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Alan J. Liddle

Senior Data & Events Editor

Alan is Senior Data & Events Editor for The Restaurant & Food Group within Informa Connect, including Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality, Food Management and Supermarket News. He joined NRN in 1984, covering the Pacific Northwest, and later added chief photographer duties, initiated NRN’s regular technology coverage, was on the development team for and generated content for NRN’s early podcasting initiative, Podcast Central, beginning in 2006. Alan is senior researcher and data analyst for NRN and Supermarket News market data products, including Top 200 and SN75, and helps develop and present educational programs for conferences and webinars. A graduate of California State University at Fullerton and a former daily and weekly newspaper reporter, he resides in Salinas, Calif.


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Alan Liddle’s areas of expertise include large foodservice and consumables retailing chain and company U.S./North America sales, revenue and store-footprint performance; quarterly and annual same-store sales trends among U.S. publicly-traded restaurant brands; food safety; and general restaurant operations.

Alan Liddle’s work on Top 200 and Supermarket News 75 is referenced by outside news organizations, including Crain’s Chicago Business and CNBC, as well as educational institutions, such as Harvard Business School.

Alan Liddle’s experience:

Senior Data and Events Editor/Managing Editor, Conferences & Special Projects/Editor At Large, Special Projects & Technology/Northern California-Pacific Northwest Editor & Chief Photographer, Informa and Nation’s Restaurant News (1984 – Present)

Reporter & Photographer, Oroville Mercury-Register (1981-1984)

Contributing reporter and photographer, Sacramento Bee (1982-1984)

Stringer - news and photography, Associated Press and United Press International (1981-1984)

Zone editor and photographer-La Mirada Lamplighter, Knight Ridder (1980-1981)

General Manger-Foodservice (Lion Country Safari), Interstate United Corp. (1978)

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