Transforming Foodservice Through Technology & Trends

Wednesday June 5, 2019

Our Foodservice Forum adds another level of value to The London Produce Show and Conference and appeals to culinary heavy hitters and major UK and international foodservice companies.

The interactive one-day seminar programme dedicated to the UK’s diverse and thriving foodservice industry is now in its fouth year, and is moderated by Jason Danciger, UK Managing Director for Hana Group.

Attendees of the Foodservice Forum will participate in seminars, discussion panels, chef demonstrations and ideation sessions – all with a view to improving the performance of fresh produce in the foodservice and catering arenas.

Why Attend?

    • Learn from industry experts about what it takes to be part of the UK’s creative and burgeoning food scene and how to grow your foodservice business

    • Share experiences and common ground with other foodservice suppliers, top chefs and fresh produce experts

    • Find out how to create more space for fresh produce and for your company in the foodservice industry

    • Learn about the evolution of London’s dining scene

    • Discover how to sell to and source more effectively from wholesale markets

    • Grasp the latest cooking techniques from top research and development chefs


Foodservice Forum 2019 Programme

Transforming Foodservice Through Technology & Trends

This year’s programme will uncover the ways in which technology and trends are truly transforming the foodservice industry in the UK. We’ll look at the eating out market in focus; the impact of modern technology on customers and operators; the power of plant-based eating, veganism and vegetarianism; the next star product in fresh produce; and how the supply chain can work better together.

By understanding how all of these factors are set to shape the business over the next decade, attendees will go away fully prepared to ensure they remain relevant and competitive in this thriving market.

08.30: REGISTRATION & WELCOME REFRESHMENTS

09.00: THE WELCOME BY KEN WHITACRE, EVP-PUBLISHING DIRECTOR, PHOENIX MEDIA NETWORK
A warm welcome to The Foodservice Forum 2019 delivered by Ken Whitacre, EVP-Publishing Director at Phoenix Media Network, and the event’s host Jason Danciger, Managing Director of Hana Group UK, which is the operator of the Sushi Gourmet, Genji and Mai brands, among others.

09.15: THE MARKET IN FOCUS – EXPERT INSIGHT INTO UK EATING OUT & DRINKING TRENDS

Simon Stenning, Founder & Strategic Advisor – FutureFoodservice.com

Having recently authored ‘The Future of Foodservice 2025-2030’ report, and with over 30 years’ experience in the foodservice/hospitality industry, Simon is expertly placed to advise on what will happen in the sector. During this introductory session, Simon will provide a detailed analysis of the current state of the UK foodservice market and its future projection with the most up-to-date market statistics. In particular, Simon will focus on the key factors and mega trends that will shape the industry over the next 11 years, such as the influence of technology.

10.30: THE INNOVATOR – Q&A WITH BILL COLLISON, FOUNDER OF BILL’S
Host Jason Danciger will conduct a special Question & Answer session with foodservice guru Bill Collison, the founder of the hugely popular casual dining chain Bill’s and a former grower. Jason will get the inside track on Bill’s career to date, how his restaurant chain continues to remain relevant, and the important emphasis the business places on revitalising and revolutionising the use of fresh produce in its menus, as it promotes more veg-based options.

11.15: NETWORKING BREAK

 11.45: THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY
Technology is changing the face of the foodservice industry right across the world. Today, customers can benefit from cashless restaurants, menu personalisation, and waste apps, while operators have at their disposal new gadgets to improve efficiencies. Listen to short, sharp presentations from a diverse range of foodservice market operators on their use of new technology, and how it is shaping their businesses now and in the future.

Jason Danciger, GESCOM
Kevin Hancock, Senior Trading Manager – Ocado
Freddy May – Cookly Bookly
Nick Liddle, Commercial Director – Vita Mojo International LTD

12.45: NETWORKING LUNCH

13.45: THE POWER OF PLANTS
The growing desire to eat more plants continues unabated in the UK, as veganism, vegetarianism and plant-based eating tick the boxes for consumers concerned with their health and the environment. During this panel discussion, leading lights from the UK restaurant scene discuss the impact on their menus, their sourcing, and their growth.

Sarah WassermannHead of Development & Head of the Central Kitchen – Mildreds
Diane Camp, Development Chef – Reynolds
Aggie Morrell, Head of Food – POD

14.30: THE NEXT BIG THING
With UK diners continuing to show enthusiasm for exploring new flavours and textures, suppliers of unusual fruits and vegetables will take to the stage to showcase the unique characteristics of their weird and wonderful offerings. Discover the next big thing; from jackfruit and tomatillo to chow chow and the lesser-well-known herbs. Learn what added value they have to offer the UK foodservice scene, and how they will scale up for volume for the bigger operators.

Brian Rajasinghe, Business Development Director – MTJ
Peter Taylor, General Manager – Westlands Nurseries
Andy Benn, Head of Product Development – FreshDirect

15.15: NETWORKING BREAK

15.45: THE SUPPLY CHAIN
An interactive panel discussion involving major contract caterers and fresh fruit and veg producers looking at how the supply chain can work better together, what foodservice operators need from produce suppliers and vice versa.

Nick Vadis, Culinary Director – Compass Group UK & Ireland
Matt Jones, Senior Buyer – Reynolds
Peter Taylor, General Manager – Westlands Nurseries
Darren Deadman, Chef Director – Searcys
Oliver Cock, Managing Director, Oli Cock Consulting Services

16.30: THE WRAP-UP
To round off the day, host Jason Danciger, Managing Director of Hana Group UK, will present his conclusions and final thoughts to take away.

* The programme is subject to change