48 HOURS

of networking

40 TOP

leading minds

ROUND TABLE

discussions

6 STARTUP

pitches

INVESTOR

insights

agenda

Conference Day 1

Tuesday 10 September 2019

*Please note, this agenda is not final and subject to change at any given time.

TIMES
TOPICS

09:00

Registration and early morning refreshments

09:10

Welcome remarks from dmg events and chairperson

09:15

Keynote address: Moving from sustainability to regeneration –Maintaining a food system from agriculture to industry

To feed a growing global population we will need to double food production by 2050. In South Africa this means producing enough to feed as many as 73 million people, but with this forecast what is the plan to produce 50% more by 2050? With an increase in environmental awareness set to reach new heights the debate of providing food with a better nutritional value is set to grow. They say ‘to survive and thrive in future’ producers must leverage modern farming techniques, factories must transform the way they plan and supply chains must undergo a complete overhaul, but what does this mean for your business? Join us as we discuss the opportunities and challenges debunking normal food production and gain insights into how to achieve a sustainable food cycle, what new innovations are driving tomorrow’s food systems and how will sustainability impact our purchasing patterns?

10:00

Ingredient innovation – How is innovations driving ‘next generation’ products within the f&b sector?

This year manufacturers will use terms like ‘functional and healthy’ to launch new ingredients driving ‘real food’. Research indicates that changing food composition guidelines and shifting market trends resonates well with today’s consumers wanting healthier and nutritious products, but what does this mean for your business?

So a year down the line what impact has the drive towards less salt, sugar and msg had on new products lines and consumer choices?

Join us and hear from key thought leaders on what new product formulations are emerging and how innovation is driving these developments forward?

10:45

Meet the startups transitioning food

Hear 2 startups present their concept in a 10 minute snapshot

11:10

Morning refreshments and networking

11:30

How are food companies rethinking meat for the flexitarian consumer?

Grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and even fast food chains are hopping on the trend of offering more plant based options, with alternative proteins quickly becoming a staple of modern day diets. Consumers demand for ethical, sustainable and healthy sources of protein has fueled new growth, higher investments and innovation in both the alternative protein and dairy substitutes sectors. This session will look at what innovations are taking place to improve taste, texture and nutrition and what challenges need to be addressed?

Moderator:

Donovan Will, Director, ProVeg

Speakers:

12:15

Foodwaste – How is innovation creating smart solutions?

According to the CSIR a third of food produced in South Africa is wasted. That adds up to 10 million tons of lost food each year along our food supply chain.  As sustainability becomes mainstream a host of new technologies are emerging to help counteract food waste from farm to fork. This session will show you how technology developments will revolutionise the food industry.

Moderator:

Nicola Jenkin, Director, Pinpoint Sustainability

Speakers:

13:00

MEET THE STARTUPS TRANSFORMING FOOD

Hear startups present their concept in a 10 minute snapshot

13:10

NETWORKING LUNCHEON

14:00

MAKING MORE WITH LESS – HOW DO YOU DRIVE EFFICIENCY WITH DIGITALISATION

The use of big data to drive business is forecast to grow. Data based decisions are increasing efficiencies, driving category, stock and supply chain management, informing innovation and impacting margins.

Hear how digitalisation is driving supply chain and improving productivity.

14:45

BLOCKCHAIN IN ACTION – IS THIS INNOVATION THE ANSWER TO REBUILDING A “MESSY” FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN?

According to the WWF a bid to improve the traceability of supply chains around the world is top of agenda with a major focus on transparency. We have heard of farm to table, but what about source to table?

Hear leading experts discuss the latest innovations and showcase how using blockchain innovation can rebuild trust in the food industry.

15:30

What will food retail and delivery look like in 2030?

In this current economic climate, what are the current drivers of change in consumer behaviour? Gain insights into challenges and opportunities shaping the changing face of food retail and what it means for brand listings and the wider supply chain?

This session will discuss opportunities, what patterns retailers are spotting as shopper habits and channel choices change and how will these trends reshape the future of retail?

16:00

Round table discussion groups

Moderated by industry leaders, the interactive round table debates are your opportunity to meet and share ideas and insights with other delegates.

17:00

Networking cocktails

Conference Day 2

Wednesday 11 September 2019
TIMES
TOPICS

08:30

registration and early morning refreshments

09:00

Scale up successfully: The highs and lows of scaling a food start-up

Join Paul as he shares his views, successes and failures from hindsight to insight how to scale up to the next level.

Speaker:

09:20

The future of snacking – What are consumers craving?

According to a recent report ‘snack foods’ have undergone a massive change, which was once considered a guilty pleasure, today has become one of the fastest growing food categories for a nation of ‘on-the-go consumers’. Join us and hear leading experts share their views on what’s new in the snacking world, how changing consumer lifestyle’s are influencing eating habits and is the trend of ‘fresh’ and ‘convenient’ snacking the here to stay?

Moderator:

Kate Aitken, Marketing Strategist, HOLISTICA

SpeakerS:

10:10

Gut health: Is fortified foods driving good digestive health?

Digestive health is set to become a significant trend this year with more food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers continuing to develop new products designed to improve health beyond the yoghurt aisle. Digestive health is forecasted to grow over USD $50 billion by 2020 with the next generation of consumer wanting products and ingredients to function beyond calories and nutrition. Join us and gain insights into what type of foods and ingredients are key to improving your gut health, can this trend meet consumer demands and why ‘one size does not fit all when it comes to food’?

Speakers:

10:55

Meet the startups transforming food

Hear 2 startups present their concept in a 10 minute snapshot

11:15

MORNING REFRESHMENTS AND NETWORKING

11:30

Personalised nutrition: Roadmap to health and wellness

How do you move from tailored diets for a niche market to becoming an important part of health? What does the science tell us and how far have we come in the personalised nutrition space? This session will look at how we can take personalised nutrition and make it fit within a CPG model?

Speakers:

12:15

The ‘Green Rush’ – Is cannabis food’s next functional ingredient?

2019 belongs to plant-based ingredients, the most interesting being cannabis. Whatever your view point it looks like the use of cannabis as a functional ingredient is here to stay. It has been forecasted that the global market for cannabis infused beverages could reach USD $600 million by 2022 with CBD beverages accounting for USD $260 million with the remainder coming from THC infused beverages and edibles capturing 20% of the market.

With cannabis infused products emerging in the food and beverage market and large investments going into the space, is the cannabis craze here to stay?

This session looks at what’s out there already, what challenges need to be addressed and how will cannabis infused products mainstream as a functional ingredient?

13:00

Networking lunch

13:45

cellular agriculture – clean meat

14:30

Investor insight: Mapping the future of food?

New technologies in the food and beverage value chain are increasingly funded by a diverse range of investor base of venture capital, strategic venture arms and impact investors all uniquely motivated to help food and beverage map the market for the next generation of food entrepreneur.

Hear leading experts share their views on the barriers to growth and scaling solutions, what consumer trends are disrupting the landscape and what level of scalability can be expected?

Speakers:

15:15

Key outcomes / solutions

16:00

Closing refreshments

*Please note, this agenda is not final and subject to change at any given time.