Keynote Session / Thursday / December 15, 2022 / 9:00 AM

Fireside Chat: 5-star Foodservice at the Touch of a Button: How Vending Technology Makes it Happen

Busy consumers no longer need to sacrifice high-quality food for convenience, thanks to a variety of technologies on the market. One of those pioneers, Farmer's Fridge Founder Luke Saunders, explains how he created a new business model using state-of-the-art vending technology to serve freshly prepared meals to on-the-go consumers. He'll discuss not only how he got into the business but what he's doing to stay ahead of the competition in which his innovation and creativity paved the way.

Talking With: Luke Saunders, founder of Farmer’s Fridge


Luke Saunders | Founder & CEO | Farmer's Fridge
Luke Saunders is the Founder & CEO of Farmer’s Fridge. An entrepreneur at heart, Luke started Farmer’s Fridge while working as a traveling salesman after struggling to find fresh, healthy and accessible food options on the road. Since 2013, the rapidly expanding business has grown to more than 500 Fridge locations across the country, launched a home delivery service in 40+ states, and forged partnerships with leading retailers including Target and Amazon Go. Based on their pioneering approach, the company was included as a TIME Top 100 Invention in 2019 and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Good Morning America, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc., Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Women’s Health, CBS, O! Magazine and many more. As a leader on the rise, Luke was honored as a Forbes “30 under 30” in 2016, a Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” in 2018 and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2019. Luke graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lori Haggart | General Manager, Logistics Sensing | Honeywell
Lori Haggart has over 20 years’ experience in delivering transformational growth in industry 4.0 top technology and fortune 500 companies. At Honeywell, Lori has created market share, growth and revitalization through the development of a clear strategic vision to deliver results through lean profitable and scalable portfolios including, most currently, vision technology solutions that allow businesses to optimize their workflows and become more productive. Lori is customer focused and a performance driven innovator. Under her leadership, Lori has helped Honeywell’s customers realize continuous business improvement, profitability and increased customer loyalty. Lori has a passion for innovation and exploring what is possible through next generation technology to delight her customers.

Elliot Maras | Editor | Kiosk Marketplace & Vending Times
Elliot Maras brings a background covering the retail, foodservice and payments industries, having served as the editor of Automatic Merchandiser Magazine for 20 years and as the founding editor of He is a graduate of the National Automatic Merchandising Association/Michigan State University Executive Development Program, a former board member of the International Foodservice Editors Council, and a winner of the Journalism Award of the Office Refreshment Development Foundation.
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