Posted on Monday 26 March 2012 by Ulster Business

Sizzling HOT speakers confirmed for IFEX 2012

Jane McClenaghan, Nutritional Therapist, Vital Nutrition; Michael McQuillan, Founder, the streat; Adrian McLaughlin, General Manager, The Merchant Hotel and Andy Rea, Mourne Seafood Bar.

THE MERCHANT Hotel’s Adrian McLaughlin; Michael McQuillan, the streat; Andy Rea, Mourne Seafood Bar and Nutritional Therapist, Jane McClenaghan, have just been announced as keynote speakers for NI’s biggest trade event for the food, drink, retail and hospitality sectors – IFEX 2012 – taking place at the King’s Hall, Belfast.

These free-to-attend seminars will be running from 24 – 26 April for all visitors who attend the show over the course of the three days. You can register now at for your fast track entry.

With all of the right ingredients to help visitors discover new products and business solutions,  and to help exhibitors generate new business, IFEX 2012 will be a three-day mecca for the 4,500 expected visitors from the  hospitality, food, drink and retail industries.

The sizzling line-up of speakers for the biennial event includes leading lights in the industry who will be speaking on hot industry trends and issues.  Adrian McLaughlin will be sharing top tips for hoteliers on how The Merchant Hotel has risen to become the star of the hospitality world, being named ‘Best UK Hotel’ at the inaugural International Hotel Awards. Michael McQuillan, Founder of the streat, will be speaking on world class customer service and Mourne Seafood Bar’s Andy Rea will be presenting on the latest craze of pop-up restaurants.

“Establishing the HOME pop-uprestaurant last year has provided me with lots of insight and experience, and I’ll be sharing my advice with other restaurateurs at my seminar at IFEX. Times are changing; consumers now want innovative ways to dine out and new experiences.  With less disposable income available, it’s imperative that we continually progress to attract custom, however one thing that will never change is that people pay for, and rightly expect, excellent quality,” states Andy Rea.

He continues: “I’m delivering a seminar at IFEX as the show is fundamental to the development of our hospitality industry in NI. Hundreds of young chefs attend, and I’m hoping that I can inspire them as well as share some insight from my experiences to other restaurateurs.”

Also joining the seminar line up is Michael Deane, Louise Murphy - Editor of Hospitality Review NI, Mintel, the Food Standards Agency, former builder turned baker - Simon Stenson and media expert, Rob Morrison amongst others.

The full seminar programme is available on

Whether you’re a chef, publican, hotelier, retailer, distributor, buyer, restaurateur or catering manager, and everything in between, IFEX is the biennial must-attend show for the industry.

IFEX is taking place from the 24-26 April at the King’s Hall, Belfast.  Register NOW for fast track entry by visiting

Opening hours of IFEX 2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday, 25 April 2012, 10:00 – 19:00 
Thursday, 26 April 2012, 10:00 – 17:00


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