Jeff Mauro to keynote Progressive Grocer’s Total Meal Solutions Summit

Jeff Mauro will be the keynote speaker for Progressive Grocer’s Total Meal Solutions Summit.

Jeff Mauro will be the keynote speaker for Progressive Grocer’s Total Meal Solutions Summit, set for Sept. 9-10 in Austin, Texas. Over one and a half days, the interactive summit will equip the nation’s top retailers with proven tactics for developing a robust meal solutions program that will increase basket size and resonate with shoppers.

Mauro gained fame as the winner of Season 7 of Food Network Star. His prize was his first show, the Emmy-nominated “Sandwich King,” which ran for five successful seasons. He also co-hosted the Food Network’s Saturday afternoon juggernaut “The Kitchen,” which is now in its 22nd season. He has appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and has guest-hosted “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Steve Harvey,” “The Talk,” “The Rachael Ray Show” and more.

He currently is partner and executive chef of Pork and Mindy’s, a fast-casual barbecue restaurant specializing in sandwiches. Pork and Mindy’s has recently expanded into Mariano’s Fresh Market grocery stores in the Chicago area, bringing its signature sandwiches as well as special menus and grab-and-go items exclusive to Mariano’s stores.

“We are thrilled to have Jeff Mauro sign on to the Total Meal Solutions Summit,” said Jim Dudlicek, editorial director of Progressive Grocer, the sister publication of Store Brands. “His background and enthusiasm for great eating will add even more excitement to a bold lineup that showcases innovation, inspiration and an intimate exchange of ideas.”

Mauro will be bringing his culinary experience and signature humor to Total Meal Solutions Summit, where he will speak about his experiences in the food industry as well as the process and challenges of launching his Pork and Mindy’s concept for grocery retail foodservice.

Other highlights of the Total Meal Solutions Summit include a food tour of Austin-area establishments excelling at meal solutions; the Progressive Grocer Chef Challenge, a live cooking competition with surprise ingredients; and critical research on foodservice trends from Datassential, the Food Marketing Institute and Progressive Grocer.

Participants in the event will include retailers like Whole Foods Market, Albertsons Companies, Giant Food and H-E-B, as well as companies like Tito’s Vodka, Nestle Professional, Coca-Cola Company, Elkay Plastics and Ruiz Foods.

Registration is now open and complimentary for approved retailers. Visit to learn more about the summit and reserve your spot today.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Total Meal Solutions Summit, there are limited opportunities still available. Contact John Schrei, js[email protected], for more information.[1]