Observatory offers an unforgettable experience for residents and visitors alike. Take a thrilling ride in the panoramic glass elevator to more than 219.5 metres above the ground. Walk the 25-metre glass floor, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s fabulous skyline and shining coast. More than just another observation deck, Sky Views Observatory is a thrilling, one-of-a-kind attraction that simply can’t be missed, and is the gateway to three adrenaline-pumping activities, each more extreme than the last.

 

Observatory: Get a new perspective – with spellbinding 360° views of the city from 219.5 meters above Downtown Dubai.

 

Slide: Let yourself go – experience a breathtaking slide from floor-to-floor, outside the tower and more than 219.5 meters up in the air.

 

Edge Walk: Dare to look down – brave a heart-stopping hands-free leap of faith 53 floors above the ground.

 

Option 8: IFFCO Out of Home CEC immersive experience

9:30 - 12:30

Would you like to have an immersive experience in one of a kind customer engagement center?

IFFCO Out of Home CEC invites you to a unique experience at the heart of Dubai, located in Tiffany Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers.

Being the biggest and the most comprehensive of its kind in GCC, it is a state-of-the-art facility that is designed locally but expected to create an impact globally by creations, innovation by applications and collaborations with the out of home professionals.

The tour includes a 360 degree digital theatre experience, interactions with IFFCO Out of Home Solutions at dedicated stations and concludes with a brunch towards lake view on our terrace where selection of snacks, dishes, deserts and beverages exclusively created by CEC’s Executive Chef and Barista will be served.

Presented by: IFFCO

Tuesday, 15 November 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Technomic Global Food & Beverage Trends

Location: Majilis 1

Join Technomic as they share some of the latest food and beverage trends from their Global Navigator Program. The session will feature global menu trends and new menu item innovation as well as global consumer data.

Speakers:

Vice President, Business Development
Technomic

Senior Principal
Technomic

Tuesday, 15 November 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Formula One Party Opening Reception at the exclusive Wanderlust Underground

Location: Wanderlust Underground

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai’s sensational brand new Wanderlust Underground venue will be transformed into a custom GRLC Opening Reception featuring Formula 1 motor racing experiences, celebrating the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022, presented by The Coca-Cola Company.

Wanderlust Underground is a custom built unique venue in the car park of the world’s tallest five-star hotel, built to host the hotel’s popular exclusive brunch series which also features festival-like live music performances. The unforgettable venue features all of the hotel’s premium dining outlets including a curated selection of live stations, complemented by a variety of premium drink stations across the venue.

Presented By:
Coca-Cola Company, The
Wednesday, 16 November 7:00am – 8:00am

GRLC Running Club

Meet in the hotel lobby at 07:00

contact Mark Hatch to join mhatch@winsightmedia.com

 

Wednesday, 16 November 7:30am – 7:00pm

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Dubai Level
Presented By:
Coca-Cola Company, The
IFFCO
NCR Corporation
Wednesday, 16 November 8:00am – 9:45am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Business Bay (Emirates Level)
Wednesday, 16 November 9:45am – 11:45am

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
Be "Inspired"

When Inspire Brands acquired Dunkin’ in 2020, the company instantly gained a major international presence. In this interview with Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze, Inspire CEO Paul Brown discusses how his company is using that acquisition as a launching pad for more aggressive global growth. He will also discuss the state of the industry, and how technology fits with Inspire Brands’ overall mission

Speakers:

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Inspire Brands

Editor-in-Chief
Restaurant Business

Presented By:
Coca-Cola Company, The
High Performance in the Fast Lane

Whether you are grabbing a consumer’s attention, preparing hundreds of meals, or driving at the speed of Formula 1, a single second can make all the difference. Who knows this better than the people behind some of the world’s fastest race cars?

Join Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing and Elaine Bowers Coventry, Chief Customer & Commercial Officer, The Coca-Cola Companyas they discuss what it takes to elevate performance when time is a precious commodity. We will learn how Zak’s team at McLaren turns data into insight on race day while laying the foundation for maximum performance before the driver even steps into the car. We will also hear why McLaren values innovation and teamwork and why sustainability is so important to the team. Buckle up as we bring one of Formula 1 racing’s biggest characters to the 2022 GRLC.  

