Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London
Jim Prevor and Gustavo Yentzen (Ballroom)
Uncover the current state of play for commercial table grape production around the world during our opening session. Gain an insight into every prominent supply country; from their current plantings to the evolution of their latest advances.
Speaker: Manuel José Alcaíno, President, Decofrut (Chile)
Discover how consumers worldwide are reacting to the various new table grape varieties being introduced to the market. Hear detailed analysis provided by major international retailers and other industry experts from China, Europe and the USA.
Presentation of Kantar study – Joe Shaw Roberts, Consumer Insight Director, Kantar Worldpanel (UK)
Category Buyer for Grapes
and Stone Fruit, Sam’s Club (US)
Director, Special New Fruit Licensing,
Tania van der Merwe,
Director of Special Projects,
Pandol Bros. Inc
Moderator: Jim Prevor, CEO & Editor in Chief, Produce Business Magazine
11:00 Coffee Break
Find out what the next ten years hold for the global table grape industry as predicted by our panel of well-respected grape experts. Learn about where the industry is headed, as well as the critical opportunities and challenges; from over-production to new varieties and emerging markets.
Presentation: New Production Areas Around The World
Presentation: The “Breeder’s Paradox”
Vice President of Licensing,
Sun World Innovations
Manager of Table Grapes,
The Grape Company
Understand how to market grapes successfully through an analysis of current performance. Bring yourself up to speed on new packaging concepts, branding, innovation, technology and good practices.
President & Owner,
Golden Sun Marketing
Get the inside track on how to make the most of retailing table grapes online in China, the world’s most advanced online shopping market. Understand how online sales are impacting the performance of grapes in this hugely important consumer market.
Hear how the Andean nation’s table grape industry is growing, the exciting next steps expected from growing grapes in the Peruvian desert and more.
Agrícola Don Ricardo
15:45 Coffee/Tea Break
Get to grips with one of the leading global import markets for table grapes. Listen to some of the UK’s biggest retailers present their in-depth analysis of grape category trends and opportunities in the UK where grapes are one of the most frequently purchased fruits.
Marks and Spencer
Lead Technical Manager
Fruit & Floral, Sainsbury’s
Senior Procurement Manager,
Group Technical Director,
17:30 Closing Remarks
Wednesday June 5, 2019
Transforming Foodservice Through Technology and Trends
This year’s programme will uncover the ways in which technology and trends are truly transforming the foodservice industry in the UK. We’ll look at the eating out market in focus; the impact of modern technology on customers and operators; the power of plant-based eating, veganism and vegetarianism; the next star product in fresh produce; and how the supply chain can work better together. By understanding how all of these factors are set to shape the business over the next decade, attendees will go away fully prepared to ensure they remain relevant and competitive in this thriving market.
09.00 – The Welcome
A warm welcome to The Foodservice Forum 2019 delivered by Ken Whitacre, EVP-Publishing Director at Produce Business magazine, and the event’s host Jason Danciger, Managing Director of Hana Group UK, which is the operator of the Sushi Gourmet, Genji and Mai brands, among others.
Founder & Strategic Advisor
Having recently authored ‘The Future of Foodservice 2025-2030’ report, and with over 30 years’ experience in the foodservice/hospitality industry, Simon is expertly placed to advise on what will happen in the sector. During this introductory session, Simon will provide a detailed analysis of the current state of the UK foodservice market and its future projection with the most up-to-date market statistics. In particular, Simon will focus on the key factors and mega trends that will shape the industry over the next 11 years, such as the influence of technology.
Host Jason Danciger will conduct a special Question and Answer session with foodservice guru Bill Collison, the founder of the hugely popular casual dining chain Bill’s and a former grower. Jason will get the inside track on Bill’s career to date, how his restaurant chain continues to remain relevant, and the important emphasis the business places on revitalising and revolutionising the use of fresh produce in its menus, as it promotes more veg-based options.
11.15 – Networking break
Technology is changing the face of the foodservice industry right across the world. Today, customers can benefit from cashless restaurants, menu personalisation, and waste apps, while operators have at their disposal new gadgets to improve efficiencies. Listen to short, sharp presentations from a diverse range of foodservice market operators on their use of new technology, and how it is shaping their businesses now and in the future.
