Caffè Culture Show returns with brand new elements for 2017

The Caffè Culture Show is the leading UK business to business event dedicated to the café and coffee trade, and takes place on 23rd and 24th May at Olympia London. The show has established itself as the go-to event for sector buyers and coffee shop owners to source products and services they need to keep to keep in line with market trends and ever-evolving consumer demands. 

This year, the show has added some exciting new elements including a unique conference - Caffè Connections, a leading forum running within the show itself. Caffè Connections explores the state of the café industry and the rapidly changing landscape, with keynote speakers, panel debates, insight sessions and drop-ins from high-profile figures from the coffee and food to go sectors. Speakers span the industry, from established chains to market disruptors.

Day one is designed for senior executives, buyers and procurement managers from the coffee and foodservice markets, with a focus on Strategy, insight and innovation. Pret A Manger board adviser and Cawston Press co-founder Mark Palmer provides the keynote on what’s driving change within the coffee shop market and lessons to be learnt from the casual dining revolution. Paul Ettinger from Caffe Nero, Peter Dore Smith from Kaffeine and Darren Williams from T2 will be discussing what the chains and independents have to learn from each other and whether they can peacefully co-exist, while Action on Sugar and The British Soft Drinks Association take on the big sugar debate. 

Day two’s theme is focused around the use insight to drive performance and on the needs of independent coffee shops. Speakers include Coffee Republic franchisee, author and consultant Andrew Bowen on franchising opportunities and alternative methods for raising capital for coffee shop expansion, and Gary McCann from Beyond the Bean on whether speciality coffee can continue to differentiate itself from the mainstream market. 

Event Director Chris Holman said: “The Caffè Culture Show is widely recognised for its excellent on-site talks programmes and has long been at the forefront of the rapidly changing coffee industry. We want to extend the show’s focus on commercial strategy and growth with a brand new conference offering. Caffè Connections is an exciting new opportunity for visitors to engage more deeply with the latest thinking to help inform and grow their business. This year’s show is one not to miss. ”

Visitors can also enjoy the Technology Showcase previewing new product launches by leading suppliers, wholesalers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers of premium products - from well-known brands to start-ups. The show will also include a Masterclass programme with educational insight from leading industry figures from the world of tea and coffee.

To attend the show and conference, free ticket registration is now open at


For further information, please contact:

Julie Parmenter
Brampton PR 
+44 (0)1981 251820 / +44 (0)7775 715936 

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About the Caffe Culture Show 
The Caffè Culture Show (#CaffeCulture2017) is the leading annual event for the UK café industry and takes place on 23-24 May 2017 at Olympia London. The national event brings together the UK café community to learn, share and celebrate all the industry has to offer.