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Ohio Restaurant Association's new trade show highlights restaurant technology, innovation & thought leadership
The Mid-America Restaurant Expo is Jan. 29-30 in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 15, 2016) -  The inaugural Mid-America Restaurant Expo, scheduled for January 29-30, 2017 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, will be a restaurant-centered business-to-business trade show like none other in the Midwest.

The Expo is 25 years in the making from the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) and will focus on the growing use of technology in the foodservice industry. It will feature innovations in labor-saving equipment, restaurant Point of Sale systems, a food truck and franchisee row, and thought leadership seminars that focus on current trends and the future of foodservice.

"Technology and consumer trends are changing rapidly," said ORA President & CEO John Barker. "Restaurant customers expect their favorite place to offer an app, deliver their food, provide healthy options and make more choices available. Our Expo will present outstanding technology and speakers to address these opportunities."

The Expo will feature multimedia demonstrations on five stages, exciting head-to-head culinary competitions, and will include thought leadership provided by industry innovators. The show is geared toward i ndependent operators, regional chains, and is p erfect for start-ups and veteran operators alike.
There will be an After Hours Networking Event at the Expo, plus opportunities to make connections on the exhibit floor, as well as a sip and sample in the Tasting Pavilion to showcase craft beers and local spirits.

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About the Ohio Restaurant Association

The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA), founded in 1920, is the leading business trade association for the Ohio foodservice industry, the third-largest private sector employer in Ohio. ORA represents the interests of Ohio's $20 billion restaurant industry, comprised of 21,921 locations and more than 572,000 employees. The ORA provides its members with advocacy, information services, education and a variety of cost-saving benefits. For more information, visit