Elior Group Participates in Seeds & Chips, the Only European Summit Dedicated to FoodTech

May 10, 2016, 06:30 ET from Elior Group

PARIS, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Elior Group is participating in Seeds & Chips, the only global fair in Europe dedicated to FoodTech which will be held on May 11-14 2016 in Milan. At its exhibition stand, the Group will be presenting five startups it has been backing. As the caterer of choice, Elior Group is committed to this burgeoning sector which unites culinary tradition with technology. As a catalyst for change and innovation, FoodTech is in the process of remodeling the catering value chain and transforming our consumer habits.

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The Seeds & Chips summit conference concerns every link in the food chain "from field to fork". Technologies are impacting lifestyle trends; our production and distribution methods, as well as consumer habits have changed and our commitments to eliminate food waste are getting stronger. Currently estimated at over €5,000bn and involving around 40% of the world's labor force[1], the food sector must now rethink its business model. Although this industry is founded upon tradition, its future clearly lies in innovation.

Philippe Salle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Elior Group, stated: "Leveraging digital technology to offer our customers new experiences is one of the eight objectives set out in our 2016-2020 strategic plan, founded upon our Life4 innovation program. This is a program with international reach and which is designed to promote sources of potential innovation that, when developed, will have an impact on our business. Our aim is to become one of the most innovative catering groups."

Life4 is focused on three levers:

1. Investing in innovation and providing an arena for startups 

By providing mentoring support or acquiring stakes, Elior Group enables startups to try out their innovations in Group restaurants and establishments and gauge their feasibility in real life situations.

The five startups (Dataiku, FoodMeUp, Optimiam, Swaf, Wynd), selected by the Group are all involved in the digitalization of consumer consumption habits to provide a unique and customized experience. Data must be gathered to supply predictive programs with the information required to optimize restaurant management, drive sales and boost consumer satisfaction rates in real time.

2. Being a co-creator of platforms and/or incubators 

3. Promoting local initiatives in every country and on every market 



1. Source: Seeds & Chips 2016


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