Pret and Itsu founder Julian Metcalfe pencilled in for Lunch

Julian Metcalfe, founder

Julian Metcalfe, the founder of itsu and co-founder of Pret A Manger, will give his insight to the current state of the food-to-go sector at the forthcoming Lunch! show after being confirmed as the headline speaker.

Mr Metcalfe, who is one of Britain’s most celebrated food-to-go entrepreneurs, will share his specialist knowledge and insight to the industry, having spent 30 years developing two of the most well-known chains in the business.

He launched Pret, which now numbers more than 500 stores globally in 1986, and then went on to found itsu, which has established a strong presence in the UK and now operates in the US.

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It will be the first time that Mr Metcalfe has spoken at the show, which kicks off on 20 September at London ExCeL. “I feel passionately about delicious, fresh, fast-food, so I’m delighted to be speaking at the only trade show devoted to the food-to-go sector,” he said.

Chris Brazier, Lunch!’s group event director, said: “Lunch! has already well-established itself as the destination show for the food-to-go sector and having Julian Metcalfe part of this year’s line-up just makes it even more unmissable.  This is really big news for the show and a huge opportunity for our visitors to hear insights from an industry legend.”

The 2018 line-up will also include analysis from directors and senior execs from Pret, Caffè Nero, Leon, EAT, Tortilla and Tossed, as well as 370 exhibitors showcasing a host of new products, equipment, packaging and services.

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