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The Rise of International Cuisine & Flavors in the US

About This Webinar

International cuisine and flavors have experienced tremendous growth in the U.S. and are expected to outpace traditional categories of food over the next 3-5 years. What types of global foods, flavors, and food products are currently resonating with consumers? What’s driving consumer interest in these food groups? And, what are the implications for food manufacturers, foodservice, and food retail? Those are just a few of the questions that will be addressed in this upcoming webinar.

Join The Food Institute on March 31, as we invite culinary leaders Rob Wilder, Co-Founder, Vice Chairman, and Chief Strategy Officer of ThinkFoodGroup, Nona Lim, Founder & CEO of Nona Lim, and Sameer Malhotra, CEO & Co-Founder of Café Spice to share their insight and predictions on the growing influence of international foods and flavors in the U.S. market.

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This webinar is sponsored by Lazard Middle Market.

Lazard Middle Market LLC, a subsidiary of Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ), is a leading middle market investment bank that provides customized advice on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity recapitalizations, and financial restructurings to mid-sized companies across a broad range of industries, including consumer, food/agriculture, and e-commerce/retail. Its Consumer, Food & Retail Group bankers have played key advisory roles in some of the most important, complex, and industry-defining transactions. Since 2000, they have completed more than 300 transactions for entrepreneurs, private equity groups, and corporations, many of which are award-winning, strategic, and cross-border. The firm leverages the global resources of Lazard, which include professionals in 40 offices across 25 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South and Central America. For more information, please visit www.lazardmm.com.

  • What types of global foods, flavors, and food products are currently resonating with consumers?
  • What’s driving consumer interest in these food groups?
  • What are the implications for food manufacturers, foodservice, and food retail?
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Featured Presenters
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Co-Founder, Vice Chairman, Chief Strategy Officer, ThinkFoodGroup
Rob Wilder is the Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman, and Chief Strategy Officer of ThinkFoodGroup. In 1993, Rob co-founded the company that grew into Think Food Group, Running TFG with Partner José Andrés in a progression of roles as TFG evolved and grew. Rob currently leads TFG together with José and Sam Bakhshandehpour in the Office of the CEO.

Rob has twice been named “Restaurateur of the Year” by RAMW and received (with José) the Richard Melman Award for Innovation by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine.

Rob also serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of World Central Kitchen, the innovative non-profit founded in 2010 with chef Andrés. In addition Rob has served in leadership positions with a number of civic and non-profit boards including DC Central Kitchen, The Shakespeare Theater Company, Beauvoir School, Tougaloo College, Federal City Council, Downtown DC BID, and the YPO US Capital Chapter, and also founded Austin Grills and FoodTech Angels, a group that invested in early stage tech companies changing the world of food.
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CEO & Co-Founder, Cafe Spice Global Cuisine
Sameer Malhotra is the CEO and Co-Founder of Cafe Spice, a leading manufacturer of restaurant-quality prepared international cuisines. He grew up in the fine dining restaurant business and took his passion for food to the next level after graduating from Babson College’s entrepreneurship program. Sameer founded Cafe Spice in 2003 and quickly developed a partnership with Whole Foods Market, which has led to its current success. Today, Cafe Spice’s award-winning line up of heat-and-eat meals, small bites and handhelds are available in grocery stores nationwide and through Amazon Fresh. With Indian, Thai and Mexican offerings, Cafe Spice sources only the highest-quality whole ingredients making the meals fresh, clean and delicious. As a minority, family-run business owner, Sameer has an extensive background in food service, fine-dining, casual dining, co-packing and manufacturing.
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Founder & CEO, Nona Lim
A native of Singapore, Nona first started her career as a management consultant in London. After a long stint there, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005. In 2006, she started the first online meal delivery business before it was trendy and created the first food-based detox program in 2010. While running her business, Nona was also a competitive fencer for many years, representing Singapore. During training, she craved convenient, nutritious food that could fuel her performance, and which reminded her of home. Finding limited options, in 2014 she pivoted and launched her eponymous brand. Nona’s Singaporean food heritage drives the brand’s obsession with authentic flavor and serves as the platform for its continual exploration of the delicious cuisines found throughout Asia. She is also a certified nutrition consultant and is active in both the local community and the food industry. She was the President of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is currently a Board Director of the Specialty Food Association.
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