The full agenda for the 2018 MCA food-to-go conference will be published shortly.
The presentations will run from 10:00am to 3:45pm.


2018 Agenda

9.30 – Registration

9.55 – Welcome

Mark Wingett, Head of Events Content, MCA

10.00 – 10.15

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.

10.15 – 10.35

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.

10.35 – 10.50


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.

10.50 – 11.05

Session to be confirmed

11.05 – 11.35 – Morning coffee break

11.35 – 11.50

Session to be confirmed

11.50 – 12.05


Kirsty Saddler, Brand & Marketing Director,  Leon Restaurants

12.05 – 12.20

Session to be confirmed

12.20 – 12.30

Concepts to watch

Maurice Abboudi, Co-Founder, K10

The London-based sushi concept.

12.30 – 12.40

Concepts to watch

Max Hilton-Jenvey, Global Head of Franchise, Chopstix

The fast-growing noodle bar chain.

12.40 – 12.50

Concepts to watch

Nick Popovici, Co-Founder, Vita Mojo

The ultra-personalised food-tech restaurant.

12.50 – 2.00 – Lunch

2.00 – 2.15

Evolving F&B

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.

2.15 – 2.30

Jill Livesey, Managing Director, HIM

2.30 – 2.45

Florence Graham-Dixon, Head of Innovation, JLL

2.45 – 3.05 – Afternoon coffee break

3.05 – 3.20

Innovative partnerships

Jonathan Robinson, 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.

3.20 – 3.45

International growth

Gerry Ford, Founder & Group Chief Executive, Caffe 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 will be available from 7th February 2018 and give quality market intelligence to operators and suppliers seeking to advance their position in the food-to-go market. If you would like to pre-order the 2018 report or get a copy of the 2017 edition, please contact Laura Bicknell on 01293 610343 or email