CEDA conference programme takes shape


Attendees at this year’s CEDA conference can look forward to a packed programme on its business day on Friday 24 April, the second day in the two-day event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

The ‘View from the Hill’ panel will feature industry thought leaders discussing what is making the difference in foodservice and hospitality. Peter Martin, vice president of CGA Peach, a specialist data, insight and networking business, will host the session and outline the top ten trends and 2020 vision of the future of foodservice and hospitality in the UK.

He will be followed by Paul Goodale, director of consultancy Epicurean Holdings, considering the driving forces behind developments in retail, chains and the high street. Goodale will draw upon his 20 years of experience as a restaurateur to analyse the market.

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Allister Richards, MD of catering business Gather & Gather (formerly called Mitie) adds to the panel with an insightful view of the future of contract catering in the UK.

The final presentation on the impact of design and creativity comes from Tim Mutton, founder and CEO of international design agency Black Sheep whose clients include: Jamie Oliver, Raymond Blanc, Four Seasons, The Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, BrewDog and Wagamama.

Delegates will have the opportunity to quiz the panel on their presentations and pick their brains on changes in foodservice and hospitality that impact on their businesses.

Furthermore, LJ (Laura-Jane) Rich, presenter for BBC News’ Click technology show has been added as a keynote speaker on the same day, looking at what is shaping, and will shape, foodservice equipment.

Delegates listening to her can expect to understand more about the ‘Future Difference’ that emerging technology from 3D printers and digital apps to automated self-service restaurants will have in the UK foodservice sector.



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