The Food South Australia Summit is an intensive annual industry education event, enabling food and beverage industry professionals to update their knowledge of trends, challenges and opportunities at the global and local level. 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 industry experts.
The Food South Australia Summit is recognised by industry leaders and decision makers as the peak conference for the sector in South Australia. Many companies use the event as an opportunity to efficiently gather key insights that will enable them to work on their business rather than just in their business, and as an opportunity for staff development.
The Food South Australia Summit attracts approximately 200 delegates each year and is presented with funding support from the Government of South Australia.
For further information about the Food South Australia Summit, contact Food South Australia’s Events and Sponsorship Manager, Kathryn Pullman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food South Australia Summit 2018: The Next BIG Thing
The 2018 Food South Australia Summit was held on 11 July at the Ian McLachlan Room at Adelaide Oval. The theme for 2018 was ‘The Next BIG Thing’ and the day’s program led delegates from a global perspective of macro trends affecting the industry through to local initiatives and learnings with immediate practical application in any size of food or beverage manufacturing business.
Presenters included: Phil Ruthven (IBISWorld), Professor Tom Reardon (Michigan State University), Shaun Westcott (HMPS), Andrew Kneebone (Visy), Tania Carey (FPE), Stuart Hincksman (Openbook Howden), Professor Andy Lowe (University of Adelaide), Tim Sargent (Moore Stephens SA), Ulli Spranz (B.-d Farm Paris Creek), Dr David Kannar (Nutrition Innovation), Brenton Woolston (AlmondCo), Nick Makris (Costa Exchange), Ed Vercoe (Oleapak Olive Oil), Chantale Millard (Maggie Beer Products and Justin Nel (Mintel), and our guest for the On The Couch interview was Glenn Cooper AM. The day was facilitated by our MC and passionate food journalist, David Sly.
Read the 2018 wrap up here.
Download the 2018 program here.
The 2018 Summit was also proudly sponsored by Moore Stephens South Australia, Statewide Super and Openbook Howden.
2017 Food South Australia Summit: New Directions
Held on 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.