Speakers:

Chief Executive Officer
McLaren Racing

Global Chief Customer & Commercial Officer | Moderator
The Coca-Cola Company

Presented By:
Coca-Cola Company, The
Global State of the Industry

Technomic will provide a current state of the global restaurant landscape including market forecasts and leading chain performance data. The session will explore what’s now and what’s next in global trends and changing consumer behavior and attitudes. 

Speakers:

Vice President, Business Development
Technomic

Senior Principal
Technomic

Presented By:
IFFCO
Wednesday, 16 November 11:45am – 12:00pm

Networking Break

Location: Dubai Ballroom Foyer
Wednesday, 16 November 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Innovation Forums (choose 1 of 4)

How We Dine Now
Location: Emirates 6

Serving more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, wineries, and other venues, OpenTable will share its unique perspective on the latest national dining trends, guest behavior and spending patterns. More importantly, we will dive into different approaches, best practices and case studies to help you strategize how to handle the ever changing dining landscape.

Speakers:

Head of Global Enterprise
OpenTable

Presented By:
OpenTable
Delivery Solution that Grants you Complete Temperature Control
Location: Emirates 5

Lavagel brings the HEAT & Just Chill COOLS it!

GLOBAL Disruptive solution – Customers can now receive food just the way it is prepared at their own kitchen and beverages delivered wherever they are, just the way they expect it! Kitchen to table in the same intended temperature.

Attend to enjoy an experience session in real time from the team who built it.

 

Speakers:

Founder
Lavagel

Founder
Uptivity


Creative Technology

Presented By:
IFFCO
Engaged Guests are your Best Asset: Find and Keep Them
Location: Majilis 1

Today's customer is as likely to experience a brand through their mobile phone as they are through the restaurant's doors, As much as a one-third of restaurant orders are placed digitally. That data gives you what you need to keep customers coming back, and your most loyal customers drive an outsized share of revenue. Using data, case studies and years of experience, we’ll show you how to keep guests engaged.

Speakers:

CEO and Co-Founder
Paytronix

Presented By:
Paytronix
Journey From Legacy Tech to Enterprise Cloud- Reasons and Rewards
Location: Majilis 2

Join us for a lively discussion among industry experts and visionaries to hear about what some of the most progressive brands, including Nando’s UAE, Bateel and Herfy Food Services, are working toward to improve bottom-line efficiency, reduce operational complexity and enhance the guest experience.

The session will dive deep into the specific initiatives and technologies that operators prioritize to give them an edge in making business more productive and efficient across all locations. Hear from a panel of restaurant innovators as they share firsthand how they are winning with their tech stacks.

Speakers:

IT Director
Herfy Food Services Co.

Managing Director
Nando's UAE

Managing Partner | Moderator
SPS: Affinity

Senior Director - F&B and Retail
Bateel International

Presented By:
Restroworks
Wednesday, 16 November 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Networking Lunch

Location: Business Bay & Kitchen 6
Wednesday, 16 November 1:15pm – 2:30pm

General Networking and Pre- scheduled Speed Networking Meetings

Location: Meetings Marketplace (Emirates Level)
Wednesday, 16 November 2:45pm – 3:30pm

Innovation Forums (choose 1 of 4)

An Economic Perspective on the Global Foodservice Opportunity
Location: Emirates 6

The future looks great!

Join Carlos Herrera, Chief Economist – Coca-Cola North America for a tour of the world over the last 60 years and understanding why the Foodservice industry has been a global success, will continue to be, and how to identify where the opportunities are.

Speakers:

Chief Economist – Coca-Cola North America
The Coca-Cola Company

Presented By:
Coca-Cola Company, The
Moving From “We Have To” to “We Get To”
Location: Majilis 1

Over the last 33 months, the hospitality industry has fundamentally changed. Today, the loyal diner looks different, and the venues that serve them have become tech and data-enabled to meet their guests’ new needs, all while maintaining hospitality at the forefront of their businesses. The savviest operators have relied on learnings from their peers across the world, taking a global approach to local challenges and coming out of the pandemic stronger than ever. Join SevenRooms CEO & Co-Founder Joel Montaniel as he takes a look back at lessons learned and challenges overcome during the pandemic, how operators can shift their mindset from 'we have to' to 'we get to', and answers the question, “Where do we go from here?”  

