The UK Fruit & Vegetable Congress & Awards 2018 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.

To propose a conference topic or to take part as a speaker or expert panelist please contact: michael@fpj.co.uk

Monday 8 October 2018

19.00 The UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards Social

Fun and informal evening when the winners will be presented with the trophies.

Tuesday 9 October 2018

09:00 - 09:30 Registration and coffee - FPJ Live expo opens

09:30 - 10:30 Production & Trade

From the big issues facing the UK horticulture industry to ideas to help boost production, this session features leading producers, industry experts and more discussing how to stay ahead in the current challenging environment.

  • Jacqui Green - Berry Gardens
  • Gavin Knight - Halo
  • Eric Duncan - Coveris
  • Professor Tim Lang - City, University of London
  • Professor Huw Jones - University of Aberystwyth

10:30 -11:00 NETWORKING BREAK

11:00 - 12:00 Better Retailing & Logistics

The retail landscape is changing fast, and the fresh produce industry has to be on the ball to keep up with it. Hearing from supermarkets, analysts and other experts, this session tackles the big issues facing UK retailing and how it impacts on the supply chain.

  • Finbar Cartlidge - Sainsbury's
  • Julien Roberts - Sainsbury's
  • Ed Griffiths - Kantar Worldpanel

12:00 - 12:30 FPJ Life Stories

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.

  • Andrew Burgess - Produce World
  • William Burgess - Produce World
  • Jason Burgess - Produce World

12:30 - 13:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:45 Wholesale & Foodservice

This session puts the focus on the burgeoning eating-out sector, speaking to wholesale suppliers, caterers and chefs to hear about the latest development in this crucial area of the trade.

  • Richard Hickson - Premier Fruits
  • Mick Elysée - Chef

14:45 -15:15 NETWORKING BREAK

15:15 - 16:00 Boosting Consumption

Great work is being done to help increase consumption of fruit and vegetables in the UK. This session puts the focus on some of that good work, as well as offering ideas and inspiration to help accelerate the process further.

  • Sarah Calcutt - English Apples & Pears

16:30 Summary and Close

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