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The Food & Drink Supply Chain Conference Programme

Mission-Critical Change: Survive Brexit, Technology & Market Disruption: Future-Proofed, Collaborative & Agile Food & Drink Supply Chains Which Drive Value & Efficiency

08.30 Registration & Coffee

09.00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction & Morning Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
Melissa Snover
Managing Director
Katjes Fassin UK LTD

Emily Wakeford
Supply Planning Manager
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09.20 Maximise Efficiency, Minimise Costs! Driving Value & Productivity & Buffering Against Future Challenges With Cost-Effective Strategies For End-To-End Food & Drink Supply Chains

  • Rising to the challenge of boosting cost efficiency with smart, innovative approaches for driving costs down to benefit the overall end-to-end supply chain
  • Unlocking new opportunities to do things differently: how can we optimise systems, implement agile, lean processes and harness cost-effective technologies to maximise supply chain value?
  • What does good practice look like? From vehicles to manufacturing to collaboration, identifying where we can innovate to reduce costs and drive efficiency
  • Developing efficient, sustainable transport and logistics strategies to ensure availability and service whilst reducing expenses

Chris Kane
Supply Chain Director
Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ltd

Iain McNabb
Logistics Manager
AB Mauri UK & Ireland

Sergio Mateo
Supply Chain Manager
General Mills

Andrew Dooley
Supply Chain Director
Avara Foods Limited


09.50 Boost Your Supply Chain Performance With Insights Into Truly Effective, Collaborative Retailer-Supplier Relationships In The Ever-Changing Retail Landscape

  • From forecasting to availability to transport logistics, how can retailers and manufacturers better collaborate to improve efficiency and drive mutual success and profitability?
  • Insights into future-proofing retailer-supplier relationships to collaborate effectively and adapt as online, discounters and new routes to market continue to develop
  • How are discounters and new entrants to the food and drink retail market affecting historic supplier relationships with the “big 4”?
  • Better understand the key drivers behind demand spikes to drive proactive, collaborative ordering

Guest Speaker To Be Confirmed


10.20 Retailer-Supplier Collaboration Q&A

Our panellists will take questions from the floor and share their best-practice advice and key learnings around mutually-beneficial retailer-supplier collaboration.

Simon Duffy
Logistics Manager, UK & Ireland
Supply Chain

McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd

Andrew Dowling
Senior Demand Planner
Arla Foods

Malin Elliott
Customer Collaboration Demand Planner
Lindt & Sprüngli (UK) Ltd

10.40 Networking Breakouts & One-To-One Networking Opportunities

Get to know your fellow attendees and discuss the hot topics of the day in our informal networking breakout zones – join the groups discussing your priority or feel free to move around and get involved in different discussions. PLUS! Hear more about the latest technologies, software and supply chain solutions in an informal, one-to-one meeting over coffee. Places are limited and popular, so please book in advance to secure your place.

11.00 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking

11.30 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Partner Speaker. Can you help retailers and manufacturers create lean, end-to-end supply chains? For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0) 20 3479 2299 or email partner@foodsupplychainconference.com.


12.00 Smart Strategies For Leveraging Forecasting Analytics, New Technologies & Big Data To Ensure Accurate Forecasting In Demand-Driven Food & Drink Supply Chains

  • How can we predict the future? Top tips for taking advantage of big data and forecasting analytics to better predict retailer and consumer demands and key trends and opportunities
  • Identifying and measuring the most important KPIs to demonstrate forecasting results and prove its importance
  • Exploring the latest tools and technologies which can help to drive forecasting accuracy and boost business performance
  • What is the perfect roadmap to optimise S&OP strategies?

Megi Aben
S&OP & NPI Demand Manager


12.20 Advice On Best-Practice Inventory Planning To Strike The Right Balance & Reduce Stockholding & Availability Issues To Ensure You Meet Consumer Demands

  • Insights into maintaining the right availability for the customer, without simply throwing stock at the problem
  • What new tools are available which can help to improve inventory planning and reduce stock availability issues in today’s demand-driven supply chain?
  • Suppliers can control stock availability up to a point – but how can we ensure on-shelf availability once it’s in the retailers’ hands?
  • Practical advice for driving efficient replenishment operations to maximise stock availability and optimise customer service whilst reducing waste and costs

Nick Gundersen
Logistics Manager


12.40 Forecasting, Stockholding & Availability Q&A

Our panellists will take questions from the floor and share their best-practice advice and key learnings around effective forecasting, stockholding and availability strategies.

