lunch!, opens for business at 10am today at Business Design Centre in London.  Over 6,000 attendees are expected to pack the aisles over two days (Wednesday and Thursday, 21-22 September).

Today’s highlights include (in running order)

Keynote Theatre 1

  • How we keep our customers coming back for more –Ian Cranna, VP marketing and category, Starbucks EMEA
  • The UK food to go market: get fresher, faster and hotter to get ahead – Simon Stenning, executive director, MCA
  • How to ignite your brand in your people – Mark McCulloch, founder and CEO, WE ARE Spectacular
  • Costa Coffee: people are the most important ingredient in our Coffee – John Kerslake, operations director, Costa Coffee
  • Doing the right thing, not the easy thing – Kirsty Saddler, brand director, LEON
  • Exclusive interview with Wendy Bartlett, executive chairman and founding owner, bartlett mitchell (hosted by Peter Martin, VP of CGA Peach)

Keynote Theatre 2 

  • Key trends in the food to go sector– Emma Read, director of marketing and business development, Horizons
  • Benugo: bringing an independent spirit to the high street – Rory McEntee, head of retail marketing, Benugo
  • Fighting the intense competition At lunchtime – Cyril Levanant, executive director Foodservice UK, NPD Group
  • Redesigning EAT. – Afroditi Krassa, founder and creative director, AfroditiKrassa
  • Exclusive interview with Luke Johnson, chairman, Risk Capital Partners (hosted by Paul Charity, MD, Propel info)
  • Food for thought: how to create your brand and launch a successful cafe business – Beth Taubner, brand strategist and founder, Mercurylab NY and London

The show boasts over 350 companies exhibiting companies showcasing an eclectic mix of food, drink, packaging, catering equipment and technology.

The full exhibitor list is available online at

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lunch! is open from 10am until 5pm today and tomorrow at the Business Design Centre, in Islington, London (last entry 4pm). Free trade registration closes at 10am today, after which a £20 door charge may apply. 


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