The CEOs of Greggs and EAT are the latest names to have been announced as part of the lunch! 2017 line-up.
For the 10th anniversary show, there will be exclusive keynotes with Roger Whiteside, CEO of bakery and food-to-go giant Greggs, and Andrew Walker, chief executive of EAT.
Walker, who will host an opening day keynote, has been a frequent visitor to lunch! over the years – first with the food and buying teams from Pret when he was UK MD and, since 2016, with EAT.
He says the show helps them “keep abreast of developments’, and has called it “the premier place for food retailers to get an insight into all the food innovation that is happening across the country.”
Whiteside, one of the biggest names in the UK’s food-to-go market, also “found lunch! extremely valuable” and says he’s delighted to be invited back for 2017.
He will be talking about his 37 years’ experience in the industry which includes top jobs at Marks & Spencer (head of foods), Ocado (joint-MD), Punch Taverns and Threshers (CEO), and, since 2013, CEO of Greggs.
Under his leadership, Greggs has expanded and re-positioned itself as a major player in the healthy food-to-go market – winning plaudits for its food quality, convenient locations, speed of service, and value for money. It now operates over 1,750 outlets, including recent developments like its first healthier shop format at New Cross Hospital, in Wolverhampton, and first drive-thru store in Salford.