Lunch show loads up leading speakers

Caffè Nero’s head of food and beverage Hannah McKay, Greggs’ head of category David Ross, KFC’s innovation director for the UK and Ireland Jack Hinchcliffe, Gail’s Bakery’s marketing director Romy Miller, Tortilla’s head of food Martyn Clover, and Pod’s head of food Aggie Morrell, are the latest additions to this year’s free keynote line-up at the lunch! trade show.

Representing some of the UK’s biggest lunchtime operators, they’ll be appearing at the event alongside other big names from itsu, Pret, Leon, Eat, Tossed, between 20-21 September, at London ExCeL.

These food-to-go professionals, all speaking at the show for the first time, will be sharing their expertise and insights into the opportunities, challenges and big trends ahead.

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Speaker highlights also include an exclusive keynote by John Upton, chairman of healthy restaurant chain The Naked Deli and street food brand Mother Clucker. Up until recently he was the MD of Leon and, prior to that, a senior director at McDonald’s UK. Drawing on his experience, as well as the new brands he’s currently working with, he’ll be discussing practical strategies for delivering sustainable growth (from 12.45pm, in Keynote Theatre 1 on 20 September).

“lunch! combines both the future, and the practicalities of winning today, into one great tasty mouthful,” said Upton, “It’s punchy, practical, and good for profit.”

Each session at lunch! has been tailored to address the business needs of food-to-go operators and retailers, including coffee shops, cafés, food-to-go multiples, supermarkets, convenience stores, contract caterers, wholesalers and distributors. The initial keynote schedule will be available on the show’s website early next month.

Previously confirmed speakers include: Julian Metcalfe, founder of itsu and co-founder of Pret A Manger; Clare Clough, food and coffee director at Pret A Manger; Shereen Ritchie, operations director at Leon; Arnaud Kaziewicz, head of food at Eat; Angelina Harrisson, food and commercial director at Tossed; Richard Morris, MD of Tortilla; Mark McCulloch, founder and CEO of We Are Spectacular; Beth Taubner, founder of Mercurylab; Simon Stenning, strategic advisor at MCA; Gavin Rothwell, head of food-to-go and retail safaris at IGD; and Cyril Lavenant, executive director of foodservice UK at research firm The NPD Group.

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