Peach 2020: It’s a sell-out

Next week’s Peach 2020 Conference and Hero & Icon Awards is now completely full, with around 400 hundred industry leaders booked to attend a day packed with industry-leading insights and networking.
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Next week’s Peach 2020 Conference and Hero & Icon Awards is now completely full, with around 400 hundred industry leaders booked to attend a day packed with industry-leading insights and networking.

The acclaimed annual event takes place at The Brewery on Chiswell Street in London on Wednesday November 20, and the full schedule for the day is below.

With the help of expert speakers from across the sector, Peach 2020 will range far and wide across the biggest challenges and opportunities in today’s market. Co-chaired by CGA vice president Peter Martin and Mowgli founder Nisha Katona MBE, it will start with an overview of key trends in food and drink from CGA’s Phil Tate, with Karl Chessell following up later in the day with exclusive data and deep insights into location planning and the hot topic of sustainability.

Big-name panels at the Conference include a session sharing the secrets of successful entrepreneurship with Grind’s David Abrahamovitch, Love Lane Brewery Bar & Kitchen’s Stephen Crawley, KERB’s Ollie Hunter and Shaftesbury’s Julia Wilkinson. The challenges of recruitment and retention will be tackled by a panel featuring BrewDog’s James Brown, New World Trading Co’s Chris Hill and Dishoom’s Kavi Thakrar.

Later in the afternoon comes scrutiny of Britain’s food supply chain with the help of LEON co-founder and the government’s food strategy lead Henry Dimbleby and the National Farmers’ Union’s Philip Hambling. UKHospitality’s Kate Nicholls provides a whistlestop tour of the latest political landscape, and the Conference wraps up with a future-gazing session featuring Bartlett Mitchell’s Wendy Bartlett MBE, multi-group chair Jane O’Riordan and Revolution Bars Group’s Rob Pitcher.

Beyond the Conference sessions, the afternoon will have plenty of time for networking, and the chance to meet CGA’s partners on the event, showcasing best-in-class services that can support businesses in out-of-home eating and drinking.

Following the Conference is the annual dinner to reveal the 2019 winners of the prestigious Hero & Icon Awards, honouring the brands and people who have led the way in a challenging year for the eating and drinking-out sector. All the shortlists for the Awards are here.


Here’s what’s in store on the Peach 2020 agenda.

1pm Registration opens

2pm Welcome and introduction

This year’s guest chair, chef, TV presenter and Mowgli restaurant founder Nisha Katona MBE, joins CGA vice president and conference host Peter Martin to set out the day’s agenda

2.15pm What’s new, what’s changing and what not to ignore

Spotlight on global as well as UK food and drink trends, drawn from the data gathered by CGA’s specialist insight teams in Manchester and Chicago

  • Phil Tate, Group Chief Executive, CGA

2.35pm What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur

Nisha Katona MBE leads the discussion on the lessons for the modern food and drink entrepreneur – the relationships to build, the partnerships to form and the advice to seek, with a panel including:

  • David Abrahamovitch, CEO & Founder, Grind
  • Stephen Crawley, CEO & Founder, Love Lane Brewery Bar & Kitchen, Liverpool
  • Ollie Hunter, Head of Development at KERB, the street food incubator and Seven Dials Market operator
  • Julia Wilkinson, Group Restaurant Strategy Executive at Shaftesbury, the West End real estate investment trust

3.05pm Changing places

What data is telling us about how different towns and cities are changing, the vital role of hospitality and what this means for increasingly localised operator decisions

  • Karl Chessell, Business Unit Director, Food & Retail, CGA

3.20pm How to nurture a robust people culture

Attracting, developing and retaining talent continues to be the hospitality sector’s biggest challenge – but how to do it? Some of the sector’s top employers and culture creators share their approaches with Nisha Katona MBE.

  • James Brown, Retail Director, BrewDog
  • Chris Hill, CEO, New World Trading Co
  • Kavi Thakrar, Head Babu, Dishoom

3.50pm Coffee, tea, networking

4.15pm The public and sustainability

What does research tell us about customers’ changing attitudes to provenance and all things green?

  • Karl Chessell, Business Unit Director, Food & Retail, CGA

4.30pm Feeding Britain

The future of British agriculture and the food supply chain has never been as far up the political agenda, but how can, and should, pub, restaurant and bar businesses have a louder voice? Peter Martin chairs the debate.

  • Henry Dimbleby MBE, Co-founder of LEON, co-creator of the Sustainable Restaurant Association and the man charged by the Government to create a new food strategy for England
  • Phillip Hambling, Head of Food and Farming at the National Farmers’ Union

4.55pm Politics of the possible

As Britain goes to the polls, what does the hospitality want from the next government – and what’s achievable? Where should it be putting its campaigning focus?

  • Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality

5.15pm What’s the future looking like?

In uncertain times, it’s the big question everyone wants an answer to. Peter Martin chairs a panel of leaders from across the industry to discuss the issues that are shaping their decisions and the market itself – both domestically and globally. Contributors include:

  • Wendy Bartlett MBE, Executive chair of Bartlett Mitchell
  • Jane O’Riordan, Chair at Caravan, Turtle Bay and Flight Club
  • Rob Pitcher, CEO, Revolution Bars Group

6pm Drinks & Canapes

7pm Hero & Icon Awards ceremony begins

CGA is grateful to the sponsors of this year’s Peach 2020. Our platinum partners are Asahi, Bookatable by Michelin,, Coca-Cola European Partners, Coffer Corporate Leisure, CPL Online, Diageo, Fourth, Groupon, Omnivore and Zonal. Our network partners are Casual Dining, Chapman Ventilation, Fishbowl, Freeths, Garden Gourmet, Majestic Commercial, Reynolds, RSM, Shield Safety Group, Yumpingo.

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