Vita Mojo International LTD
Senior Trading Manager
12.45 – Networking Lunch
The growing desire to eat more plants continues unabated in the UK, as veganism, vegetarianism and plant-based eating tick the boxes for consumers concerned with their health and the environment. During this panel discussion, leading lights from the UK restaurant scene discuss the impact on their menus, their sourcing, and their growth.
Head of Development
Head of the Central Kitchen
Executive Development Chef
Head of Food
With UK diners continuing to show enthusiasm for exploring new flavours and textures, suppliers of unusual fruits and vegetables will take to the stage to showcase the unique characteristics of their weird and wonderful offerings. Discover the next big thing; from jackfruit and tomatillo the lesser-well-known herbs. Learn what added value they have to offer the UK foodservice scene, and how they will scale up for volume for the bigger operators.
Business Development Director
15.15 – Networking Break
An interactive panel discussion involving major contract caterers and fresh fruit and veg producers looking at how the supply chain can work better together, what foodservice operators need from produce suppliers and vice versa.
UK and Ireland
Oli Cock Consulting Services
16.30 – The Wrap-Up
To round off the day, host Jason Danciger, Managing Director of Hana Group UK, will present his conclusions and final thoughts to take away.ANDand
THURSDAY JUNE 6, 2019 | 07.30 – 09.15
This year’s panel hails from four continents. Its members represent the powerful retail and foodservice sectors that pull demand, NGO leadership and a consumer influencer of the highest order. It is a great privilege to reveal the Perishable Pundit Thought-Leader Panel for the 2019 edition of The London Produce Show and Conference:
Chef, TV Personality & Cookbook Author
London Produce Show Ambassador
Through her work in professional restaurant kitchens, as a food television personality and an author, New Jersey, USA-born Amanda Freitag has become more than a chef, she is known as ‘The Chef Next Door’ — the title of her first cookbook, launched in 2015.
Since 2008, Amanda has been a judge on Chopped, the hit series aired on US television channel Food Network. In May 2015, she launched her own show concept on Food Network, called American Diner Revival with co-host Ty Pennington.
Amanda has worked at some of New York City’s most popular restaurants, including Cesca — where she cooked alongside Tom Valenti as his chef de cuisine and earned two stars from The New York Times in 2003; Gusto in the West Village – where as executive chef her Italian food was met with critical acclaim; and The Harrison in TriBeCa, which received numerous accolades under her direction as executive chef.
Amanda is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She has travelled extensively through France and Italy, which has given her a deep appreciation of Mediterranean ingredients and flavours.
Senior Buying Manager for
Tropical, Exotic & Stone Fruit
Clare Linstead is the Senior Buying Manager for Tropical, Exotic & Stone Fruit at Morrisons. She is an experienced international food sourcing specialist with 12 years’ experience in the movement of ambient and perishable foodstuffs, having also held commercial roles at global logistics giant DHL Supply Chain.
Clare has transformed and optimised supply chains to the UK from Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, across key commodity areas such as: Pasta, Rice, Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Pork, and Beef.
In 2016, Clare joined Morrisons’s produce trading team where she has led the company’s international direct sourcing strategy; improving key metrics such as: profitability, quality, consistency, freshness and availability. She has also been a key proponent in the development of Morrisons’s Social Responsibility & Sustainability strategy in the produce sector.
George Liu is the founder of Frutacloud, having previously spearheaded e-commerce and payment projects while serving in positions at both Amazon and Google. He is a graduate of Northwestern University in the US, with a Master’s degree in Computer Science.
In 2016, George established Frutacloud as a subsidiary of the Kingo Fruits Group for the purpose of serving the rising e-commerce and ‘New Retail’ segments in China.
With Kingo’s 30 years of experience and with George’s innovative approach to the business, Frutacloud has become a leading brand to procure, market, and distribute fresh fruit from around the world to the Chinese market.
George’s ultimate mission is to make healthy lifestyles more accessible to everyone in an environmentally sustainable way.
Category Buyer for Grapes and Stone Fruit
Sam’s Club (US)
Phil Macy has worked for 27 years at Sam’s Club, an US chain of membership-only retail warehouse clubs that are owned and operated by Walmart. During that time, he has spent 24 years with Sam’s Produce.
