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FDF Convention 2020

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Food and Drink, Fit for the 2020s

Food and drink producers have faced their most challenging period yet - Brexit, sustainability, food waste, tighter margins and increased legislation has created a sector where only the best thrive and survive. 

Yet as we move into the 2020s, the opportunities are huge. Join colleagues, peers and leading figures from the food and drink industry, as this year's FDF Convention looks at how food and drink companies get fit for the next decade. 

Mike Stones, journalist and editor, will chair the day and lead our special guests through these key topics -

  • Food & Drink fit for the 2020s
  • Sustainable Healthy Diets
  • Technology, Engineering and Innovation in the next decade
  • Sustainability – Plastic, Packaging, Food Waste
  • Climate & Carbon
  • The Future of Food Shopping

Confirmed speakers:

  • Henry Dimbleby, Lead non-executive director, Defra;  Co-founder of Leon Restaurants; Co-founder and Director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association 
  • The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben
  • Keith Thornhill, Head of Food and Beverage, Siemens UK and Ireland
  • Helen Bowdren, Partner, Environment and Safety Team, Dentons
  • Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, FDF and IFST President
  • Barbara Bray MBE, Independent Registered Nutritionist and Food Safety consultant
  • Dr Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair, Innovate UK
  • Dr Martin Howarth, Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE), Sheffield Hallam University 

More speakers to be announced in due course.

Attendees will have the opportunity to quiz our special guests throughout all the sessions via the FDF interactive Q&A app 

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Speaker Profiles:

Helen Munday

Chief Scientific Officer, FDF

Helen Munday is the Food and Drink Federation’s Chief Scientific Officer.   Helen is accountable for the diverse food safety and science policy briefs, but also has responsibility for sustainability and innovation and contributes to health and wellbeing policy.

Helen has a wealth of experience of the food and drink sector.  Helen started her career with Mars Petcare where she spent 20 years in various roles including nutrition research, product development and innovation processes.  Helen has also held the position of Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for Coca-Cola and worked as Lead Technologist in AgriFood at InnovateUK.  

Helen is President (2020 – 23) and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a Registered Nutritionist.   With her qualifications in Agricultural and Meat Science, together with her vast business experience, Helen has a broad and deep knowledge across the entire AgriFood chain.  




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