Convenience Retailing Summit 2018

IGD is happy to announce the Convenience Retailing Summit 2018 will return to etc Venue, St Pauls, London on 26-27 September next year.  

Register your interest now to be the first to hear about the speaker line-up and for your chance to get early bird tickets.  



Leading convenience channel operators share what they're doing to win

Strengthen your channel plans with the latest convenience retail and shopper insights

IGD Convenience Retailing Summit 2017


Three main issues facing suppliers in convenience


Knowing what shoppers want

Hear new shopper research from McColl’s and IGD


How can you create the right ranges to satisfy shopper needs in small store formats

Hear from Propercorn, Weetabix and Pepsico on how they have achieved real growth in the channel


What do retailers want from you

Hear from the leaders of Tesco/One Stop, SPAR, Co-op Musgrave and Costcutter


6 June 2017

08.15 | Registration and breakfast

09.15 | Welcome and introduction

The Chairman’s opening thoughts on the day and the agenda.

James Walton, Chief Economist, IGD

09.25 | IGD convenience channel forecasts and market update

An overview of the current economic position, where you’ll be the first to hear IGD’s brand new channel forecasts, our latest figures and what they mean for your business.

Guy Ousey, Head of Retail Insight, IGD

IGD latest shopper research - what does the future hold for the shopper?

Michael will reveal brand new research on convenience shopper trends and will identify how to future proof your business so that your convenience store strategy is fit for shoppers of the future.

Michael Freedman, Shopper Insight Manager, IGD

10.05 | Keynote opening – why is the convenience channel of growing importance in UK grocery?

In this keynote opening Jonathan will share his views on the channel and share some new research commissioned by McColl’s, looking at the importance of time and the value of neighbourhood retailing to the shopper. It will also be a chance to hear how McColl’s have a key role to play in neighbourhood retailing within the UK.

Jonathan Miller, Chief Executive, McColl’s


PROPERCORN was founded on the simple belief that there should be no compromise between health and taste. Rosie was the fifth employee, joining the business in September 2013, and since then PROPERCORN has risen to become the fifth fastest-growing company in Europe.

Rosie Joly, Head of OOH Sales, Propercorn

10.50 | Networking refreshment break

Building better plans for now - retailer and supplier case studies

11.10 | CO-OP

With the Co-Op having such a strong focus on convenience retailing it’s important to understand their business. Richard will share the role of FRTS and some insight on how best to trade across all of the Co-Operative societies to ensure your business can win with this key group of convenience retailers.

Richard Crampton, MD Co-Op – Federal Retail Trading, & Services, Co-Op

11.35 | Weetabix

Becky will share her learnings of taking a brand like Weetabix from its heartland of ‘at home’ breakfast into a fast-growing sector of food-to-go and how those learnings can be used to help your business.

Becky Hain, UK Sales - Drinks, Weetabix

11.55 | What success looks like when suppliers engage effectively with SPAR UK

David Harland, Head of Grocery, SPAR UK

12.20 | PepsiCo

Snacking is a key category within convenience, so as category leader, hear from PepsiCo on how to build winning plans in the channel. Pierre will share the learnings of turning analytics into great execution across the sector.

Pierre Jackson, Category Insights Controller, PepsiCo

12.45 | Musgrave Group

Chris Martin, CEO, Musgrave Group

13.10 | Networking lunch

14.00 | Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Symbol retailers provide 38% of the sales revenue for the convenience channel, so success with them is obviously important for suppliers. Hear Darcy on how Costcutter remain one of the key symbol groups within this sector.

Darcy Willson-Rymer, Chief Executive Officer, Costcutter Supermarkets Group

14.25 | Tesco

Hear Tracey discuss how Tesco is changing its convenience offer to serve local shoppers a little better every day.

Tracey Clements, MD Tesco Convenience & CEO, One Stop Stores Ltd, Tesco PLC

14.50 | RADA in Business

Adrian is a senior training consultant with RADA in Business and has been working with the company since 2002.  He works solely in the personal development arena and has developed the Energy States model which reveals how different types of personal energy influence how we interact with and are perceived by others.  

Adrian Kirk, Senior Training Consultant, RADA in Business

15.35 | The constant evolution of the convenience channel in SPAR internationally

Tobias will be examining how retail businesses need to think globally to ensure international success, but to build on local strengths. He will look at how innovation and trends often transcend boundaries in the retail environment, as SPAR has seen in Europe, Africa & Asia.

Tobias Wasmuht, Managing Director, SPAR International

16.00 | Closing remarks

The Chairman reviews the highlights of the day and replays the key messages to take away.

James Walton, Chief Economist, IGD

16.15 | Close

IGD reserves the right to alter any element of the programme, such as speakers, times and venue, should the need arise.

