Editor Rod Addy will present key findings from the anonymous survey at Food Manufacture’s annual Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF), which is sponsored by law firm Walker Morris. It takes place at 30 Euston Square, London on 21 January, commencing with registration at 0845 and concluding at 2pm after networking and a buffet lunch.
The survey covers a wide variety of topics, many of which touch on items that will be covered at the BLF and the cut-off point for responses is Tuesday 14 January.
Six core areas
Questions are broken down into six core areas: trading relationships; skills and employment; market conditions; exports and other trading relationships; environmental management; and product development.
Senior managers, directors, managing directors and chief executives still have time to add their opinions to the growing volume of responses. The multiple-choice questionnaire can be completed in five minutes.
In addition to being made available to BLF delegates, results of the research will be made available online and in print.
The BLF is held every year in January to allow senior industry executives to network and gain insights from their peers to inform their business’ agenda in the coming year. It takes the form of a debate held according to Chatham House rules on subjects chosen by the editorial team.
BLF chairman Geoff Eaton
This year, the event will be chaired by Geoff Eaton, chairman of New England Seafood International, executive chairman of Butcher’s Petcare. Eaton is also chairman of judges for the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, which are being held at the Marriott hotel, Grosvenor Square on 13 February.
Attendance at the BLF is by exclusive invitation from the editor of Food Manufacture and is only open to senior leaders working within the food and drink processing sector.
Those willing to be quoted often appear in videos or text articles. Last year, Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney urged delegates to waste no time in preparing for a no-deal Brexit.
Naturally, Brexit will also feature prominently in this year’s event.