Speakers:

CEO & Co-Founder
SevenRooms

Presented By:
SevenRooms
The Ever-Evolving ‘Global’ Menu
Location: Emirates 5

Technomic will highlight key global menu trends and innovation across markets. Hear from session panelists how they are approaching global food trends, technology integration, labor issues and LTO innovation within their own operations. They will also discuss key insights to increase menu profitability amid the supply chain crisis and maintain customer satisfaction/expectations.

Speakers:

Senior Principal | Moderator
Technomic

Co-founder/CEO
Lavoya Restaurants Group

Managing Director
Exquisine Global

Presented By:
Technomic
Common Errors in International Expansion
Location: Majilis 2

Don’t make the same mistakes the others made!  Over the years, many franchisors and franchisees have committed the same errors as they begin their international expansion or as they refocus their efforts on international initiatives.  The title of this Forum is “Common Errors” – they’re common because so many franchisors have committed them.

This Innovation Forum is intended to provide a warning to those who are just beginning to expand outside their home countries and to provide a reminder to those who have already established an international presence.  Attendees will have an opportunity to see a list of the most significant errors and exchange experiences and examples with other restaurant colleagues.  Our guest panelists have many years of experience in multiple countries with various restaurant concepts.  They’ve seen many of these errors first-hand and heard about many others – and they may even have committed and learned from some of these errors themselves!

Speakers:

Former SVP-International at Wendy's and Little Caesars Pizza
International Franchise Consulting

Vice President International Franchise Development
Dine Brands

Partner
Bird & Bird (MEA) LLP

President of Aussie Grill
Bloomin' Brands

Wednesday, 16 November 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Networking Break

Location: Dubai Ballroom Foyer
Presented By:
Welbilt
Wednesday, 16 November 4:00pm – 6:00pm

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
Taking an Iconic Brand Global

How do successful U.S. restaurant brands reposition themselves for a global audience? In this panel, Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze interviews a powerhouse panel of international presidents of some of the world’s biggest brands, who will discuss the opportunities and challenges that come with international growth.

Speakers:

President and Managing Director, International
Inspire Brands

President, EMEA
Subway

President, International and Chief Development Officer
The Wendy's Company

Editor-in-Chief
Restaurant Business

Presented By:
NCR Corporation
The Digital Kitchen Has Arrived- Time to Get on Board!

The foodservice industry is in the midst of its biggest digital transformation. This requires innovation from every angle of the restaurant that must tie together to offer a complete solution. The presentation will explain how the restaurant industry can effectively digitize their restaurants in order to reduce cost, improve equipment uptime, increase food safety measures, decrease food waste and ensure the highest level of data security and integrity

Speakers:

Senior Vice President of New Product Development and Innovation
Welbilt

Presented By:
Welbilt
Good Food Fast- The Essentials of Healthy Sustainable Menus

Growth of the plant-based sector shows no signs of slowing down across the globe. This is primarily driven by flexitarians who want to reduce their meat intake, motivated by health, sustainability, or both. This session will reveal a bespoke interview with acclaimed author Brian Kateman, of “Meat me Halfway” and the founder of the reducetarian movement, who will discuss the big impact of making small changes in our diets, and the role the foodservice industry can play in meeting consumer demands. A group of industry panelists will discuss how to reposition quick service restaurants known as “Fast Food,” into “Good Food Fast”, while sharing their experiences, learnings, and recommendations on successful integration of plant-based menu ideas.

Speakers:

Chef, Nutritionist, and Founder
Wabi Sabi

Recipe and Menu Developer

Head Plant-Based Venture | Moderator
IFFCO

Presented By:
IFFCO
Wednesday, 16 November 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Reception and Dinner

Location: Pool Deck

Join fellow leaders and friends for worldly dining specially curated by IFFCO  to take you through a culinary journey, celebrate life and more opportunity for continuing conversations with some music under the stars.

Presented By:
IFFCO
Thursday, 17 November 8:00am – 5:00pm

Registration and Information Desk

Presented By:
Coca-Cola Company, The
IFFCO
NCR Corporation
Thursday, 17 November 8:00am – 9:30am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Business Bay (Emirates Level)
Presented By:
IFFCO
Thursday, 17 November 9:30am – 10:45am

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
The Keys to Seamless Global Franchising

Listen to a panel of franchise experts from around the world on the power and opportunities associated with franchising. Hear from Franchisor, and Franchisees, about the successes and unique benefits that are part of the franchise business model.

