Arena Summer Event exclusive supply chain debate – panellists announced

By Berenice, Tuesday 25 April 2017

The Arena Summer Event on Monday 15 May is shaping into a must-attend event for industry suppliers and operators alike. With a panel discussion addressing the hot topic of rising food prices and supply chain, and a post-lunch address from Mark Fox, CEO, Bill’s Restaurants, that will chart the rapid rise and ongoing growth strategy of the successful casual dining business, attendees will gain valuable insight and inspiration to help drive their businesses and customer/supplier relationships forward.

Supplier and operators unite

Rising food prices and supply-chain issues are at the top of the agenda for leaders in the eating-out market, fuelled by the uncertainty of Brexit and, no doubt, exacerbated by the snap general election.

An exclusive panel discussion, chaired by Peter Martin of CGA, will see supplier and operator panellists explore the issues and discuss how both parties can best work together and support each other moving forward. 

Panellists confirmed to date include:

Chris Hopkins, Commercial Director, Mitchells & Butlers

Chris joined Mitchells & Butlers in January 2016 as commercial director. Chris has over 20 years' experience in the leisure and retail industry, with previous roles including commercial & marketing director, Grosvenor Casinos (The Rank Group) and commercial director at Arriva. Before that, Chris held senior marketing and operational roles with Scottish and Newcastle, Whitbread and Deliverance, working across well-known brands such as Beefeater, Brewers Fayre and Chef & Brewer.

Paul Collins, Commercial Director, Reynolds

Paul has been involved in fresh produce since the age of 5, starting out as a second-generation greengrocer with his father and subsequently his own produce business. In addition to over 20 years at Reynolds, he has extensive past experience with other fresh produce providers.

Paul has worked as a general manager, headed up sales and operations, in human resources, and is now commercial director at Reynolds. He oversees the sales, food development and customer services functions.

Frank Bandura, Financial and Commercial Director, Gaucho Group

Frank is the financial and commercial director for Gaucho Group, with responsibility for Gaucho and CAU.  He joined the business in February 2017, having previously worked with the Carluccio’s Group as chief financial officer for 17 years. 

Frank was part of Carluccio’s founding team and guided the business through substantial growth and several ownership changes, from small start-up to multinational business.  He led finance, logistics, supply chain and IT functions for the group, which now trades from 100+ sites in seven countries.

As well as industry insight and inspiration, the popular Arena event is designed to create interaction.  With a drinks reception and delicious three-course lunch with wine prepared by the Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s talented brigade, foodservice professionals from across the industry will have the opportunity to connect and discuss the important issues further.

Tickets are available to purchase now.  Click here for more information and to buy tickets online or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853 618.