We’re about to kick-off Mintel’s European roadshow 2019.

From March, we’ll be touring Europe’s major cities to meet you, provide actionable insights and inspiration, as well as much more!

Some of the hot topics our analysts will be examining include:

  • What companies are doing to help consumers tackle social isolation
  • How food & drink brands can help people reconnect
  • Key ways beauty companies are helping boost mental wellbeing

For more information see the details below and stay tuned for more updates to follow.

When & where to join us



21st March 2019
The Science Museum



25th April 2019
NH Barcelona Constanza



16th May 2019
Cafe del Sol



30th May 2019



6th June 2019
Area Pergolesi



25th June 2019
Jardin d’Acclimatation

Discover this year’s topics

Lost and Found

We live in a world of polarized “Identity Politics”, declining faith in religion and government, lone lifestyles and single occupancy homes. More than ever people are in danger of feeling isolated from society and apathetic about an uncertain future. In this presentation we will look at the demographic and social drivers behind this malaise and identify the resultant needs – and ways – for consumers to find and embrace brands, products and services that can reconnect them to a sense of shared place, identity, community, belonging and meaning.

How food can reconnect the disconnected consumer

Oscar Wilde once said “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” Never has the phrase been more relevant than now. The modern world moves at a rapid rate. While consumers are always digitally ‘connected’, they have never felt more disconnected from the world around them. Yet, since the beginning of time, one thing that has always connected people is food and drink. In this presentation we will highlight how food and drink companies can inspire consumers to form new connections. To reconnect them to themselves, to each other, to culture, and to the wider world.

The Beauty Mood Matters

Modern lifestyles are stressing out consumers, highlighting a need for new approaches to boost mood and improve mental wellbeing. We’ve seen mood enhancing properties brought to the fore when it comes to new product development across a variety of sectors. Beyond the premise of a lipstick boosting confidence, products anecdotally bringing calm – often complete with premium ingredients and Instagram-worthy packaging – mirrors the new attitude towards self-care. We will take a look at some of the key ways the beauty industry wants to make people feel, and look, good.

Our analysts’ top picks from 2018

Mintel’s analysts’ top picks will identify the key European launches in Food, Drink and Beauty and analyse why they have been successful, why they have potential or why they have missed a crucial opportunity. The session will introduce a tasting experience where you will be able to sample products and understand more about their story and key positioning.

Meet the presenters

Ophélie Buchet
Global Food and Drink Analyst

Ophélie joined the Mintel Global Food & Drink platform team in 2018, having spent over 4 years as a Trends and Innovation Consultant. In this role, Ophélie was responsible for enhancing relationships, building and delivering strategic insight and bespoke presentations to some of Mintel’s Global Key Accounts. Prior to joining Mintel, Ophélie worked as a Food & Drink analyst for Business Monitor International.

Agnieszka Grygier
Innovation and Insight Analyst

Agnieszka works for Mintel since 2015, currently as Innovation and Insights Analyst. She is also leading Northern Customer Success Team. Prior to Mintel she worked in account management and media planning for a marketing agency in Germany and for Thomson Reuters as a senior analyst in Poland.

Richard Cope
Senior Trends Consultant

With over a decade of experience in market research, Richard takes Trends to the next stage for Mintel’s custom clients, using our ‘Foresight’ approach to apply them strategically to their various business sectors. He responds to bespoke project briefs, examining future market opportunities around issues as diverse as AI, urbanisation and sustainable packaging . As a globally recognised leading trends commentator, he is regularly called on by media worldwide to provide insight and analysis into consumer trends, and speaks at international business conferences.

Edward Bergen
Global Food and Drink Analyst

Edward joined the Mintel Global Food & Drink platform team in 2017, having spent over 2 years as a Trends and Innovation Consultant. In his role as Global Food & Drink Analyst, he tracks global trends and innovation in selected categories. Edward is a passionate speaker and provides insight driven analysis and bespoke presentations. Prior to joining Mintel, Edward worked for two of the UK’s largest retailers, Tesco and Morrisons, in various commercial roles.

Andrew McDougall
Associate Director – Beauty & Personal Care

Andrew provides insight and analysis in the market by identifying and tracking the latest trends and product innovations, as well as working with clients to assess market opportunities and provide competitive intelligence analysis. Andrew is an award-winning journalist who has over ten years’ experience in an editorial role, with seven years writing about the cosmetics industry, covering formulation, packaging, regulation and trends.

Jonny Forsyth
Associate Director – Food & Drink

Jonny has spent the past 10 years at Mintel writing and presenting about the global drinks industry, with particular focus on alcohol and coffee. He is regularly called upon by clients, conferences and the international media to provide analysis and advice on market, innovation and consumer trends. Prior to Mintel, Jonny worked at Inbev (now AB-Inbev) as part of the Stella Artois brand team, and as Brand Planner at Trinity Mirror. Jonny holds an MSc in Business Psychology from the University of Nottingham Business School.

Caroline Roux
Global Food & Drink Analyst

Caroline provides robust consumer insights and realistic recommendations to dairy and ingredients companies. She tracks global innovation and consumer trends to assist clients in their growth strategies. Caroline’s previous experience includes being a brand manager at a major dairy company.

Ric Simcock
Head of Consulting EMEA

Here are a few lines about Ric that might persuade you to stay till the last session: Loads of client side experience with Unilever and Mars. Good stuff including the launch of Concentrated Powders and Pet Food Pouches. (We are not allowed to mention rebranding Opal Fruits to Starburst as everyone will hate him for it.) He’s worked in Innovation Consulting for 15 years which means he’s either around too long or really knows what he’s talking about.