Casual Dining secures stellar Keynote line-up for launch next month

All eyes will be on London next month as Casual Dining, the UK’s first dedicated trade event for the casual dining sector, launches into action on 26-27 February at the Business Design Centre in Islington.  Already supported by a host of industry big hitters, the latest names to lend their expertise to speaker duties are Robin Rowland, chief executive of Yo! Sushi, Simon Kossoff, chief executive of Italian restaurant and food shop chain Carluccio’s, Tim Bacon, co-founder and MD of restaurant and bar group Living Ventures, and Ian Neill, chairman of Las Iguanas and a non-executive director at Jamie’s Italian.

Rowland, Kossoff, Bacon, and Neill, will head up the show’s highly-anticipated CGA Peach Panel – The Chain Gang, chaired by industry analyst Peter Martin, vice president of CGA Peach.

Drawing on their extensive management skills and entrepreneurial experience, the session, which takes place at midday on Wednesday 26 February, will explore how the UK’s branded restaurant sector has transformed the way Britons eat out, and outline the challenges and opportunities ahead for the highly competitive casual dining market over the next 12 months.

Another new name joining the Keynote line-up is Alan Kay, the former CFO of The Fat Duck Group.  Host of the aptly titled ‘A recipe for financial success’, Kay’s session will focus on some of the key ingredients that can enable businesses to gain important insight into aspects of their operations that can then be turned into financial success.

The free Keynote programme includes previously confirmed sessions by Alex Reilley, MD of Loungers; Andrew Guy, CEO of Ed’s Easy Diner; Peter Backman, MD of Horizons; Simon Stenning, foodservice strategy director at Allegra; Jason Katz, founding partner at Kings Park Capital; Scott Elliott, director at CGA Peach; Paul Charity, MD of Propel Info; Mark McCulloch, founder of Spectacular Marketing; and Jens Hofma, CEO of Pizza Hut Restaurants.

“The UK casual dining sector is more vibrant than ever,” comments Hofma. “As a result, UK consumers now have access to a broader range of experiential eating-out occasions.  This creates worthwhile jobs, economic value and, ultimately, more fun and excitement in people’s everyday lives.  The Casual Dining trade show sends a strong signal that our sector is no longer in its infancy but is a positive force to be reckoned with in the UK Economy.”

“We are delighted to welcome such prominent industry figures to the Casual Dining Keynote Theatre,” says event manager Chris Brazier.  “It’s an impressive line-up for any show – let alone a launch – and a fabulous endorsement for Casual Dining moving forward.  From the speakers to the exhibitors and the visitors themselves – the who’s who of the sector will be at this show doing business.  It’s going to be a very busy and productive two days.”

With the launch now just seven weeks away, the latest exhibitors to confirm their presence are McCain, Gram, Adande Refrigeration, United Coffee, Teapigs, Purbeck Ice Cream, Electrolux, Pacific West, Winterhalter, Southern Salads, and La Tua Pasta.

To view the current Casual Dining exhibitor list (to date), please visit

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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.

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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) • British Tourism & Travel Show - Best of Britain & ireland (16-17 March 2016, NEC, Birmingham) • Ocean Business, Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers (April 2017, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton) • Natural & Organic Products Europe (17-18 April 2016, ExCeL, London) • Geo Business (24-25 May 2016, Business Design Centre, London) • SITS - The IT Service Management Show (8-9 June 2016, Olympia, London) • MARELEC International Marine Electromagnetics conference • lunch! (24-25 September 2015, Business Design Centre, London) • camexpo (26-27 September 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) • Coach & Bus Live (30 September - 1 October, 2015, NEC, Birmingham) • office* (13-14 October 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) • Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair (1-2 November 2015, MalmöMassan, Sweden) & • Euro Bus Expo (1-3 November 2016, NEC, Birmingham) • Natural Products is Britain’s leading trade magazine for the natural and organic products industry ( • The Natural Beauty Yearbook is the UK’s only dedicated trade guide to the natural and organic beauty and personal care market ( • Ocean Buzz is the weekly ocean technology eNewsletter providing the latest news and information from the industry ( • is a news, comment and discussion site dedicated to connecting, informing and learning within the ITSM community ( • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine ( • Coach Monthly is the leading magazine for the coach tourism community, read by coach operators, tour planners and industry professionals ( • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine ( 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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