2nd Annual One-Day Conference & Networking Exhibition, London

Monetise Trends & Tackle Cost & Supply Chain Complexities With

Consumer-Driven, Profit-Boosting, Climate-Positive Sustainable Food & Drink Strategies

Revolutionise Sustainable Food & Drink Strategies With Brand New Sustainable Trends & Consumer Insights For Maximum Impact • Tackle Cost & Supply Chain Complexities • Game-Changing Sustainable Packaging Innovations • Power Net Zero Carbon Capabilities & Circular Economy Initiatives • Maximise Metrics, Measurement & Data To Drive Long-Term Efficiencies • Inspiring Regenagri, Responsible Sourcing & Food Waste Insights

Cavendish Conference Centre, central London, 16th May 2023

08.30 Registration, Informal Networking & GIC Welcome

09.10 Morning Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Peter Statham, Head of Sustainability & Government Relations, Sysco GB





09.20 Stay Ahead Of The Game (& Market!) With The Latest Sustainability Trends To Meet & Exceed Critical Net Zero & Environmental Goals, Maximise Revenue & Win The Hearts & Purses Of Your Consumers

  • Plant-based, cultivated meats… what’s next? Future-proof your business and forecast future food trends by exploring sustainable innovations and opportunities in the market to stay ahead of ever-increasing competition
  • Fashion or fundamental? Is sustainability really top of the agenda? Explore how to communicate with your consumers throughout these times of economic uncertainty and gain critical consumer insights to inspire your future sustainable strategies
  • Sustainability vs. cost: how can we keep sustainability top of the agenda across the cost-of-living crisis and a looming recession?
  • How are food and drink organisations balancing the act of prioritising carbon emissions, cost efficiencies and consumer engagement?
  • Unpack sustainability! Utilise key insights to ensure you are tackling all corners of sustainability within your scope 1, 2 and 3 missions to boost sustainability and circularity and all-important consumer trust

Kasia Grzybowska, Regional Sustainability Manager for Zone AOA, Assistant Vice President, Nestlé

Amy McDonnell, Senior Social Innovation & Sustainability Manager, Danone

Ben Jenkins, Corporate Affairs Director, Asahi UK

Louise Pilkington, Director of Innovation, Domino’s

Stu Macdonald, Founder, ManiLife

Nicola Diogenous, Head of Innovation & NPD, Jacksons



09.50 Tackle Cost & Supply Chain Complexities By Prioritising & Promoting Resilient & Robust Supply Chains Which Empower Collaborative Relationships, Minimise Costs & Disruption Across The Value Chain

  • From soil to sale… ensure that all parts of your supply chain are decarbonised, both increasing efficiencies and decreasing costs to address scope 3 emissions
  • Engage and empower your retailers! Ensure seamless retailer collaboration from suppliers and manufacturers so that ambitions and goals are aligned, coordinated and clear on future direction
  • Combat issues of supply chain transparency and authenticity through confronting the disconnect between farmers and consumers to provide the information they need at purchase points
  • As we continue to face economic disruption, cost-of-living and other world crises, how can we deliver sustainability at low-cost without jeopardizing supply chain and consumer relations?
  • Cross functionality! It’s not just about working up and down the supply chain, but sideways to engage individuals and organisations alike in order to drive significant changes in the food and drink sector

10.10 Challenging Your Partners To Support Your Sustainability Goals – The Importance Of Shared Values For Effective Collaboration And Success

  • Why is it important to choose partners whose values and ESG aspirations align with your own?  Benjamin Western, LRQA’s Head of Sustainability, will share examples from ‘Our Planet, Our Plan’ which sets out LRQA’s ESG ambitions to deliver a net positive impact over the next seven years and the important role that understanding our clients’, communities’ and suppliers’ commitments has played in crafting our internal strategy for sustainability.

Benjamin Western, Head of Sustainability, LRQA

10.40 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking



11.10 Deep Dive Into The Minds Of Today’s Environmentally-Conscious Consumers To Monetise The Latest Customer Trends, Needs & Expectations Within The Sustainable Food & Drink World

  • Unlock critical customer-centric and consumer-led insights to stay ahead of your customers wants and needs to boost sales
  • Are you on the same page as your customer? How are you learning and engaging from your consumers, as well as building credibility and trust to avoid greenwashing claims?
  • The critical question… are consumers happy and willing to pay a premium price for sustainable products? Maximise effective comms to educate, inspire and engage consumers to shop with sustainability in mind, despite price differences
  • Leverage brand-new consumer insights to successfully translate consumer preferences and behaviours into business-critical, environmentally positive and socially constructive impacts

Jessica Vera, Head of Brand & Innovation, BOL Food



11.30 Maximise Viable, Functional, Cost-Effective & Environmentally Friendly Packaging Solutions To Boost Your Food & Drink Brand Image & Capture Attention

  • Look through a carbon lens! Assess your lifecycle analysis to ensure decarbonisation throughout every step of the packaging processes
  • From biodegradable, compostable and recyclables to bio-plastics and bio-polymers… explore the real impact of materials in supporting a circular economy and ensuring that products have the best end-of-life solution as possible
  • Packaging innovation… is it two steps forward and one step back? How can we work collaboratively with partnerships to actively change the landscape and make real, long-term improvements and progress?
  • Is plastic a friend or foe? Explore the pros and cons towards plastic, plastic removal and non-plastic alternatives to decipher what works best for your organisation to ultimately reduce your harmful environmental impact
  • On-pack declaration: what do consumers and retailers expect to see on packaging today, and how can you ensure you tick all of the right boxes with your packaging?

