Conference

  • 1 Day Pass £100 plus Vat
  • 2 Day Pass £150 plus Vat
  • Evening Networking Event £50 plus VAT (Wednesday 20th March 2019; Opportunity to network with 700 Delegates, Producers and Buyers. Includes festival dinner and drink on arrival.)


Join delegates at this exciting international food and drink Conference to discover some of the food world’s greatest success stories.

Leading lights in global food and drink and some of Wales’ best-known brands bring the latest industry thinking and their forecasts for a post-Brexit future as they explore how Welsh businesses can accelerate sustainable growth – faster, smarter, cleaner.

A packed Conference programme features an inspiring line-up of top-class speakers, including Claus Meyer, famous for co-founding Noma, four-times winner of the coveted ‘World’s Best Restaurant’ title; Innocent brand builder Tansy Drake; Kantar Worldpanel’s Chris Hayward; Kateline Porritt from food trend spotters thefoodpeople; Penny MacKintosh from Graze; social media guru David Levin and a whole host more.

Learn about disruptive thinking and how being innovative and putting consumers at the heart of business can win big; examine current market trends and scan the horizon for future consumer behaviour; discover how combining innovation with ethics creates better businesses; and be inspired by the experience of others in making their global brands stand out, and how we’re doing that in Wales. 

Wednesday

Sessions
Timings
Presentations
Organisation
Speaker
Introduction
09.00
Welcome
MC
Sara Edwards
09.10
Investing in an exciting and sustainable future
Food & Drink Wales Industry Board
Andy Richardson & Cabinet Secretary
Disruptive Thinking
09.30 - 09.50
Free your mind - exploring a world of possibilities for producers as technology changes the way we purchase
Tech Futurist
Martin Shervington
09.50 - 10.10
Using digital to revolutionise the consumer experience and create new markets
Graze
Penny MacKintosh
10.10 - 10.30
Embracing new technology to meet the changing needs of customers and consumers
10.30 - 10.40
Reflections on opening our minds and how that makes us faster, smarter, cleaner
Sara Edwards
Morning Coffee and Networking Break
10.40 - 11.30
Wider activities in the Innovation and Business Zones
Current market trends to influence growth
11.30 - 12.05
Exploring the narrative behind GB's £150bn worth of food and drink spend
Kantar Worldpanel
Chris Hayward
12.05 - 12.35
A current economic perspective of the global food and drink market
Ocado
Stewart Mcguire
12.35 - 13.00
Panel chaired by Sara Edwards
Lunch Break
13.00 - 14.10
Wider activities in the Innovation and Business Zone
Looking beyond the horizon - futures
14.10 - 14.40
A 3-5 year outlook on future food trends
thefoodpeople
Kateline Porritt
14.40 - 15.10
Food and the way we live
Kantar Worldpanel
Rachel Knight
Afternoon Coffee and Networking Break
15.10 - 15.45
Wider activities in the Innovation and Business Zones
Combining innovation and ethics to create better businesses
15.45 - 16.05
Bio technologies
IBERS
Dr. Rhian Hayward
16.05 - 16.35
Ethics at the heart of building a better business for shoppers
TBC
TBC
16.35 - 16.45
The takeaway - Wales performing faster, smarter, cleaner
Sara Edwards

Thursday

Sessions
Timings
Presentations
Organisation
Speaker
Inspiration through experience
09.00 - 9.30
The value of local - how important is brand Wales?
SBXL
Phillip Adcock
09.30 - 9.50
Taking Wales to the world
Radnor Hills
William Watkins
10.10 - 10.30
Nurturing entrepreneurs in Wales
Founder Coffee#1
James Shapland
09.50 - 10.10
Bringing Wales to the world
TBC
TBC
Morning Coffee and Networking Break
10.30 - 11.00
Wider activities in the Innovation and Business Zones
What makes Wales stand out for business
11.00 - 11.45
Concept to product - getting smarter
EIT and Food Innovation Wales
11.45 - 12.05
How skills drive growth
Calbee
Mags Kerns
12.05 - 12.25
How to build a brand in Wales
Aber Falls
James Wright
Lunch Break
12.25 - 13.45
Wider activities in the Innovation and Business Zones
Making a brand really stand out from the crowd
13.45 - 14.45
My experience in making a big impact globally
Founder New Nordic Cuisine
Claus Meyer
14.45 - 15.15
The vital role strategic marketing plays in growing brands
Umbrella Collective and Former Senior Creative, Innocent
Tansy Drake
Afternoon Coffee and Networking Break
15.15 - 15.45
Wider activities in the Innovation and Business Zones
Making a brand really stand out: continued
15.45 - 16.15
Inspiration, resilience, perseverance - what it takes to stand out
Panel: An honest conversation with business
16.15 - 16.45
Nailing tone of voice and cut through in social media
That Lot
David Levin
16.45 - 16.55
Accelerating sustainable growth - faster, smarter, cleaner
FDWIB Chair
Andy Richardson