Exploring produce locations around London
The final day of The London Produce Show and Conference concludes on June 8, 2018 with a series of bespoke tours to key produce locations in the south of England. Each tour is hosted by experienced professionals from the relevant sector for your enjoyment
Wilkin & Sons Hosts The LPS18 Production Tour
7.30am-4pm: only 25 places available – BOOK NOW
Round off your London Produce Show and Conference experience with a fascinating production tour of the Wilkin & Sons’ 300-year old family business in Tiptree, Essex.
A group of 25 will have the opportunity to visit Wilkin & Sons on Friday June 8 on the final day of the LPS. Widely renowned for its jams and marmalades, over the past decade Wilkin & Sons of Tiptree in Essex has branched out into the fresh fruit trade; supplying strawberries and raspberries exclusively to UK retailer Sainsbury’s during the summer season.
The Wilkin family and their forbearers have been farming in Tiptree, Essex for over 300 years. They have grown fruit on site for the last 150 years, and manufactured jams for the last 133 years. They have proudly held a Royal Warrant for the last 107 years (since 1911).
A fiercely independent business, Wilkin & Sons is the holding company with a number of brands operating under that umbrella, Tiptree foremost amongst these. They also have other jam brands, a patisserie business, a tea room business, a Christmas pudding manufacturer and a growing fresh fruit offering too.
The LPS Production Tour hosts will be Andrey Ivanov, the General Manager, and Chris Newenham, Joint Managing Director of Wilkin & Sons. Mark Smith, the Factory Manager, will also be on hand. On arrival, attendees will enjoy teas and coffees in the tea room, where Andrey and Chris will give the group an overview of where the business has come from, where it is today and some of the challenges which the future holds. After that, there will be a buffet lunch in the museum, before heading out to the farm.
Attendees will enjoy a visit to the factory, farm, tea room and museum. The tour will take in a walk through the factory operations from start to finish, including the hand-sorting of fruit and increasing automation.
On the farm, the tour will take in the diversity of the Wilkin & Sons’ crops and some of their innovations in terms of technology, given that Tiptree is such a dry part of the world. Strawberry harvesting will be well under way during the tour, but the group will also see a wide variety of production of raspberries, quince, cherries, apricots, and plums. Attendees can expect to return to Grosvenor House in London by coach by 4pm.
This tour is always popular so be sure not to miss out and book your spot now for just £99+VAT per person – you must be a registered LPS attendee to be eligible.
Please Note: A maximum of 25 places are available on this tour. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis and are for LPS18 registered attendees only. To check availability and for more information, email email@example.com
The Exclusive Reynolds’ Foodservice Tour
8am-3pm: only 17 places available – BOOK NOW
We are very pleased to announce that Andy Weir, Head of Marketing for Reynolds, will once again take a team of foodies on an exclusive guided tour around selected London eateries on the final day of The London Produce Show and Conference on Friday June 8, 2018.
Reynolds is one of the leading national suppliers of fresh produce to the foodservice industry, and Andy’s tour will give participants a good overview of the use of produce in different streams of the London eating-out scene.
Andy’s knowledge and expertise will provide a great overview of the booming foodservice picture in the heart of England’s capital and a taste of exactly what chefs and operators are looking for in 2018.
The tour includes stops at Sticks’n’Sushi, Freshii and Bill’s. You will meet some of the owners, chefs and key personnel who are helping to shape the UK eating-out industry. With plenty of food to eat throughout the tour, taking breakfast before departure is not recommended!
This tour always sells out very quickly, so be sure to book your spot now for just £99+VAT per person.
Please Note: The full itinerary will be published shortly. There are only 17 places available on the LPS18 Foodservice Tour. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and this is a popular tour, so get in quick! To check availability and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bespoke London Retail Tour
8am-3pm: only 40 places available – BOOK NOW
Join us for an insightful educational tour of the grocery supermarket scene of South and North London, on the final day of The London Produce Show and Conference – June 8, 2018.
Join us on a thought-provoking and enjoyable tour of the fresh produce aisles at a cross-section of the UK’s largest food retailers. The diversity of store formats will help you compare key factors from packaging, range, advertising, and availability to customer service, merchandising and quality.
Attendees will enjoy a take-away breakfast from Grosvenor House and depart at 8am on a dedicated executive coach, returning to the hotel by 3pm. You will receive a detailed, tightly-organised schedule for the day plus headlines on the stores you will be visiting. Your host will give you the inside track on what to look out for, before hopefully being joined by a few Retail Executives in some stores. Throughout the day, there will be opportunities to discuss the range of store formats, network and catch up over lunch.
This tour always sells out very quickly so be sure not to miss out and book your spot now for just £99+VAT per person – you must be a registered LPS attendee to be eligible.
Please Note: The full itinerary will be published shortly. A maximum of 40 places are available on this tour. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis and are for LPS18 registered attendees only. To check availability and for more information, email email@example.com
New Spitalfields Hosts The LPS18 Wholesale Market Tour
6.30am-11am: only 40 places available – BOOK NOW
LPS18 Wholesale Market Tour participants will witness first-hand the working environment at New Spitalfields Market, a purpose built wholesale market in Leyton, London, that opened in 1991. Home to well over 100 businesses, the market is the largest revenue-earning fresh produce and flower market in the UK. Spitalfields has a broad base of market tenants and an extensive exotic fruits and vegetable offering.
The agenda includes a tour of the market pavilion, the catering supply buildings area and meetings with leading wholesalers, refreshments for all participants, and an overview of the running and management of the site by the team leaders, Jan and Chris Hutchinson.
Tickets sell quickly and there are only 40 places available, so be sure not to miss out and secure your place online now for just £99+VAT per person.
Please Note: A maximum of 40 spaces are available and the tour will be split into three groups. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis and to LPS18 registered attendees only. To check availability and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org