To celebrate its 21st edition, The International Food and Drink Event (IFE) 2019 has announced it is collaborating with six industry experts.
The ‘ambassadors’ will work with organiser, Fresh Montgomery, to identify trends, build insights and share industry knowledge, in an aim to ensure visitors are given an “unrivalled experience”.
The IFE 2019 ambassadors are: Christopher Faulkner, founder and director at The Food Service Expert; Sandra Sullivan MBE, director of The Food and Drink Exporters Association; Tony Kitous, founder and creative director at The Comptoir Group; Milena Lazarevska, head of origination at Future Brands, Sainsbury’s; Kate Houssaye, quality manager at New York Bakery Company Ltd and Sarah Whiddett, head of insight and customer experience and Bidfood.
Soraya Gadelrab, event director for IFE, said: “We are proud that IFE has become firmly established on the food and drink industry calendar and to welcome 27,000 industry figures from 111 countries to our biennial event. However, we are acutely aware that we can’t be complacent and must continue to work hard to make sure buyers and suppliers feel it is a valuable experience and worth taking precious time out of their diary to attend.
“We’re working closely with our ambassadors – who collectively bring over 100 years’ worth of industry experience to the table – to develop our strongest event yet.”
Tony Kitous, added: “With my background growing up in Algeria and then making London my home and the place where I began my journey of restaurant owner, I’m passionate about events which bring industry figures together from both Britain and internationally. I’m proud to be a part of IFE 2019 and am looking forward to helping create a genuinely inspiring and innovative event.”
IFE 2019 is returning to ExceL London 17 – 20 March 2019 and will provide visitors with the chance to discover emerging trends; meet with thousands of international, future-focused producers and brands; and hear talks from key figures across the food and drink industry.