Feeding the recovery

17&18 October 2012The square Brussels

Programme

Format: Each session will take the format of a ‘Davos-style’ armchair debate consisting of 4-5 interviewees, followed by a Q&A session with audience members.  Each debate will conclude with a one-on-one ‘Coffee Corner’ interview with a FoodDrinkEurope Board member to draw upon the session points.

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Each session will take the format of a ‘Davos-style’ armchair debate consisting of 4-5 interviewees, followed by a Q&A session with audience members.  Each debate will conclude with a one-on-one ‘Coffee Corner’ interview with a FoodDrinkEurope Board member to draw upon the session points.

14:00 → 14:40: Welcome and Keynotes

General welcome – Mrs. Jacki Davis, Master of Ceremonies
Opening address - Mr. Jesús Serafín Pérez, FoodDrinkEurope President

Keynote speech – The grand challenges facing the food industry on the road to 2050.

Mr. Calleja-Crespo,   Director General of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General, European Commission

Keynote speech -  Ms. Paola Testori Coggi, Director General, DG Sanco, European Commission

14:40 → 16:00: Session One
Driving Sustainable Economic Recovery

This session will focus on the current challenges and global trends affecting Europe’s food and drink  sector, looking at the needs of our industry and the possibilites to stimulate sustainable economic growth for Europe's future.


Leaders' armchair debate and insight on:

  • The latest agreements (EU Bilaterals) and related discussions affecting Europe's food and drink industy
  • Encouraging access to finance to create openings to new markets and successful innovation to help boost Europe's economic recovery
  • Addressing the needs of Europe's food industry SMEs at the EU and local levels

 

One-on-one interview to summarise the debate issues.

16:00 → 16:30: Coffee Break

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16:30 → 18:00 : Session Two
Enhancing Consumers’ Lives

The European food and drink industry provides Europe's 500 million consumers with safe, nutritious and affordable food and drink products every day.  This session will examine how Europe's food industry is placed to continue serving European consumers while playing an active role to contribute to consumer wellbeing, balanced diets and healthy lifestyles.

Leaders' armchair debate and insight on:

  • The food industry tackling the complexities of dietary habits and more sedentary lifestyles in Europe
  • Ensuring the EU remains an attractive place for investment in research and development to help drive innovations which respond to evolving consumer needs, particularly those of Europe's ageing population
  • Developing a better regulatory environment underpinned by sound science to provide legal certainty and a level playing field for operators to compete

 

One-on-one interview to summarise the debate issues.

19.30 → 23.00: Gala Dinner

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30 Year Celebration of FoodDrinkEurope

Dress Code: Smart, formal attire is requested

Each session will take the format of a ‘Davos-style’ armchair debate consisting of 4-5 interviewees, followed by a Q&A session with audience members.  Each debate will conclude with a one-on-one ‘Coffee Corner’ interview with a FoodDrinkEurope Board member to draw upon the session points.

9:00 → 10:30: Session Three
Creating Smart, Green Growth

The 'green growth' agenda presents many challenges and opportunities for the future.  In the context of an expected 8 billion world population by 2030, this session will examine food operators' progress towards environmental sustainability in response to the dual environmental challenges of feeding a growing world population and achieving resource efficiency.

Leaders' armchair debate and insight on:

  • Food and drink industry efforts to incorporate effective measures such as i) sustainable sourcing, ii) sustainable consumption and production into business models to improve environmental performance
  • Industry's collaborative approach to improve sustainability with other stakeholders to ensure coherent methods and policies at all stages of the supply chain.

 

One-one-one interview to sumarise the debate issues.

10.30 → : Keynote Speech

10:50 → 11:20 : Coffee Break

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11:20 → 12:30 : Wrap-up

The Congress will conclude with a wrap-up discussion between expert speakers and paricipants to capture the thoughts expressed in the previous sessions. Reflections from two days of debate will be linked with Europe's food and drink Industry Manifesto and the development of a work plan for the coming years.

Moderating this session Mrs. Jacki Davis, will capture the thoughts expressed in the previous sessions and will lead a lively discussion between expert speakers and panelists.

12:30 → 12:45: Closing remarks

12:45 → 14:00: Buffet Lunch

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