The Food South Australia Summit is recognised by industry leaders and decision makers as the peak conference for the state’s food and beverage industry. Hosted by Food South Australia, the program for this one day annual event is carefully crafted to provide food and beverage manufacturers, producers, buyers, and policy makers with essential updates and practical input from experts. It’s also the day to network with the decision makers in our industry. Not to be missed!
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Food South Australia Summit 2017: New Directions
Held on Wednesday 5 April at the inspiring Ian McLachlan Room at Adelaide Oval, the 2017 Food South Australia Summit program took the theme of ‘new directions’ to examine innovations in food, consumer trends, and business models. The seventh Summit was a day for learning and networking as the industry came together to explore emerging challenges and opportunities to meet the demands of future eating habits and choices.
Innovation is the word of the moment, but what does it really mean, and how do you do it? At the Summit, we heard from Food Innovation Partners’ Director Russel Rankin, Angeline Achariya, CEO of the Food Innovation Centre at Monash University, and Deloitte Digital Adelaide’s Managing Partner Andrew Culley on a range of aspects of successful innovation, including how to de-risk the process, how to commercialise through networking and the role your digital strategy can play.
The presentations included a wrap on food trends taking consumers by storm internationally from Mintel’s Australia and New Zealand Account Director Justin Nel, to down to earth practical advice for food and beverage businesses starting out on retail distribution on how to work with buyers from ChessMate Consulting’s MD Jean-Yves Heude.
Participants heard from experts including Bickford Group’s Angelo Kotses and Woodside Cheese Wright’s Kris Lloyd about the essential business skills that have helped them achieve sales, growth and garner a swag of awards. Keynote speaker and leading business commentator Peter Switzer challenged everyone to make the essential time in your day to work on strategies for growth and greatness, while Moore Stephens South Australia’s Director Tim Sargent unpacked the finance puzzle of where those elusive profits are hiding and Associate Professor Sevetlana Bogomolova from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science blew away a few myths about the value truly loyal consumers really deliver.
Visy’s Simon Gray showcased packaging developments and Sundrop Farms’ Managing Director Steve Marafiote told us a tale of sun, sand, seawater that has led to a groundbreaking 10 year exclusive contract with Coles.
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