This virtual business conference will highlight the practical steps key actors can take to build more sustainable, resilient and regenerative food systems. We’ll bring together leading brands and the right stakeholders to identify the main areas of opportunity and innovation within the food and beverage industry.

Climate action

How business can drive effective climate action throughout agricultural supply chains and reduce environmental impact in line with net zero targets

Regenerative food

What a regenerative food business looks like in practice and the realities on-the-ground of the shift from ‘less harm’ to ‘more good’

Sustainable nutrition

The role business can play in a just transition to ensure sustainable nutrition and the right to food for all

Farming, land-use and nature

Cross commodity insights into the on-farm technologies and practices that can boost farmer livelihoods, enhance biodiversity and drive sustainable food production 

Speakers include

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Neil McGowan

Kellogg Company

Global Regulatory and Wellbeing Senior Director

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Cathy Pieters

Mondelēz International

Vice President Global Sustainable Ingredients

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Daniella Vega

Ahold Delhaize

Global Senior Vice President Health & Sustainability

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Anna Turrell

Tesco

Head of Environment

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Rikke Kyllenstjerna

Yara

Senior Vice President Food Chain and Global Key Accounts

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Aldo Uva

CSM Ingredients

CEO

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Gabriel Serber

Arcos Dorados

Director of Sustainable Development and Social Impact

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Birgitte Holter

Yara

VP Green Fertilizer

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Agenda highlights

  • Climate action in practice: How leading food brands can decarbonise agriculture
  • Sustainable procurement as opportunity: How the right incentives, education and KPIs can drive sustainability
  • Global commitments to tackle food waste: Supply chain solutions that improve productivity, whilst reducing costs, inputs and waste
  • Benchmarking biodiversity: What does a credible biodiversity strategy look like?
  • Soil carbon: How to boost soil health and accurately measure the carbon benefits  
  • Commodity driven deforestation: Challenges and the key lessons learned
  • The farm of the future: How brands can incentivise and enable suppliers to develop solutions and adopt sustainable innovations
  • The carrot (and the stick): How carbon accounting can incentivise and accelerate action within agriculture and land use 
  • Regeneration in action: What does a regenerative food company look like in practice? 
  • Sustainable nutrition: How large food businesses can show they are serious about the right to food
  • Global commitments to living income: How brands can overcome the barriers to implement living income programs at scale
  • Supply chain innovation: How brands can incentivise and enable suppliers to develop solutions and adopt sustainable innovations
  • Renewed commitments on forests and agriculture: How business can shift from strategy to action 
  • Traceability and transparency: How brands can reconnect consumers with their food
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Why attend an IF virtual conference?

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Discover best practices from industry leaders and get detailed, practical guidance on how to effectively implement policies

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Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders through speed networking sessions and pre-planned 1:1 meetings

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In-depth problem solving around the key issues within hands-on deep dive workshops and face to face discussion

Making connections at the Future of Food

How can attendees network virtually?

Speed networking

No need to hang around the coffee cart to begin making connections - join our virtual speed networking for a series of quick-fire 1:1 meetings. Often the highlight of our virtual events, you will have the opportunity to meet a range of attendees within a short amount of time. Then, follow up with new connections and schedule longer, private meetings to continue the discussion.

Group networking

During group networking sessions, attendees are placed in small groups for more relaxed, informal networking. Groups are rotated so you have the chance to meet a variety of people and leave with fresh connections and potential partners. 

Schedule meetings

Often at our online events, discussions begin during sessions and continue behind closed doors for more in-depth conversation. Our platform enables you to easily view, search and filter the full audience by organisation, job title or expertise. Maximise your impact at the event, and effectively manage your day by reaching out to the most relevant delegates to arrange 1:1 and group meetings.

Working groups

During working group sessions all attendees join intimate, face-to-face calls to enable a genuine dialogue and ensure engagement. These sessions are a great opportunity to connect with other attendees who share a common interest and kick-start the conversation. 

The Future of Food series

Innovation Forum's annual conference series assesses the main areas of opportunity and innovation within the food and beverage industry.

The Future of Food Online

Taking place online on 10th-12th May, this global business conference will assess how business can lead the transition to sustainable food systems.

It will provide practical discussion and in-depth case studies all centred around the key themes: Climate action; Regenerative food; Sustainable nutrition; Farming, land-use and nature.

View the full agenda here.
The Future of Food USA

This in-person business conference will take place on 14th-15th June. It will bring together leading brands and key stakeholders throughout North American agriculture.

Through detailed discussion, we will take a focused look at the on-farm technologies, processes and practices that can drive supply chain transformation and regenerative food systems.

More information here.
'Excellent content, great options for meetings, great networking'
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'I was really impressed there were no technical glitches and the whole thing worked really well. Not sure holding the event in person would have added much!'
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'The ease, cost and convenience of joining the virtual conference makes me question whether in person conferences make sense. I was so impressed with the technical, communication, organizing and facilitation skills of the IF team.'
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'The best congress I've attended in term of options to network in 40 years. I will be attending Innovation Forum virtual congresses again and hopefully we can arrange for some of our board/ or network to attend also.'
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'I have to say the platform is fantastic. I’ve been listening in to some of the other sessions – some live and some later on and it’s brilliant to be able to access the content and videos at a time that suits! I’ve also had quite a few people reach out through messages on the platform.'
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What’s different about this forum?

Innovation Forum is:
  • Candid: Entirely off-the-record discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience.
  • Practical: A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains.
  • Focused: We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion.
Innovation Forum is NOT:
  • A PR platform: Enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues.
  • A talking shop: This is NOT an opportunity for a group people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes.
  • All promise, no delivery: We will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues.

Who attends

World Cocoa Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Rainforest Alliance
World Resources Institute
Neste
Rainforest Action Network
Bunge
Greenpeace
 McDonald’s
Olam International
Novo Nordisk
Syngenta
BASF
Mars
Sime Darby
Unilever
Co-op
Danone
IKEA
Consumer Goods Forum
Touton
WWF
PWC
ING
Solidaridad
PepsiCo
Pernod Ricard
J.P. Morgan
The Coca-Cola Company
Barry Callebaut
Ferrero
Carlsberg Group
Marks & Spencer
SAI Platform
Aberdeen Asset Management
Soil Association
BNP Paribas
Diageo
Mondelēz International
Kellogg Company
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Quantis
Bonsucro
The Mullion Group
Waitrose
Bayer Crop Science
One Acre Fund
Quorn
Anuvia Plant Nutrients
L'Oréal
Credit Suisse
Allianz Global Investors
Taylors of Harrogate
Delhaize
Givaudan
Cargill - sponsor page only

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Natasha Bodnar
Project Director
[email protected]

Or for information about sponsorship:

Anita Thomson
Head of Partnerships
[email protected]

Sign up

Registration for the conference is currently open. To sign up, you can do so online here, or get in touch directly for details of group discounts. 

Long term resource

This event is one of the leading sustainable agriculture conferences. You will network with 200+ senior supply chain and sustainability professionals through virtual speed networking, open discussions and private meetings. Conference content is available to registered participants for 12 months after the event and can be used as a long term learning resource.

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