FIA Food for the Future Summit returns with focus on driving food innovation across Asia in Sustainability, Wellness and Convenience

Following the success of FIA’s inaugural Food for the Future Summit in 2018, the senior executive-focused industry conference will return this April to address key topics across sustainability, wellness and convenience.

Due to take place on 25th of April, Food for the Future Summit 2019 will gather some of the region’s leading multinational food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers, ingredients suppliers and retailers as well as entrepreneurs and innovators who are driving change. The highly anticipated summit promises to be a platform for attendees to engage in fruitful interactions and learning.

FIA Executive Director, Matt Kovac, said, “Every year, we set out to choose a theme that encompasses the forward-looking trends in the food and beverage industry. The three main topics of the upcoming summit – Sustainability, Wellness and Convenience – are very much in line with the industry’s focus areas and will continue to dominate innovations in the years ahead.”

Key issues to be covered include the rise of modern and healthy eating, e-commerce, personalised nutrition, novel foods and the importance of the circular economy.

“Through this event, we hope to inspire uncommon collaborations and networking opportunities between big and small players in the food sector. In 2018, we brought together 350 global leaders across the food supply chain and similarly, we are expecting even bigger group of companies from agri-business to ingredients players through to brands and retailers.

“We have an exciting line-up of speakers who will be sharing their views on specific topics as well as breakout workshops to gather critical insights related to sustainability, health & wellness and convenience. It will be an exciting event to create uncommon collaborations,” said Mr Kovac.

Speakers include Dilhan C. Fernado, Chief Executive Officer of Dilmah Tea, Alan Reilly, former Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and Adjunct Professor from the University College Dublin Institute of Food and Health; Dr Virginia Chia, Professor-in-Residence at entrepreneurship programme Platform E; Ehab AbouOaf, Regional President of Mars Wrigley Confectionery (Asia-Australia, Middle East & Africa) and Maurizio Brusadelli, Executive Vice President & President of Mondelez International (Asia-Pacific, Middles East & Africa).

Attendees will also learn more about the latest innovations from up-and-coming entrepreneurs such as David Christian, Co-founder of seaweed based biopackaging company Evoware, and Ng Pei Kang, Chief Executive Officer of eco-food packaging house TRIA Sustainable Packaging, as well as Asia Insect Farm Solutions (AIFS), Callery’s, Cleantech Solar and JR Group.

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FIA was founded in July 2010 by a group of leading food and beverage companies. From our base in Singapore, we seek to enhance the industry's role as a trusted partner in the development of science-based policy in the region. FIA provides an important hub for advocacy and debate. We bring together the food industry's most senior business leaders to champion initiatives that promote sustainable growth and support regional policies that deliver harmonised results.