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FDF Virtual Convention 2020 – Day One

Please note pricing is charged per day. Registration will gain you access to Day One only. To attend Day Two of the Convention please register and pay separately here.

FDF Member £30.00 (Saving £20)

Non Member £50.00

All prices exclude VAT.


There’s never a dull moment in the food and drink sector and sadly we haven’t been able to meet together to discuss our challenges in person. But we are delighted to announce a new two day FDF Convention taking place virtually across 1st – 2nd December 2020.

Covid-19 has been the main focus for many producers since March and there is still much to be decided around the end of the EU transition period shortly. Yet our 2020 member survey shows that aside from Covid and Brexit there are still many issues challenging you.  To help inject some much-needed clarity we are bringing together expert panels across two days to discuss the key topics from their perspectives and answer your questions. 

In case you are feeling digital event fatigue, we have arranged the sessions so that you can drop in and out of panels across the course of the event. As ever, we will be assembling a strong line-up of experts with both days introduced by FDF Chief Executive Ian Wright. Each hour long discussion will be structured with plenty of time for a moderated Q&A.

Join us on Tuesday 1 December for our first session focusing on Sustainable Healthy Diets, Climate & Carbon Net Zero, and Plastics & Packaging. 


Day One Agenda: Tuesday 1 December 2020 

09:00 - 10:00 Climate & Carbon Net Zero: How food & drink producers can work towards Net Zero


  • Chair: Emma Piercy, Head of Climate Change & Energy Policy, FDF
  • Julie Gartside, European Operations Manager: Advisory Services - Carbon & Energy Management, SLR 
  • Andrew Bright, Director, ITPEnergised
  • Karen Fisher, Special Advisor, WRAP
  • Adam Wray-Summerson, Chartered Engineer, Clarke Energy

This session will explore the opportunities and challenges facing the food and drink manufacturing sector as the pace to decarbonise accelerates to net zero by 2050.  The scope for reducing onsite emissions will be discussed as well as strategies to look at wider supply chain emissions.  The role of government policy and the regulatory framework will be examined, with a view to identifying the key policy asks the sector needs to see in the forthcoming Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy expected in Spring 2021.

11:00 - 12:00 - Sustainable Healthy Diets


  • Chair: Kate Halliwell, Head of UK Diet and Health Policy, FDF
  • Will Nicholson, Project lead – investor metrics, The Food Foundation 
  • Dr Nikos Mavroudis, Associate Professor in Food Quality and Regulation in the Dept. of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading (on behalf of EIT Food)
  • Joe James, Senior Policy Adviser - National Food Strategy, Defra
  •  Jenny Arthur, Head of Nutrition and Membership, Leatherhead Food Research

The global food system is set to face unprecedented pressures over the coming decades. As part of this, a transition towards a more ‘sustainable healthy diet’ to improve the environmental impact of the food system is of growing interest to businesses, policy makers, NGOs and the public. Our expert panel will discuss the role of food and drink manufacturers to help deliver change, and perspectives on how this could be taken forward in the upcoming National Food Strategy.


13:00 - 14:00 - Sustainability: Plastic and Packaging Update 


  • Chair: David Bellamy, Senior Environment Policy Manager, FDF
  • Nick Brown, Sustainable Packaging Director- Coca-Cola European Partners, Great Britain
  • James Skidmore, Head of Consulting, Valpak
  • James Bull, Head of Packaging, Tesco

Plastics and packaging and balancing safety and shelf life with environmental protection is manufacturers’ next biggest concern* Our panel will be looking at this from the perspective of the producer, consumer and compliance and is sure to generate plenty of debate as we face into issues such as the single use plastics tax and whether Covid has set back progress on reducing plastic use.

Full speaker line up to be announced soon.

Agenda and timetable may be subject to change.The event is live and there will be opportunities for attendees to ask the panellists questions.

Day Two of the FDF Convention takes place on Wednesday 2 December and will focus on; The Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector:  Immediate Needs for an Automated and Digitised Future?; Commercial Focus: How the industry can regain commercial ground in 2021; and the key issues for Scotland and Wales. Find out more and register here.

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Organiser: Craig Hannington, 02074207126, craig.hannington@fdf.org.uk