The great and good of the food industry head to Munich today (17 June) for one of its leading annual conferences – the CIES World Food Business Summit – and just-food will be bringing you coverage live from the event.

A look at the line-up of speakers suggests the conference promises to be as insightful as last year’s summit in Shanghai.

The likes of Coca-Cola Co. president and COO Muhtar Kent and Danone chief executive Franck Riboud will share their thoughts on some of the key issues affecting the food industry, including sustainability and the rising cost of food.

With some of the top food manufacturers and retailers in attendance here, food inflation is likely to prove the topic of discussion. Nevertheless, how the food industry tackles the issues of sustainability and the environment will also take centre stage, which is somewhat fitting given the long-standing importance of green issues in German political and cultural life.

As you’d expect, some of the leading lights of the German food industry will share the spotlight. Dr h.c August Oetker, head of German food group Oetker, and Alain Caparros, the CEO of local retail giant Rewe, will tackle topics ranging from corporate and social responsibility and how to compete in the ultra-competitive German retail market.

Germany’s food retail sector is the subject of today’s first session. Management consultants Accenture will discuss whether the growth of Germany’s discounters – for so long the dominant players here – has come to an end. For the likes of Rewe’s Caparros, who is looking to expand his Penny discount chain in Germany and, let’s not forget, Rewe’s rival Edeka, which is busy beefing up its presence in the sector, Accenture’s thoughts are sure to prove a subject of debate.

And, with the likes of Belgium-based retailer Delhaize, France’s Systeme U and, not least, Carrefour taking to the stage, the conference promises to showcase some of the top players in the European food sector.

It’s clear, then, that there will be plenty for us to chew over in Munich – and that’s not including the bratwurst.

Be sure to keep checking just-food for the latest news and views from the event.