March 4 –7, 2018 — Huntington Beach, California 

Event:        38th Annual Refrigerated Food Association Conference          

Topic:        Top 10 Trends in the Refrigerated Foods Industry

During this featured presentation, Manny will address long-term trends that are rooted in macro traditions, with a focus on the modern family dynamics and tendency toward grazing and snacking over sit-down meals. There will be a particular emphasis on the home meal delivery space, with forecasting that is rooted in rigorous research. 


March 6, 2018      
Hyatt Regency
Huntington Beach, CA

Time:                      8:00 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.

About Manny Picciola

Manny Picciola is a Managing Director and Partner, and the head of L.E.K. Consulting’s Chicago office. He has nearly 20 years of experience managing and directing client engagements spanning more than 500 projects in corporate and business unit strategy, channel management, consumer segmentation, corporate turnaround, and merger and acquisition transaction support. Although he has worked across multiple industries, Manny is primarily focused on consumer products and is a member of L.E.K.'s Americas Regional Management Committee.

Prior to joining L.E.K., Manny was a senior vice president at Thomson NETg. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was awarded a Siebel Scholarship. He also holds a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois. Manny is an instructor at MergerWeek at the Kellogg Graduate School's executive education center, the premier executive program focused on acquisition best practices.

About the 38th Annual Refrigerated Foods Association Conference

The 38th Annual Refrigerated Foods Association (RFA) Conference works toward “Advancing & Safeguarding the Refrigerated Foods Industry.” This multi-day conference allows individuals from company CEOs to business development professionals to quality control officers to build valuable relationships and network with leaders of the industry. The RFA Conference is also a great way to gain important new information affecting the industry, including technical innovations, sales and marketing tips, consumer trends, distribution solutions, new product and package development, and food safety issues. The 2018 Conference will feature tabletop displays, with suppliers displaying the latest offerings in equipment, packaging, ingredients and services for the industry.

About L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and rigorous analysis to help business leaders achieve practical results with real impact. We are uncompromising in our approach to helping clients consistently make better decisions, deliver improved business performance and create greater shareholder returns. The firm advises and supports global companies that are leaders in their industries — including the largest private- and public-sector organizations, private equity firms, and emerging entrepreneurial businesses. Founded in 1983, L.E.K. employs more than 1,200 professionals across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. For more information, go to