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ICCA UK & Ireland Chapter launches healthy meetings lunch seminar

ICCA UK and Ireland’s new Chairperson, Lesley Williams
ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter today announces the launch of a lunch seminar at this year’s Meetings Show, which will look at healthy meetings and food trends of the future.  
In partnership with Levy Restaurants UK, the seminar moderated by Samantha Shamkh, Head of Conventions at ExCel London, will feature a food trends presentation from Nicky Martin, Head Nutritionist at the Compass Group, followed by a panel discussion. On the panel will be Nicky, James Buckley, Head Chef and ExCel London Hospitality and Andy Wardle, Culinary Director, Confex, Levy Restaurants UK.

Andy Wardle says: “UK consumers are focusing on food and drink as a vital ingredient of their wellbeing like never before. High Street food brands with a focus on freshness, healthiness and taste adventurousness are driving consumer experiences. We are now seeing these trends translate into the conference and event catering. We are also influenced by the Millennials in their 20s and 30s who are not only eating out more often, but sharing their experiences with their peers and colleagues on social media.”

ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter’s new Chair, Lesley Williams, says: “Healthy eating is a hot topic right now and delegates have much higher expectations of the food they are served at events than five years ago.

“We look forward to hearing some key future food trends from Nicky as well as discussing healthy meetings, which I am sure will spark some great debate and discussion.”

In other ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter news, the association has recently announced a new Deputy Chair. Diane Waldron, Director of Sales and Marketing at the QEIICC has taken up the post and will support Lesley in her Chairperson role. Alex Donaldson, Sales Manager at IMEX Exhibitions, has also joined the committee replacing Oliver Hone, Marketing Director of IMEX Group.

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