Currently, Phil is responsible for the chain’s table grape and stonefruit categories. In his role, he is a great advocate of flavor, quality, and the best grape varieties
President and CEO
United Fresh Produce Association US)
Tom Stenzel is President and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association in the USA, a position he has held since 1993. Founded in 1904, United Fresh represents the interests of companies throughout the global fresh produce supply chain, and serves to shape legislative and regulatory policies; providing scientific and technical leadership in food safety and nutrition; and developing educational programs for its members.
Tom has served in many US government and industry leadership positions. Currently, he is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 leading association executives, the Advisory Board of the International Food Protection Training Institute, and the Key Industry Associations Committee of the American Society of Association Executives.
Tom is a frequent speaker on industry issues, and has been recognized often by the produce industry throughout his career.
Fresh Direct Group (UK)
Over 28 years in Foodservices, starting his career with an entrepreneurial family foodservice business supplying the ethnic caterers and his last role was Managing Director at Brakes, UK’s leading broadliner. Raj was appointed Group CEO of the fresh businesses (Fresh Direct Group — produce, seafood, dairy and deli) in Sept 2017, post the Sysco acquisition from Bain Capital.
Raj joined Brakes in 1998 and has successfully led every part of the UK broadline business. Roles have included MD Independent, MD Corporate and MD Speciality businesses. He has also headed the category, pricing, marketing and technical functions.
Entrepreneurial in his approach, customer centric with a track record of building strong teams and succession.
Raj spent his early years in India and after graduating from the University of Bombay came to the UK for his MBA. Outside of work Raj enjoys food, travelling, cricket and spending time with his family.
Tania van der Merwe
Tania van der Merwe is the head buyer of stonefruit, table grapes and berries at Freshmark, which is a division of Shoprite Checkers, a supermarket group in South Africa. She has spent her career at the group focusing on the domestic and import supply chain of these fruit categories. Tania oversees the procuring and buying of more than 15,000 tonnes of fruit annually that is destined for distribution to over 1,300 U-Save, Shoprite, Checkers & Checkers Hyper stores in 15 countries on the African continent.
Director Category Management
Stephan Weist is National Category Director fruit, vegetable, flowers and plants for REWE, one of the leading and most innovative supermarket chains in Germany. He is also Brand Manager for Rewe Regional, the company’s cross-category brand for all regional products. He studied Economics at the University of Cologne (VWA) and is an alumni of INSEAD. Stephan started his career as a trainee at REWE in 1984 and was a buyer for overseas, exotics and organic fruits before moving to Chiquita in the year 2000. As Managing Director, he managed the development of Chiquita’s non-banana business for Northern Europe before taking on total responsibility for Chiquita’s D-A-CH (German-speaking European region) as Business Director. In 2009 he joined Landgard, Germany’s largest produce and flower producing cooperative, where he headed up the fruit, vegetable, organic and convenience divisions as Managing Director, while seeing through a successful restructuring period. Stephan returned to Rewe in 2014 and his current role. This summer, Stephan was elected as President of Freshfel, the European Fresh Produce Association, the industry’s representative body in Brussels, Belgium.
Senior Category Manager Fruit,
Vegetables and Flowers,
Maria Wieloch is the Senior Category Manager for fruit, vegetables and flowers at ICA, the market leading supermarket chain in Sweden. Maria joined ICA in 2008, and since then she has held several different positions within the retailer’s fruit, vegetables and flowers business.
Before her current position, Maria was the Head of Business Development at ICA, where she looked after issues such as sustainability, among others.
Maria graduated in economics and management from Lund University in Sweden in 2004. Before joining ICA in 2008 she worked in the paper and packaging industry for SCA Packaging, which has since become DS Smith.
Maria has been a keynote speaker at The Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference and The New York Produce Show and Conference. She also participated on the Thought Leaders Breakfast Panel at The London Produce Show and Conference 2018, where she accepted, on behalf of ICA, the award for Best International Initiative for Marketing Fresh Produce to Children for 2018.
FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2019
06.00 – 10.00 NEW COVENT GARDEN WHOLESALE MARKET Tour
06.30 – 11.00 NEW SPITALFIELDS WHOLESALE MARKET Tour