CEDA has confirmed the full programme for its Digital Event to be held online on Thursday 4 March.
The event, supported by Cedabond, AutoQuotes and Commercial Kitchen, will see guest speakers such as UKHospitality’s Kate Nicholls and NHS Food Review chair Philip Shelley giving their expert thoughts and opinion on the future of their sectors.
Host Peter Martin will be kicking off proceedings and setting the scene by mapping out the five big behavioural shifts in the market that are already shaping and thinking about the future of the out-of-home food and drink market.
He is followed by Mowgli’s CEO and founder, Nisha Katona, who will talk about the challenges of keeping an entrepreneurial business alive and on track.
Next up is Noel Mahony, chief executive at BaxterStorey. He will reveal how one of Britain’s biggest and most diverse catering businesses has reimagined the food experience for a changing post-pandemic world of work and travel.
After a lunch interval Philip Shelley, chair of the NHS Food Review will share the experiences, collaboration, involvement and recommendations to ensure that there is a clear pathway forward to improve the food and drink services in the NHS.
The main programme concludes with a head-to-head interview with Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality and Ralph Findlay, CEO of Marston’s PLC. With the reopening of hospitality in sight, Peter Martin will be asking these two industry giants what they perceive to be the big political and business challenges that still lie ahead. What shape is the sector in and what is the plan for navigating the new, emerging market landscape?
CEDA’s director general, Adam Mason, said: “This is arguably the best speaker, presenter and guest line-up we have had for any event, and I’m most grateful to everyone that has agreed to join us to share their thoughts, opinions, knowledge and expertise.
“There will be so much to learn for all of our attendees both from our programme but also in visiting the exhibition booths and we are delighted to have AutoQuotes, Cedabond, Commercial Kitchen Show, Electrolux, Falcon, First Choice, Hobart UK, Liebherr GB, Maidaid Halcyon, MCS, Mechline Developments, Meiko, MKN, Rational UK and Welbilt supporting us.”
Mason added: “Due to the timing of the event, with the Budget the day before on Wednesday 3 March, we hope to have some exclusive reactions and comments from our speakers on any announcements made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.”
Following a short break, the event programme continues with Chris Brazier who will host the CEDA Grand Prix Awards 2020 ceremony, sponsored by Falcon Foodservice Equipment. He will announce the winners of the various categories for projects completed in 2019, as well as the Rising Star Award which celebrates upcoming talent in the industry.
Mason concluded: “Our Rising Star and Grand Prix Awards are a really important part of our year and although announced virtually there is no less importance or credibility to be derived. The short-listed people and projects are all outstanding and they wouldn’t have made it this far if they weren’t. Good luck to all.”