Laura Bacon
Customer Supply Manager

Jérôme Tison
Group Planning Director

12.55 Lunch For Delegates, Speakers & Partners


13.30 Informal Peer-To-Peer Discussions (20 mins during lunch)

Chris Morgan
Sales & Operations Planning Manager

C) Talent & Workforce
Jason Russell
Supply Chain Manager
Mitchells & Butlers

E) Distribution
Nick Collier
Head of Distribution UK&I
Cereal Partners Worldwide

B) Transport & Logistics
Ekaterina Kiyanenko
Head of Global Logistics Procurement
pladis Global

D) Supply Chain Change Management
Krina Agnew
Program Manager, Global Supply Chain Strategic Optimisation
McCormick & Company

13.55 Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks
Sergio Mateo
Supply Chain Manager
General Mills


14.10 Thrive In Evolving Market Conditions: From Brexit Uncertainty To Developing Technologies & Shifting Consumer Behaviours, Successfully Adapt To The Changing Face Of Supply Chains

  • Proactive approaches to developing agile, long-term supply chain strategies in line with market changes and new developments to ensure you’re ready to respond effectively
  • The big question on the radar: what will Brexit mean for food and drink supply chains in the UK and Europe? How could profitability, efficiency and labour availability likely be affected?
  • Exploring the latest trends and developments in consumer behaviour and new technologies to understand how the market is shifting and devise successful, trend-led supply chain strategies
  • What new challenges and opportunities are available to unlock in new, emerging markets?

Emma Macdonald
Managing Director
The Bay Tree Food Co Ltd

Donald Matheson
Operations Director
Urban Fresh Foods Ltd (BEAR)


14.40 Best-Practice Advice For Adapting Supply Chain Strategies To Drive Sustainability, Remain Compliant & Meet External Stakeholders’ Expectations

From waste reduction and packaging improvements to minimising carbon footprints, where should we be focusing our energies to maximise sustainability in food and drink supply chains and fit our strategies with external stakeholders’ priorities and expectations? Which new regulations should we be aware of? Are there any new technologies which can help to advance sustainability strategies?

Gavin Milligan
ESG Director
William Jackson Food Group

15.00 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Partner Speaker. Can you help retailers and manufacturers create lean, end-to-end supply chains? For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0) 20 3479 2299 or email partner@foodsupplychainconference.com.

15.30 Networking Breakouts & One-To-One Networking Opportunities

Discuss the hot topics of the day in our informal networking breakout zones and get to know your fellow attendees.

PLUS! Hear more about the latest technologies, software and supply chain solutions in an informal, one-to-one meeting over coffee. Places are limited and popular, so please book in advance to secure your place.

15.50 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


16.20 Take Advantage Of The Latest Technology & Data Developments, New Tools & Future Innovations To Streamline Supply Chain Processes & Advance Long-Term Strategies

  • Leveraging competitive advantage with insights into the latest innovations in supply chain technologies which can help you stay ahead of the curve, not a step behind
  • All about data? Exploring the potential of big data, automation technologies and the latest analytics tools to streamline processes, reduce human error and drive efficiency and accuracy in supply chains, from forecasting to tracking to measurement
  • Avoiding the passing trends to identify the long-term opportunities: what can we do differently to maximise the value of existing, new and emerging technologies now and in the future?
  • What’s on the horizon, not just in the UK and Europe, but in the USA and further afield?

Melissa Snover
Managing Director
Katjes Fassin UK LTD

Laure Jameson
Customer Service & Logistics Manager
Red Bull

16.50 Reflection Time & Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks

17.15 Official Close Of Conference

Please check the website regularly for updates and newly confirmed speakers. For more information on how to get involved in The Food & Drink Supply Chain Conference – Efficient, Collaborative, Innovative please email info@foodsupplychainconference.com or call us on +44 (0)20 3479 2299.

What Is Going On Elsewhere In Other Aspects Of Food & Drink? Join Us At Our One-Day, Industry Event Tackling The Specific Issues Facing HR, Talent & Engagement Professionals Today In Food & Drink, Hospitality & Foodservice - The Food & Drink HR, Resourcing & Engagement Conference - Brexit Impact, 1st May 2018, Cavendish Conference Centre, Central London.