Speakers:

Co-Founder & CEO
Tab Food Investments

Assistant Vice President and Head International Franchising and Business Development
Jollibee Foods Corporation

Chief Executive Officer
QSRP

President & CEO
International Franchise Association
202.662.0770

Driving Relevance in Uncertain Conditions

Consumer expectations never hit pause. In the midst of disruptive trends like economic uncertainty, digitization and sustainability, we must continue delivering relevant engagement with our consumers.  

Join Elaine Bowers Coventry, Chief Customer & Commercial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company and Barry Thomas, Senior Retail Thought Leader, Kantar as they discuss how brands deliver value in times of change. We will discuss key themes Elaine has seen while leading the customer and commercial function for the Coca-Cola system, which includes operations in over 200 countries. We will also hear about balancing inflationary pressures and consumer delight. If you are looking for insights on driving a consumer centric approach, this is one talk you will not want to miss.

Speakers:

Global Chief Customer & Commercial Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

Senior Thought Leader | Moderator
Kantar Consulting Practice

Presented By:
Coca-Cola Company, The
Thursday, 17 November 10:45am – 11:10am

Networking Break

Location: Dubai Ballroom
Presented By:
Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux
Thursday, 17 November 11:15am – 12:45pm

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
The Foundation of a Concept- A Spirited Discussion with CEO Founders of Revolutionary Restaurant Operations

Every chain begins with a single restaurant.  And that single restaurant began with an idea from a Founder.

In this session hear from two visionary founders who are building successful chains – how it began, where its going, and the challenges along the way.

Speakers:

CEO/Founder
Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux
225.330.4533

Founder and CEO
Dodo Brands

Executive Vice President, Conferences | Moderator
Winsight

SOS- Solutions to Navigate the Global Supply Chain!

Hear from operator global supply chain leaders and how they are staying afloat while working towards menu optimization and profitability.

Speakers:

Cluster General Manager of Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

President of Aussie Grill
Bloomin' Brands

Chief Supply Chain Officer
Blaze Pizza

Senior Principal | Moderator
Technomic

Thursday, 17 November 12:45pm – 2:45pm

Networking Lunch

Location: Business Bay & Kitchen 6
Thursday, 17 November 1:00pm – 2:30pm

General Networking and Pre- scheduled Speed Networking Meetings

Thursday, 17 November 3:00pm – 5:00pm

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
The Elephant in the Metaverse- Does Cryptocurrency Work for Foodservice and Restaurants?

A lively conversation with global operators who will share their opinions on NFTs, web 3.0, blockchain and the metaverse. How does it impact restaurants, and what is next in payment technology?

Speakers:

Founder & Principal
Black Sands Consulting

Managing Director
Exquisine Global

Restaurateur

Chief Operating Officer of Juicer & Author Delivering the Digital Restaurant | Moderator

UAE Restaurant Market State of Affairs and Growth Potential

Over the years, the UAE culinary industry has observed a massive surge and is emerging as a top location for worldwide cuisines. In 2018, the UAE restaurant industry witnessed the largest sales in the fast-food sub sector at approximately $3.6 billion. By the end of 2022, UAE’s restaurant industry is expected to skyrocket to roughly $4.5 billion. Hear about opportunities and resources from regional experts to support globally renowned brands and emerging brands looking for growth within this market. UAE Restaurants Group is a group of industry professionals who come together as a not-for-profit entity under the patronage of Dubai Chamber of Commerce to work for the development of UAE’s food industry and make it a rapidly-growing gastronomical hub. The group envisions sustaining business growth and leading the industry by promoting the UAE’s food sector. The idea is to position the UAE as an innovative, creative, and exclusive food and beverage location globally.

Speakers:

President F&B
Azadea Group

Managing Director
Nando's

Vice President
Hospitality Asset Managers Association, MEA

Chief Executive Officer
Papa Johns (UAE, KSA & Jordan)

CEO & Founder | Moderator
Gates Hospitality

Presented By:
IFFCO
UAE Restaurants Group