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Chieh Huang, chief executive of the US-based online wholesaler Boxed, will speak at the Scottish Wholesale Association’s 2019 Annual Conference, entitled What’s Next?

Huang launched Boxed, often dubbed the ‘Costco for millennials’, out of his parents’ two-car garage in suburban New Jersey in 2013, and In just five years, he grew the company from a start-up making $40,000 in revenue to a household name valued at well over half a billion dollars in 2018.

Dawood Pervez, managing director of Bestway Wholesale and Colin McLean, chief executive of Dundee-based Spar wholesaler CJ Lang will also be key speakers at the event to be held at Crieff Hydro from May 31-June 2.

The conference will also hear from Ross Mackay, co-founder of Daring Foods, a Glasgow-based start-up selling plant-based meat alternatives which secured its first distribution deal with Lomond Fine Foods earlier this year.

Other presenters confirmed include: Andrew Lynas, managing director of Lynas Foodservice; Nigel Holmes, chief executive of the Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association; and Fiona Speakman, client director, CGA.

Julie Dunn, SWA President and operations director of Dunns Food and Drinks, will also address the conference.

The conference will focus on three areas this year: technology, incorporating training; Scotland’s future growth opportunities; and food trends. It will incorporate a number of panel discussions with business sessions designed to enabling greater business-building opportunities between members.

Colin Smith, SWA chief executive, said: “It’s all about ringing the changes and ensuring that our Annual Conference remains relevant to members and suppliers – their time is at a premium so we must provide a platform for networking and create an environment that is conducive to encouraging discussion and sharing information.”