Casual Dining opens in London tomorrow

Casual dining is big business in the UK – and this week it’s about to get even bigger.  That’s the word from Diversified Communications UK – organiser of the new Casual Dining trade show, which opens at the Business Design Centre in London at 10am tomorrow (Wednesday 26 February).

The two-day event is set to welcome thousands of top buyers and senior decision makers from across the £6.7bn casual dining sector.  Many of the country’s biggest pub groups and branded restaurant chains will be in attendance, and nearly a third of all pre-registered visitors to date (30%) represent companies whose corporate spend is in excess of £500,000 (a further 22% report over £100,000).

According to research by foodservice analysts Allegra Strategies, over 19 million British adults eat out at least once a week.  This equated to around £31 billion spent in 2012 (Mintel).  Operators looking to expand their menu offerings – and take a bigger bite out of this lucrative (and growing) market – will find a host of new ideas at Casual Dining.

Catering specifically to the business needs of casual dining operators, the event will feature 118 companies showcasing an innovative choice of food and drink, equipment, interior design, furniture, technology and table top.  Nestle Professional, Lamb Weston, Reynolds, UCC Coffee, Magrini, Sacla’ UK, Fresh Direct, McCain Foodservice (GB), Estrella Damm, Department 33 Wines of Bordeaux, Adande Refrigeration, Alan Nuttall, Rational, and Unox are just some of the leading suppliers confirmed to exhibit (to view the full list, visithttps://onlineexhibitormanual.com/divcasualdining14/exhi/exhibitorList.aspx.)

Free Casual Dining Keynote Theatre

Wednesday 26 February:

  • Peter Backman, MD, Horizons:  Casual Dining – Success in a crowded market
  • Jens Hofma, CEO, Pizza Hut Restaurants:  Durability and Scalability – Lessons learnt by 40 years of operating
  • Peter Martin, vice president, CGA Peach:  The CGA Peach Panel – The Chain Gang (featuring Ian Neill, Robin Rowland, Tim Bacon & Simon Kossoff)
  • Alex Reilley, MD, Loungers:  Mastering the off-pitch site
  • Scott Elliott, director, CGA Peach:  Craft beer, cocktails and wine: casual dining gets the drinks in
  • Chaired by David Worthington (featuring Afroditi Krassa, Theo Williams & Simon Kincaid):  Trends and best practice in modern casual dining design
  • Presentation of the Casual Dining Design Awards (for Best Designed Independent Restaurant, Best Designed Multiple Restaurant, and Best Designed Casual Dining Pub)
  • Mark McCulloch, founder, Spectacular Marketing:  Marketing like your life depends on it
  • Peter Martin, vice president, CGA Peach:  The five top secrets to successful all day trading

Thursday 27 February:

  • Simon Stenning, foodservice strategy director, Allegra:  The UK branded restaurant market – insight from Allegra’s project restaurant report
  • The Casual Dining Innovation Challenge Live 2014
  • Paul Charity, MD, Propel Info: The Propel Panel – Future directions of the pub sector (featuring Brian Whiting, Steve Haslam, Anthony Pender, and David McHattie)
  • Andrew Guy, CEO of ED’s Easy Diner:  Fast casual – all trends point this way
  • Jason Katz, founding partner, Kings Park Capital:  Accelerating your growth trajectory with help from private equity
  • Kate Nicholls, strategic affairs director, ALMR:  High street magnets – is casual dining the saviour of the high street?
  • Alan Kay, former CFO, The Fat Duck group:  A recipe for financial success

For full timings and seminar summaries, please visit www.casualdiningshow.co.uk/casual-dining-keynote-theatre.

“With the growth in the casual dining market, it about time we had our own dedicated trade show.  I have no doubt it will be a great success and I look forward to visiting,” says Paul Lewis, executive chef at Prezzo and Chimichanga restaurants – just one of thousands of industry professionals preparing to attend.

The event is free to attend for pre-registered trade visitors and relevant press representatives only. To register for a free trade pass to Casual Dining on 26-27 February, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, visit (www.eventdata.co.uk/Visitor/CasualDining.aspx?AffiliateCode=PR4).  Free registration for trade visitors closes at 5pm on Tuesday 25 February (a £20 charge will apply on the door).

To download the official Casual Dining Show App, please visit www.casualdiningshow.co.uk/showapp.

