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.

Climate

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

Farmers 

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. 

Land 

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

Finance & Investment

This track will assess the role of finance in supply chain innovation and discuss how investors can drive the action required to create a sustainable food system.

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

The speakers

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David MacLennan

Cargill

Chairman & CEO

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Kevin O'Donnell

General Mills

Sustainability Director, Worldwide Sourcing

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Tina Owens

Danone

Senior Director of Agriculture

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Mikel Hancock

Walmart

Senior Director, Sustainable Food & Agriculture

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Marilyn Ceci

J.P. Morgan

Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds

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Alison Taylor

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Jon Hixson

Yum! Brands

Vice President of Government Relations and Global Citizenship

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Sarah Ludmer

Kellogg Company

Senior Director Wellbeing and Regulatory

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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: The consumer trends and demands shaping the future of food
  • Sustainable agriculture practices: Leading examples of regenerative agriculture, responsible water management, biodiversity conservation and chemical use
  • Soil health: Best practice to tackle soil degradation and ensure the quality and health of your soil 
  • The farmer perspective: How do farmer views, experiences and priorities differ from stated corporate policies and pledges
  • Investors driving climate action: How investors expect food companies to adapt to the growing urgency and gravity of climate change
  • 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
  • Financing the future of food: How to create the right funding models and the role of VCs and start-ups in industry disruption and innovation
  • Zero-deforestation targets: What’s still standing in the way of food brands achieving 2020 targets?
  • 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
Neste
Bunge
Greenpeace
 McDonald’s
Olam International
Syngenta
BASF
Mars
Sime Darby
Unilever
The Coca-Cola Company
Danone
Barry Callebaut
WWF
Nestlé
British American Tobacco
Solidaridad
PepsiCo
Pernod Ricard
ING
J.P. Morgan
SAI Platform
Kellogg Company
Yum! Brands
Tyson Foods
John Deere
Ferrero
OSI Group
Carlsberg Group
Rainforest Action Network
Asia Pulp and Paper
Mondelēz International
Schneider Electric
Conservation International
Landesa
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Wells Fargo
Impossible Foods
JUST
Campbell Soup Company
Walgreens Boots Alliance
JBS
Sodexo
Field to Market
Novozymes
Land O'Lakes
Olam Spices
National Pork Board
Walmart
Save the Children
ALDI
Maple Leaf Foods
MillerCoors
Cargill - sponsor page only

The venue


Graduate Minneapolis

615 Washington Ave SE

Minneapolis, Minnesota
55414
United States of America

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Tanya Richard
Project Director
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3780 7435

Sign up

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. 

Sponsorship

For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Anita Thomson
Head of Partnerships
[email protected] 
+44 (0) 20 3780 7433

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