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11 June 2018

FDF Convention: Key influencers gather to discuss critical industry challenges and opportunities

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The Food and Drink Federation's (FDF) third annual Convention will offer a unique perspective into the key challenges and opportunities facing the food and drink industry and the wider 'farm-to- fork' supply chain.

Taking place on 13 June at the British Museum, the line-up will feature an impressive array of high-quality speakers including Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. and the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for BEIS.

The headline sponsor for the event is Alpro.

Split into three sessions - Industrial Strategy, Brexit and Diet & Health - the day will also include a number of panel discussions with panelists including:

  • Iain Ferguson, Co-chair of the Food and Drink Sector Council
  • Stuart Roberts, Vice President of National Farmers Union
  • Ian Rayson, Communications & Corporate Affairs Director at Nestle
  • Sue Garfitt, UK Commercial Director of Alpro
  • Miriam González, Partner of Dechert LLP
  • Joseph Owen, Senior researcher and project manager at the Institute for Government
  • Brian Holliday, Managing Director of Siemens Digital Factory
  • Diana Holland OBE, Assistant General Secretary of Unite
  • Karen Tonks, Independent Nutritionist

Other keynote speakers include Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and John Mahon, Director General, Export at Department for International Trade.

FDF's Tim Rycroft will hold an 'in conversation with' discussion with Dr Alison Tedstone, Deputy Director of Diet, Nutrition and Obesity at PHE. There will also be a presentation from Josephine Hansom, Director, Youth Research & Insight, Youthsight.

For additional speakers, the agenda and to register for the event, please visit the FDF website.

Event details:

  • When: Wednesday 13 June, from 09:00
  • Where: The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
  • Price: FDF Member £300.00, Non Member £375.00. (All prices exclude VAT)
  • NEW FOR 2018 - We will be selling half-day tickets as well as full-day tickets
  • Register here

Ian Wright CBE, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation, said:

“The FDF's annual convention showcases the huge range of insight and expertise that the food and drink industry has to offer. With contributions from leading Cabinet ministers from the UK and Ireland, from the Shadow Cabinet and Select Committee chairmen and a host of experts; the line-up is unparalleled.

“Ours is the UK Sector most impacted by Brexit. The next few months will be defining for the industry. The FDF Convention will offer attendees a roadmap to navigate the challenges and risks ahead.”

Contact Debbie McCreath, Corporate Affairs Division, at:, or +44 (0) 20 7420 7152.

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