York and its surrounding area is home to one of the largest concentrations of food and drink producers in the UK, ranging from multi-nationals to an ever growing number of specialist artisan makers and brewers. The birthplace of leading confectionery brands Terry’s and Rowntree, York is now home to the Nestlé Product Technology Centre.
If you are a food producer, food retailer,farmer or restauranteur then this conference is for you. It will feature inspirational stories and case studies about entering the market and growing a business in food and drink production. Hear from the experts on the future of the industry in Yorkshire, the importance of R&D in growing your business and how to make the most of export opportunities and find your place in the much sought after supply chain. You will also hear first-hand from smaller companies who have made a success of growing their business
Welcome – Peter Clinker – Facilities Director, Nestle and Make it York Board member
Session 1: Future Outlook and Innovation
Understanding the size, scale and future of food and drink production is fundamental in order to take advantage of the opportunities. Hear how innovation can have an impact in your business.
Opening Address - Ian Wright CBE – Director General, F&D Federation
Ian will speak about the size and scale of food and drink manufacturing, and identify future threats and opportunities including the impact of Brexit.
Mike Wray – Director of Government relations – FERA Science Ltd
Mike will talk about how Fera’s science is supporting the food and drink industry and outline the breadth of research capability, including two Agri-Tech Centres of Excellence, at its base near York. Hear the expert discuss how our world class technologies and scientific expertise, together provide new solutions for food productivity, safety, traceability and sustainability and how you can take advantage of that.
Richard Wood – Group Leader Nutrition R&D – Nestle
It doesn’t pay to stand still and Richard will discuss the latest R&D trends and technologies, as well as the benefits of R&D and how it can help keep your business ahead of the curve.
Session 2: Growth: From Small Beginnings
Small and artisan businesses face many challenges in growing their business. These businesses have all started small but grew to become successful enterprises. Hear about the challenges each faced and how they overcame them.
Shepherd’s Purse Cheese – Judy Bell MBE, Director
Award winning family run artisan cheese producing supplier that refused to follow the herd. Hear Judy’s inspirational story and how she built the business.
Haxby Bakehouse – Phil Clayton – Director
Phil switched from the manager of a mega-store to what really interested him; baking. He now gets through more than a tonne of flour a week. Hear his story and what drove him to become a premier artisan baker.
Rudgate Brewery – Craig Lee – Director
How do you grow from a small start up business to the CAMRA Overall Champion Beer of Britain for 2009? Hear his story and what it takes to be a success in a competitive sector.
Session 3: Getting your products to market
Understanding how to present your product can make all the difference in getting it to market. Where is your market and how will you showcase your products? What do you need to know about getting to the right buyers and outlets? Are retail outlets the best route for your products?
Steve Mosey – Trading Director Wholesale – Wm Morrisons Plc
Steve will give delegates a real insight into how large organisations work in terms of product selection. He will focus on practical tips for penetrating large organisations and how local business can get their products to market
James Cain – CEO – Harrogate Water Brands
The Harrogate Spring brand has shown exceptional growth in the last few years. Hear from James about how they choose the right markets and make the right connections.
Panel – Facilitated by Chris Scott – Food and Drink Specialist – Partner KPMG
Harrogate Spring, York Cocoa House, Food & Drink Federation, UKTI and Nestle.
The panelists will tell you a little about themselves and their respective companies before taking questions and discussing:
The Outlook going forward
How can we become more competitive
Major trends and current challenges