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2023: Making the Most of the Challenges Ahead

Even in the most turbulent of times, someone always comes out on top. Who will succeed?

What are your options? How can the industry take advantage of these times and come out even stronger?

We asked one of our FDReviews Experts, Jason Danciger, for his thoughts and he introduces us to the era of 'Anti-Fragility'!

More about Jason...

Jason’s impact on the food industry over 40 years, and his influence on the sector, is immeasurable. Now entering his fifth decade, he is most renowned for steering the UK’s restaurant landscape, the man behind the term ‘gastro pub’, and has driven the success of some of the industry’s most renowned high street eateries such as Café Rouge, Chez Gérard, The Slug and Lettuce and Bertorelli’s.

As Head of Hospitality at M&S, Jason managed more than 100 restaurants and 300 coffee shops in the UK bringing a new award-winning design concept to more than 450 stores in under 18 months, was responsible for introducing 50 new deli counters and managed more than 60 global operations. In 2016, he launched the UK arm of Hana Group, and has opened 180 units in five years, promoting the benefits of healthy food and creating over 600 jobs. Jason has always been a fierce advocate for sustainability, long before it became a ‘buzzword’ and has, throughout his career, driven this agenda and placed quality and environment before profit. He has successfully demonstrated that sustainability and commercial viability can work hand-in-hand. Jason is a considerable industry leader, respected by employees and peers alike, in fact, they have collectively named him the ‘Passion Director!’ such is the energy and enthusiasm he brings to each task he approaches.


  • Managing Director UK and Ireland, Hana Group UK

  • Head of Hospitality & Fresh Counters, Marks and Spencer

  • Director of Purchasing, Catering and Marketing, SFI Group

  • Director of Food, Spirit Group

  • Commercial Director, Group Chez Gérard plc

  • Non-Executive Advisory Board Member, London International Wine Fair

  • Non-Executive Chairman, Food Development Association

  • London Division Chairman of Cookery & Food Association

Specialist Subjects:

  • Beer

  • Wine & Spirits

  • Food-to-Go

  • Retail

  • Food Safety

  • Allergens

  • Restaurants


While you are here, please take time to have a look around and see where the team might help you over the coming months.


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