Innovation Forum Speaker &
General Session Speaker

Joe Pawlak

Managing Principal
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Session Description

State of the Foodservice Industry  


Joe Pawlak, Managing Principal, serves as the head of Technomic’s Advisory Group and is responsible for conducting consulting and research engagements for food & beverage manufacturers, trade associations, private equity firms as well as restaurant chains. His experience covers virtually every food, beverage and supply category and channel. His specific responsibilities include project management, study design and planning, analysis of research findings and client business planning immersion.

Consulting/Research and Industry Experience

Since joining the firm in 1991, Joe has conducted a wide variety of industry studies involving market planning, customer satisfaction benchmarking, brand equity investigation, new product development, food trends, opportunity analyses, M&A due diligence, concept testing and distribution system evaluations. He has special expertise in the areas of industry market trend analysis, market metric and forecasting modeling and implications development.

Joe has 30 years of extensive food industry experience in both consulting and packaged goods manufacturing. Prior to joining Technomic, Joe held food technology management positions with the Campbell Soup Company.

Speaking Engagements

Joe has been a frequent featured speaker for countless food industry events, including the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), National Restaurant Association (NRA), Restaurant Leadership Conference and other industry conferences.

Based on his expertise and experience, he is often cited in business publications, including Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report. Joe has been interviewed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio and has appeared on CNBC, CBS News, CNN and Fox News, providing insight on food industry trends and events.


Joe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology/Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Loyola University of Chicago.