Global Restaurant Investment Forum

11-13 February 2020 | NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

11-13 February 2020 | NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

Day Three - Thursday 13 February

← At-a-glance

08:30 - 08:55

Breakfast networking

08:55 - 09:00

Welcome back

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines – Managing Director Middle East, Bench Events; Co-Founder, GRIF

09:00 - 09:40

Current environment for F&B investment in UK

Where do investors see opportunity? With more restaurants opening than ever before, has it become saturated? Are investors better placed to look outside of the capital or even the UK? What other opportunities are there for investors outside the typical restaurant space?

Morris Greenberg – Managing Director, CDG Leisure

In conversation with:

Darrel Connell – Partner, Imbiba

Yasha Estraikh – Associate Partner, Piper Private Equity

Chris Miller – Founder, White Rabbit Fund

Robin Rowland OBE – Operating Partner, TriSpan

09:40 - 10:00

FOUNDERS CHAT: from cocktail bar startup to £50m exit

Rhys Oldfield explains his 20-year journey with cocktail bar brand Be At One, from founder and startup, growth pains, and creating a winning culture, through to funding, working with private equity investors and eventually exiting last year – in a deal with one of the UK’s biggest bar and pub groups, Stonegate, which valued the business at £50m.

Mark Stretton – Managing Director, Fleet Street Communications

In conversation with:

Rhys Oldfield – Co-Founder, Be At One

10:00 - 10:30

The international perspective

With more restaurants opening than ever before, has it become saturated? Where do these investors see international opportunities and are they looking outside the typical restaurant landscape?

Babette Marzheuser-Wood – Partner, Dentons

In conversation with:

Sami Daud – Managing Director, Daud Group

Ahmass Fakahany – CEO and Owner, Altamarea Group and Atelier House Hospitality

Naim Maadad – Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

Amit Nayak – Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA

10:30 - 10:35

Dentons Franchiser of the Year Award

10:35 - 11:05

Coffee break

11:05 - 11:25

Uncovering the German market

Speaking with those who tapped into the opportunities in Germany. Where to they see the opportunities for growth? What trends and inspirations can be translated to other parts of the world?

Jonathan Doughty – Global Head of Foodservice, Leisure and Placemaking, ECE

11:25 - 11:45

Sustainability as a value adding business case

Lessons learnt from a circular property development project in the centre of Utrecht.

Presentation by:

Ernest van de Voort – Marketing & Concepts Director, Albron

11:45 - 12:15

Industry 4.0 meets sustainability

A look at how AI, robots and big data are revolutionizing business practices and models. How are they helping to improve efficiencies and the food supply chain, and reduce the need for overstocking and waste among other things?

Heleri Rande – F&B Strategist & Consulting Editor, SUPPER

In conversation with:

Maarten Markus – Managing Director Northern Europe, NH Hotel Group

Michael Webb – Director, Distrkt

Barney Wragg – Co-Founder & CEO, Karakuri

Marc Zornes – Founder & CEO, Winnow

12:15 - 12:30

Delivery the disruptor

How has eating out in Europe, North America and India changed. What does the future state of the industry look like with the development of delivery systems - will restaurants remain restaurants?

Presentation by:

Peter Backman – Principal, Peter Backman

12:30 - 12:55

Are restaurants becoming technology companies?

What technology should you be leveraging and applying within your business to maximise return? Looking at what companies are implementing that has made a difference.

Chris Miller – Founder, White Rabbit Fund

In conversation with:

Max Kochen – Founder, Beets&Roots

Ian Ohan – Founder & CEO, KRUSH Brands

Simon Potts – CEO, The Alchemist

Johannes Schuster – Vice President Business Development & Franchise, L’Osteria

12:55 - 13:20

A cyborg technology company in the foodservice industry

With no experience in food service, how has Dodo Pizza taken over the pizza market in Russia in a few years, becoming the largest chain operating in the country, leveraging technology by creating a new age restaurant platform with a mission to connect entrepreneurs and investors. They have had to reposition the business on entry into the Chinese market. What lessons have they learnt from disrupting a saturated market and how will they take on this new location?

Presentation by:

Fyodor Ovchinnikov – Founder & CEO, Dodo Pizza

13:20 - 14:20

Lunch

14:20 - 15:30

Launchbox 2020

6 of the brightest and best new restaurant concepts will be pitching for investment on mainstage. Don't miss this opportunity to be the first to see these businesses!

Presented by:

Sarah-Jane Grant – Director, LXA

Judges:

Robin Rowland OBE – Operating Partner, TriSpan

Henry McGovern – Founder and Former Chief Emotional Officer, AmRest

Sven Sallaerts – Co-Founder, Younique Concepts

Sami Daud – Managing Director, Daud Group

15:30 - 15:35

Closing Remarks

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines – Managing Director Middle East, Bench Events; Co-Founder, GRIF