This three-day business conference will bring together leading brands and key stakeholders to identify the main areas of opportunity and innovation within the food and beverage industry. We’ll assess how business can react and adapt after a challenging year, whilst continuing to build sustainable and resilient agricultural supply chains.

Climate action and leadership

How food companies can drive effective climate action throughout the value chain and reduce environmental impact in line with stakeholder expectations and net zero commitments 

Farming, land use and nature

Cross commodity insights into sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices and how food systems must adapt to ensure long term environmental, social and economic sustainability

Financing and enabling innovation 

The role of business and investors to work together to drive and finance the technologies and innovation that will define the future of food

Adaption, recovery and durable supply chains 

How food brands and key actors can work with partners across the value chain to drive an effective response and a sustainable recovery from the global pandemic   

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2020 speakers

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Rebecca Marmot


Chief Sustainability Officer

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Anna Turrell


Head of Environment

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Deborah Perkins


Global Head of Food and Agribusiness

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Isabelle Grosmaitre


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 drinks

Group Supply Chain Director

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David Pendlington

Mars Wrigley Confectionary

Global Sustainable Sourcing Associate Director

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Diana Visser


Senior Director Sustainability

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Agenda highlights

  • Leadership perspectives: C-suite insights into key challenges, trends and opportunities within the food and beverage industry
  • Regenerative agriculture: Current trend or the future of sustainable agriculture?  
  • Farmer perspectives: The major sustainability challenges and successes from the ground
  • Climate positive food: How to deliver on ambitious climate goals within supply chains
  • Evolving legislation and policy change: The upcoming impacts on food and agriculture
  • Carbon farming: Maximise carbon sequestration and increase soil health, a win-win situation
  • Natural climate solutions: How to implement solutions that deliver large scale GHG reductions
  • Tackling global food waste: Circular food systems and other leading approaches
  • Animal welfare: How to monitor and ensure the protection and welfare of animals in your supply chain
  • Trust and transparency: How business can keep up with the ever-rising demand for information on products, supply chains and ecosystems
  • The value of farmer data: How to extract and utilise the full value of farmer data
  • Biodiversity: The business case for enhancing biodiversity at farm level
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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

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
Rainforest Action Network
Olam International
Novo Nordisk
Sime Darby
Consumer Goods Forum
Pernod Ricard
J.P. Morgan
The Coca-Cola Company
Barry Callebaut
Carlsberg Group
Marks and Spencer
SAI Platform
Aberdeen Asset Management
Soil Association
BNP Paribas
Mondelēz International
Kellogg Company
Anheuser-Busch InBev
The Mullion Group
Bayer Crop Science
One Acre Fund
Anuvia Plant Nutrients
Credit Suisse
Allianz Global Investors
Taylors of Harrogate
Cargill - sponsor page only

Supported by

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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 7431

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. 


For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Anita Thomson
Head of Partnerships
[email protected] 
+44 (0) 20 3780 7431

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The Value of Virtual

This year’s conference will take place virtually to ensure progress around these critical sustainability issues. It is more important than ever that these discussions take place now, to enable business to rebuild better, more sustainable supply chains going forward.

Benefits of a virtual conference:


Our virtual platform has been designed to ensure an engaging and interactive experience that best replicates the value of a physical conference.
If you have any questions please email Narni Brooke-Adil on [email protected] or Tanya Richard on [email protected]