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Leading Soft Beverage Event Reveals 2020 F&B Ambassadors

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European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo, the only hospitality industry show 100% devoted to the profitable service and sales of coffee, tea and soft beverages, has announced its steering panel of industry experts that will not only help shape the 2020 event, but also reflects the wide variety of visitors that the show attracts.

These key industry players of the F&B industry advice on all aspects of the trade-only show including who should be exhibiting, speakers in the conference programme and what special features should be included.

The 2020 European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo comprises of:

Joao Almeida, Founder of Latte Art Bar and Head of Coffee, Elan Group

Henry C.A.W. Ayers, Director & Founder, The Gentlemen Baristas

Josh Brown, Head of Commercial Development, Harris + Hoole

Craig Bunting, Co-Founder & Marketing Director, BEAR

Lucy Chappell, The London School of Tea

Bartosz Ciepaj, Master Roaster, Harrods

Paul Darlison, Head of Operations – Nero Express, Caffé Nero

Katie Deem, Head of Procurement, Category Management & Sourcing, CH&Co Group

James Drake,     Operations Manager, Hotel Chocolat

Tom Evans, Adnams Brand Ambassador – Low/No ABV

Marc Fink, UK F&B Manager, citizenM Hotels

Mike Hales, Director, Imagine Inns

Mark Hastings, Director of Restaurants, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Emilie Holmes, Founder, Good and Proper Tea

Jakub Klucznik head “cafelier “, Le Café Alain Ducasse

Panagiotis Konstantinopoulos, Director, Coffee Island

Richard Larkin, General Manager, The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts

Stephen Leighton, Director of Coffee, Has Bean Coffee

Dave Lewis, Food & Beverage Category Manager (On Board Sales BU Channel), DFDS

Sonia Louro Carvalho, Head of Hot Beverage, Compass Group

Mark Low, Creative Lead, Mr Lyan Studio

Mark MacDonald, National Supplier Manager, Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken UK)

Joyce W. Maina, Founder and Director, Cambridge Tea Consultancy

Josh Mordecai, Head of Operations, Good & Proper Tea

Lilly Pavicevic, General Manager/Tea Master, Compass Group

Sam Shutt, Head of External Brand – Food, Debenhams

Jussi Tolvi, Co-founder, Club Soda

Antonio Vigorito, Vice Chairman, Food & Beverage Managers Association

Robert Ward, SCA UK National Coordinator

Laura Willoughby, MBE, Co-founder, Club Soda

Jessica Worden, Coffee Manager, GAIL’s Artisan Bakery

Paul Worman, operations director, Whiting & Hammond

John Bednall, CEO, European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo, said;

“A successful event can only result from working closely with the industry concerned, and as European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo covers the entire hospitality market, it’s crucial that our steering panel make up is reflective of this wide sector.   With coffee shops & cafes representing less than 10% of the market, we know the big market for soft beverages – coffee, tea and soft drinks (including NOLO’s) is the whole hospitality sector – restaurants, pubs, hotels, workspace, contract caterers, travel and leisure outlets.   We also know that F&B buyers don’t buy one product in isolation – they are looking for solutions for their entire beverage offering -soft drinks, tea and coffee – and European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo is the only event that allows serious buyers to find what they’re looking for all under one roof.”

Following the successful launch of features including Barista Masterclasses and live coffee roasting in the Roastery Masterclasses at the 2019 event, the 2020 show will see even more innovative new attractions, including the Soft Drinks Talks & Tasting Theatre, curated by Club Soda, the mindful drinking movement; the Premium Soft & Non-alcoholic Drinks Zone and the revitalised Tea Workshop Theatre, curated by Lucy Chappell, Managing Director and Head of Training, London School of Tea.