The event

The Food Export Conference brings together international experts to provide insight into ongoing and potential challenges within export.

View the expert speaker line up for the day here.

If you are looking to establish a footprint abroad or want guidance in setting an export strategy, Food Export Conference gives you the information you need to launch or grow your existing export business.

09:00 Registration and refreshments

09:15 Welcome on behalf of Food Manufacture, British Baker and Meat Trades Journal
Delivered by Mike Stones, group editor, Food Manufacture

09:20 Opening remarks by morning chairman

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 at Euromonitor International

09:50 What is 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, member of the management team at Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) and head of food and drink at Santander

10:30 Coping with volatile currencies and economies
James Walton, chief economist, IGD

10:50 Coffee

SESSION 2: View from the coalface

11:10 The big picture ambient
Adam Buckley, international sales director, Premier Foods

11:25 The big picture meat
Ed Wright, export director, Cranswick

11:40 The small picture
* Richard Clothier, Wyke Farms
* Mark Hayward, partner, Dingley Dell Pork
* Nick Brennand, sales director, The Ice Co.

12:10 Help for new exporters
Barrie Kilfeather, senior international director markets, Santander

12:25 Joint working for export approval
Dr. Phil Hadley, international market development director, AHDB


13:00 Lunch

14:00 Welcome and opening remarks by afternoon chairman
Mike 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 an trade policy, IoD’s.

14:20 Red Tractor Assurance and exports
Jim Moseley, chief executive, Red Tractor Assurance

14:35 The view from Wales
Andy Richardson, chair, Food & Drink Wales Industry Board (Business Wales)

14:40. The view from Scotland
Scottish bakery representative

15:05 Coffee

SESSION 4: Tips on export success

15:20 A baker’s tale
Jeremy Gilboy, md, Carrs Foods

15:35 A butcher’s tale

15:50 A drink exporter’s tale
David Williamson, director of public affairs, Scotch Whisky Association, on the prospects of increasing exports of whisky to India


16:35 Closing remarks

16:40 Conference closes