2019 speakers confirmed so far:

Glenn Edwards, Leon Leon

Glenn Edwards, managing director (USA), Leon

Glenn will share the story of Leon’s expansion into the US, incorporating the differing trends in the US food to go market compared to the UK, what lessons Leon has learnt so far, and future plans for growth.

Andrew Walker, EAT EAT

Andrew Walker, CEO, EAT.

Andrew will talk about the turnaround of EAT under his stewardship, incorporating the challenges, opportunities and changes he has implemented to drive future success.

John Diviney, CEO, Welcome Break Welcome Break

John Diviney, CEO, Welcome Break

John will discuss Applegreen’s food-to-go offering, both across the existing forecourt business, and its evolution following the acquisition of motorway services operator Welcome Break. He will address the growth it is seeing from the segment, the brands that operate within the estate, and how the relationship works.

Richard Hodgson, Yo Sushi YO! Sushi

Richard Hodgson, CEO, YO! Sushi

Richard will talk about the evolution of the company into a global multi-brand operator.

Andrew Stephen, Sustainable Restaurant Association Sustainable Restaurant Association

Andrew Stephen, CEO, Sustainable Restaurant Association

Andrew will be speaking about how food-to-go operators can respond to consumer demand for more sustainable practices, including a reduction in single-use plastics and meat.

Industry panel

Jon Lake, Chopstix Chopstix

Jon Lake, managing director, Chopstix Group

Mark Lilley, Abokado Abokado

Mark Lilley, founder and CEO, Abokado

Andy Hulbert, Warren's Bakery Warren's Bakery

Andy Hulbert, head of corporate development – franchise, Warren’s Bakery


Concepts to watch panel

Hear from the founders of up-and-coming food to go concepts MCA believe will shape the market in years to come. They will discuss their journey so far, what makes them different and their future growth plans:

Celia Farrar, Founder, Polu Poke Polu Poke

Celia Farrar, founder, Polu Poke

Neelofar Khan, Zabardast Zabardast

Neelofar Khan, co-founder, Zabardast


More speakers to be confirmed shortly.


MCA UK Food to go market reportThe 2019 edition of the “UK Food-to-go market report” from MCA will be available in February 2019. It will give quality market intelligence to operators and suppliers seeking to advance their position in the food to go market. For pricing information or to pre-order a copy, please call 020 7611 0405 or email

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