This two-day business conference will identify the main areas of opportunity and innovation within the food and beverage industry. We’ll assess how business can react to consumer trends and expectations, whilst building sustainable, resilient agricultural supply chains. 

This conference will now be held virtually to ensure that dialogue around these critical issues continues during this difficult period. Through the online platform we are committed to delivering the same practical content and genuine networking opportunities to ensure the partnerships, collaboration and action continues across the food and beverage industry.  
 

Climate

A prominent theme throughout the conference, we'll focus on how food and beverage companies can reduce climate impacts and help build resilience for all supply chain actors.

Farmers

We’ll highlight the most significant challenges and opportunities at farm-level, whilst emphasising how business can ensure farmers are environmentally and economically sustainable. 
 

Land

This track will highlight the leading practices in sustainable agriculture and explore initiatives which increase production whilst protecting the local environment

Finance & Investment 

We'll assess the role of finance in supply chain innovation and discuss how investors can drive the transformation needed to achieve sustainable agriculture. 


The speakers

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Rebecca Marmot

Unilever

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Anna Turrell

Nestlé

Head of Sustainability, UK & Ireland

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Deborah Perkins

ING

Global Head of Food and Agribusiness

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Isabelle Grosmaitre

Danone

Health & Alimentation - Catalyst

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Nicko Debenham

Barry Callebaut

Head of Sustainability, MD Biolands Group and Chairman of Cocoa Horizons Foundation

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Chris Fielden

innocent

Group Supply Chain Director

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David Pendlington

Mars Wrigley Confectionary

Global Sustainable Sourcing Associate Director

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Diana Visser

Corbion

Senior Director Sustainability

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Agenda highlights

  • Climate action: Are 1.5C climate targets realistic? Are we ready to make the necessary changes?
  • Chemicals in agriculture: What consumers want and what the science says 
  • Financing sustainable agriculture: How investors can drive and enable a sustainable food system
  • Tackling food waste: The potential climate and efficiency gains 
  • Trust and transparency: The leading innovations enabling greater transparency in the food industry
  • Regenerative agriculture: What’s the scope for scale across the supply chain?
  • Consumer trends and expectations: How business can react and adapt to rapidly evolving expectations
  • Public goods for sustainability outcomes: How can – and will – incentive reform drive a sustainable revolution in European farming?
  • Soil security: How leading brands are adapting practices to reduce soil degradation and ensure healthy soils
  • Farmer data that delivers: How to collect, collate and utilise on-farm data to ensure everyone benefits across the chain
  • The economics of farming: The key role of business in making suppliers economically sustainable and ensuring the farmers of the future
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Why attend?

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Discover best practices from industry leaders and get in-depth guidance on how to effectively implement policies

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Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors

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Benchmark company performance amongst a room of your peers and discover where you should be focusing efforts

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 and 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:

Narni Brooke-Adil
Project Director
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3780 7435

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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. 


Sponsorship

For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Anita Thomson
Head of Partnerships
[email protected] 
+44 (0) 20 3780 7433

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Important update: Innovation Forum's first half conferences go virtual

 
As a result of the significant public health concerns around COVID-19, we are excited to announce that this year’s first half conferences will be moving to an interactive virtual conference held on the same dates. 
 
Innovation Forum is committed to enabling debate, dialogue and collaboration in these critical areas. Without being able to meet in person, we are doing everything we can to ensure these conversations still take place and business momentum is kept up in these extremely challenging times.
 
We are currently designing a sophisticated virtual platform to ensure that the discussions and debates still take place in a dynamic, engaging and interactive way. We’re also placing an real emphasis on ensuring attendees great networking opportunities via the platform. Over the two day conferences, you will have access to rich and interactive plenary and breakout sessions with high-level speakers and moderators from around the world. Live chat functions will also allow you to connect with any attendee at the event. 
 
This interactive and virtual feature also gives us the opportunity to add new formats and live discussions that really dig into the specific real world challenges faced by companies. So this year’s conferences will still deliver the same in-depth, practical and honest dialogue around each of the key issues.
 
Please get in touch for more information on the virtual conference, or for details on how to join.
 
Warm regards, 
Oliver
 
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Oliver Bamford | Managing Director
Innovation Forum: events and insight for sustainability
+44 (0) 203 780 7431
[email protected]
www.innovationforum.co.uk