Food and drink businesses are being urged to attend an upcoming conference aimed at taking a sustainable approach to their business, as a way of developing business leads and boosting sales, whilst adding value to brands with a focus on how packaging and waste are key to success.
Organised by Food Innovation Wales in partnership with Business Wales, the one day event takes place on 16 October at Food Centre Wales in Horeb, Ceredigion. Aimed at small individual producers and SMEs through to larger manufacturers, the conference will look at highly topical industry issues that include sustainable packaging, process efficiency improvements and waste prevention.
The UK market for sustainably produced food and drinks is currently estimated to be worth £8.64 billion and is growing 5% year on year. To remain competitive, it’s imperative that Welsh food and drink businesses take the lead in being as environmentally sustainable as possible, with retail, wholesale and the public sectors all actively seeking suppliers that help them meet their corporate social responsibility and legislative objectives.
Representatives from across the supply chain will discuss their commercial approach to zero waste and the circular economy, as well as providing the practical advice for businesses to make more informed sustainable packaging choices. Featuring a mix of keynote speakers, interactive workshops and one to one advisory meetings, the experts on hand to offer advice include Iain Cox of Ecostudio, Kinza Sutton of Plastipak and Jonathan Hughes of Pennotec, as well as representatives from Volac, The Parsnipship, Cwtch Glamordy and Natural Weigh.
Arwyn Davies, Business Development Manager at Food Centre Wales, said:
“The food industry is responding seriously to the sustainability agenda, and an increasing number of food companies are seeking advice about what they can become more sustainable whilst achieving their growth ambitions. We’re delighted that are number of industry experts have agreed to take part in this event to share their knowledge. I’ve no doubt that food and drink businesses will benefit greatly from attending.’
Iain Cox, Director of Ecostudio, added:
“This conference comes at critical time for the industry. Sustainability sells more than ever before. Trade buyers and consumers want food and drink products from brands they can trust. Provenance, good ethics, packaging and waste prevention are all areas that Welsh businesses can gain advantage.
We know the Welsh Government is fully behind moves to make Wales a truly ‘circular economy’ and fit for our ‘future generations’. This event will help businesses start to grapple with some of these sustainability opportunities to become more profitable.”
Registration is now open for the Zero Waste conference at the Food Centre Wales on 16 October. To register please visit http://www.foodcentrewales.org.uk/news-events/zero-waste-conference/
The event is a knowledge transfer event for food businesses in Wales and spaces are limited.