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25th Anniversary: EFSS Origins and Purpose

In 2024, we mark a significant milestone as we celebrate the 25th anniversary edition of the European Foodservice Summit. Learn more about the origins of our conference, including its founding figures and the core objectives behind the launch…

EFSS 2024 – first speakers confirmed

Who will take the stage at this year’s European Foodservice Summit in Amsterdam? Thanks to the relentless efforts of our Advisory Board Members, we have already been able to confirm 10 speakers from across Europe. Find out who they are. The…

Why you should come to Amsterdam in September

The 25th anniversary edition of the European Foodservice Summit alone makes Amsterdam a must-visit destination in September 2024. But there are more reasons to come. The Dutch capital has its own appeal, especially for restaurant professionals.…

Exclusive interview with Sticks ‘n’ Sushi CEO Andreas Karlsson

What does the acquisition by McWin mean for the Danish premium dining brand? Sticks 'n' Sushi CEO and EFSS Advisory Board Member Andreas Karlsson discusses the new investors, growth plans extending beyond network expansion, and business friendships. Andreas,…

EFSS Board member strikes mega-deal

"McWin Capital Partners to acquire majority shareholding in Sticks'n'Sushi" — With this declaration, two individuals closely associated with the European Foodservice Summit have unveiled this year's first mega deal for the European restaurant…

EFSS 2024 kick-off: Advisory Board meets in London

With the convening of the EFSS Advisory Board in London, we recently initiated the groundwork for the next edition of the European Foodservice Summit. Over two days in early January 2024, intensive discussions unfolded in the meeting rooms…

EFSS satellite: On international expansion and the market in the Middle East

A sneak peek into the upcoming European Foodservice Summit set for September occurred on January 10th in London, where a group of prominent restaurateurs gathered. Besides providing an excellent platform to broaden and reinforce their networks,…

Loyalty is powerful

“Loyalty programmes can be very really powerful as a tool. But such a programme is not a slam dunk. It's a bit of a trial and error”, said loyalty expert Oliver Dervey of Swisscard. At the European Foodservice Summit 2023, Dervey shared…

Sustainability = Profitability

“Sustainability can positively impact the bottom line,“ says Jordi Pascual, founder and CEO of Udon, a 72-unit strong Japanese noodle bar concept founded in Barcelona. At the European Foodservice Summit 2023 in Zurich, he outlined the company’s…

Going public – capital for growth

Taking a foodservice company public involves careful considerations and strategic planning. At the European Foodservice Summit 2023, Richard Morris, CEO of Tortilla Mexican Grill, the largest Fast-Casual-Mexican brand in the UK, explored the…

“We must put people first!”

Younique Concepts faces no staffing shortages. Founder Sven Sallaerts sheds light on what distinguishes this Dutch foodservice company. Commencing his talk at the 24th European Foodservice Summit in Zurich, Dutch foodservice entrepreneur…

Embracing Change: “China Leads the Way”

China's industry was long associated with imitation products. Today, the country is at the forefront of innovation in numerous sectors, including foodservice. At the European Foodservice Summit in Zurich, Frank Sieren, a China expert, TV journalist,…

Amsterdam: Discover our new Summit venue

Farewell Zurich, here we come, Amsterdam! For the first time in its 25-year history, the European Foodservice Summit will journey beyond its Swiss roots and explore new territory. Here’s a sneak peak into our new haven: A house of our…

Sustainability pays off

Big Mamma reveals the secret recipe for turning sustainability into profit. Founder Victor Lugger shares how conscious choices have proven to positively impact the bottom line of his company. "We believe that what is not measured cannot be…

“It’s all about the duck!”

Julian Metcalfe, the co-founder of Pret and current CEO of itsu, delivered a captivating speech that emphasized the role of technology in enhancing restaurant operations. Discover the specifics, and the unexpected connection to a duck. The…

The fridge is your prime competitor

"The out-of-home market has embraced the new reality," says Circana's top market researcher Jochen Pinsker, Industry Advisor for Foodservice Europe at Circana. Here's an overview of his insights presented at the EFSS 2023. By the end of 2023,…

Navigating inflation: a balancing act

Inflation's pervasive impact extends its reach into the heart of the restaurant industry, causing ripples throughout the supply chain. At the European Foodservice Summit in Zurich, Inga Blokker shed light on the multifaceted implications of…

Everybody wants money

Harry Goss, a devoted McWin partner, brings a wealth of expertise to the table as the head of the private equity firm's foodservice division. As a distinguished member of the management team and investment committee, Goss willingly imparts his…

Former President of BK International: An outsider’s take on the industry

André Lacroix built Burger King International in the 90s. Today he looks at the industry from the outside and has a few tips up his sleeve. He shared them in his keynote speech at this year's European Foodservice Summit. No longer directly…

Expansion: Anticipate mistakes, overcome setbacks

How to be successful abroad? During a panel discussion at the 24th European Foodservice Summit in Zurich, BigChefs founder Gamze Cizreli, Marugame Undon CEO Keith Bird and Head of Franchise Judd Williams and Dr. Stefan Tewes, shared insights…

Europe’s restaurants need to become greener, healthier and more sustainable

Arnaud Dufour, Secretary General of Serving Europe, gave an overview of the impact of the European Green Deal at the 24th European Foodservice Summit in Zurich. Clear statement of the Secretary General of Serving Europe, Branded Food and Beverage…

Topics of today and the future

On the second day of the European Foodservice Summit, the topics of sustainability and digital innovation were two focal points. Market researcher Jochen Pinsker, Industry Advisor Foodservice Europe at Circana (formerly npdgroup), opened…

Takeaways from Zurich – day 1

For the 24th time, the Who's Who of the international food service industry met in Zurich for the European Foodservice Summit. Around 220 participants from 25 countries came to Lake Side for inspiring presentations and intensive exchange between…

Successful outside the home country

Expansion expert Rebecca Viani on international growth strategies, success and capital mistakes. At the 24th European Foodservice Summit in Zurich, expansion expert Rebecca Viani spoke about international growth strategies, success factors…

Europe’s foodservice companies on the upswing again

The largest foodservice companies in Europe show a respectable increase in turnover. The exclusive ranking at the European Foodservice Summit in Zurich. The results of the exclusive ranking of the 99 top-selling foodservice companies in Europe…

Ex-Foreign Minister: Old World Order No Longer Exists

In Zurich, the former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel spoke of the challenges of our time. At the 23rd European Foodservice Summit, closing speaker Sigmar Gabriel gave an overview of the political situation from his point of view and…

Aiming for resilience

Geopolitics, supply chains, inflation and other challenges are putting significant pressure on everyday business. How should foodservice operators respond?  Insights from Summit-speaker Cyrille Filott. At the 23rd European Foodservice Summit…