EG Group, Island Poké and Chopstix join the line-up at MCA’s annual Food to Go Conference, with early tickets available for the event until 31 January.

The annual event will take place at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho and will feature a full programme of presentations and Q&As with headline speakers, insight sessions and panel discussions, as well as the chance for delegates to network with their peers in the sector.

Nicolas Barnoin, managing director, Island Poké; Neil Findlay, UK development director, EG Group; Jon Lake, managing director, Chopstix Group; and Rob Meadows, executive director, sales & lease assignments (restaurants), Davis Coffer Lyons will also feature on a property panel on the day, looking at growth in a downturn.

With many operators pressing the pause button on expansion, we will discuss what the opportunities are for growth post-pandemic for those operators keen to forge ahead, the challenges in finding suitable locations at the right price, the trends driving operators’ growth strategies and why franchising is increasing becoming a preferred route to market.

Headline speakers already announced include Ganan Kanagathurai, UK CEO Itsu; Richard Morris, CEO, Tortilla; Kevin Hydes, chief commercial officer, Tim Hortons; and Ken McMeikan, chief executive, Moto Hospitality.

While Pret, Benugo and F&B consultancy Egg Soldiers will take part in a new panel for 2023 on menu innovation.

Many more sessions and speakers will be announced over the coming weeks, covering market insight, delivery and tech and people, coffee shops and people and culture.

To find out more about the conference, the agenda and to book tickets please visit There is currently an early bird offer of 10% off tickets until the 31 January, so make sure you secure your place at the sell out event today.