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FDF Convention 2019

FDF Member £300.00 (Saving £75)

Non Member £375.00

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FDF Convention 2019

The FDF Convention is the place to be to hear about the big issues affecting our industry. Brexit; retailer consolidation; regulation and packaging have consistently topped the polls of the issues that our sector sees as opportunities or threats.  

This year we welcome guest speakers including Department of International Trade Minister Graham Stuart MP; DIT Director General for Exports John Mahon; Nestlé UK CEO Stefano Agostini; Ben Morrison, Head of Commercial Grocery Division at Nielsen; WRAP Director Dr Peter Maddox and Andrew Taylor, Partner at Aldwych Partners and advisor on competition and mergers.  

Join us and hear about the industry's big issues:

Keynote speaker: Graham Stuart MP,  Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade

Graham Stuart became Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade in January 2018. He previously chaired the Education Select Committee (2010 to 2015) and was Assistant Government Whip with responsibility for the Department of Health, and later for HM Treasury and the Ministry of Defence (2016 to 2018). As DIT Minister he promotes UK businesses overseas, encourages foreign investment in the UK economy and promotes overseas investment opportunities to UK companies.

Topics covered:

Brexit Outcomes

The biggest issue facing the sector right now and still unresolved. By the time of the Convention we hope to know what our future EU relationship looks like. Our speakers will discuss what the eventual way forward may deliver for businesses.

Selling Brand Britain

British products are highly valued across the world and a growth opportunity, but inevitably there are challenges. With the increased pressure from Brexit, we look at how to sell “Brand Britain” in a post-Brexit world.

Key speaker: John Mahon, Director General for Exports, Department of International Trade

Plastics & Packaging

Plastics and packaging is one of the biggest issues affecting the food and drink industry. After relying on plastics for many years, we are now more conscious of the environmental impacts. Many manufacturers are doing ground-breaking work to find alternatives, but how can we be sure that we also maintain food safety and minimise food waste? Join our expert speakers to find out more.

Key Speakers:

Stefano Agostini, CEO, Nestlé UK and Chair, FDF Plastics and Packaging Task Force

Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP

The Future Shape of Grocery

There has been unprecedented change in purchasing behaviour, driven by technology, trends and new entrants to the market. How does this affect suppliers and what could the recent mergers and joint ventures between competing grocery retailers and their wholesalers mean?

Key speakers:

Andrew Taylor, Aldwych Partners

Ben Morrison, Head of Commercial Division, Grocery, Nielsen


Organiser: Nana Mensa, 02074207126, nana.mensa@fdf.org.uk