2020 Agenda

The next Food to Go Conference will take place in February 2021 in London. To be the first to hear about our 2021 programme, please register your interest by sending an email to events@mca-insight.com.

From 09:00 – Arrivals & registration

10:00 – 10:05 | Welcome from James Halliwell, Editor of MCA

10:05 – 10:20 | Blonnie Walsh, head of insight, MCA Insight

MCA InsightThe key findings, insight, facts and stats from MCA’s Food To Go Report for 2020 will be presented by MCA’s senior insight manager Blonnie Walsh.

10:25 – 10:40 | Clare Clough, UK managing director, Pret

PretPret’s new UK MD Clare Clough will discuss what Pret has planned for the Veggie Pret fascia and how the integration of the Eat estate is progressing.

10:45 – 11:00 | Andrew Stephen, chief executive officer, Sustainable Restaurant Association

SRAAndrew Stephen, CEO of the SRA will host a panel of operators who will explore eco-issues challenging food to go in 2020, including ways of reducing plastic, food waste and meat. Joining Andrew on the panel is Spencer Craig, co-founder of Pure, Grace Regan, founder of Spice Box, and Jamie Crummie, co-founder and director of Too Good To Go.


11:05 – 11:25 | Coffee Break

11:25 – 11:45 | Rohan Pradhan, chief sales officer, Deliveroo

DeliverooRohan will discuss Deliveroo’s Pickup, the click and collect service, and how it is positioned to be a game changer for the future.

11:45 – 12:05 | Mike Kelly, master franchisee, Salad Box

Salad BoxFounded in Romania in 2012, Salad Box now has over 70 outlets across 12 countries including New York, Paris and London. Master franchisee Mike Kelly will explain its rapid progression and how to run a successful franchise food to go operation.

12:05 – 12:35 | Robin Rowland, operating partner, TriSpan

TriSpanIndustry veteran Robin Rowland will take part in a Q&A to discuss what makes emerging start-ups attractive to private equity investors.

12:35 – 13:30 | Lunch Break

13:30 – 13:50 | Darren Henaghan, managing director, Borough Market

Borough MarketDarren will address the decline of ‘quick food to go’ and the move Borough is making towards communal dining with a focus on provenance.

13:50 – 14:10 | Gijs Dutry van Haeften, co-founder, Slaw

SlawSlaw, the plant-based challenger brand. Why they closed one of the best new restaurant openings of 2019 to focus on food to go, and the challenges involved.

14:10 – 14:30 | Jemima Ferguson, brands & marketing director, Itsu

ItsuJemima will identify and share a host of trends in food to go, including tech, digital, sustainability, flavours and ingredients.

14:30 – 14:50 | Coffee Break

14:50 – 15:10 | Stasi Nychas and Zack Bishti, founders, Neat Burger

Neat BurgerFronted by F1 legend Lewis Hamilton, emerging plant-based burger chain Neat Burger launched in London in 2019. Stasi and Zack will discuss the future for plant-based alternatives in food to go.

15:10 – 15:30 | Chris Dee, director of food, Harrods

HarrodsChris will take part in a Q&A to discuss how the refined retailer is focusing on food to go to feed the 42,000 customers that visit the store every day.

15:30 – 15:55 | John Eckbert, chief executive officer, Five Guys

Five GuysFive Guys opened in the UK in 2013 and already has over 100 sites. CEO John Eckbert will discuss its journey in the UK so far, what it has planned for the future, and some of the differences between food to go in the UK and the US.

16:00 – 17:00 | Conference close & networking drinks


Order your copy of the Food to go Market Report 2020

Food to go market report 2020 - MCA & HIMThe 2020 edition of the “UK Food-to-go market report” from MCA gives quality market intelligence to operators and suppliers seeking to advance their position in the food to go market. It dives deep into consumer behaviour changes, product trends, the competitive landscape and market growth drivers. For pricing information or to order a copy, please call 020 7611 0405 or email insight.enquiries@mca-insight.com.

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