Fast-track food and drink - Growing the potential of the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector!

Organised by Food and Drink Federation

The FDF Convention is the place to be to hear about the big issues affecting the food and drink industry. 

This year we bring together expert speakers to discuss four key topics:

•    How the UK’s independent trade policy can give UK food and drink manufacturers the edge - The aim of this session is to have a forward look at the opportunities of the UK’s independent trade policy we might expect to see in the short term.
•    The route to Net Zero - The UN Climate Change Conference COP26 takes place in Glasgow in November. This discussion will explore the role of UK Food and drink manufacturing in working towards Net Zero, and the need to work with all stakeholders across the farm-to-fork supply chain. The panel will look at sector progress and how organisations can tackle the challenges ahead and where more thinking needs to be done
•    Exploring the challenges for SMEs and ‘help to grow’ - Exploring the challenges for SMEs that would align well with the recent budget announcements on ‘Help to Grow’ (management and digital)
•    Food glorious.... food?

Each panel session will run for approximately 45 minutes and will have a live Q&A.

•    Emily Miles, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency (FSA) 
•    Rupert Daniels, Director of the Creative, Lifestyle and Learning team, DIT
•    Namali Mackay, ‎Senior Trade and Investment Adviser, ‎Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
•    Emily Rees, Economist and Managing Director, Trade Strategies (consultancy)
•    Clodagh Sherrard, Director, Levercliff
•    Lee Sheppard, Director of Corporate Affairs and Policy, apetito
•    Karen Fisher, Special Advisor, WRAP
•    Rishi Madlani, Head of Sustainable Finance, Natwest

More speakers and full agenda to be annouced soon.

Pricing: Free for FDF members / £45 +VAT non members