Dozens of outstanding speakers and panelists are scheduled for the Fifth Annual International Foodservice Technology Expo--FS/TEC--the foodservice industry's largest technology show.

More than 250 exhibitors and over 4,000 restaurant operators, foodservice executives and others will attend this year's show. The show will be held in Long Beach, Calif. November 5-8, 2000 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, with a special bonus event on November 5.

Keynote presenters at FS/TEC 2000 include Thomas R. Giordano, senior VP & CIO, Burger King Corporation, Jack Vinchesi, VP Information Technology & CIO, Allied Domecq Retailing, QSR and Arthur Esch, well known technology expert.

Other foodservice leaders who will be represented by speakers include General Mills, Inc., KFC Corporation, Darden Restaurants, AFC Enterprises, Starbucks, White Castle, Taco Bell Corporation, Walt Disney World and many more. Leading hardware and software providers will include IBM, Microsoft, NCR, Radiant Software, MICROS and many others.

"FS/TEC continues to grow every year and leads the way as the major event for technology in the foodservice and hospitality industries," said Alan Gould, Publisher, Nation's Restaurant News. He continued, "Once again, exhibitors will showcase all the latest products including e-commerce solutions, while the four-track educational program focuses on the industry's leading technology trends and showcases winning solutions. It also includes an awards program honoring the best in foodservice technology."

"The expanded 40-session educational program this year includes a new E-Commerce/Supply Chain Track. Scheduled sessions will address all the latest technology issues and trends including supply chain, e-commerce, efficient foodservice response, technology integration and much more," stated Toby Malbec, Managing Director of CynterCon, which has managed show programming and speakers since the show began in 1996.

CynterCon has provided the educational programming for FS/TEC for the past five years. A powerful four-track conference program includes operational, technical, e-commerce/supply chain and case study tracks. The show also features educational panels including an Executives Panel, CIO Panel, CEO/CFO View of Technology panel and an XML and EDI panel.

Last year's show, held in Dallas, included more than 4,000 visitors, including CIOs, information system managers and foodservice executives. Attendees come from all segments of the foodservice and hospitality industries--restaurants, hotels, casinos, clubs, resorts, cruise lines, convenience stores and more.

Founded in 1996, FS/TEC is managed and produced by Nation's Restaurant News with Robert Grimes of CynterCorp. Nation's Restaurant News is the only paid weekly publication providing regular coverage of technology applications in foodservice.

Founding sponsors of FS/TEC include IBM, Micros, Microsoft and NCR; corporate sponsors for the 2000 show include Aloha by Ibertech, Epson America, ParTech, Radiant Systems and Squirrel Systems. Affiliate sponsors this year include Hospitality Solutions International, Discover/NOVUS Services, HP, Progressive Software, Retail DNA and VISA.

Robert Grimes is Chairman and CEO of CynterCorp and its affiliated companies: Cyntergy, CynterCon, CynterPubs, CynterShow and CynterNet.

Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, the CynterCorp companies provide a variety of services principally in the retail, hospitality, foodservice industries including technology implementation and training, technical help desk, ASP services, global consulting and education resources. International regional headquarters are located in London and Sydney.

For additional information about CynterCorp visit our web site at www.cyntercorp.com. For media inquiries, contact Gail McGrew, Marketing Communications Manager, at 301-795-3895 or gmcgrew@cyntercorp.com.

For more information on FS/TEC please visit www.nrn.com/happenings/fstec.htm.