Day 1

Friday 14th September 2018

Arrival Day


The Molino Stucky has been chosen for the conference not only because of its stunning location, but also for its excellent conferencing facilities – with the ability to accommodate 1000 delegates our venue for 2018 is self-contained, yet in easy reach of the beautiful sights and sounds of Venice.


The theme for this year’s conference is “A Paradigm Shift”.


Our conference will open traditionally on Friday evening as we gather together for an informal waterside buffet at the Hotel Molino Stucky giving you an opportunity to relax and network with colleagues and friends following your journey.

19.00 Drinks reception in the hotel gardens
20.00 Waterside buffet, Hilton Molino Stucky

Day 2

Saturday 15th September 2018

Business Sessions


09.15 – 12.30 Conference Welcome Darren Goldney, Today’s Group
The Big Picture  George McGregor, MD, Interel Group
The Wholesale Space – James Bielby, Chief Executive, Federation of Wholesale Distributors

Jill Livesey, Managing Director, HIM

Our Customers’ World  Retail, Foodservice and On-Trade


11.15 – 11.45 Coffee Break
Panel Session One: How to support Customers – Declan Curry, Facilitator
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch


13.30 – 16.30 Speed Dating – Session One


The Group will depart the hotel, and take a boat to St Mark’s Square.  Following a short walk, dinner will be served at Antico Martini, a restaurant regarded as one of the best in Venice situated adjacent to the city’s famous theatre, Teatro la Fenice.

19.30 Dinner at the Antico Martini

Day 3

Sunday 16th September 2018

Business Sessions


09.15 – 12.30 Welcome Simon Hannah, Chairman, Today’s Group
Our Strategies
Retail, Foodservice, On-Trade, Trading and Specialist – Today’s Group Team 
Member Presentation – David Brind, Kitwave Group 


10.45-11.15 Coffee Break
Member and Supplier Breakout Sessions
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 onwards Afternoon at leisure



You are invited to the Skyline Bar and Rooftop terrace at our hotel.  Canapes and drinks will be served, followed by a buffet dinner.  Music will be provided throughout the evening by a local DJ and drinks will be served until 23.00.

19.00 Music and Dining at the Skyline Rooftop Bar, Hilton Molino Stucky

Day 4

Monday 17th September 2018

Business Sessions


09.30 – 12.30 Speed Dating – Session Two 
12.30-13.30 Lunch


13.30 – 16.30 Wake Up!
  Supplier Insights – Breakout Feedback
Joint business planning – David Nicholls and Steve Norris, Nestlé UK
  Panel Session Two: Big Change, Big Opportunity – Declan Curry, Facilitator


15.00-15.30 Coffee Break
 15.30-16.15 Welcome to our Keynote Speaker 
  Conference round upDarren Goldney, MD, Today’s Group


Monday afternoon will conclude our business agenda and will leave everyone with more than enough time to prepare for our Gala Dinner and annual supplier awards. Please note that this year the dress code will be smart casual (no jeans).

19.00 Departure to our Gala Dinner, Arsenale

Day 5

Tuesday 18th September 2018

Departure Day

We wish you a relaxed day and a safe onward journey home. Thank you for your continued support of the Today’s Group.

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