Four days of industry-leading insights
08:00 – 09:30

Breakfast Buffet

Location: Orchid Ballroom/4201AB - 4206/4301AB - 4306, Sands Expo Level 4
08:00 – 18:00

GRLC Marketplace Sponsor Set Up 

08:00 – 19:00

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Sands Expo, Peony Ballroom Foyer, Level 4 
08:00 – 19:00

GRLC Charity Desk

Location: Sands Expo, Peony Ballroom Foyer, Level 4 
08:30 – 13:00

Special Events (Coming Soon)

Every activity within the GRLC agenda is an opportunity to expand your professional network. Whichever you choose, you'll be surrounded by the restaurant industry's best and brightest. Don't miss this opportunity to meet new friends, chat with old ones and, most importantly, have fun. Approximately 8-10 weeks prior to the Conference, guests will receive an invitation to register for the outing of their choice. Please be aware that capacity is limited and excursions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; pre-registration will be required for each activity. Please note, pre-registration for special events is required. You are also required to check-in for each special event at the special event desk the morning of your selected activity to secure your spot. If you do not check-in at least 10 minutes prior to bus departure time, you forfeit your place to an attendee on the wait list.

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12:30 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

Location: Orchid Ballroom/4201AB - 4206/4301AB - 4306, Sands Expo Level 4
14:00 – 14:45

Innovation Forums (please choose 1 of 6)

At the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference, we’re examining the people, innovations and forces that will change your business for the foreseeable future. We’ll look at the factors revolutionizing restaurant development and expansion and how operators go to market for a decade, a generation or a lifetime.  Led by the brightest and most innovative entrepreneurs in foodservice, GRLC's Innovation Forums feature global “hot topics” and powerful messages designed to spark new ideas. 

Option 1: Operations –  
Option 2:  Future of Food - 
Option 3:  Franchising -  
Option 4:  Technology - 
Option 5:  Keys to Success in United States Market Entry (PRESENTATION)

Looking to enter or expand in the U.S.? This session will provide the necessary background and up-to-date intelligence for any restaurant concept planning to enter or expand within this competitive marketplace. The session is designed to give you, the operator, insight into the U.S. foodservice market, including the current size of the market, trends in foodservice, who the successful restaurant operators are and who to watch. Additionally, learn what issues restaurant brands face when entering the U.S. related to the marketplace, distribution and local governments. After gaining a foundational understanding, walk away with an invaluable framework for your expansion strategy toolkit. 


Regional Vice President, Business Development

Managing Principal

Option 6:  Market Intelligence – 
15:15 – 17:15

Opening General Session 

Building Brands, Culture and Talent for the Future 

As the industry rapidly changes to meet consumer trends and demands, it’s crucial for companies to evolve in order to succeed in the future. Greg Creed, CEO of Yum! Brands – whose brands KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are global leaders of their respective food categories – will open the 2019 GRLC with a keynote providing valuable insights on trends in the quick-service restaurant industry and the role that culture and talent play in driving innovation, fueling results and building distinctive, relevant and easy brands.


Yum! Brands

State of the Global Foodservice Industry: Leaders, Outlook and Expectations 

For the third year, Coca-Cola is proud to present the State of the Global Foodservice Industry. Attendees will have an exclusive look at the latest and most trusted global market foodservice data, generated and presented by Technomic, the world’s leading foodservice research firm. During this session, Technomic experts Joe Pawlak and David Henkes will reveal authoritative industry sales data and overarching trends that span the globe and are fueling industry growth. Rankings of the Top 150 global restaurant chains will be presented along with fact-based insight about the factors driving success among industry leaders. The latest consumer research spanning the globe will be shared. Learn the macro forces shaping future food and beverage usage and what drives global consumers to restaurants and what they expect from the experience.


Senior Principal

Managing Principal

17:15 – 17:45

Networking Break

17:45 – 18:30

General Session

One-on-One Conversation with James Quincey and Dawn Sweeney

James Quincey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, will talk about the enduring power of partnership, key consumer trends impacting the global foodservice marketplace, and the large-scale opportunities he sees for growth and greater value creation in the worldwide restaurant market. His speech will be followed by a one-on-one discussion of these and other topics with Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.


President & CEO
National Restaurant Association

The Coca-Cola Company

18:30 – 21:30

GRLC Marketplace

With some of the world’s most forward-thinking restaurant suppliers on display, you're sure to find all the industry-shapers within GRLC's Marketplace. This is the exhibition portion of the GRLC agenda where suppliers and operators gather to uncover the latest solutions, sample new products and even close deals. Just a few hours here can deliver guaranteed quality insights, exclusive intelligence and help you develop meaningful relationships.

18:30 – 21:30

Reception & Dinner

GRLC's opening night celebration is the perfect transition from an afternoon of valuable learnings to an evening of relaxed networking.  Join fellow guests and new colleagues for fabulous food and beverages; this is the ideal opportunity to launch your GRLC journey.



The Global Restaurant Leadership Distinction Awards are awarded to those restaurant brands that excel in the global marketplace through Innovation, Industry Service, Partnership and Expansion.