The Happetite Forum by MAPIC is the international F&B industry forum that works to accelerate the expansion of restaurant chains into retail and urban destinations.
A dedicated programme of conference and networking events, featuring some of the fastest-growing international restaurant brands, will enable participants to discover the latest trends, from the ever-increasing focus of consumers on sustainability and ethical practices to the evolution of dining concepts and formats. Sessions will provide valuable insight on how major brands are developing their offer, and how destinations are adapting to meet these changing needs.
The Forum programme will be opened by a keynote address (29th November, 10:00-10:30am) from Tigrane Seydoux, one of the founders of Big Mamma group, that will share its vision on the future of restaurant sector and the main challenges it faces in the coming years.
Founded in 2013 by Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux, Big Mamma Group has over 20 trattorias – as well as standalone bars and food markets – across London, France, Germany and Spain. Specialising in authentic Italian recipes, its restaurants are dedicated to making good food available to all. Big Mamma Group is a ‘B Corporation’, evaluated for not only its CSR initiatives but the real impact and positive contributions it makes. Find out more about Big Mamma Group here.
Dedicated research into the F&B market, undertaken by MAPIC educational partner Whitespace Partners, has analysed 50 brands and a total of 140 international developments to better understand what concepts are succeeding in which regions – and in what type of retail unit. The whitepaper found that the preferred model for expansion was ultimately franchise development, followed by direct development and joint venture structures. As part of the research, executives including John Eckbert, CEO of Five Guys Europe, Michael Kark, Chief Global Licensing Officer at Shake Shack, and Stéphane Klein, Managing Director of Pret A Manger (Europe), shared their insights.
From the research team’s conversations with the expert panel, it has produced nine key takeaways that restaurant brands have to follow in their international development: be objective in strategic decision-making; think like a local; learn from the past and failures; know your competitors; people make it happen; choose the right growth model; set your real estate and supply chain strategy; get your team ready; and create visibility.
MAPIC will take place between November 28th – 30th at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
More information about MAPIC can be found here: https://www.mapic.com
Find out more about the dedicated conference track, event and exhibition area for property players and leisure operators alike: https://www.leisurup.com