The Arena Christmas Event

with Roger Whiteside, CEO, Greggs

Bringing the 2017 calendar of Arena events to a grand finale, Roger Whiteside, Greggs’ CEO, will give an insight into the changes and challenges that have paved Greggs’ transformation from a traditional bakery into a contemporary food-on-the-go retailer, the strategy in place to grow the business to over 2,000 shops, and how it stays ahead of the cross-sector competition. He will also share his opinion and experience on the hot industry topics of the day. Peter Backman will return to the popular event to present a seasonal industry briefing with a twist!

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Single Tickets Excl. VAT

  • Members £159
  • Non-members £199

Tables of 10 Excl. VAT

  • Members £1,431
  • Non-members £1,791

Event Timings

10.30am Registration and coffee
11.00am 'The past year in foodservice and promises for 2018' by Peter Backman, incorporating panel discussion and audience Q&A
11.45am Drinks reception
12.45pm Lunch
2.30pm Roger Whiteside, CEO, Greggs, plus audience Q&A
3.15pm Cash bar
4.00pm Close

The Event

With more than 1,800 shops nationwide, serving millions of customers every week, Greggs has a stronghold on the UK’s high streets. Over the past 75 years, it has been on a journey of transformation from a traditional bakery into a contemporary food-on-the-go retailer that offers great-tasting, freshly-prepared food at affordable prices.

Bringing the 2017 calendar of Arena events to a grand finale, Roger Whiteside, Greggs’ CEO, will give an insight into the changes and challenges that have paved Greggs’ way, the strategy in place to grow the business to over 2,000 shops, and how it stays ahead of the cross-sector competition. He will also share his opinion and experience on the hot industry topics of the day.

Peter Backman will present his regular seasonal briefing - with a new, exciting twist for 2017. He will review the past year in foodservice – the good and the bad – and he will give his views on some of the promises for 2018. In addition, he will be joined by two new, vibrant industry disruptors; Joe Moore CEO of Crust Brother, the pizza business that has made the transition from street food to bricks and mortar, and Peter Georgiou, CEO of SUPPER, the innovative restaurant delivery business. They will discuss and debate the market and its trends and they will welcome participation from the floor.

Don’t miss:

- Roger Whiteside’s fascinating presentation including:

  • An experienced CEO: Roger’s successful track record spans both the retail and leisure sector and includes Chief Executive of Punch Taverns plc. and Thresher Group. He was also on the founding team of Ocado, serving as Joint Managing Director, and at Marks & Spencer, where he started his career, he climbed to head of its food business
  • ‘Everyday Tastes Good’: developing Greggs' range of freshly-prepared food in line with changing food trends, improving shops and investing in customer service to realise the vision of becoming the customer’s favourite for food on the go and secure continued growth
  • Supply chain ownership: how Greggs has taken ownership of its supply chain and put itself in a unique position to make good, freshly prepared food accessible to everyone

- The excellent opportunity to connect with foodservice and hospitality professionals from across the sectors

- A superb three-course lunch with wine and the exceptional hospitality of The Landmark London

About Peter Georgiou and SUPPER

Peter was a self employed trader for 13 years in the City before launching SUPPER. In 2014, he returned from living in New York, where you can order anything, and was surprised that the same wasn't true of London. Ever since, he has focused on bringing businesses and individuals the premium food they want, with service to match.

SUPPER is a high-end food delivery service, currently in central London, that seeks to address the current problem of poor-quality food delivery. With the objective to be the best delivery service in London, SUPPER's logistics solution complements the top end restaurants and food businesses it works with and ensures the high-quality service filters through, all the way to how the food is delivered - without exception.

 

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