The MCA Food-to-Go Conference 2019 will be take place in February 2019. To be the first to hear about our 2019 programme, please register your interest by emailing

In the meantime, you can access the highlights of the MCA Food-to-go Conference 2018, including key presentation slides from our speakers.


2018 Agenda:

9.30 – Registration

10.00 – Welcome

Mark Wingett, Head of Events Content, MCA


MCA sector overview

Simon Stenning, Executive Director, MCA

Simon will reveal the key findings from the MCA 2018 food-to-go market report, including consumer behaviour changes, product trends, levers for growth and forecast for future changes.


Landmarks and landscapes

Julian Metcalfe, Founder, Itsu

Julian will discuss why 2018 will be a big year for his healthy, Asian-inspired concept, including how it has become a £100m-turnover business; its plans for further growth in the regions and its launch in the US. The co-founder of Pret A Manger will also provide his thoughts on the wider food-to-go market.



Hannah Squirrell, Customer Director, Greggs

Hannah will take a look behind the success of Greggs’ Rewards loyalty app, and how it contributes to the company placing the customer at the heart of its business.


AI and Data

Krister Kristiansen, Managing Director, Attensi UK & Global Sector Director, Retail

AI and data-driven people development – the impact on revenues, engagement and customer experiences.

11.15 – 11.45 – Morning coffee break


Digital loyalty

Tim Mason, CEO, Eagle Eye

Driving the digital revolution in Food to Go.


Soft drinks

Steve Kearns, Managing Director, Cawston Press

Key opportunities and trends.


Concepts to watch.  MCA highlights concepts we believe will be shaping the sector over the next few years.

Maurice Abboudi, Co-Founder, K10

The London-based sushi concept.


Concepts to watch

Max Hilton-Jenvey, Global Head of Franchise, Chopstix

The fast-growing noodle bar chain.


Concepts to watch

Nick Popovici, Co-Founder, Vita Mojo

The ultra-personalised food-tech restaurant.

1.00 – 2.00 – Lunch


Evolving food & beverage

Simon Burdess, Director of Foodservice, Waitrose

Simon will focus on how the leading food store operator is evolving its F&B offer and increasing its in-store foodservice options to meet consumer needs.


Convenience shoppers

Jill Livesey, Managing Director, HIM

How to influence the convenience shopper in less than 60 seconds.


Pricing, marketing & culture

Florence Graham-Dixon, Head of Innovation, JLL Foodservice Consulting

Under the bonnet of the food-to-go sector – exploring pricing strategies, cost-effective marketing and the returns on investment, which can be achieved through a company’s people culture.

2.45 – 3.05 – Afternoon coffee break


Innovative partnerships

Jonathan Robinson, Group Business Development Director, SSP

Jonathan will discuss how SSP goes about picking its F&B partners (incl. Pret, Jamie Oliver and YO! Sushi), as well as the challenges and opportunities it faces working in high footfall locations.


International growth

Gerry Ford, Founder & Group Chief Executive, Caffè Nero

MCA talks to Gerry Ford about the continuing growth of his c860-strong business, how it now operates across eight countries, its growth in the US, the key factors behind how it has achieved 80 consecutive quarters of positive like-for-like sales and what the future holds for the company.

3.45 – Conference closes


MCA UK Food to go market reportThe 2018 edition of the “UK Food-to-go market report” from MCA was launched at the MCA food-to-go conference on 7 Feb and gives quality market intelligence to operators and suppliers seeking to advance their position in the food-to-go market. For pricing information and the full table of contents, please contact Laura Bicknell on 01293 610343 or email

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