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FDF Convention 2019

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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 Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Investment; DIT Director General for Exports John Mahon; Rose Price, Head of Buying, Ocado; Nestlé UK CEO Stefano Agostini; Ben Morrison, Head of Commercial Grocery Division at Nielsen; Glenn Hall Partner, Co-Head Government Relations & Public Policy Solicitor, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP; Adam Leyland, Editor, The Grocer Magazine; WRAP Director Dr Peter Maddox and Andrew Taylor, Partner at Aldwych Partners and advisor on competition and mergers.  

Chairing the event this year is food and drink industry journalist, Mike Stones.

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

Keynote speaker: Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Investment

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.

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

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 speakers:

John Mahon, Director General for Exports, Department of International Trade

Peter Kendall, Chairman of Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board

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

Rose Price, Head of Buying, Ocado

Glenn Hall Partner, Co-Head Government Relations & Public Policy Solicitor, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Adam Leyland, Editor, The Grocer Magazine;

Co-Headline Sponsor

Lloyds Bank Lloyds Bank

Speaker information

Graham Stuart MP - Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Investment

Graham Stuart was elected Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness in 2005 and more recently, appointed Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade.

Graham started his publishing business while still at Cambridge University. He was later elected to Cambridge City Council, where he eventually led the Conservative Group.

Graham's Parliamentary career has seen him serve as Chair of the Education Select Committee (2010-15) and as a Government Whip with responsibility for the Department of Health, and later for HM Treasury and the Ministry of Defence. In his role as Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade Graham focuses on encouraging foreign investment into the UK economy and promoting overseas investment opportunities to British companies.

Andrew Taylor Partner at Aldwych Partners and advisor on competition and mergers

Andrew provides strategic advice on securing merger clearance and managing competition investigations. He plays a hands on role in delivering merger analysis, drafting submissions and helping clients present their case.

Prior to founding Aldwych Partners, Andrew was Senior Director, Inquiries at the UK Competition Commission and was also Director of the NHS Cooperation and Competition Panel, now part of NHS Improvement.

Andrew's experience includes leading the Competition Commission's market investigation into grocery retailing, directing the inquiry into the takeover bids for the London Stock Exchange by Deutsche Bourse and Euronext, and multiple health and care sector mergers.

Mike Stones, Journalist (Chair)

Mike Stones is a food and drink industry journalist. Previous roles have included Group Editor of business titles New Food, Food Manufacture, Editorial Director of Decision News Media, based in Montpellier in the South of France, and Deputy Editor of Farmers Weekly. He has written on food and environmental topics for The Ecologist and on sport aviation for specialist consumer magazines. He has served as a BBC Food and Farming Awards judge for the past two years and has made regular contributions to BBC Radio 4.

He enjoys flying vintage aircraft and co-owns an arable farm in Yorkshire.

Peter Kendall, Chairman of Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board

Peter Kendall is a fifth generation arable farmer from Eyeworth in East Bedfordshire who farms cereals in partnership with his brother Richard and mother.

Peter took a degree in Agricultural Economics at Nottingham University before returning to what was a traditional mixed farm in 1984.

The farm today is a specialist arable unit that undertakes contract farming for a number of local farmers, cropping in total 2300 hectares.

Peter was appointed Chairman of AHDB in 2014 having been President of the NFU for the previous 8 years.

Peter received a Knighthood for his services to the agricultural industry in England and Wales in the Queen's 2015 New Year's Honours

Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP

Peter Maddox is Director of WRAP UK. He has been with WRAP for 12 years, initially working on developing markets in the UK for recycled materials and working closely with Defra on environmental policy.

He became Director in 2016 and is currently responsible for WRAP's work on food waste, plastics, clothing and resource management in the UK. Before WRAP, he spent nearly 20 years working for BP in the chemicals sector in UK and France in research, manufacturing and strategy roles. He has a BA and DPhil in chemistry from the University of Oxford. Outside work, Peter enjoys cycling, reading, walking the dog and real ale.

Stefano Agostini, CEO Nestlé UK and Ireland

Stefano Agostini became CEO of Nestlé UK and Ireland on 1 July 2017. Stefano joined Nestlé in Italy in 1989 as Regional Sales Manager, rising rapidly through a range of senior roles until becoming National Sales Director for Nestlé Waters Italy in 2001.

He transferred to the UK in 2004 as Country Business Manager for Nestlé Waters UK, and was a member of the leadership team for Nestlé in the UK and Ireland market.

In 2007 Stefano was appointed President and CEO of Sanpellegrino, Nestlé Waters Italy. Under his leadership the Sanpellegrino and Acqua Panna brands
delivered significant growth, with increased market share and profitability. In his ten years as CEO, Sanpellegrino tripled its international business.

Stefano was born in 1964 in Genoa, Italy, and is married with three children.

Adam Leyland - The Grocer Magazine

Adam Leyland has been editor of The Grocer since 2006.

An authority on issues as diverse as food pricing, binge drinking, a host of consumer trends and new product development, as well as the power and reach of supermarkets, Adam is a very well- known figure in the industry, and makes regular appearances on the BBC, ITV, Sky News, Channel 4 and other media, as well as chairing conferences and hosting awards.

Glenn Hall – Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Glenn Hall is a corporate lawyer based in London.

Glenn has acted for investment banks, corporates, financial investors and governments on a wide range of transactions including public and private M&A, IPOs, joint ventures and privatisations, as well as strategic advisory work for the Boards of various UK and international companies.

Ben Morrison, Head of Commercial Grocery Division at Nielsen

Ben Morrison is the Head of Commercial for Grocery Clients at Nielsen.

He has worked with the biggest manufacturers both in the UK and Internationally for over 10 years. He is a regular speaker on the UK's FMCG Retail Environment and Consumer trends and indeed he has been our guest presenter with the FDF Sales Directors Forum for the last 2 years.

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