Sam Jones, Head of Climate & Sustainability, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Sokhna Gueye, Head of Packaging – UK&I, Nestlé


NEW FOR 2023



12.10 Accelerate Action & Drive Forward Sustainable Food & Drink Initiatives In Order To Meet & Exceed Net Zero Carbon Targets In Your Organisation

  • The road to success! What does your NZC road map look like? Ensure short-term decisions are implemented without losing sight of the long-term goals of your net zero initiatives
  • Carbon reduction planning: how are you tackling scope 3 emissions to improve efficiencies and decarbonise throughout food and drink supply chains?
  • Critical questions answered: how can you ensure that you are both reducing carbon emissions whilst reducing the cost impact to your business?
  • Unlock industry insights and feedback surrounding cutting-edge and forward-thinking offsetting strategies which will reduce your business’ environmental footprint and carbon emissions

Gary Lake, Supply Chain & Procurement Director, The Collective

James Archer, Head of Sustainability, Fever-Tree 

Baishakhi Sengupta, ESG Senior Advisor, Avara Foods

Chris Millson, Head of Sustainability, Direct Wines

Stef Sahmel, Head of Sustainability, Abel & Cole

Cerys Jenkins-Lowe, Sustainability Manager, Heart with Smart

12.40 Lunch & Informal Networking For Speakers, Delegates & Partners

13.40 Afternoon Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Gill Higgins, Group Sustainability Director, Dawn Meats & Dunbia


13.50 Shaunagh will be presenting on carbon labelling.

Oatly was one of the first brands to declare the climate footprint of our products on pack. We believe consumers have the right to environmental information when making purchasing decisions, just like they have the right to price information, or nutritional information. Empowering consumers with sustainability information like this is a key part of transforming our broken food system and tackling the climate crisis.

Shaunagh Duncan, Head of Sustainability, Oatly



14.10 Pave The Way For A Circular Economy With Actionable & Practical Strategies That Restore, Regenerate & Reuse Materials, Products & Systems 

  • How can you harness the power of circular economy for your own business and adapt your sustainability strategies to truly tackle climate change, carbon emissions and biodiversity?
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle… but what more can we do within the food and drink market that can be translated into actionable and impactful changes which advocate circularity?
  • What practical steps can you take to ensure robust and resilient infrastructures are in place to support a circular economy, both tackling short-term sustainability goals and driving long-term efficiencies?

Hugo Lynch, Sustainability Project Manager, Abel & Cole



14.30 Maximise The Potential Of Measurement & Data-Driven Approaches To Drive Forward Carbon Reduction & Sustainable Initiatives Across Your Food & Drink Organisation

  • Determine and set effective and attainable measurement KPI’s and benchmarks for your carbon footprint emissions in order to measure impact, assess success and prove ROI
  • As a farmer, supplier, or manufacturer, what are you measuring and why is this important? Input vs outputs? Water? Carbon Dioxide? Ensure that you are consistently measuring across your supply chains for demonstrably results
  • How can you capitalise on science-based targets to promote emissions reductions and net-zero targets in line with climate science, whilst boosting profitability and innovation?
  • Come out on top with evidence-based and actionable data, harnessing key insights from carbon emissions to make business-critical decisions for the whole food and drink market

Tom Maidment, Group Product Sustainability Senior Manager, Hilton Foods





14.50 Drive Forward Your Regenerative Agriculture Programmes With Climate Positive Initiatives Which Benefit Carbon Emissions, Financial Productivity & Biodiversity

  • What are the key drivers that power regenerative farming outputs, resources, time and economic investments?
  • Explore the new and upcoming opportunities within regenagri and spot gaps in the market to develop and collaborate through partnerships within and across industries
  • Measure success! How can you effectively collect data that can be monitored, measured and harnessed to assess the success and performance of your regenerative agriculture programmes?

Zbigniew Lewicki, Chief R&D & Sustainability Officer, Lipton Teas & Infusions 

Lucy McPhee, Head of Commercial Development, British Sugar

Ed Ayton, Sustainable Sourcing Manager, Abel & Cole

15.20 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

15.50 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking



16.20 Embed Responsible Sourcing & Next-Level Supplier Engagement Into The Heart Of Your Food & Beverage Strategies To Drive Resourcing Efficiencies & Unite Industry Players

  • As transactional relationships are changing, how can you truly engage and prioritise your suppliers to bring about long-term, successful, and collaborative customer-supplier relationships?
  • Power your sourcing strategy! How can you ensure that the consumer need for lower-cost food and drink aligns with delivering sustainably-sourced goods at a reasonable price?
  • Top tips to engage your suppliers! What can you learn from your suppliers that can be translated into actionable and realistic targets further up the value chain?
  • Compliance has been a key driver of environmental performance and standards, to what extent can we re-assess these standards to challenge sustainable targets and ensure greater responsible sourcing?


16.40 Unearth Key Insights To Tackle The Environmental Impact Of Food Waste & Ultimately Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

  • From processing to purchase: how can you tackle food waste throughout every point of the life cycle analysis to boost efficiencies and reduce processing costs?
  • Discover the latest innovations in food preservation ensuring things are kept fresher for longer, whilst minimising the need for overprocessing
  • Reducing waste, increasing recycling, and reducing emissions…. ensure sustainable strategies are not operating independently but are complimenting each other

17.00 Afternoon Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks & Official Close Of Conference

Gill Higgins, Group Sustainability Director, Dawn Meats & Dunbia