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Companies booked include:

Addo Food Group (Pork Farms Ltd)
All About Food
Alpro UK Ltd
Arla Foods UK
Asahi UK
Aunt Bessie's Limited
Aviko UK Ltd
Bacardi-Martini Ltd
Baxters Food Group
Bel UK Ltd
Bestway Wholesale Group
Birds Eye Limited
Boost Drinks
Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)
Brindisa Ltd
Catalina Marketing UK Ltd
Cereal Partners UK
Chipita UK Ltd
Colgate Palmolive (UK) Ltd
Concorp International
CPM United Kingdom Ltd
Cranswick plc
Dairy Crest Group plc
Danone Dairy
Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition
Davidson Kempner
Doves Farm Foods Ltd
Elizabeth Shaw Ltd
Emmi UK Ltd
Ferrero Trading Lux S.A.
Florette UK & Ireland
Freudenberg Household Products LP
Funkin Ltd
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare UK
Greencore Prepared Meals
General Mills UK Ltd

Gu Puds
Hall & Woodhouse
Hallmark Cards plc
Haribo Dunhills (Pontefract) Plc
Highland Spring Group
Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK Ltd
Kepak Convenience Foods
Kerry Foods Ltd
Kettle Foods Ltd
Kimberly-Clark Ltd
KP Snacks
Lactalis McLelland Ltd
Lactalis Nestle
Lenus Trading Ltd
L'Oreal UK and Ireland
Marks and Spencer plc
Mars Petcare UK Ltd
Mast-Jaegermeister UK
McKinsey & Co UK
MM (UK) Limited
Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Limited
Moy Park Ltd
Mrs Crimble's Ltd
Muller UK & Ireland Group
Nestle Purina Petcare (UK) Ltd
Nestle UK Ltd
Newton Europe
Nisa Retail Limited
Oakland International Ltd
PayPoint Network Ltd
People Against Dirty UK Ltd
Pernod Ricard UK
Pladis UK & Ireland
Pritchitts & Lakeland Dairies Company
Procter & Gamble UK

PZ Cussons (UK) Ltd
R & R Ice Cream Ltd
R H Amar & Co Ltd
Reach UK
Rich Products Ltd
Rowse Honey Ltd
SCA Hygiene Products UK Ltd
Sci-MX Nutrition Ltd
Scottish Midland Co-operative Society Ltd
SIG Combibloc Ltd
Southern Co-operatives Ltd - Retail Division
SPAR International
Storck UK Ltd
Talka LT, UAB
TATA Global Beverages
Taylors of Harrogate
Tepe Oral Hygiene Products Ltd
Tesco Stores Ltd
Thatchers Cider Ltd
The Jordans Dorset & Ryvita Company
The Midcounties Co-operative
Threefold Agency Ltd
Tilda Ltd
TLM Group Technology Ltd
Tulip Ltd
Tyrrells Potato Crisps
Vantedge Consulting Ltd
Vimto Soft Drinks
Walsh Mushrooms
Ward Hadaway
Weetabix Food Company
Whitby Seafoods Ltd
Whyte and Mackay Ltd
William Grant & Sons
William Jackson Food Group
Wrap Film Systems


"Engaging, thought-provoking and a must if you want to truly understand the convenience channel."

"Leaders of the industry giving perspective and insight on the changing environment of convenience."

"A great sense check of how our internal strategy is faring vs other suppliers and retailer expectations."



IGD Members : £500 | €600
Non-members: £825 | €990

As part of IGD’s commitment to help small businesses to grow, IGD is offering a small business rate for this event. 

To qualify for this discounted rate of £330 per ticket you will need to be a small retailer or manufacturing business with a global turnover of less than £10 Million. Please email [email protected] to enquire.

Cancellation fees

Cancellations and name changes to be confirmed in writing

Over 30 days notice - Full refund
15 - 30 days notice - 50% refund
Less than 15 days notice - No refund/transfers

Additional information

Prices displayed ex-VAT. IGD reserves the right to alter any element of the programme, such as speakers, times and venue, should the need arise. All bookings are subject to acceptance of IGD Terms & Conditions. IGD reserves the right to reject any order at its discretion.

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The Convenience Retailing Summit 2017 offers service providers to FMCG businesses an invaluable opportunity to:

  • Raise awareness of products and services
  • Ensure a well-attended platform to launch new initiatives
  • Meet existing customers in an informal forum
  • Share content and ideas with prospective customers
  • Associate your business with the IGD brand
To find out about the sponsorship opportunities available at this event, please email [email protected]
Free PDF: Symbol snapshot

Symbol snapshot

Read our summary of the statistics of Symbol stores in convenience to fully understand their importance to the channel. We will be dedicating time at the Convenience Retailing Summit, 6 June, to how you can use the prominence of Symbol in your future plans for growth in the convenience sector.