Featured on Tampa Bay Business Journals: “Restaurateurs talk tech, trends at Florida Israeli accelerator event”

For local restaurateurs, the role of technology goes beyond apps and delivery services — although they’ve got that, too.

Officials from Ciccio Group, Fresco Foods, Wifi Waiter, Revenue Management Solutions and Cognis all took the stage Wednesday night as part of the Florida Israel Business Accelerator’s “Connection to Innovation” panel.

“Our core focus is working with — and bringing — Israeli tech companies to Florida, and creating and connecting companies to be successful,” FIBA’s Executive Director Rachel Feinman said. “But we also want everyone to gain a value from the interactions … and with the event series, it really allows us to shine a light locally on innovation and there’s so much of it.”

FIBA’s latest panel focused on food tech, with Tampa Bay’s heaviest hitters in the industry. While each of the panelists has a unique perspective, a few key agreements emerged: namely, the “trend” in food is moving toward healthy and higher quality.

“I see healthy food and judging from my Facebook and Instagram, people are going toward specific diets,” said Matt Lanza, operating partner at Ciccio Restaurant Group. “And if I had to make a bet, I think a lot will go in…”

Read the full Tampa Bay Business Journal article here.

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