M&S, EAT and Caffe Nero join stellar Lunch! line-up

Lunch! hall shot

Big names from M&S, EAT, Pret, Greggs, Caffe Nero and Tortilla are to share their input on the foodservice industry at next month’s Lunch! exhibition, organisers of the show have announced.

The event, which returns to the Business Design Centre in London on 24-25 September, will see a host of top names from the chain world discuss a number of key issues.

The Working lunch! Theatre line-up will include Helen Higgins, food ambassador at EAT; Mark Palmer, group marketing director of Pret A Manger; Paul Ettinger, development director at Caffè Nero and Richard Morris, managing director of Tortilla.

Designer Afroditi Krassa , who was commissioned by Julian Metcalfe to design the Itsu brand, and Roger Whiteside, CEO of Greggs will also be up on stage talking through their experiences.

Guy Meakin, trading manager – food on the move at Marks & Spencer, will also be adding lunch! speaker duties to his resumé with a buying masterclass full of top tips.

“Food-to-go is one of the fastest moving categories in the food industry, so pulling innovative and inspirational suppliers together each year for lunch! is a great way for us to keep up-to-date with developments and ensure we are at the forefront of improving our proposition for our customers,” he states.

Other confirmed sessions include:

Sandy Anderson, senior buyer – food at Elior UK: It’s not just the spreadsheet that matters

  • Jamie Campbell, account director, CGA Peach: Coffee & cocktails: quantifying the opportunity for alcohol in coffee shops
  • Mark McCulloch, founder & CEO of WE ARE Spectacular: What’s your ‘Every little helps’?
  • Akbar Sheikh, director of Sheikh Holdings: Bringing Potbelly to the UK
  • Beth Taubner, founder of MercuryLab: The bread and butter of branding

This year’s programme also includes four panel sessions covering trends in travel catering, HR (encouraging staff engagement and retention), sustainability in food-to-go, and independent operators (challenges and opportunities).

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