Jessica Parrish, commercial director at global food hall operator Time Out Markets joins the speakers’ roster at this year’s CGA Peach 2020 conference in London on November 20. Pictured: Time Out Market in Miami

4 October, 2019

Why global growth is on the UK agenda

Time Out Markets' Jessica Parrish

Time Out is one of Britain’s iconic publishing brands. So why is it now turning its attention to the international food and drink arena, opening markets in places like Lisbon, Miami and New York - even before heading for London?

Jessica Parrish (pictured left), commercial director at global food hall operator Time Out Markets, will explain all when she joins the speakers’ roster at this year’s CGA Peach 2020 conference in London on November 20.

With operators like D&D Restaurants, Leon and Hawksmoor all starting out on international expansion, the global dimension of the restaurant and bar market is becoming ever more important.

CGA’s group CEO Phil Tate will also contribute to the conference discussion, highlighting US as well as UK food and drink trends, drawn from the data gathered by the insight specialist’s teams on both sides of the Atlantic, in Manchester and Chicago

The invitation-only Peach 2020 event for the sector’s top executives and entrepreneurs will be held at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London on Wednesday, November 20.

This year, chef, food writer, TV presenter and Mowgli restaurant founder Nisha Katona MBE will team up with CGA vice president Peter Martin to co-chair the conference sessions.

LEON co-founder Henry Dimbleby MBE

The driving force behind the Mowgli brand will draw on her experiences as a relative industry newcomer, promoting Indian food and launching a restaurant business, to help shape this year’s conference narratives – and will be chairing panels focusing on ‘What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur’ and ‘How to nurture a strong people culture’.

“As well as having that front-line experience, Nisha will also bring her barrister-training and media skills to our panel Q&A sessions. It’s going to be excellent day,” said Peter Martin.

Other big name speakers signed up for the November conference roster include: Henry Dimbleby MBE (pictured right), co-founder of the Leon brand and the man charged by the Government to create a new food strategy for England; Andy Hornby, the new CEO of the Restaurant Group; Wendy Bartlett MBE, executive chair of specialist caterer Bartlett Mitchell; Kate Nicholls CEO of UK Hospitality; and Julia Wilkinson, group restaurant strategy executive with Shaftesbury, the real estate investment trust which invests in London’s West End.

An underlying theme of Peach 2020, which is run by CGA, the industry’s leading research and insight consultancy, will be analysing the implications of what’s new and changing in this highest competitive marketplace, including food supply, premiumisation, consumer tracking, site optimisation and tactical pricing, and CGA’s food & retail director Karl Chessell will showcase the latest data, insight and measurement techniques.

As ever, the conference will be followed in the evening by the annual Peach Hero & Icon Awards dinner, honouring the best in the industry, and hosted by Peter Martin and Phil Tate.

The awards will honour dozens of outstanding operators across the out-of-home eating and drinking markets, and will include the unique Icon awards, which recognise those individuals who have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the sector.

The conference and awards dinner are both strictly invitation-only events, with places reserved for senior executives in operating companies. To inquire about attending please submit your request here: https://www.cga.co.uk/peach-events/request-a-seat-peach-2020-november-20-2019/

CGA is grateful to our sponsors of this year’s Peach 2020: Asahi, Bookatable, Caterer.com, Chapman Ventilation, Coffer Corporate Leisure, Coca-Cola, CPL Online, Diageo, Fishbowl, Fourth, Freeths, Groupon, Omnivore, Reynolds, RSM, Shield Safety, Yumpingo and Zonal.

     

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