Gold sponsor

  • dohler

Supported by

  • Dalston's
  • Gabriel-Chemie
  • saicaflex

In association with

  • BSDA

Media partner

  • TecnAlimentaria

Thursday 3 May

  • 9.00

    Latest UK market developments and outlook

    Elaine Thompson, Strategic Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel

  • 9.20

    Building a successful kids brand in an evolving market

    Ash Tailor, Global Category Director for Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd

  • 9.40

    Identifying consumer needs and building loyalty

    Chris Gartside, Chief Data Scientist at Starcount, formerly Dunnhumby

  • Questions and discussion

  • Refreshments and networking


  • Satisfying demands for sustainability

    Nick Brown, Head of Sustainablity at Coca-Cola European Partners

  • Environmental panel joined by

    Gavin Partington, Director General of the British Soft Drinks Association

    James Piper, Managing Director of environmental compliance scheme Ecosurety

    Jane Bevis, Chair of OPRL



    Sanjay Patel, Co-founder of the Packaging Collective and Co-founder of SimpleBetterHuman

  • Lunch


  • Creating sustainable growth through effective brand building

    Claire Nuttall, Founder of The Brand Incubator

  • Staying true to your roots in a shifting market

    Nick Canney, Managing Director - UK & Ireland at Innocent

  • Seismic market change - secrets of innovation success

    Clark Mcllroy, Managing Director of Red Star Brands

  • Adding spice for adult tastes

    Kerstin Robinson, Co-founder of Nix & Kix

  • Questions and discussion

  • Refreshments and networking


  • Kuka cold brew: clean caffeine

    John Bowden, Co-founder of Kuka Coffee Ltd

  • Switchle: When the sun shineth, make hay

    Carlo Buckley, Business Opportunities Manager of Healthy Food Brands

  • Game, set and matcha

    Leane Bramhall, Founder of Kineta Drinks

  • Expert panel:

    Speakers will make a 10 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of feedback from the panel


    James Scallan, Director at Houlihan Lokey

    Paul Martin, Principal Consultant at Zenith Springboard

    Claire Nuttall, Founder of The Brand Incubator

  • Networking drinks

  • Close

In a world of dramatic change from Brexit to new technology, a specialised one day conference is the best possible way to become completely up to date on all the latest trends and challenges, hearing directly from the industry leaders and experts.

The 2018 programme is designed to give attendees a ‘Taste of the future’ around three key themes of health, sustainability and innovation. Packaging is now moving to the forefront of public attention, even though the new sugar content levies have only been in force for one month.

Highlights include:

  • Market trends and consumer needs with Kantar and Starcount

  • Industry leader perspectives from Britvic and Coca-Cola

  • Retailer priorities and expectations from Co-op

  • Focus on the environment with BSDA, Ecosurety, OPRL and Packaging Collective

  • Market opportunities with Innocent, Nix & Kix and Tranquini

  • Entrepreneur shoot out with Kineta Drinks, Kuka Coffee and Switchle

Reasons to attend:

  1. Be at the heart of discussions on how the industry can improve its outlook
  2. Gain insight from industry experts and analysts on trends and opportunities
  3. Network with leading producers, retailers and advisers
  4. Prepare and plan for the next phase of growth for your business

The Congress Centre offers an ideally located and contemporary venue in the heart of London’s West End. It is situated close to Tottenham Court Road underground station, from which you use exit 3. Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

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Dress code: Business suit or smart casual


Full day Super Saver to 22 March With VAT   From 23 March With VAT
Per delegate £625 £750   £675 £810

Substitutions will be accepted at any time. Cancellations will be subject to £80 + VAT administration charge and cannot be made after 22 March. Bookings are subject to Zenith Event terms and conditions, details of which are available on the Zenith website. All delegates must pay UK VAT at prevailing rate, currently 20%.

A concessionary rate of £195 ex VAT is being offered to start ups and early stage entrepreneurs. To be eligible companies must be within two years of formation and with annual sales below £500,000. For more information and to book at this rate, please contact:

Fiona Herrington at or call +44 1225 327903 or
Christine Robinson at or call +44 1225 327900

Our current sponsors

Interested in sponsoring?

We have Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsorship packages and exhibitor display opportunities available.

With any of our packages, we can include a number of discounted delegate places, as well as pre and post event social media exposure. We are happy to tailor a bespoke package to best suit your needs and budget.

