AGENDA (Tentative)

Day One - 25th September
08:00 - 09:00
CEO Round Table (By Invitation Only)
Minister of Food Security, UAE, H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammed Al Mheiri will lead an invite only round table discussion on the role of the food industry in securing a robust national food security strategy.
08:30 - 9:30
Registration and networking
09:30 - 09:45
Role of the food industry in securing a robust national food security strategy
H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammed Al Mheiri
Minister of State for Food Security, UAE
09:45 - 09:55
Evolving role of food regulation
H.E. Abdulla Al Maeeni
Director General, Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology, UAE
09:55 - 10:05
How traditional and modern F&B brands are making our business sustainable and healthier?
Tariq Alwahedi, CEO, Agthia Group, UAE
10:05 - 10:15
Keynote address:
Winning strategies for food and beverage manufacturers to enter new markets
Abdulla Aujan, Executive Chairman, Aujan Industries
10:15 - 11:15
Panel Discussion One
Insights into the Future of Food Business that is expected to transform manufacturing and business practises
Tarek Sakka, CEO, Dubai Refreshments
Ahmed Belyouha, Chairman, Emirates Macroni Factory
Thamer Temairik, CEO Halwani Bros, KSA
Nestle Middle East, CEO
11:15 - 11:30
Networking break
11:30 - 11:50
Keynote Address
Innovations in Food and Beverage Production
Mr. Nadim Nakfoor, SVP, Pepsico Middle East, UAE
11:50 -12:30
Panel Discussion
Innovation in Food and Beverage Production
The future of food production, innovation and engineering could look very different from what we have taken for granted in the present day. The incorporation of several disciplines into the singular process of producing food could see a new age where food producers are able to server customers without compromising the taste or quality of the food.
Sumeet Mathur, CEO, Freisland Campina
Dominique Floch, Regional Director, Tate & Lyle DMCC
Jacek Plewa, GM, Global Food Industries
Nicole Rogers, Founder, Agriprocity
12:30 - 13:30
Networking Business Luncheon
13:40 - 14:30
Panel Discussion
Key Consumer Trends That are Transforming Food & Beverage Business
In an interesting panel discussion, experts will throw light on key trends in global food and beverage businesses and discuss how F&B manufacturers can stay on top of emerging challenges to continue offering quality products and meet changes in consumer preferences.
Dr. Suheel Ahmed, CEO, Arabian Farms
Shashank Vengsarkar, Managing Director, Dohler Middle East
Mintel, UK
14:30 - 14:50
Transformative Tech Keynote:
Future Of Factories
Panel Discussion
Future of Factories
Rory McCarthy, CCO, Yellow Door Energy
15:30 - 15:45
Conclusive remarks by FNB & End of Day
Day Two - 26th September
08:00 - 09:30

UAE Ministry of Economy Export and Trade Development Round Table for Food and Beverage Manufacturers (By Invitation Only)
A closed door round table discussion to discuss current and future trends in export market development for Food and Beverage Manufacturers. The discussion will be led by a senior representative of the UAE Ministry of Economy with the aim of preparing an action plan.

09:30 - 10:00
Registration and Networking
10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address:
From Grass to Glass - The inspiring story from Milk Production.
How F&B manufacturers can ensure control over the nutritional quality and safety aspects withinproduction.
Sumeet Mathur, CEO, Friesland Campina

10:30 - 10:55

Keynote Address:
Trends that are redefining traditional food business - how the industry should re-position
Mella Frewen, Director General, Food and Drink Europe, Belgium

10:35 - 10:50

Keynote Speech:
Importance of small retailers for manufacturers in UAE
Why are they important to F&B Manufacturers
How should you approach them? 

Shravan Narula, Founder, The small Data Store

11:10 - 12:10

Panel Session:
F&B Manufacturers Regulatory Challenges and Managing Regional Industry expectations
The aim of this session is to assess how to to craft regulatory reforms that produce better outcomes which are both economically desirable and politically feasible. The panelists will share interesting insights on how regulatory challenges can be identified and addressed through establishing industry-wide awareness, learnings from past experiences and setexpectations for the future.
Ahmed Elshal, General Secretary, Nutricia Middle East DMCC
Wael Ismail, Senior Director, Public Policy Government and Corporate Affairs, Pepsico Middle East
Redha Khalaf, Director, Regulatory Affairs, BRF
Abdul Majeed Alotaibi, Director Regulatory Affairs, Nestle
Moderator: Mona Ghobashi, MEA Scientific and Regulatory Affairs (SRA), MARS

10:50 - 11:10

Networking break

12:10 - 12:20

Keynote Address:
Panel Session: What can regional Food and Beverage manufacturers do to enhance their People and Human resources
Luke Truin, CEO, Food People

12:20 - 13:20

Panel Session:
Panel Session: What can regional Food and Beverage manufacturers do to enhance their People and Human Resources
People are as essential to business as are trends, prices and technology. Human resources must receive your careful attention - they affect most product, financial and marketing decisions. Whether you're running a small operation or a large corporation, aligning your business for success requires a strong and effective human resources plan, which includes hiring and keeping high performing, engaged people.
- Reduce turnover
- Improve the quality of the people you hire
- Make HR plans that have a positive and direct impact on your business
Mubarak Al Mansoori, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Agthia
Jacek Plewa, General Manager, Global Food Industries
Moderated by Luke Truin, CEO, Food People

13:20 - 14:30
Stream One - Disruptive Innovation
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO MEET NUTRIENT NEEDS AND PROVIDE HEALTH BENEFITS Join us for an exclusive workshop to explore the latest consumer trends in the Food and Beverage industry. Discover howsoluble fibres and sweetening solutions can help reduce sugar and calories without impact on sensory properties.
Today, consumers are focused on health more than ever and reducing calories and sugar intake is a top priority. However, many consumers struggle to find products that can help them achieve this goal without compromising taste. We will highlight how fibres and sweetening solutions can provide health benefits while reducing calories in foods and beverages without impacting taste.
Dominique Floch, Regional Director, Tate & Lyle DMCC
Stream Two - Food Regulation Best Practises
Stream Three - Transformative Tech
Stream Four- Food Business Safety
Networking Luncheon
End of the Day





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