The UK Fruit & Vegetable Congress & Awards 2019 promises to be the must-attend conference of the fresh produce calendar, bringing together leading speakers from across the retail, supply, marketing and wider fruit and vegetable sector to discuss the key issues of the day.
Monday 7 October 2019
18:30 - 19:00 DELEGATE REGISTRATION
19:00- 21.30 The UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards Social
Fun and informal evening when the winners will be presented with the trophies.
Tuesday 8 October 2019
08:45 - 09:30 Registration and coffee - FPJ Live expo opens
The main stage will feature FPJ Live’s popular, TV-show style format, with punchy presentations, on-stage interviews and multimedia offering a varied and exciting programme.
09:30 - 10:30 PRODUCTION & Trade
The opening session puts the focus on politics, production and trade, looking at some of the major topics facing the UK industry, as well as speaking to major players to hear about their latest developments.
Tom Watson, MP
Mark Culley, The Orchard Fruit Company
John Gray, Angus Soft Fruits
10:30 -11:00 coffee & connect
Make new connections over a morning cuppa!
11:00 - 12:00 RETAIL & MARKETING
This session puts the focus on the latest trends in UK retail, as well as looking at dynamic approaches to marketing fresh produce.
12:00 - 12:30 FPJ Life Stories
sponsored by MorePeople
This special session features an in-depth interview with one of the UK industry's leading lights, looking at their personal and professional stories and giving the audience the chance to put their questions.
12:30 - 13:45 Networking Lunch
13:45 - 14:45 Wholesale & Foodservice
This session looks at the exciting and fast-growing foodservice and wholesale sectors, speaking to major players at both market and chef level to discuss the major issues affecting business.
Chris Hutchinson, Spitalfields Market Tenants Association
14:50 - 15:00 CHARITABLE ENDEAVOUR
A look at an innovative charitable endeavour raising money for good causes.
Sally Orange, Mind Over Matter
15:00 - 15:20 BIG INTERVIEW
The closing session features an in-depth interview with a major current industry leader.
THE BIG DEBATE
The Big Debate stage will host panel discussions on major topics such as Boosting Fresh Produce Nutrition and The Next Generation.
10:00 - 10:30 ADDING NUTRITION TO FRESH PRODUCE
This panel debate features a number of industry experts looking at how the fresh produce trade could benefit from adding extra nutritional qualities to fruit and veg.
11:00 - 11:45 The Consumer View
The results of exclusive research for FPJ Live into consumer view packaging and sustainability will be unveiled by England Marketing
14:00 - 14:30 THE NEXT GENERATION
This panel discussion hears from some of the leading young professionals in the fresh produce industry about the issues facing new entrants to the business.
Ben Bardsley, NextGen Fruit Group
#freshtalks will see a series of video interviews with industry experts recorded for later broadcast on Fruitnet’s new channel, freshtalks.tv.