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 across the value chain

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   

All timings are in US Central time (CDT)

The speakers

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Ashley Allen


Chief Sustainability Officer

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Tina Owens


Senior Director, Food and Agriculture Impact

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Kate Schaffner

Kellogg Company

Global Sustainable Agriculture Lead

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Jon Hixson

Yum! Brands

Chief Sustainability Officer & Vice President Global Gov Affairs

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Kim Marotta

Molson Coors Beverage Company

Global Senior Director Corporate Responsibility and Enterprise Risk Management

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Karen Christensen

Tyson Foods

Senior Director, Animal Welfare

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Xavier Roussel

Dole Food Company

Vice President Marketing and Sustainability

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Stewart Leeth

Smithfield Foods

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer

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Agenda highlights

  • Evolving legislation and policy change: The upcoming impacts on food and agriculture 
  • 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: Detailed insights into the key sustainability challenges and successes from the ground 
  • Investor expectations: What does big finance want to see from food companies?
  • Resilient smallholder supply chains: How to build supply chain durability, prevent deforestation and ensure sustainable rural communities
  • Climate positive food: How to deliver on ambitious climate goals within supply chains
  • Food waste and the SDGs: How can companies reduce and eliminate food waste from the supply chain?
  • Trust and transparency: How business can keep up with the ever-rising demand for information on products, supply chains and ecosystems 
  • Natural climate solutions: How to implement solutions that deliver large scale GHG reductions
  • Agtech for today and tomorrow: What are the new technologies that will transform agricultural systems and the future of food?
  • Supply chain traceability and on-farm data: The latest technologies that can collect the right data for better visibility and informed decision making 
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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. 
'Excellent content, great options for meetings, great networking'
'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!'
'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.'
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.'
'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.'

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

General Mills
World Cocoa Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Rainforest Alliance
World Resources Institute
Olam International
Sime Darby
The Coca-Cola Company
Barry Callebaut
British American Tobacco
Pernod Ricard
J.P. Morgan
SAI Platform
Kellogg Company
Yum! Brands
Tyson Foods
John Deere
OSI Group
Carlsberg Group
Rainforest Action Network
Asia Pulp and Paper
Mondelēz International
Schneider Electric
Conservation International
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Wells Fargo
Impossible Foods
Campbell Soup Company
Walgreens Boots Alliance
Field to Market
Land O'Lakes
Olam Spices
National Pork Board
Save the Children
Maple Leaf Foods
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 7431

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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. 


For more information and to inquire, please contact:

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

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