The event

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

The Food Export Conference brings together international experts to provide insight into ongoing and potential challenges within export. View the line up of expert speakers for the day here.

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

Conference Programme:

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


For more information or to book, please contact Rebecca George on 01293 610422 or