10:15 – Registration


10:45 – Welcome Address

Jill Livesey, MD, HIM & MCA

10:55 – The 2019 Convenience Shopper

Gareth Nash, Director of Consumer Insights, HIM & MCA

In this session we will be unveiling some of the top line findings from our Convenience Tracking Programme 2019. This will be the first time we will be sharing some key trends and actionable insights from the research.

11:15 – Standing out in a crowded market

Tim Chalk, CEO, Simply Fresh

Tim will focus on how symbol groups support growth in the convenience channel and independent retailers. What does the sector need to start/stop doing in order to outperform the overall market in 2019? How big a part will innovation play? What are Simply Fresh doing to innovate?

11:35 – TBC

John Patterson, Sales Director, Juul Labs

John will focus on how suppliers can work with retailers to grow the convenience channel. Where does vaping fit in and how can Juul help unlock growth for retailers in this channel?

11:55 – Enabling Convenience Retailers To Grow

John Kinney, Retail Director, Unitas Wholesale

Enabling convenience retailers to grow – How can wholesale support convenience in 2019, in particular what are Unitas doing. What are the key trends that retailers and suppliers need to tap into?

12:15 – Speaker Panel

Speaker Panel

Following our three guest speaker presentations, you will have the opportunity to put them to the test. We will be asking them some of the burning questions from across the industry, but we will also be operating through where you will be able to submit your questions.

  • John Patterson, Sales Director, Juul Labs
  • Tim Chalk, CEO, Simply Fresh
  • John Kinney, Retail Director, Unitas Wholesale

12:35 – Lunch

13:20 – Concepts To Watch

Speaker Panel

This session will see us focus on the brands, suppliers and trends that are emerging across the convenience channel. Understand more about the trends that are yet to completely take off and identify the opportunities for your business to tap into them

  • Jessica Markowski, Sales Director – Wholesale, Budweiser Brewing Group
  • Chris Green, Co-founder, Young Foodies
  • Chris West, Senior Customer Business Manager, Birds Eye

13:50 – Enabling Convenience Retailers To Grow

Charlotte Rann, Sales Director Impulese & RTM, Bacardi Brown-Forman
Holly Franklin, Client Development Manager, HIM & MCA

Charlotte and Holly will join each other on stage to share some exclusive findings and outcomes from a recent bespoke project that HIM supported Bacardi with. Find out how Bacardi utilised bespoke insight on their product journey to drive sales in convenience by understanding retailer and shoppers perceptions and behaviours towards the spirits category.

14:10 – The Coffee Category Opportunity

Dave Nicholls, Wholesale Director, Nestle

14:30 – The path to delivering growth

Kevin Hunt, Managing Director, Lawrence Hunt & Co Ltd (SPAR)

14:50 – Food To Grow In 2019

Harriet Williams, Senior Clients Services Manager, MCA Insight

The lines between foodservice and retail are blurring and food to go is at the forefront of this. What are the key threats and opportunities that the sector needs to be aware of in order to succeed? Hear headline figures from the recent HIM & MCA Food To Go Report 2019.

15:10 – Conference Summary

Val Kirillovs, Insights & Research Director, HIM

Val will close the conference by bringing together the key insights from internal speakers as well as the knowledge and experience from the guest speakers in a set of final summary messages.

15:20 – Drinks Reception



23rd May 2019 | British Library Knowledge Centre | 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB