Deep dive
Foodtech Tour in Great Britain
The experience of leading retail and delivery companies in Great Britain

 
2022
5 days
8 companies
Instead of learning them in theory, see the world’s best business practices in action!
Benefits of the “DEEP DIVE” tour:

5-day intensive training 

First-hand learning about internal business process inside global companies & successful startups

Networking with large numbers of like-minded professionals 

Opportunity to deeply assess the market that you want to work in/with

Getting new ideas and energy boost  

Who should join? 
  • Business owners & CEOs
  • Strategy and Business Development Managers
  • C-executives, who are looking for expanding their business and new partnerships

We are going to visit: 

  • Most Valuable Technology Companies in the US and the world.
  • The best companies in Great Britain with fast grocery delivery and an effective online platform. 
  • The best British supermarket chains.
  • A first collaborative platform for the food and beverage industry.
  • Innovative robotic warehouse.

Why Great Britain?  

  • Forward Fooding is the world's first collaborative platform for the food and beverage industry fostering innovation via Food Tech data intelligence & corporate-startup collaboration.
  • Tesco is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues and the ninth-largest in the world measured by revenues.
  • Ocado's warehouses are built with a giant 3D grid structure inside, within which groceries are stored in crates. On top, robots (over 1,000 per warehouse) coordinate in swarm-like behavior to collect and move the crates.
  • Just Eat Takeaway.com is a leading global online food delivery marketplace in Britain.
  • Google Inc. is the undisputed leader in the search engine segment worldwide with a market share of 91.9% as of 2022 with the office in London.

Day 1
Sunday

Group arrival to San Francisco 

Transfer to the hotel  

Rest time upon arrival 

Day 2
Monday

Tour of London

On our Secret Walking Tour of London, you'll walk along the same streets and grounds that many of the country's most famous monarchs and members of parliament have walked upon throughout history, including Winston Churchill, King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and our current Queen Elizabeth II.You'll learn about some of our most iconic sites and the interesting stories and figures of history that are interwoven with the locations themselves. Alongside these stories, your guide will also be sharing 'Secrets' throughout this must-do tour of one of the most visited capitals in the world, London.

We'll start by walking down Victoria Street towards the magnificent Westminster Abbey, the place of burial for famous historical figures and the location of some of the most iconic weddings throughout the centuries.

You'll see where government resides at Westminster Palace, alongside the House of Commons and House of Lords and of course, the famous Big Ben.

We'll stroll past St. James's Park and the site where Churchill would work during the Blitz.

We'll pass parallel to Downing Street and through the Horse Guards Parade, before heading up towards Trafalgar Square. You'll work up a thirst by passing by a local watering hole of many of the country's Prime Ministers.

You'll stroll past some of the most scandalous haunts that many of the most notorious gentlemen frequented.

Channel your inner Prince William & Kate Middelton and feel like a true royal walking along Pall Mall and The Mall up towards the Queen's Royal Residence, Buckingham Palace.


Day 3
Tuesday

Forward Fooding

Line of business: Food and beverage consultant

Forward Fooding is the world's first collaborative platform for the food and beverage industry fostering innovation via Food Tech data intelligence & corporate-startup collaboration.

Since its inception in the UK in 2015, Forward Fooding has been working with medium and large multi-national companies and SMEs, with projects ranging from innovation strategy through to implementation; enabling lasting impact for their clients, partners, and affiliates. Born out of Forward Fooders' passion for contributing to building a brighter future of food working with the next generation of business leaders and helping them think more entrepreneurially and act fast to adapt to today's ever-changing business environment.

They act as an ecosystem enabler to provide the necessary support and velocity to enable meaningful collaborations and partnerships between established food organizations and AgriFoodTech startup and scaleup companies.

● the world's first collaborative platform for the food and beverage industry
● such brands as Nestle, Danone, Mondelez and Barilla are their partners
● they run a global network of AgriFoodTech entrepreneurs powered by entrepreneurs since 2015

Tesco

Line of business: Retail chain 

Tesco is a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer founded in 1919. The first store under this brand appeared in 1929 in a suburb of London.

