National Convenience Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 24-26 April, as part of the UK Food & Drink Shows.

Visitors to the UK’s premier trade event for the convenience-retailing sector, will leave with heightened awareness of the sector’s supply chain and wholesale capabilities as well the latest innovations. Register for a free pass here.

A jam-packed show floor will be showcasing the latest products and services to help give your site an edge, with opportunities to discover how to drive business forward, generate additional footfall and experience what’s new in the market. Expect big-name exhibitors such as Asahi UK (Stand X358), Booker Group (Stand EE280), Beavertown Brewery (Stand AA361), Hovis (Stand W280), Muller (Stand BB308) and Galbani (Stand CC309), who will all be showcasing their wares.
Also exhibiting are Hip Pop (Stand V330), creators of gut-loving drinks that look good, taste good and do good; TikTok sensation mochi ice cream, Little Moons (Stand W288); and Proper Cornish (Stand Z319) offering their range of delicious pasties as well as a range of sausage rolls, slices and turnovers.

Click here for the full list of exhibitors and products on show.

Meanwhile, on the Retailer Hub stage, expert panels will be discussing some of the biggest issues facing the sector. Industry heavyweights such as Peter Batt, Managing Director at Nisa Retail, Aidan Fortune, Editor of Convenience Store, and Aaron Gray, Managing Director, Gray’s Retail Group, are just some of the names that have been lined up to tackle hot-topic issues such as sustainability and technology. The programme is set to cover a variety of essential themes across the three days, such as people, sustainability, trends, health and technology, with individual sessions promising to drill down further on various aspects of each. Key highlights of the programme’s schedule include:

UK convenience retail: A market landscape
How has convenience retail changed over the last year and what can we expect over the coming months? In this session, insight experts Lumina Intelligence analyse the market trends and competitive landscape of the UK convenience retail market. (10:30am, Monday 24th April).

HFSS: Seven months on
It's been seven months since the introduction of HFSS legislation. Join the Association of Convenience Stores and a panel of leading retailers who explore the impact of the legislation on consumer behaviour and sales, the challenges faced and the successes retailers have achieved (12:15pm, Monday 24th April).

The rising cost of living: Impact on shopper behaviour
The cost-of-living crisis continues to pose significant challenges to retailers. The threat of discounters and supermarkets has intensified, as consumers monitor expenditure more closely. During this session, insight experts Lumina Intelligence share the latest shopper data - how has the cost-of-living crisis impacted spend, frequency and basket size? Which categories have benefited and where are the challenges? (10:30am, Tuesday 25th April).

Next generation of UK convenience store retailers
Independent convenience retail is a hotbed for innovation. In this session, we sit down with the next generation of convenience store retailers. What are they doing differently? How do they see the future for the industry? What motivates them and what advice would they share with their peers? (3:45pm, Tuesday 25th April).

What’s in-store for 2024
Are you ready for the year ahead? The market is changing quickly and the headwinds continue to approach. Join this session as Stephen Minall, Co-founder of FDReviews looks at the challenges and opportunities on the horizon for UK convenience retail. Speaking the honest truth, Stephen pulls no punches and gives you the advice you need to hear (2:15pm, Wednesday 26th April).
See the full line-up of sessions and speakers here

Andrew Reed, Managing Director – Wine & Exhibitions, William Reed says “National Convenience Show is a must-visit event for anyone looking to invest, improve or advance their business or venture in the retail sector in 2023 and beyond. With 200 exhibitors expected and a fantastic programme of speakers lined up to address the industry’s biggest questions, it’s sure to be one of the most worthwhile days out in your diary. Register for your free pass today 

Encompassing the entire industry, the UK Food & Drink Shows are unrivalled in their ability to bring people together, build and foster better relationships, discover business building insight and celebrate innovation, all with the support of the multi-award-winning William Reed brand. Find out what’s on at the co-located shows.