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Food leaders discuss emerging trends

Over 100 food business leaders discussed key emerging trends in the £85bn UK foodservice market at a breakfast event hosted by leading UK food solicitors, Roythornes.

The Food Business Breakfast, at the Kingsgate Conference Centre on 24 November, featured a talk from M&C Allegra executive director, Simon Stenning, entitled “The UK Foodservice Market and key themes for growth.”

During the lively and engaging address, Mr Stenning highlighted the increasing opportunities in the growing “eating out” market driven by increasing participation and frequency of eating out amongst consumers, particularly younger people along with a declining use of vouchers despite a lowering overall spend per head.

He also revealed research highlighting the heightened desire for “the wow factor” when eating out despite an increasing focus on healthier eating, stressing the two did not necessarily have to conflict.

The rising number of “Food pleasure seekers” – people looking for unique and exciting food experiences – was also put forward as a key opportunity to drive growth with younger demographics driving change.

Peter Bennett, head of food and drink at Roythornes, said: “As well as being a fantastic opportunity for business networking, The Food Business Breakfast was also an excellent forum for sharing industry insight and discussion.

“Simon’s fascinating address provided a very welcome platform for that and was a real eye opener for many people.

“We hope to host further similar events soon and are grateful for such a fantastic response.” 

Simon Stenning added: “It was a real pleasure to speak at The Food Business Breakfast, particularly at a time of such an exciting and dynamic time for the industry and meet so many like-minded people.

“It was really interesting to get feedback on how people see the market progressing both in the long and short term and discuss eating out and the huge array of factors affecting the choices we all make about food.”

To register your interest in future events, please email markdodds@roythornes.co.uk