Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Asda/Walmart and Dewars Distillers are among the industry leaders set to lead this year’s Future in Food Conference in Birmingham on the 19th September.

Already, the show’s organiser, Food & Drink Business magazine, has sold around half the tickets available for the show. “Speakers from the Foods Standards Agency, Tesco and Asda are all big hooks for delegates coming to the conference,” said Ronan McGlade of Food & Drink Business.

Other speakers include Ian Croxford, the managing director of Dewars Distillers and Seb Jones, the IT director of Muller Dairies. “The aim behind the Conference is to have an informative and controversial issue and speaker line up designed to expose the future of a constantly developing industry,” said McGlade.

Many delegates who attended last year have requested additional tickets for their companies at this year’s seminars. These seminars will focus on the key manufacturing issues relevant to the decision makers in the food and beverage processing industry in the UK and Ireland.

Issues covered will include: supply chain response to changing consumer strategies through e-business/commerce; efficient consumer response and cost pressures on manufacturers from retailers.

There is a strong IT bias to this year’s seminars. “Leading IT suppliers to the food and beverage industries will be on hand to answer any questions delegates have regarding technology issues, while Tesco and Asda are both speaking on their intranet systems,” said McGlade.

The Future In Food 2000 Conference.

The one day conference has been designed to provide senior management from food and beverage manufacturing companies in the UK, and Ireland, with an insight into the future of their industry. Delegates attending the “Future In Food Conference” will be informed about the future strategic issues facing the industry.

Guest speakers will provide a fascinating insight into the problems, and opportunities, currently facing the food industry and how the market conditions are likely to change over the course of the next few years. With international opportunities opening up throughout Europe, and the fact that the industry is never a constant, the speakers will strive to analyse and predict just what is around the next corner and beyond. Speakers have been strategically selected from the industry to provide delegates attending the conference with the experience and knowledge only available from individuals of such a high caliber.

IT Seminars:
Leading IT suppliers to the food and beverage industry will be on hand to answer any questions delegates may have regarding technology issues. Cutting edge technology has never been more prevalent in this industry sector as it is today. Software solution suppliers will hold separate IT seminars throughout the day focusing on various areas of the supply chain and specific software suites. These more personalised seminars are limited to approximately 25 visitors, and with advanced notification can be tailored to your exact market sector.

Future In Food Conference Line-up.

Time: Speaker: Company: Topic:
9.30 am Alan Waller (Senior Logistics Partner) Pricewaterhouse Coopers E-Business in Food & Drink Industries
10.15 am Neil Crew (IT Director) Princess Soft Drinks Plant Integration & ERP
11.00 am Dr. Fergus Morgan (Trade Law & Tech. Controller) Tesco Due Diligence
11.45 am ½ hour coffee break    
12.15 pm Seb Jones (IT Director) Muller Dairies To be announced
1.00 pm -2.00 pm 1 hour lunch break    
2.15 pm Ian Croxford (Managing Director) Dewars Distillers Making the supply chain work
3.00 pm Steve Debroise (Project Manager) Asda/Wal-Mart Wal-Mart Intranet System
3.45 pm Prof. Sir John Krebs Food Standards Agency Strength & Standardsof the food industry
4.30 pm Round up & End of day    

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Fees for attending the Future in Food 2000 Conference and the IT seminars are only £295 per delegate.

To register on-line, click here