This two-day business conference will identify the main areas of opportunity and innovation within the food and beverage industry. We’ll assess how business can react to consumer trends and expectations, whilst building sustainable, resilient agricultural supply chains. 


This track will focus on how food and beverage companies can reduce emissions, help build climate resilience and tackle deforestation across value chains. 


This track will look at the key issues facing business at farm level. We’ll assess initiatives in increasing animal welfare and reducing food waste, as well as the role of business in developing farmers into profitable entrepreneurs. 


This track will explore the latest innovations and solutions in agri-tech and how these can be leveraged effectively to build sustainable supply chains. 


This track focuses on consumer demand and how this is changing the way we produce food, as well as how brands can best communicate with consumers around innovation and sustainability initiatives.

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The speakers

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Aldo Uva


Chief Open Innovation Officer & Chief Operating Officer

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Sarah Schaefer


Group Policy Director

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Simon Lord

Sime Darby

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Victoria Spadaro Grant

Barilla Group

Chief Technology Officer

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Günter Hemrich

Food and Agriculture Organisation

Deputy Director, Nutrition and Food Systems Division

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Thomas Duroux

Chateau Palmer


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Jacqueline Macalister


Head of Health and Sustainability

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Michael Goebbles


Director Corporate Responsibility Strategy & Reporting

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Agenda highlights

  • Leadership perspectives on the evolution of agriculture: How are brand and consumer demands affecting business?
  • Trust and transparency: How to satisfy consumer demand for information 
  • Climate change: The role of business in mitigating the effects of climate change and safeguarding supply
  • Consumer trends and demands: Looking to 2030, will you be selling what consumers want to buy?
  • Genetic engineering: What are the opportunities and complications facing the food industry?
  • Sustainable chemical use and soil management: The leading initiatives in encouraging sustainable agricultural practices
  • Disruptive innovation and technology: An in-depth look at precision agriculture, automation, blockchain and the technologies with the potential to revolutionise sustainable agriculture 
  • Food is too cheap. Who’s going to pay for a sustainable food system?
  • The future retail environment: What will this look like in the future and how will it affect you? 
  • Educating consumers: How can brands and agri-business partner with advocacy groups more effectively 
  • Commodity roundtables: In-depth working groups around specific commodities  
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Why attend?

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Discover best practices from industry leaders and get in-depth guidance on how to effectively implement policies

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Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors

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Benchmark company performance amongst a room of your peers and discover where you should be focusing efforts

What’s different about this forum?

Innovation Forum is:
  • Candid: Entirely off-the-record discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience.
  • Practical: A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains.
  • Focused: We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion.
Innovation Forum is NOT:
  • A PR platform: Enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues.
  • A talking shop: This is NOT an opportunity for a group people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes.
  • All promise, no delivery: We will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues.

Who attends

World Coca Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Rainforest Alliance
World Resources Institute
Rainforest Action Network
Olam International
Novo Nordisk
Mondelēz International
Sime Darby
Consumer Goods Forum
Pernod Ricard
J.P. Morgan
Coca-Cola Company
Barry Callebaut
Carlsberg Group
Marks and Spencer
SAI Platform

The venue

Inmarsat Conference Centre

99 City Road
United Kingdom

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Tanya Richard
Project Director
+44 (0) 20 3780 7437

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Registration for the conference is currently open. To sign up, you can do so online here, or get in touch directly for details of group discounts. 


For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Anita Thomson
Business Development

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