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Media enquiries & press pass request to:
Emma-Louise Jones, PR Manager 
Editorial representatives of relevant trade and consumer media (including freelancers) are invited to apply for press passes to Casual Dining via email to ejones@divcom.co.uk (please note, advance press registration also closes at 5pm on Tuesday 25 February.  Additional details may be requested to verify journalistic activity and all press passes are issued at the management’s discretion). 
Website: www.divcom.co.uk 
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=5009585 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DiversifiedUK 
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DiversifiedUK

Exhibitor enquiries to:
Chris Brazier, Group Event Manager 
t: +44 (0)1273 645123  e: cbrazier@divcom.co.uk 
Website: www.casualdiningshow.co.uk 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CasDiningShow

Media enquiries & press pass request to:
Emma-Louise Jones, PR Manager
Editorial representatives of relevant trade and consumer media (including freelancers) are invited to apply for press passes to Casual Dining via email to ejones@divcom.co.uk (please note, advance press registration also closes at 5pm on Tuesday 25 February.  Additional details may be requested to verify journalistic activity and all press passes are issued at the management’s discretion).
t: 44 (0)1273 645134  e: ejones@divcom.co.uk
Website: www.divcom.co.uk
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=5009585
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DiversifiedUK
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DiversifiedUK

Exhibitor enquiries to:
Chris Brazier, Group Event Manager
t: 44 (0)1273 645123  e: cbrazier@divcom.co.uk
Website: www.casualdiningshow.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CasDiningShow

Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton and Nailsworth (Glos).  Diversified UK’s portfolio includes Casual Dining (new for 2014); lunch! (winner of Best Marketing Campaign of the Year at the Association of Event Organisers Excellence Awards in 2012, and Best UK Trade Show Exhibition (under 2,000sqm) in 2010 & 2011); The Natural Food Show (part of Natural & Organic Products Europe); Nordic Organic Food Fair in Malmö, Sweden (co-located with Natural Products Scandinavia); Geo Business (new for 2014); Ocean Business (including Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers); MARELEC Marine Electromagnetics conference in Hamburg, Germany; camexpo; office*; SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show; Natural Products magazine; and the Natural Beauty Yearbook.

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company with a successful portfolio of sector leading exhibition, conferences, publications and websites.

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Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, Leamington Spa, and Nailsworth, Glos. Its brand portfolio includes: • Casual Dining (24-25 February 2016, Business Design Centre, London) www.casualdiningshow.co.uk • British Tourism & Travel Show - Best of Britain & ireland (16-17 March 2016, NEC, Birmingham) www.tourismshow.co.uk • Ocean Business, Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers (April 2017, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton) www.oceanbusiness.com • Natural & Organic Products Europe (17-18 April 2016, ExCeL, London) www.naturalproducts.co.uk • Geo Business (24-25 May 2016, Business Design Centre, London) www.geobusinessshow.com • SITS - The IT Service Management Show (8-9 June 2016, Olympia, London) www.servicedeskshow.com • MARELEC International Marine Electromagnetics conference www.marelec.co.uk • lunch! (24-25 September 2015, Business Design Centre, London) www.lunchshow.co.uk • camexpo (26-27 September 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) www.camexpo.co.uk • Coach & Bus Live (30 September - 1 October, 2015, NEC, Birmingham) www.coachandbuslive.com/ • office* (13-14 October 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) www.officeshow.co.uk • Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair (1-2 November 2015, MalmöMassan, Sweden) www.naturalproductsscandinavia.com & www.nordicorganicexpo.com • Euro Bus Expo (1-3 November 2016, NEC, Birmingham) www.eurobusxpo.com • Natural Products is Britain’s leading trade magazine for the natural and organic products industry (www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk) • The Natural Beauty Yearbook is the UK’s only dedicated trade guide to the natural and organic beauty and personal care market (www.naturalbeautyyearbook.co.uk) • Ocean Buzz is the weekly ocean technology eNewsletter providing the latest news and information from the industry (www.oceanbuzz.co.uk) • ServiceDesk360.com is a news, comment and discussion site dedicated to connecting, informing and learning within the ITSM community (www.servicedesk360.com) • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine (www.route-one.net) • Coach Monthly is the leading magazine for the coach tourism community, read by coach operators, tour planners and industry professionals (www.route-one.net) • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine (www.route-one.net) Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, eMedia, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 800 staff, with divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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