Investing in the future

foodandhospitalityThe African Food & Beverage Conference, to be held on 4 May 2016 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand during Food & Hospitality Africa, is a must for all processors and manufacturers of food and beverages in South Africa and on the African continent. 

According to Jolanda van de Spreng of VDS Media, the number of product fails in the industry highlights the importance of attending and networking at the event. ‘54 per cent of products fail in Nigeria because they are unable to stand out; 48 per cent fail in East Africa because of insufficient consumer pull and 64 per cent fail in South Africa due to inadequate value.’ The line-up at the event is impressive and focuses on a number of topical issues affecting the industry.

Overview of events:

 09:30-10:15

The African food and beverage market overview: Opportunties for Africa

  • An overview of the local food and beverage industry provides insights into the demand by consumption type, demographic spread, market size and economic impacts segmented into confectionary, dairy, meat, pulses, grains and fruits
  • Current food and beverage trends will be discussed and debated providing industry thought leaders with a sense of how the industry is developing locally and how this compares with the international food and beverage market
  • The top food and beverage trends – ingredients, consumers, healthy eating, food preparation
  • Growth pockets in Africa – challenges and opportunities

10:15-11:00

R.429 Draft food labelling regualtions: How will the proposed legislation impact the value chain?

  • Demystifying food labels – understanding what the provisions claims are for glycaemic index and glycaemic load, reduction of disease risks, whole grain concept, oral health, physical performance, slimming and weight management
  • Understanding what claims are likely to be permitted?
  • The prohibition on the use of trade name/trademarks that make health claims or have a nutrient connotation
  • The prohibition on advertising of “unhealthy” foodstuffs to children under the age of 18
  • What are the implications of the above for food manufacturers, retailers, brand owners and the consumer

11:00-11:30 – Coffee & Networking

11:30-12:15

The future of food manufacturing in Africa – Innovation as an enabler

  • Understanding consumers – needs and aspirations
  • How the food industry should strategise to capitalise on the growing African markets and PP partnerships
  • Ensuring the sustainability of quality ingredients sourcing
  • Trends driving consumer behaviour

12:15-12:45 

The power of flavour: Where taste meets nutrition and beyond

  • New ingredient solutions and flavour combinations influencing consumer purchasing behaviour
  • Attracting millennials– what does this new generation want to eat, how do we attract them, and more importantly, retain them?
  • Interactions between aroma and taste – are tastes and smell interchangeable?
  • Flavour trends across African markets – how are these innovations translated to meeting the needs of consumers?

 12:45-13:15

Consumer is King! Demystifying millennials in the food and beverage industry

It has been estimated that 64 million Millennials will be shopping by 2020 making up 50 per cent of the work force – can you afford not to know what they value?

13:15-14:00 – Lunch & Networking

14:00-14:30 

Follow the money:

Opportunities in Food & Beverage Technology as an investment in Africa

  • What is driving today’s investment in the African food tech space?
  • Africa as a high growth region – driving food technology demand

14:30-15:00 

Innovative new product developments: Creating food and beverages fit for the future

Inputs from various beverage producers encompassing consumer trends, new product development and key drivers influencing consumer purchasing behavior.

15:00-15:30 

Marketing into Africa – Are emerging markets driving the future?

  • Creating opportunities across diverse markets – how important is food and beverage innovation in brand positioning?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities: engaging with consumers with different cultures
  • Can new markets keep growth fizzing?

Conference Registration Fees – R2 200 per delegate per day.
SANBWA, SAFJA, IPSA & BEVSA Members – R2 000.

Full registration fees for this conference include: name tag, entrance, comprehensive programme, tea / coffee and lunch.

To register or for further information contact:

VDS Media
Jolanda van de Spreng
Tel: +27 76 424 0831
Email: jolanda@vdsmedia.co.za



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