Booker CEO delivers City Food Lecture 2014


Charles Wilson (pictured), Chief Executive Officer of leading wholesaler Booker, delivered the annual City Food Lecture on 17 February 2014 at London’s Guildhall on the subject ‘Growth Outside the Supermarkets’.

You can read the full transcript of his lecture here

A video of the 2014 lecture is also available here.

His lecture was followed by a question and answer session with a panel of eminent food industry specialists chaired by Adam Leyland, Editor of The Grocer magazine. The panel included Doug Gurr, Vice President of Amazon UK, Ronald Kers, CEO of Muller-Wiseman and Andrew Main, CEO of Aramark. 

An annual, invitation-only fixture in the City of London and international food industry calendars, the City Food Lecture is delivered every year by a leading figure in the British food business who is invited to speak about the issues they regard as most important in shaping the way food is produced, distributed, marketed, sold and consumed.

Held in the Great Hall at the prestigious Guildhall, the event is organised by seven City of London livery companies whose roots are in the food industry – namely the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters.

Previous speakers include Nestlé Chief Executive Paul Bulcke, Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Justin King, Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman, former Cadbury Schweppes Chairman John Sunderland and former Tesco Chief Executive Sir Terry Leahy.

More information about previous editions of the City Food Lecture, including transcripts and videos, can be found on the Past Events page.

Photo gallery: Highlights from the 2014 City Food Lecture in pictures

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Programme

5.30pm

Doors open

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6.35pm

Welcome Address

The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London

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6.45pm

City Food Lecture 2014

Charles Wilson
Chief Executive, Booker

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7.20pm

Panel session

Moderator: Adam Leyland
The Grocer

Doug Gurr
Vice President, Amazon UK

Ronald Kers
CEO, Muller-Wiseman

Andrew Main
CEO, Aramark

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8.25pm

Reception in the Old Library

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9.45pm

Depart

Venue

Thanks

The organising committee of the City Food lecture would like to thank the Fresh Produce Journal and Glasgows for their invaluable assistance in helping to organise this year's event.


The Fresh Produce Journal was responsible for producing the official CFL website and marketing the event.


Glasgows was responsible for the staging and Audio Visual element of the event.

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The City Food Lecture is an annual, invitation-only fixture in the City of London and food industry calendars. Held at the prestigious Guildhall, the event is organised by the seven city livery companies whose roots are in the food industry – namely the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters.