Food Industry Asia's 7th Annual General Meeting and Leaders' Debate


Food Industry Asia (FIA) will record its 7th Annual General Meeting today; in the seven years since its launch, the eight member companies that set up the association have now hit a milestone of a network of nearly 40 members and partners.

In addition to the formal procedural aspects, this year’s AGM will feature an intriguing and topical keynote presentation on "The Future of Food" by Mr David Marx, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Science Kitchen. Mr Marx will give an overview of what the future of food is expected to look like, highlight food innovation trends, and touch on how these trends will change the food & beverage landscape.


An engaging Leaders’ Debate on “How Innovation Is Changing the Food & Beverage Industry” will follow Mr Marx’s presentation, and is expected to look into how innovation will play a part in feeding nearly nine billion people by 2050. The panel will be moderated by Mr Jeff Haas, Global Head of Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain & Commodities, Thomson Reuters, and will feature viewpoints from Dr Iain Brownlee, Director of Operations, Food & Human Nutrition, Newcastle University, Ms Katharina Unger, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, LIVIN Farms, and Mr Lennart Bjurström, Heart of People & Process, Food for Progress.

Mr Matt Kovac, Executive Director of FIA, said this year’s AGM will present an opportunity not only to showcase FIA’s journey and growth over the past seven years, but also to raise awareness of the role the association plays in the Asia region, on topics such as food industry innovation as the world looks to feed a growing population in a sustainable and nutritious manner.

“I am delighted that FIA can be at the forefront of this debate. Our keynote presentation and leader’s debate are designed to get the conversation going on the role of the public and private sectors collaborating on food innovation,” he said.

“As FIA now embarks on its seventh year of operation as the 'voice of the food industry in Asia', we will continue to build on the power of multi-stakeholder partnerships to work toward a vibrant food & beverage industry in Asia, based on FIA’s core pillars of Health and Nutrition, Food Safety and Harmonisation,” Mr Kovac concluded.


FIA's 2017 AGM will be attended by members from the food & beverage industry; representatives from the public and academic sectors such as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Health Promotion Board (HPB), Forum for the Future, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Spring Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Save the Children, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the EAT Forum, Interpol; FIA partner organisations such as IGD, Thomson Reuters; and national industry associations such as the Philippine Food Chamber, Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and the National Chamber of Commerce & Industry Brunei Darussalam. The Leader’s Debate will also mark the launch of Food Vision Asia 2017, which will be held at the same venue on 26 and 27 April.