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 how business can work with farmers to build resilience down the supply chain and ensure a business model that attracts the farmers of the future. 


This track will highlight the leading practices in sustainable agriculture and explore initiatives which increase production whilst protecting the local environment. 


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. 

200+ attendees | 60+ speakers | 28+ practical sessions

The speakers

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Kevin O'Donnell

General Mills

Sustainability Director, Worldwide Sourcing

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Jon Hixson

Yum! Brands

Vice President of Government Relations and Global Citizenship

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Rob Morasco


Senior Director Culinary Development

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Mikel Hancock


Senior Director, Sustainable Food & Agriculture

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Agenda highlights

  • Key trends and market transformation: C-suite insights into sourcing trends, industry shifts and potential business model disruption
  • The decade of action on climate: How leading food brands can align targets and practices with consumer sentiment and 1.5 degrees
  • Provenance, nutrition and sustainability: What are the consumer trends and demands shaping the future of food
  • Politics in food: How can business have a real impact on agricultural policy that helps meet sustainability objectives?
  • Sustainable agriculture practices: What are the leading examples of regenerative agriculture, responsible water and soil management, biodiversity conservation and chemical use
  • Investors driving climate action: How investors expect food companies to adapt to the growing urgency and gravity of climate change
  • Driving farmer resilience: What can business do to support and enable a sustainable business model for the farmers of the future?
  • Sustainable packaging: A look at the latest developments in product design to reduce your plastic footprint
  • The vegan health halo: Is the alternative protein market lacking transparency on health and nutritional impacts?
  • Engaging consumers: How brands can effectively – and genuinely – communicate with consumers
  • A new era for transparency: How to build consumer trust and satisfy demand for information
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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

General Mills
World Cocoa Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Rainforest Alliance
World Resources Institute
Olam International
Sime Darby
The Coca-Cola Company
Barry Callebaut
British American Tobacco
Pernod Ricard
J.P. Morgan
SAI Platform
Kellogg Company
Yum! Brands
Tyson Foods
John Deere
OSI Group
Carlsberg Group
Supply Change (a Forest Trends initiative)
Rainforest Action Network
Asia Pulp and Paper
Mondelēz International
Schneider Electric
Conservation International
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Wells Fargo
Impossible Foods
Campbell Soup Company
Walgreens Boots Alliance
Field to Market
Land O'Lakes
Olam Spices
National Pork Board
Earthworm Foundation

The venue

Graduate Minneapolis

615 Washington Ave SE

Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States of America

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Tanya Richard
Project Director
+44 (0) 20 3780 7435

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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
Head of Partnerships 
+44 (0) 20 3780 7433

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