The Caffè Culture Show will be introducing a conference to its show this May. Caffè Connections, a leading forum running within the show, will explore the state of the café industry and the rapidly changing landscape.
The conference will feature keynote speakers from across the industry, panel debates, insight sessions and drop-ins from high-profile figures from the coffee and food-to-go sectors.
The show, which will take place on 23rd and 24th May at Kensington Olympia, has established itself as the go-to event for sector buyers and coffee shop owners to source products and services they need to keep to keep in line with market trends and ever-evolving consumer demands.
Day one is designed for senior executives, buyers and procurement managers from the coffee and foodservice markets, with a focus on strategy, insight and innovation.
Pret A Manger board adviser and Cawston Press co-founder, Mark Palmer, will be delivering a keynote on the driving force behind changes within the coffee shop market and sharing lessons to be learnt from the casual dining revolution.
Paul Ettinger from Caffe Nero, Peter Dore Smith from Kaffeine and Darren Williams from T2 will be discussing what the chains and independents have to learn from each other and whether they can peacefully co-exist, while Action on Sugar and The British Soft Drinks Association are set to take on the big sugar debate.
Day two’s theme is focused around the use of insight to drive performance and the current needs of independent coffee shops. Speakers will include Coffee Republic franchisee, author and consultant Andrew Bowen, who will discuss franchising opportunities and alternative methods for raising capital for coffee shop expansion, and Gary McCann from Beyond the Bean, who will share his thoughts on whether speciality coffee can continue to differentiate itself from the mainstream market.
Event director, Chris Holman, said: “The Caffè Culture Show is widely recognised for its excellent on-site talks programmes and has long been at the forefront of the rapidly changing coffee industry. We want to extend the show’s focus on commercial strategy and growth with a brand new conference offering. Caffè Connections is an exciting new opportunity for visitors to engage more deeply with the latest thinking to help inform and grow their business. This year’s show is one not to miss. ”
Visitors can also enjoy the Technology Showcase previewing new product launches by leading suppliers, wholesalers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers of premium products – from well-known brands to start-ups. The show will also include a Masterclass programme with educational insight from leading industry figures from the world of tea and coffee.
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