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York Food & Drink Conference - The Future of Food and Drink; Changes and Challenges

We are living through times of great change – from rapidly changing consumer demands, to the implications of Brexit, and the impact of technology in the form of automation and supply chain logistics. Yet with this change comes great opportunities for the industry; from exciting new products and inspiring shopping experiences, to improved supply chains and production methods.

The food and drink industry is the biggest manufacturing sector in the UK accounting for over 18.3 % of manufacturing output and an estimated value of £95.4bn. York and the 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.

Our host Chris Stott, Partner and Head of Food and Drink KPMG UK, returns for another year and the conference will feature inspirational stories and case studies about the changing nature of food and drink production and consumer trends. Hear from the experts on the future of the industry in Yorkshire, how to prepare for buyers and present your product in the best possible way. Our small business showcase returns and you will hear first-hand from thriving companies who are stepping up to these challenges in their own unique way

Welcome - Peter Clinker - Facilities Director, Nestle and Make it York Board Member

Session 1: What's in store? - Predicting the Future

The food and drink landscape is changing rapidly. Changing consumer demands, sustainability and food security, automation, and technology are all having an impact on how the sector operates. Our speakers will explore what's in store and how businesses can prepare to meet the challenges.

Opening Address - Leading Food and Drink Figure tbc

Our speaker will provide an overview of food and drink production in 2017 and give us thier thoughts on how things might change post Brexit.

Professor Bob Doherty - Principal Investigator, IKnow Food - University of York

Bob will take a look at how we can continue to manufacture and produce food in a more socially responsible way.

Paul Brereton – FERA Science Ltd - Looking into the Future: Latest Methods and Systems for Identifying Emerging Risks

Paul will discuss the emerging risks associated with the sector and how we can identify and prepare for them. He will also explore how we can use big data to help with this.

Session 2: Growing your business in a changing world

Working in a changing landscape of fluctuations in commodity prices, changing consumer demands, and increased competition from technological advancement can place pressure on any business, but is particularly challenging for small and artisan businesses. We will hear from a range of smaller businesses on how they have met these challenges to grow their business.

Fruity Kitchen

Stirring up the preserve industry, Fruity Kitchen’s mother and daughter team create their jams and relishes just outside the beautiful city of York. With an ideal background in farming, hospitality, customer service and food, Fruity Kitchen started making good old fashioned jam, just as it should be and built a team of enthusiastic and passionate ‘jammers’ who ensure every batch is still handmade. Having started cooking from the family kitchen, Fruity Kitchen is now based in a purpose-built kitchen and still use the same open pan methods that they’ve always used

Brew York Brewery

Located within York's historic city walls, Brew York was born out of two friends passion (some would say obsession) for beer and brewing. Creating Brew York was the realisation of a long lived dream to build a brewery in the centre of York where the experience and location is as enjoyable as the beer itself.

New World Foods

Familiar brands include Mariani Beef and Game Jerky, and Local Legends Beef Jerky, which are sold in Australia, Asia and the UK. Major retailers and supermarkets chains selling the jerky brands include Coles, Woolworths, Tesco and Costco. New World Foods Australia has its headquarter in Casino, regional New South Wales, with the New World Foods Europe operation located in York.

Session 3: Adapting to new trends and changing demands

Perhaps more than at any other time in the post war era, the past ten years have seen a fundamental reshaping of the food industry as changes in consumer demand, the rapid adoption of new technologies, and emerging social and environmental challenges have placed fresh demands on business operating across the entire supply chain. Our speakers will share their valuable insights into how business can respond and thrive.

Jennifer Middleton - CEO, Lemon Zest PR - How to Market to New Trends & Changing Demands

Are you using the right mediums, style and content to attract new business? Are you telling the right story? Learn the different styles to find out what’s best for you and your company

Nigel Murray - Commercial Director, Booths Supermarkets - A Buyers Perspective

The power of supermarkets dominates the sector. We will explore how supermarkets are responding to the changing environment and how will it affect producers. What are the pitfalls and what things do businesses need to showcase?

Session 4 - Round Up and Panel Session

Panel – Facilitated by Chris Scott – Food and Drink Specialist – Partner KPMG

Seabrook Crisps, Department for International Trade, New World Foods (Europe) and other featured speakers.

The panelists will tell you a little about themselves and their respective companies before taking questions and discussing:

  • The Outlook going forward

  • Where will the future growth come from

  • Major trends and current challenges

  • Future Opportunities

  • Export in a post Brexit World


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