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Stimulating Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector

Supporting Agri-Food Businesses Across Yorkshire

York Food & Drink Conference14/09/2017


We are living through times of great change – from rapidly changing consumer demands, to the implications of Brexit, and the impact of technology in the form of automation and supply chain logistics. Yet with this change comes great opportunities for the industry; from exciting new products and inspiring shopping experiences, to improved supply chains and production methods.

The food and drink industry is the biggest manufacturing sector in the UK accounting for over 18.3 % of manufacturing output and an estimated value of £95.4bn. York and the surrounding area is home to one of the largest concentrations of food and drink producers in the UK, ranging from multi-nationals to an ever growing number of specialist artisan makers and brewers.

Our host Chris Stott, Partner and Head of Food and Drink KPMG UK, returns for another year and the conference will feature inspirational stories and case studies about the changing nature of food and drink production and consumer trends. Hear from the experts on the future of the industry in Yorkshire, how to prepare for buyers and present your product in the best possible way. Our small business showcase returns and you will hear first-hand from thriving companies who are stepping up to these challenges in their own unique way.

Welcome - Peter Clinker - Facilities Director, Nestle and Make it York Board Member

Session 1: What's in store? - Predicting the Future

The food and drink landscape is changing rapidly. Changing consumer demands, sustainability and food security, automation, and technology are all having an impact on how the sector operates. Our speakers will explore what's in store and how businesses can prepare to meet the challenges.

Session 2: Growing your business in a changing world

Working in a changing landscape of fluctuations in commodity prices, changing consumer demands, and increased competition from technological advancement can place pressure on any business, but is particularly challenging for small and artisan businesses. We will hear from a range of smaller businesses on how they have met these challenges to grow their business.

Session 3: Adapting to new trends and changing demands

Perhaps more than at any other time in the post war era, the past ten years have seen a fundamental reshaping of the food industry as changes in consumer demand, the rapid adoption of new technologies, and emerging social and environmental challenges have placed fresh demands on business operating across the entire supply chain. Our speakers will share their valuable insights into how business can respond and thrive.

Session 4 - Round Up and Panel Session

Panel – Facilitated by Chris Scott – Food and Drink Specialist – Partner KPMG

Seabrook Crisps, Department for International Trade, New World Foods (Europe) and other featured speakers.

The panelists will tell you a little about themselves and their respective companies before taking questions.

Lunch and Networking

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York Principle Hotel
Station Rise
YO24 1AA

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