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Sam Oches joins the award-winning team at Informa Restaurant and Food Group as the new Editorial Director, Editor in Chief.

Sam Oches named Editorial Director, Editor in Chief of Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality

A long-time restaurant industry thought leader and editor joins the award-winning brands to direct future content

Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality have named Sam Oches to the role of Editorial Director and Editor in Chief, effective Monday. Oches will oversee the brands’ editorial missions and digital and community growth moving forward, serving an audience of innovators and decision makers across the restaurant industry.

"In my 12 years covering the foodservice industry, I've committed myself to sharing insights and developing community with industry professionals, whether through stories, podcasts, events, or other platforms,” said Oches. “Joining Informa's Restaurant Group — and such reputable brands as Nation's Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality — provides an incredible opportunity to take that commitment to the next level. I'm looking forward to building off these brands’ profound legacies and finding new ways to create value in the lives of restaurant leaders, especially at a time they need it most."

Oches previously served as editorial director of Food News Media, publisher of QSR and FSR magazines. He’s a past president of the International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) and a past board member with the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). His foodservice insights have been shared in national media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, and CNBC. Oches is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

“Bringing the best talent to our brands is always a top priority, as we constantly look for new and impactful ways to serve our chain executive and independent restaurant communities, from operators to manufacturers and solution providers," said Informa Restaurant and Food Group’s Publisher Sarah Lockyer. "Sam is one of the most respected and knowledgeable foodservice media minds — with strong connections, dedication to adding value to the restaurant space, both personally and professionally, and expert insights and digital savviness. Having Sam join our award-winning editorial team takes us to an entirely new level."

Sam can be reached at [email protected]

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