For more information, contact Maxine Harle on: 

 e t +44 (0)1225 327341

Elainie Thompson, Strategic Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel

Elaine has extensive experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. Having worked both directly for manufacturers and for over a decade with Kantar Worldpanel, she has helped find opportunities for brands to grow through innovation, distribution and in depth consumer insights. Elaine has led a global team working with some of the biggest FMCG brands across multiple sectors and has helped integrate Kantar Worldpanel data and other sources to develop a holistic viewpoint and advise brand owners and retailers

Ash Tailor, Global Category Director for Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd

Ash Tailor, Global Category Director, Britvic Soft Drinks.

Ash has worked for some of the world’s biggest businesses and brands from Coca-Cola, Vodafone, Warner Brothers to Unilever. 

He has led global marketing programmes across Africa, Asia and Europe, launching new innovations, building global TV campaigns as well as partnership marketing programme with James Bond and the International Olympic Committee.

Chris Gartside, Chief Data Scientist at Starcount, formerly Dunnhumby

Chris specialises in building and deploying large scale data strategy solutions within the retail industry. Chris works with our multi-format retail clients, including Marks & Spencer, to deliver step change through a data-led approach. He manages the delivery of major analytics projects and strategic recommendations across multiple business units. Over the course of 13 years at dunnhumby, Chris rose through the ranks to Analysis Manager and Solutions Director, delivering and developing actionable insight to brands such as Tesco, Unilever, Best Buy Canada and Reckitt Benckiser. Along with advising the COO and SVPs on data strategy, he managed a team of 12 analysts to deliver over £20m in incremental profit for Tesco.  Chris has an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners

Nick Brown is Head of Sustainability for Coca-Cola European Partners in the UK, leading the company’s work on Sustainable Packaging, Community Programmes, Water stewardship, Energy & Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture.

Nick has had a number of roles in Operational & Commercial functions at CCEP driving change and innovation through the organisation.

Outside of work Nick is a father of 3 young boys, a Scout Leader and keen club cyclist when time allows.

James Piper, Managing Director at Ecosurety

James Piper is managing director of Ecosurety, the market leading compliance scheme investing in quality recycling.

James joined Ecosurety in 2009 as the marketing account manager. Having researched the compliance market and the detail of the producer responsibility regulations, James initially worked as a client account specialist supporting members with the packaging regulations and providing analysis and application of the regulations within extremely varying business environments.

Now managing director, James combines his past market experience and the work undertaken directly with companies to ensure all Ecosurety members benefit from the best possible price and expertise. In 2017 he won a Business Green Leaders Award and featured in the Resource magazine annual top 100 list of the most influential people working in the waste industry.

Jane Bevis, Chair of OPRL

Jane was a founding director of OPRL Ltd and a former director at the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and now chairs the OPRL Board. Jane trained as an agricultural scientist before moving  into policy and finance at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and HM Treasury.  She held senior roles at two major trade associations leading on environmental and  corporate responsibility issues including climate change, waste and resource use, and ethical supply chains. She is also Chair of the Cheque and Credit Clearing Co Ltd  and Chair of Governors at Saint Gabriel’s College, Lambeth.

Sanjay Patel, Founder of Simple Better Human and Packaging Collective

Sanjay Patel has worked in the packaging industry for over 25 years in the USA, Belgium and UK.  As a cross category packaging innovator he has contributed to the electronics, agrochemical and personal care industries during his career. 

He has recently left The Coca-Cola Company after 14 years where he looked after packaging for the Global water category for several years, building a 2-20 year shared value innovation strategy. Responsible for structural design, innovation and creativity within EMEA he also helped train up to 200 people a year as well as run internal hackathons, sprints and more holistic insight based innovation programs.  He is now a founding partner of both Simple Better Human and the Packaging Collective.

Nick Canney, Managing Director - UK & Ireland at Innocent

Nick joined innocent at the beginning of 2015 as the Managing Director for the UK&I business having lead both commercial and supply chain teams at Coca-Cola Enterprises and Cadbury.

The innocent promise to taste good and do good through their products and their actions was what was originally attracted and continues to inspire Nick in his role.

Clark Mcllroy, Managing Director of Red Star Brands

Clark founded Red Star Brands in 2015 to introduce disruptive, innovative snack & beverage brands to the UK market. To date these have included FULFIL Sports Nutrition bars, SPARKLING ICE, BAI, and STARBUCKS RTD, driving a combined retail turnover of some £30m in 2017. Inspired by new brands & trends in overseas markets Clark and the Red Star team continually seek to partner with challenger brands that meet unmet consumer needs and which have a strong ambition to achieve scale and redefine the future.

