Wholesale 2017: Delivering Change


Wholesale’s biggest names top the bill as the food and drink distribution sector gathers to discuss Delivering Change at the FWD conference on June 29

Speakers include:

• Charles Wilson, Booker
• Andrew Selley, Bidfood
• Jerry Marwood, Blakemore
• Martin Race, Bestway
• Mushtaque Ahmed, JJ Foodservice
• Jill Livesey, HIM
• Barry Naisbitt, Chief Economist, Santander

Booker's Charles Wilson joins the wholesale sector's annual showcase

Bidfood’s Andrew Selley and Booker’s Charles Wilson will open and close the event, with Jerry Marwood of AF Blakemore, Mushtaque Ahmed of JJ Foodservice and Martin Race of Bestway Wholesale among the FWD members sharing their opinions on the sector’s response to an exceptionally volatile trading environment.

The implications of Brexit, supply chain consolidation, disruptive new competitors and changing customer expectations will be among the issues discussed, with contributions also coming from economists, data analysts and product manufacturers. 

The event at St George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent will also see the launch of new research into wholesalers’ contribution to the economy and to society. FWD will reveal the findings of its surveys of retail and foodservice customers, and HIM will unveil the results of the 2017 Wholesale Tracking Programme.


Brexit and beyond

Disrupting wholesale: lessons from new competitors

Managing food price inflation

Economic and legislative forecasts

Wholesale’s social and economic contribution to the UK

Engaging and influencing retailers and caterers

Digital engagement with customers

Retail beyond convenience 

Adding value for foodservice operators


FWD Chief Executive James Bielby says: “Times of economic uncertainty can also be times of great opportunity, and we’ve gathered some of the most-respected names in wholesale to explore how our sector can anticipate and deliver change that benefits everyone in our distribution chain, from suppliers to consumers.”

Wholesale 2017: Delivering Change also includes the HIM Wholesale Awards presentation and the announcement of the McDougalls Wholesale Baking Team of the Year.

Accommodation, dinner and a drinks reception are also included in the ticket price. Contact Nikki Connor to reserve your places.




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