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
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 Sli.do 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
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