Red Star is part of an independently owned group of companies in the UK & Ireland with a combined turnover of £0.3bn. These include Cider of Sweden (Kopparberg Cider) in the UK, and Richmond Marketing in Ireland (distributor for Red Bull, Danone, Miller Brands, Hendricks Gin etc.) Clark is a graduate of St Andrews and, over the last 22 years, has held various senior Commercial and General Management roles in Procter & Gamble, Mars, and Britvic in the UK/ Ireland markets, and Internationally.

Kerstin Robinson, Co-founder of Nix & Kix

Kerstin is the co-founder of Nix & Kix - an adult soft drinks brand that went from initial idea and first production in Kerstin’s kitchen to being stocked in major UK retailers including Tesco and Waitrose as well as retailers in Europe and further afield,all in the space of less than three years                                                                       



John Bowden, Co-founder of Kuka Coffee Ltd

Ash Tailor, Global Category Director, Britvic Soft Drinks.

Ash has worked for some of the world’s biggest businesses and brands from Coca-Cola, Vodafone, Warner Brothers to Unilever. 

He has led global marketing programmes across Africa, Asia and Europe, launching new innovations, building global TV campaigns as well as partnership marketing programme with James Bond and the International Olympic Committee.

Leane Bramhall, Founder of Kineta Drinks

Leane Bramhall is a qualified Tea Sommelier and the Founder of Kineta Tea, one of the top Matcha tea specialists in the UK.

Over the past 12 years, Leane has enjoyed a successful career working with leading brands in the food and drink industry including Wrigley, Guinness, Burts Chips, Luscombe Drinks, Pukka Teas and Levi Roots.

Taking this experience and combining it with her passion for tea and healthy living, Leane founded Kineta Tea in 2015. Since launch the company has grown year on year, and has recently announced their latest launch of Cold Brew Matcha Juice Drinks into the ready to drink category.

Paul Martin, Principal Consultant at Zenith Springboard

Paul Martin joined Zenith as a Principal Consultant in November 2015. He heads up Zenith Springboard which focuses on advising start-up and SME food and drink businesses. Having been involved in two successful start-up companies, Paul has hands-on experience of starting and running a business. He is able to advise on all the key areas of food and drink businesses from product formulation to getting the product on shelf.

Paul is an experienced sales and marketing led senior executive and business consultant with over 30 years experience in the UK FMCG market.

Prior to consultancy, Paul was CEO of Harrogate Spring Water and was also Sales and Marketing Director of Macaw Soft Drinks.

James Scallan, Director at Houlihan Lokey

Mr Scallan is a member of Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer, Food & Retail Group. He has significant experience in national and cross-border M&A transactions (buyside and sellside), working for both corporate and private equity clients, with a particular focus on the food, drink, and agribusiness sectors.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr Scallan was a Director at McQueen Ltd, a London-based independent advisory firm providing corporate finance and other strategic services to clients in the consumer sector, which was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2015. Prior to joining McQueen, he spent three years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Mr Scallan has a First Class Honours degree in Economics and Accounting from Bristol University.

Showcase your drinks!

This year we are offering the opportunity for brand companies to showcase their drinks at our newly introduced ‘Chiller Corner’ and gain valuable, first hand feedback from industry experts and peers.

Once registered for the conference, companies can sign up for shelf space absolutely FREE in one of our sampling fridges. Limited space available so register today!


Gain invaluable advice on all aspects of your product from taste, feel, look and design. Take the opportunity to chat to other industry members about your wider marketing and business approach. Use constructive criticism to your advantage and come away with key ideas and opportunities to help move your product forward.


Get your product into the hands of gate keepers, investors, retailers, buyers and consultants. Gain the high quality industry exposure you have been looking for.


Product sampling creates the opportunity for great conversation. Watch and listen as attendees react to, and talk about your product. Take notes and see how competitor products are also received.

Guidelines for sampling

What is ‘Chiller Corner’?

The ‘Chiller Corner’ is your chance to have your product sampled at the conference. It is an area in the pre function networking room specially set up with fridges and sampling cups to enable brands to showcase innovative products.

How does sampling work?

You are not required to supervise product sampling. Products will be displayed in the unmanned fridges and recyclable sampling cups will be made available.

What to supply?

Each brand company who successfully secures a spot within ‘Chiller Corner’ will be allocated two rows (approx. ½ shelf) to display product. Please provide up to 30 product samples and the Zenith team will ensure your products are kept restocked throughout the day.


Ready-to-drink, pre packaged soft drinks only.  


Next step:

We will contact you on receipt of your delegate registration booking to find out if you would like to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Full details will be given, if you qualify for shelf space.


 For more information, contact Maxine Harle on: 

 e t +44 (0)1225 327341



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UK Soft Drinks Conference 2017

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