Food Export Conference 2018 – Launch and Grow Trade in Global Markets

09:00 Registration and refreshments

09:15 Welcome on behalf of Food Manufacture, British Baker and Meat Trades Journal
Delivered by Michael Stones, Group Editor, Food Manufacture

09:20 Opening remarks by morning Chairman
Terry Jones, Director General, National Farmers’ Union (NFU)

SESSION 1: The world’s your oyster – taking British food and drink across the globe

09:30 The size of the food and drink export prize: what are overseas consumers looking for?
Alexander Kottke, Senior Research Analyst, Euromonitor International

09:50 What is the government doing to help food and drink exporters?
Tony Lamb, Head of the Food and Drink Team, Department for International Trade

10:10 Barriers to entry into new markets
Nicola Thomas, Director, Food & Drink Exportese and the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA)

10:30 Coping with currency volatility/hedging
Jon Woolven, Strategy & Innovation Director, Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD)

10:50 COFFEE

SESSION 2: View from the coalface

11:10 The big picture – meat
Speaker TBC

11:25 The small picture
Richard Clothier, Managing Director, Wyke Farms
Nick Brennand, Sales Director, The Ice Co.

11:55 Assisting access to international markets
Santander – speaker TBC

12:10 Joint working for export approval
Dr Phil Hadley, International Market Development Director, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)


13:00 LUNCH

14:00 Welcome and opening remarks by afternoon Chairman
Michael Stones, Group Editor, Food Manufacture

SESSION 3: Exporting in a world after Brexit

14:05 Access to the EU single market, bilateral agreements and WTO rules
Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors (IoD)

14:20 Red Tractor Assurance and exports
Jim Moseley, Chief Executive, Red Tractor Assurance

14:35 The view from Northern Ireland
Michael Bell, Executive Director, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

14:50 The view from Wales
Andy Richardson, Chair of the Board, Food & Drink Wales Industry Board (Business Wales)

15:05 COFFEE

SESSION 4: Tips on export success

15:25 A baker’s tale
Paul Baker, Director, Carrs Foods

15:40 A butcher’s tale
Martin Sauer, Sales & Export Manager, Tulip UK

15:55 An infant formula exporter’s tale
Ross McMahon, Chief Executive, Kendal Nutricare speaking about opening up new markets to China and India


16:40 Closing remark

16:45 Conference closes


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