Equipment firms guided on European affairs

Catering equipment companies keen to immerse themselves in European and international market issues will have a chance to discuss any pressing issues with experts in London next month.

The European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers (EFCEM), which counts CESA in the UK as a member, has announced it will host a one-day conference called ‘Europe Without Frontiers’ to tie in with its annual meeting on 26 June.

Taking place at the Marriott Hotel, County Hall, the event will see foodservice operators, equipment manufacturers and distributors, consultants and procurement professionals come together to discuss the international foodservice equipment industry.

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The conference will look at trade barriers, the economic outlook and European legislation and regulation. It will also address carbon and energy reduction.

Looking further afield, presentations will cover China, both as a threat and an opportunity, and the issue of closing the trade gap between Europe and the USA, India and Asia.

“With London hosting the 2013 event, this is an exceptional opportunity for UK operators and suppliers to meet with their international peers,” said Nick Oryino, chair of CESA. “The EFCEM conference annually attracts VIPs from across Europe and from every sector of the foodservice industry.”

Speakers include Ian Ascough, head of regional and bilateral trade negotiations Europe, Trade and International Directorate; Nick Bannister, chief executive CMS and former senior VP and managing director for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); and Maggie Charnley, head of sustainable products at DEFRA.

Delegate tickets for the event cost from £350.

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