Exports conference

Exports conference: still time for early-bird ticket

By Michael Stones

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Boosting food and drink exports is the aim of our one-day conference on October 5
Boosting food and drink exports is the aim of our one-day conference on October 5

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There is still time to buy early-bird tickets for the Food Manufacture Group’s exports conference – to take place at Ardencote Manor, Warwickshire on Thursday October 5 – ahead of the deadline (July 31).

The Food Export Conference will arm delegates with the latest advice on launching food and drink exports sales and growing existing sales.

From identifying financing opportunities to boost exports, to legal requirements and how to identify the best overseas markets for your product category, if you are interested in food and drink export sales, Ardencote Manor is the place to be on Thursday October 5.

Speakers taking part include: Adam Buckley, international sales director, Premier Foods, Ed Wright, export director, Cranswick and Richard Clothier, Wyke Farms. Read the full list of confirmed speakers in the box below.

Confirmed speakers

Early bird tickets for the one-day conference cost £328.00 + VAT​. From Wednesday (July 20) the ticket price will rise to £410 plus VAT.

The conference is being staged by the Food Manufacture Group in partnership with sister titles British Baker​ and Meat Trades Journal​.

Commenting on the conference Rod Addy, editor Meat Trades Journal​ said: “With the UK’s course set on a Brexit, there’s all to play for in the export market and making the right moves at the right time is crucial. This conference is designed to equip your business to do exactly that.”

While British food and drink exports topped £20bn for the first time​ last year, only in one-in-five food and drink manufacturers currently sell overseas. So, why not take advantage of the advice on offer at our conference to join the list of successful food and drink exporters?

Food export conference programme

09:00​ Registration and refreshments


09:15​ Welcome on behalf of Food Manufacture, British Baker and Meat Trades Journal

Delivered by Mike Stones, group editor, Food Manufacture


09:20​ Opening remarks by morning chairman


SESSION 1​: The world’s your oyster – taking British food and drink across the globe


09:30 The size of the food and drink export prize: what are overseas consumers looking for?

Alexander Kottke, senior research analyst at Euromonitor International


09:50What is government doing to help food and drink exporters?

Tony Lamb, head of the food and drink team, Department for International Trade


10:10Barriers to entry into new markets

Nicola Thomas, member of the management team at Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) and head of food and drink at Santander


10:30 Coping with volatile currencies and economies

James Walton, chief economist, IGD


10:50 Coffee


SESSION 2: View from the coalface


11:10 The big picture ambient

Adam Buckley, international sales director, Premier Foods


11:25 The big picture meat

Ed Wright, export director, Cranswick


11:40 The small picture

* Richard Clothier, Wyke Farms

* Mark Hayward, partner, Dingley Dell Pork

* Nick Brennand, sales director, The Ice Co.


12:10 Help for new exporters

Barrie Kilfeather, senior international director markets, Santander


12:25 Joint working for export approval

Dr. Phil Hadley, international market development director, AHDB




13:00 Lunch


14:00 Welcome and opening remarks by afternoon chairman

Mike Stones, group editor, Food Manufacture


SESSION 3: Exporting in a world after Brexit


14:05 Access to the EU single market, bilateral agreements and WTO rules

Allie Renison, head of Europe an trade policy, Institute of Directors.


14:20 The view from Northern Ireland

Michael Bell, executive director, Northern Ireland Food & Drink


14:35 The view from Wales
Speaker to be confirmed


14:40. The view from Scotland

Scottish bakery representative


15:05 Coffee


SESSION 4: Tips on export success


15:20 A baker’s tale

Jeremy Gilboy, md, Carrs Foods


15:35 A butcher’s tale
Speaker to be confirmed


15:50 A drink exporter’s tale

David Williamson, director of public affairs, Scotch Whisky Association, on the prospects of increasing exports of whisky to India




16:35 Closing remarks


16:40​ Conference closes


Reserve your early-bird tickets here​.


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