SAAFFI to host virtual seminar on saving the planet

The countdown to the 19th annual SAAFFI seminar has begun and this year it will be a virtual affair.

If it is true that, to quote the great woman activist, Rosa Parks, one person can change the world, then how much better, faster and more effectively can an entire industry sector change the world for good!

SAFFI seminar save the date
The virtual seminar will be held over two days – Tuesday 20 April and Wednesday 21 April

Wake up

The 2021 annual SAAFFI seminar themed “Save the Planet – Wake Up, Grow Up, Speak Up!”, aims to highlight the initiatives in the flavour, fragrance and related sectors that are currently influencing thought and practice in the areas of environmental awareness and action towards the sustainability of our precious planet. The flavour and fragrance sector has much to teach in this arena, and is a leading light in its environmental initiatives internationally.

The virtual seminar which will be held over two days – Tuesday 20 April and Wednesday 21 April – offers a programme packed with exciting offerings. Click here to register for the event.

Sharon Bolel, assistant executive director of SAAFFI was animated in her comments: “The online conferencing package we are using is a sophisticated platform that more-than replicates a live convention! We are excited at the prospect of using ground-breaking technology partners to introduce our delegates to a new and exciting world of online events!”

Bolel continued: “The amazing organising committee has been creative in putting together a programme which incorporates world-class speakers, an interactive workshop (for which the SAAFFI seminar has become renowned!) and a brilliant set-up to facilitate networking and meetings.”

International speakers

International speakers include Maxime Marchal, sustainability project manager for IFRA and IOFI, as well as public affairs manager at IOFI, and Dr Berangere Magarinos-Rouchat, chief sustainability officer, Firmenich.

Prof Nick Binedell, strategy professor at GIBS Business School, will present a keynote closing address on economic implications for South Africa resulting from the pandemic, and ideas thinking forward, of strategies to deal with these effects.

Flavour and fragrance trends presentations are always a highlight of the SAAFFI event and this year the topic will be presented with the interesting additional angle of the effect of changed consumer behaviours due to Corona.

The growing interest in plant-based foods and the impact on product concept and development is sure to be of interest to the broader food industry. Neil Taylor, chief operating officer at Infinite Foods will share some insights from the “inside” of this community.

Much has been said about recyclable and refillable packaging as a step towards “saving the planet”. Dom Moleto of the Refillery, will lead delegates on a journey through the refill revolution. 

Other confirmed presentations, all on topics which are a good fit with the theme, include “Bees – what is the buzz in SA?” and “Waste Pickers – is their lifestyle a load of garbage?”

The SAAFFI 19th annual seminar is an industry event which offers so much for so many. Those who attend are sure to take away added skills, useful information, and a solid dose of career-oriented motivation. An event not to be missed by any serious professional! There is even the promise of a jam-packed goody bag for the first 250 registered delegates!

SAAFFI, the South African Association of the Flavour & Fragrance Industry, represents all aspects of the flavour, fragrance and allied industries. It unites the industry across non-competitive issues, freeing up individual organisations to grow their business.



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