It is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues and the ninth-largest in the world measured by revenues. It has shops in five countries across Europe, and is the market leader of groceries in the UK (where it has a market share of around 28.4%). 

Tesco fans will know that there are several different types of store which the supermarket operates. From Tesco Extra, Tesco Superstore, Tesco Metro, and Tesco Express there's a whole range of stores from little to large.

● the largest retail chain in the UK
● around 4700 stores worldwide
● around 367 321 employees worldwide


Day 4
Wednesday

Karma Kitchen

Line of business: Cloud kitchen

Karma Kitchen is transforming industrial spaces into beautiful commercial kitchens, co-working, and storage. It is a provider of shared and private kitchen spaces used for businesses to grow and scale.

They build, equip, and manage the spaces with everything from kitchen porters, and community managers, to top-of-the-range equipment. Its services include a workspace that encompasses the full needs of food and drinks businesses with everything from kitchen porters, and community managers to top-of-the-range equipment that enables food entrepreneurs and businesses to have cheap shared kitchen spaces.

The goal is to provide a workspace that encompasses the full needs of the food and drinks business.

Whole Foods

Line of business: Retail chain 

Whole Foods Market L.P. is an American multinational supermarket chain, which sells products free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

Whole Foods Market also announced that it does not intend to sell meat or milk from cloned animals or their descendants, even though the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that they can be eaten safely. In August 2017, Whole Foods Market was acquired by Amazon.com, a merger that caused a stir in both the tech and grocery retail industries. In 2021, the company added 500 new local brands to its supplier roster and 6,500 new local items to shelves.

The company is No. 26 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top retailers of food and consumables in the United States, while its parent company, Seattle-based Amazon, is No. 2 on PG’s list.

● the first certified-organic national grocer
● more than 500 retail and non-retail locations in the US, Canada and UK 
● in 2020, based on a survey ranking customer satisfaction with leading U.S. supermarkets, Whole Foods received a customer ranking of 77 out of 100. 


Day 5
Thursday

Ocado

Line of business: Online supermarket 

Ocado Group is a business which licenses grocery technology. It owns a 50% share of Ocado.com (the other 50% is owned by UK retailer Marks & Spencer) and licences its grocery fulfilment technology to global retailers, such as Kroger in the USA and Coles Group in Australia.

Ocado's products included own brand groceries from the Waitrose supermarket chain until September 2020, when Ocado launched a joint venture with Marks and Spencer. They also sell their own Ocado brand and a selection of name brand groceries and other items, including flowers, toys and magazines. Ocado Technology, a division of Ocado Group, designs most of Ocado's technology in-house, including but not limited to: website and apps; automated warehouses and robots; Machine Learning-based fraud detection and customer service systems; forecasting and routing systems. 

Ocado's warehouses are built with a giant 3D grid structure inside, within which groceries are stored in crates. On top, robots (over 1,000 per warehouse) coordinate in swarm-like behaviour to collect and move the crates. Ocado.com or Ocado Retail Limited (ORL) is a British online supermarket and describes itself as 'the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailer'. 

● specialists in: automation and robotics; big data and the cloud; web and app development; algorithms and smart optimization; and discrete event-simulation

Waitrose

Line of business: Retail chain

Waitrose & Partners is a brand of British supermarkets, founded in 1904 as Waite, Rose & Taylor, later shortened to Waitrose. The company also has locations in the Middle East.

Waitrose shops vary considerably in size. For example, the smallest branch, little Waitrose at King's Cross station, London, occupies 2,500 sq ft (230 m2) of retail space and the largest, Southend-on-Sea, over 56,000 sq ft (5,200 m2). Some Waitrose shops incorporate an in-house restaurant selling hot and cold food sourced in the main from the shop. In March 2020, Waitrose announced that it was to add its Waitrose.com online delivery service to 24 more of its stores across the UK in preparation for its split with Ocado in September 2020.

The chain has been described by The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian as having an "upmarket" reputation, although former managing director Mark Price suggested prices are competitive to Tesco, a mid-market chain.

● the only UK supermarket to have a farm
● 332 shops across the United Kingdom, including 65 "little Waitrose" convenience shops
● they export products to 52 countries


Day 6
Friday

Google

Line of business: IT corporation

Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include a search engine, online advertising technologies, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. is considered one of the Big Five American information technology companies, alongside Amazon, Apple, Meta and Microsoft.

