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01/2017: FoodService Europe & Middle East 01/2017

FoodService Europe & Middle East 01/2017

The latest issue of FoodService Europe & Middle East is on its way to readers in over 50 countries around the world. We continue our reports from last September’s 16th European Foodservice Summit in Zurich with three articles.


Other highlights in this issue: an interview with Christian Bellander, CEO of Sweden’s O’Learys sportsbar chain. And, in our City Guide, a professional look at the restaurant scene in Hungary’s capital, Budapest.


Summit. Everyone is talking about delivery and, in particular, digital platforms as interfaces and service providers between restaurants and their customers. A hot topic for the whole sector. Embrace it or ignore it? The Round Table at the European Foodservice Summit in Zurich brought together top protagonists from the scene. Will Shu, founder of Deliveroo, David Buttress, CEO of Just Eat, Ryan Perera, founder of the Henchman delivery service, and, last but not least, Andrew Rennie, CEO Europe of Domino’s Australia, now gaining ground in Europe, answered critical questions posed by chair Chris Muller.


All food companies are now media companies, posited Dr David Bosshart of GDI in Zurich. Think digital, deliver analogue was the core message of his lecture, which
revolved around the increasing degree of digitalisation in everyday life and the consequences for the away-from-home sector and all consume-oriented players.

Opportunities ahead: top summit participants, including Brian Johnston, Wagamama, UK, Achilleas Lazarou, Coffee Island, Greece, Chris Meijers, La Place, Netherlands, and Andreas Karlsson, Sticks’n’Sushi, Denmark, as well as Mario Plachutta from Vienna, Austria, talk about the performance and perspectives of their companies in 2017.


Interview. Founded in Sweden in 1988, the O’Learys sports and restaurant concept can now boast 130 outlets in 13 countries. Still young but very successful is an event-centre format that, in addition to foodservice, offers a variety of sports and games. Christian Bellander, current CEO and shareholder, discusses lessons learnt and plans for the future.


City Guide. Things are happening in Budapest: The Hungarian metropolis has much more to offer than prejudice would have us believe. Tradition has its place and international brands are well represented. However, there is also a lively creative scene with very interesting concepts.


Also in this issue:

  • A look at Hamburg – venue of the Internorga foodservice fair. Gastronomic hot spots for professionals and a preview of the 36th Internationale Foodservice Forum on 16 March.
  • The focus is on health food in our article about Talise, the wellness brand of Dubai-based Jumeirah Hotel Group.
  • Part 2 of our Pan-European Survey about vegan cuisine and concepts.
  • And: The start of our new six-part series about chain-restaurant management by this year’s guest author, Prof Chris Muller of Boston University, USA: An Introduction to Complexity.
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