Catering Insight’s Market Talk Live takes pride of place in CEDA Conference line-up

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The CEDA Conference will once again bring key industry executives together on 24-25 November.

Catering Insight and Foodservice Equipment Journal’s chat series, Market Talk, is returning in a Live format as part of the CEDA Conference 2021.

Debuting Market Talk Live at the Commercial Kitchen Show in September, the brand, which began as online episodes, will take pride of place as part of the CEDA Conference’s business day next Thursday, 25 November, at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.

Delegates will enjoy a special session focusing on sustainability in the UK catering equipment supply chain and this will once again be hosted by Catering Insight editor Clare Nicholls and Foodservice Equipment Journal managing editor, Andrew Seymour.

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Expert panellists comprise: Richard Fordham of Ki-Tech Solutions Ltd, Lawrence Hughes of Falcon Foodservice, Paul Neville of CHR and Tyron Stephens-Smith of TAG Catering Equipment. They will focus on hydrogen powered equipment, energy management/optimisation, the challenges of designing for sustainability and sustainability for service and maintenance.

Nicholls said: “I’m excited to bring our popular Market Talk Live chat show to the CEDA Conference as it’s an ideal forum to discuss the essential topic of sustainability. There have been many conversations about what foodservice operators can do to be green, but we really do need to explore how distributors and suppliers can add to the cause, and I’m looking forward to finding out our guests’ opinions on the topic.”

The event’s Business Day programme overall is a packed agenda with top names from across the hospitality and foodservice spectrum.

Delegates will hear insights and data, projections, upcoming trends to look out and gear up for, as well as lively debate and chat on everything from the Northern food scene to the circular economy.

Kicking things off will be Peter Martin, who will give an overview of the industry, a detailed explanation of who owns what brands, where they sit and what’s to come in his ‘Brand-scape’ presentation.

Next up is The Big Interview with Philip Harrison, CEO and founder of Harrison, one of the leading hospitality concept-creation consultancies globally. He will give an update on the US hospitality sector.

Charlie Mitchell, head of consumer at CGA will utilise CGA’S suite of data on the hospitality industry in his presentation ‘The Northern Hospitality Scene – The Data’ to tell the story of how the sector has fought back over the past 18 months. This will be nicely followed by a panel discussion entitled ‘The Northern Hospitality Scene’ and will feature Thom Hetherington, CEO of NRB, Marko Husak, Co-Founder of Bundobust and Jocelyn Neve, MD of Oakman Group.

A series of 10-minute presentations will quickly cover a variety of topics:

Sustainability takes centre stage when Mark Chapman, CEO and founder of the Zero Carbon Forum delivers his presentation ‘Helping Hospitality Hit Net Zero Carbon’.

Attention will turn to the supply chain as the conference welcomes Ruth Edge, the NFU’s food chain advisor. Edge leads the NFU’s strategy and relationships with the UK’s national retailers, large brands and policy areas on food labelling and will share her insight and experience from the farming world.

The next speaker, Lorraine Copes, is founder of Be Inclusive Hospitality, a procurement consultant and life coach. Having spent almost two decades working within the hospitality sector successfully leading procurement teams for brands including Shake Shack, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants and Corbin & King, her experience spans new market entry, national and international leadership roles.

David Chenery, director of Object Space Place, is hoping to educate and inspire during his presentation on using the principles of a circular economy to create restaurant designs and fitouts that give more than they take, and how this can be done.

Chapman, Edge, Copes and Chenery will then participate in a panel debate inspired by their individual presentations, led by Martin.

Martin Vander Weyer, business editor of The Spectator, amongst other accolades, will give the final presentation of the day, bringing to a close the impressive line-up of industry personnel and thought leaders.

CEDA’s director general, Adam Mason, said: “Every year we have fabulous speakers and I always wonder how we’ll top it the next year. I’m delighted to say we have, yet again, managed to attract some top-drawer names and I genuinely can’t wait to hear what they have to say.

“It’s important for us to deliver a broad range of speakers and relevant topics and I feel we’ve hit that mark especially well this year. Coming off the back of COP26 which has dominated the news agenda over the past few weeks, it’s key that our sector is a part of that wider discussion and so dedicating a number of our speaker slots to the topic is something we’re proud to be offering the delegates at this year’s conference.”

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