21st European Foodservice Summit – Digital Edition

The Road To The Future

April 8th, 2021
3:00 p.m. (CET)

  • What does the world look like in travel catering and chain hospitality after Covid-19?
  • What remains and what we have to part with.

This event will take place in English.

In our fourth edition of our digital talk series, editor Katrin Wissmann will host Mario C. Bauer, Vapiano International – Brand Ambassador und Shareholder and Walter Seib, CEO, HMSHost International BV, Amsterdam for an exciting 60-minute session on what the foodservice world could look like after Covid-19.

In the past year, we have suffered enormously in our industry. Covid-19 is making life difficult for all operators in the foodservice industry.
Missing guests means missing turnover. That is a fact.

But it is also a fact that after the pandemic, nothing will ever be the same again. Of course, digitalisation has gained enormous speed. Of course, topics like mobile ordering and payment are the new passwords. And of course the guest is also becoming more demanding in terms of assortment, health and hygiene.

How do leaders of large companies deal with these new cornerstones?
This is what we want to discuss in the 4th Digital Summit Talk with two big players on the world stage of the foodservice industry.

Walter Seib from HMSHost International and Mario C. Bauer from Vapiano will talk about the most important changes of the future from their perspective – both in transport gastronomy and in classic professional gastronomy. Guided by questions from foodservice editor Katrin Wissmann, we can expect a deep insight into the current situation and a forward-looking view into the future after the pandemic.

What has come to stay? What will we have to say goodbye to in the future, albeit with a heavy heart?
In this Digital Talk, listeners can expect deep insights and outlooks for the entire foodservice page. We are also already looking forward to exchanging ideas with you via the chat function.
So sign up. It will be worth it.


The following speakers are confirmed:

Mario C. Bauer

Mario C. Bauer

Vapiano International – Brand Ambassador und Shareholder

Brand Ambassador, Entrepreneur & Teddy Bear
Vapiano – Curtice Brothers – White Space Partners – Dr. Oetker Hospitality

Mario C. Bauer is an entrepreneur, brand ambassador, keynote speaker & author.
Until 2017, for almost a decade, he was responsible at Vapiano as CEO International for growth & partnerships. Together with his team he opened more than 200 restaurants in 33 countries around the globe. Much to his regret the company took a downturn over the last two years and ended up in insolvency. Now, together with highly respected industry professionals like Henry McGovern, Sinclair Beecham, the Van der Valk family and Gregor Gerlach, Mario has purchased Vapiano. In the newly founded, Prague-based LOVE & Food Restaurant Holding the new owners will bundle their industry knowledge to restart and return the brand to its former culture and passion.

As a passionate keynote speaker talking about International Growth & Opportunities as well as Management and Motivation, Mario is well known within the hospitality industry. There is even more passion in his speeches about his first book “The Teddy Bear is everywhere”. His “Teddy Talks With”-podcast, in which he interviews experts from the hospitality industry is an inspiration for everyone interested in the hospitality industry & leadership (www.teddytalkswith.com). Last year he published his second book “Teddy Talks With … Conversations about Love and Food” featuring the conversations with the stars of the gastronomy business from his podcast. All profits from the books and podcasts are donated to a children’s hospital in Vienna.

Mario C. Bauer is also co-founder, board member and advisor of Dr. Oetker Hospitality, currently developing restaurant concepts for the American and European market, as well as co-founder of Whites Space Partners (Paris & London), a strategy consultancy for international growth.
While growing up in his parents’ restaurant in Austria, Mario developed an entrepreneurial mindset from an early age. He co-founded several startups such as Bagel Station (bagel & coffee shop concept) or Papernomad (sustainable ipad sleeves). Another adventure is his passionate engagement with Curtice Brothers, an organic ketchup cooked in Tuscany (www.curticebrothers.com) where he is co-founder and acting CEO. Here, he lives up to this credo that “in life only two things matter: Love & Food”.

Constantly travelling the world, Mario C. Bauer has a true international mindset. Currently, his harbor is a houseboat in Amsterdam, where he and his wife enjoy feeding the ducks in the morning and hosting friends from around the world.

No choice but to LOVE.

Walter Seib

Walter Seib

CEO, HMSHost International BV, Amsterdam

Walter Seib re-joined HMSHost in February 2012 as CEO for HMSHost International, which covers Northern Europe, Middle East & Asia Pacific. HMSHost International has outlets in 19 countries, including at airports in Scandinavia (Stockholm Arlanda, Skavsta Airport, Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Bode and Helsinki), Ireland (Dublin), India (Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai), New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch), Australia (Cairns), Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Turkey, Russia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Great Britain and Netherlands. In addition to airports HMSHost International operates on train stations, Outlet Shopping Malls and motorways. Walter reports to the CEO of the Autogrill Group, Gianmario Tondato da Ruos, and is part of the Senior Executive Team of the Autogrill Group.

Prior to this position, Walter was CEO of La Place, a leading restaurant chain in the Netherlands and Belgium with units at V&D department stores and at other high traffic locations. La Place is the restaurant and food group of V&D and part of Sun Capital Partners. La Place offers several different formats (La Place restaurants, La Place Café, La Place Express, La Place Food) and operates more than 220 stores in 118 locations. Walter also served as member of the board for V&D Group, a department store chain in the Netherlands with an annual turnover of € 1 billion.

Immediately preceding to joining La Place, Walter was Managing Director of HMSHost International for all business development and operations outside of North America and Canada. The international operations includes activities in Europe (The Netherlands, Finland, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Russia, Ireland and the Eurotunnel), United Arab Emirates, Qatar, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Australia and New-Zealand. Additionally, he was Senior Vice President for HMSHost Corporation and part of the Senior Executive team of HMSHost Corporation.

Prior to joining HMSHost, he held management positions with Wescho Gastronomie and Mövenpick.

Since January 2020 Walter is the chairman of Food Service Institute Netherlands, founded in 2003 by leading companies in the foodservice market as an independent knowledge platform. Walter is also in the Supervisory board of ISS Netherlands (facility services company with over €200 mil. turnover), HAK (a Dutch company specialized in producing fruit and vegetable preserves with a turnover of € 100 million) and the Het Rijk Golf courses (four golf courses in the Netherlands). For the Hotel Management School Maastricht Walter gives guest colleagues twice a year to the minor Food service and serves in the Advisory Board of this school, one of the leading hotel management schools in the world.

Mr. Seib studied at Vienna’s Gastgewerbefachschule School of Hotel Management.

Katrin Wissmann

Katrin Wissmann

Editor, foodservice

Katrin Wissmann is a long-standing editor of the business magazines foodservice and Food Service Europe & Middle East. She studied journalism and American Studies in Mainz (Germany), Pamplona (Spain) and in Vermont (USA). After gaining initial professional experience in print, radio and television, she joined the editorial teams of foodservice and Food Service Europe & Middle East in 2006. She also reported for both trade journals during a one-year stay in Texas, USA, in 2011/12. Since October 2018, Katrin Wissmann has been responsible for content planning and coordination of Foodservice Europe & Middle East.

Sign up now