2018 Conference Programme


12 keynote speakers specifically selected for the LCF 2018 will address the chocolate  industry with structured sessions for our delegates in four main areas. Manufacturing Technology, Packaging Product Labelling, Sustainability /Industry challenges and Company Case studies and Trends. *LCF lectures in 2017 were voted by our audience as the best in the chocolate industry. There are only 300 places so register now.

07.00Access – Set Up
09.00Welcome address
Simon Wright, OF+ Consulting
09.10 Session 1 - Trends and Challenges in Chocolate
09.10Chocolate Confectionery: Repositioning Indulgence to Reach Market Potential
Karine Dussimon, Euromonitor
09.30Prestat UK
Bill Keeling, Managing Director, Prestat UK
09:50Packaging trends
10.10Barry Callebaut
Bas Smit, Head of Global Marketing, Barry Callebaut
10:30Q and A to Panel
11:10 Session 2 – Case Studies
11:10The York Cocoa House
Sophie Jewett, Founder, The York Cocoa House
11:30Ritter Sport
Ben Daniels, Managing Director, Ritter Sport
11:50The Chocolate Dream: Creating a sustainable supply chain for Colombian fine flavour cacao
Sergio Restrepo, CasaLuker
12:101-2-1 Angus Kennedys speaks live with HM Oba Dokun Thompson, a Tribual King, Nigeria
Angus Kennedy, Editor, Kennedy’s Confection
12:20Q and A to Panel
13:40 Session 3 – Healthy Chocolate
13:40London Metropolitan University
Prof Jack Winkler, Prof of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University
14:00Food and Drink Federation
Kate Halliwell, Head of UK Diet and Health Policy, Food and Drink Federation
14:20Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate (Belgium)
14:40Q and A to Panel
15:30 Session 4 – Chocolate and ethics
15:30Case Study Tony’s Chocolonely
15:50Guittard Chocolate Company
Erik Bruun Bindslev, Managing Director, Europe, Guittard Chocolate Company Europe Ltd
16:10California Almonds
16:50Q and A to Panel

Speaker Profiles

Kennedy's Confection 


Angus KennedyAngus Kennedy, founder, London Chocolate Forum, Editor, Kennedy’s Confection magazine

Meet your host and the man that you can blame who started the LCF-   also a self confessed incurable chocolate lover, author and thinker!

Angus Kennedy is the owner of Kennedy’s and founder of the London Chocolate Forum and has been in the chocolate industry all his life. He is passionate about the subject of chocolate and currently holds the position as the editor of Kennedy’s Confection magazine where he writes for the journal about chocolate and those involved in the industry.

He is proud to claim to be both a self-trained writer and public speaker, has written over 7  books, some still featuring the top 10 Amazon best seller lists. He is also the author of a popular blog called Friday Light, which he says’ is complete nonsense’ and can’t understand why it has ever become popular; now with several thousand email recipients.

Angus, over the years  has become a bit of an expert for the media on he subject of chocolate and is often featured in national press and radio for his knowledge of the industry. with appearances with BBC 2, Al Jazeera Television, ITV and Channel 4. He is currently planning a new chocolate television series.

His passion ultimately in life to inspire people of all ages to allow then to live their dreams- he has just completed his latest book 2017 on a life of chocolate for consumers due to be published for Jan 2018. 


Meet your LCF chairman

Simon Wright, UK representative of ICAM SpA

We are delighted to welcome your chairman for the day; Simon Wright. Simon is currently the UK representative of ICAM SpA of Milan, Italy and involved in all aspects of chocolate development and marketing, for both brands and private label.

Simon has a partular interest in sustainable chocolate and was involved in setting up key brands Green & Black’s (organic) and Divine (Fairtrade). He has a degree in Food Science & Nutrition and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and a Member of the Guild of Food Writers: he sits on the Soil Association Standards Board and Chairs the Certification and Oversight Committee of the Fairtrade Foundation.

Simon is also Chair of the Quality Food Awards judging panel, a member of the Food Matters Free From judging panel, a founding member of the Organic Trade Board and a member of Slow Food UK. Most recently Simon has been appointed to the organising committee of the Academy of Chocolate. And he confesses to us that his favourite chocolate is Vanini 49% Milk.