Google's main site, google.com, is the most visited site on the Internet. In addition to the search engine, Google provides many other services, such as Gmail and Hangouts. Google Maps has become the most popular service among third-party app creators. It is this service that leads as the basis of integrated applications.

● more than 2 million custom servers around the globe
● more than 1 billion search queries are processed daily
● the company controls 86.6% of the search engine market

Just Eat

Line of business: Delivery

Just Eat Takeaway.com is a leading global online food delivery marketplace in Britain, connecting consumers and restaurants through its platform.

It acts as an intermediary between independent takeaway food outlets and customers. According to their website, it is headquartered in London, England and operates in 23 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. The platform enables customers to search for local takeaway restaurants, place orders and pay online, and to choose from pick-up or delivery options.

● operates in 23 countries
● 634k partners
● 99m consumers

Day 7
Saturday 

Departure

This is a working program and may be subject to slight changes and substitutions due to speakers’ availability, changes in companies’ office schedule and people’s factors. The program can be tailored according to your needs and preferences.
What are the benefits?
1
Learn about the method of decentralized management from the companies that have a proven track record
2
Receive a huge boost of inspiration and innovative ideas for your business
3
Learn practical tools and secrets of successful management
4
Connect on a personal level with the unique US entrepreneurial community
5
Discover real reasons for the success of the world’s leading companies
6
Learn from the best
What is included in the price?

What is included in the price?

  • University Tour 
  • Visit of the companies announced in the program (or pre-approved substitutions)
  • Meeting with company representatives announced in the program 
  • Interpreter 
  • Transfers to and from all official activities listed in the program
  • Informational materials 
  • Visa support 
  • FastForward expert accompanying and coordinating the group 
  • Taxes and fees

 

What is NOT included in the price?

  • Air Fares 
  • Accommodation 
  • Medical Insurance 
  • Meals 
  • Visa fees
FAQ
1. Each country has its own specifics of doing business. How useful could be the practical knowledge received from a foreign speaker in application to my local business specifics?
Although each country has its own cultural and business specifics, innovative ideas, trends in marketing, management and overall business don’t have geographical borders. Learning and networking with our speakers in the US, you will have a unique opportunity to learn new ideas/trends and be a step ahead of your local competitors.   
2. What is the optimal number of participants in the tour?
We’d recommend having a group of up to 15-20 people
3. Who are our speakers? 
Our speakers are top managers of the companies. We are carefully preparing our speakers for the meeting, sharing information about the group, the list of questions from the participants and the purpose of the meeting.
4. What is the format of the meeting? 
Meetings are usually interactive. A typical meeting takes about 2 hours. It starts with a speaker presenting on the topic announced in the program, followed by the Q&A.   
5. Where meetings are taking place?
We are arranging a comfortable bus to get to the location. Usually, meetings are taking place in the offices of the companies or in some instances at the pre-arranged conference halls if the office of the company we are visiting works remotely or cannot accommodate the large group. 
6. Will somebody be accompanying us during the program? 
Throughout the program, FastForward expert will be providing detailed information about all meetings, speakers and locations, accompanying and attending meetings, resolving the org. moments with translation equipment and internal logistics. He/she will be always in touch for any questions, ready to recommend good restaurants, or resolve an issue. 
7. Could I ask speakers specific questions related to my business? 
Yes, you can ask questions during the Q&A part of the meeting. 
8. What language is the meeting in?
All meetings are in English 
9. Do you assist in the hotel and airfare selection? 
We will be glad to help you choose a comfortable hotel, as well as select flight options based on your preferences. Hotel reservations and ticket purchases are on you. 
10. Will meals be arranged? 
Breakfast is usually at the hotel, lunches are pre-booked for the group close to the next meeting location. You have free time in the evening, so you could choose the location based on your preferences. Please note that the cost of the meals is not included in the package. 
Since 2006, FastForward has been conducting management tours in Europe
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Managers and executives of over 250 companies have trusted their education and search for business ideas for us by joining our management tours.  
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