Caffè Nero CEO heads up lunch!’s new Coffee Shop keynote theatre

Will Stratton-Morris is the latest big industry name to join lunch!’s new Coffee Shop keynote theatre line-up. The UK CEO of Caffè Nero will take part in an exclusive keynote interview at the annual trade show for the café, coffee shop and food-to-go sector, taking place on 19-20 September at ExCeL London.

Stratton-Morris will share expertise and insights from the helm of the UK coffee giant (part of Caffè Nero Group / Italian Coffee Holdings, the largest independent coffee house group in Europe). At the last count, the fast-growing brand now operates 750 stores in the UK and over 1,000 internationally (with more openings on the horizon).

Josh Brown, head of coffee & commercial development at Harris + Hoole, will also be making a welcome return to the show.  Having previously spoken at lunch! 2017, he’ll be outlining what’s new from the 40-strong speciality coffee shop chain.

Gareth Nash, insight director at MCA and HIM, will be discussing ‘The Rise of Coffee Shops’ and their secrets of success. Providing an in-depth look at how coffee shop operators are looking beyond the coffee cup to maintain competitive advantage.

According to the latest Project Café 2019 UK report from Allegra World Coffee Portal, the UK coffee shop market has enjoyed ‘20 consecutive years of sales and outlet growth’. It’s now valued at £10.1bn, with an estimated 25,483 outlets.

Visitors attending the show’s panel sessions will also benefit from expert strategies and ideas from a host of coffee shop leaders and influencers talking about everything from marketing and profitability to innovation, procurement, brand expansion, Brexit and CSR.

Confirmed panellists (to date) include:

  • Growing Coffee Shops panel: Adnan Karim, UK managing director at Wayne’s Coffee – one of Scandinavia’s leading eco coffee shop chains, and Davide Pastorino, co-founder & CEO of Press Coffee & Co
  • Sustainability in Coffee Shops panel: Ollie Rosevear, head of environment at Costa Coffee
  • Doing Good is Good Business – featuring three owners of social enterprise coffee shops/kiosks (that employ homeless people or young offenders): Max Dubiel, founder of Redemption Roasters; Julius Ibrahim, founder of Second Shot Coffee; Cemal Ezel, CEO of Change Please and co-founder of Old Spike Roastery

Already announced speakers include Henry Ayers and Edward Parkes, founders of Gentleman Baristas, being interviewed by Chris Brazier, group event director of lunch!; and Anya Marco, who will be presenting her essential Social Media Tips for Coffee Shops.

“lunch! is an unmissable event for all coffee shop and cafe operators.  We look forward to seeing our industry there,” said Edward Parkes and Henry Ayers, founders of The Gentlemen Baristas.

“lunch! is the only show dedicated to our sector.  It gets better every year and deserves the support of the whole industry, said Clare Clough, food & coffee director at Pret A Manger.

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