New Casual Dining Keynotes to feature who’s who of the sector

JENS HOFMA, chief executive officer of Pizza Hut UK, Alex Reilly, managing director of Loungers, Andrew Guy, chief executive officer of Ed’s Easy Diner, and Peter Martin, vice president of CGA Peach, are just some of the big name speakers already confirmed to host Keynotes at Diversified Communications UK’s new Casual Dining trade show next February.


Hofma, Reilly, Guy and Martin, who all feature on Allegra Strategies’ Top 100 Restaurant Who’s Who List 2013 , will be sharing their observations and expertise on the highly competitive Casual Dining market over the course of the two day show, which takes place on 26-27 February 2014 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.


The free Keynote programme will also include sessions by Mark McCulloch, former head of marketing at YO! Sushi and Pret a Manger, Scott Elliot, director at CGA Peach, and Jason Katz, founding partner at Kings Park Capital, who will be discussing the role of private equity in the leisure sector. Whilst essential market updates will be provided by Peter Backman, managing director of Horizons, and Simon Stenning, foodservice strategy director at Allegra Strategies.


The full Keynote programme, including the illustrious CEO line-up for the ‘CGA Peach Panel – The Chain Gang’, chaired by Peter Martin, is set to be unveiled in January 2014.


“We are thrilled to be able to present our audience with such a strong Keynote line-up for our first event. Casual Dining will provide an exciting opportunity for our visitors to engage with, and gain valuable advice from, some of the most influential individuals within the Casual Dining sector. Their support has been invaluable and we are looking forward to a successful launch in February,” comments group event manager Chris Brazier.


“Casual Dining is one of the most dynamic sectors of the restaurant business today, and we’re excited to finally have a dedicated trade show for it. We’re looking forward to attending the show!” says Jamie Barber, co-founder of Cabana Restaurants in London, just one of thousands of the UK’s restaurateurs and Casual Dining operators who are already planning their visit next year.


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