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Professor David Hughes

Known as Dr Food around the world, David speaks to senior agribusiness and food industry managers about global food industry developments that are and will affect their businesses and industry. Energetic, engaging, humorous and insightful, David gains the very highest evaluations at seminars, conferences and Board level discussions in every continent he visits.
Subject: The debate about Tomorrow’s Marketplace, what will the psychology of the consumer be.
Looking at the difference in access points to produce, modes of delivery of information, sales communication, the need for large scale retail outlets – will be High Street be just discounters?
Who will supply the lowest earners, what will their access to fresh food be like? Are we creating disengagement with a proportion of society with aspirational campaigns?

Rachel Ward



Stefano Cuomo

Stefano is the 6th generation of his family to run Macknade and the second to lead the Food hall that was first established, as a tent on the family farm, by his father, in 1979.
Macknade now trades from its 10,000sqft site and includes wholesale to pubs, restaurants and caterers in East Kent, as well as a growing on line and food service business. Stefano is a committee member of the Guild of Fine Foods and has extensive experience in the independent, speciality food and drink sector.