Pizza Hut UK chief Jens Hofma to discuss menu configuration and store refurbs at trade show

Pizza Hut UK’s CEO Jens Hofma and Mowgli founder Nisha Katona have been confirmed the latest speakers to appear at next year’s Casual Dining show.

The event, which will take place on February 27-28 at London ExCel, will also feature talks from The Alchemist Bars & Restaurants, Bill’s Restaurant, and the Soil Association.

Having previously headlined Casual Dining’s launch event in 2014, Mr Hofma, who has headed-up Pizza Hut’s UK-based business since 2009, will return to share his thoughts on the casual dining scene. 

Mr Hofma will be discussing the configuration of Pizza Hut’s brand and menus, its estate refurbishment programme and management buyout.

Meanwhile, Mrs Katona will be sharing insights into her career so far and future plans for Mowgli. The fast-growing business is known for championing authentic and healthy Indian recipes in a home-from-home setting.

Founded just four years ago, the brand now operates six sites in Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford, Nottingham and Birmingham – with new openings also planned for Cardiff, Leicester and Leeds.

Other show firsts include a Soil Association-hosted panel session taking an in-depth look at ‘the growth of organic in casual dining’.

Five further panel sessions are soon to be unveiled, covering everything from launching overseas to coping with a crisis, plus tips for success from leading pub and restaurant executive chefs.

Previously confirmed speakers for Casual Dining 2019 include Jon Knight, head of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, Brewdog’s CEO of retail David MacDowell, and Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality.

There will also be headline keynote interviews featuring Mark Jones, CEO of Carluccio’s and Steve Richards, CEO of Casual Dining Group.

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