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Draft program as at 13 April

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Symposium Welcome

Duration: 5 mins
9:05 AM - 9:40 AM

The Australian Economy

Nicki Hutley

Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist, with broad-based expertise gained over three... More

Duration: 35 mins
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Consumer Insights

Duration: 30 mins
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

AFGC Strategy

Tanya Barden OAM

Tanya Barden OAM, is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Food and Grocery Council. She... More

Duration: 20 mins
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Duration: 1 hour
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1: Supply Chain

Technology and the digital decade
Thomas O'Connor, Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Research and Advisory

Supply chain risk management and cyber security
Kate Hart, Strategic Operations Practice and Supply Chain Lead, Melbourne
Clif Triplett, Executive Director for Cybersecurity and Risk Management, Houston

We are operating in a complex, interconnected world and the events of 2020 have highlighted the challenge that this creates for our managing our local and global supply chains. CEO’s and Boards are under increased scrutiny when it comes their management of Environment, Social and Governance and Cybersecurity risks. Therefore, defining, diagnosing and monitoring supplier risks in a dynamic and seamless fashion has become top of mind for boards and executives alike.

Kearney will present perspectives on two key topics:

  1. Supplier risk management: understanding your tier 1-n supplier risk is increasingly important particularly in an environment where there is increased scrutiny on ESR accountabilities.  We’ll discuss an approach to identifying, understanding and managing risks along your supply chain.
  2. Cyber-attacks: the frequency and impact of cyber-attacks is increasing, and this trajectory is expected to continue.  We’ll discuss approaches to prevent such impacts on your business.
Thomas O'Connor

Thomas O'Connor is a Senior Director, Analyst for Gartner's Supply Chain Strategies team based... More

Clif Triplett

Clif worked with the Obama administration in 2016 to address the cybersecurity challenges... More

Kate Hart

Kate has been with Kearney for 9 years and has worked with leading Australian consumer products... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1: Sustainability

Strengthening the manufacturing and recycling sectors with circular economy principles and policies
The Hon. Trevor Evans MPAssistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management


Modern Slavery Act: Reflections from the first reporting cycle
Frances Finney PSM, Assistant Secretary | Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Branch, Australian Border Force

Climate Change
Monica Richter, Senior Manager, Low Carbon Futures Program, WWF-Australia, Project Director, Business Renewables Centre - Australia


The Hon Trevor Evans MP

Trevor Evans was sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental... More

Frances Finney PSM

Frances Finney is the Assistant Secretary of the Federal Government’s Modern Slavery and... More

Monica Richter

Monica Richter is an economist and social ecologist with extensive experience in environmental... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1: Trade

Global uncertainty and international trade
Dr Merriden Varrall, Director, Geopolitics Hub

The geopolitical landscape is changing with a speed and depth we have not experienced in our lifetimes. Structural shifts in global and regional power, threats to rules based international trade system and climate crises and are all in unprecedented motion and are all being exacerbated by COVID-19.

This analysis will explore how these geopolitical mega-trends are affecting the Australian food industry, generating both opportunities and risks.


Understanding global food and drink trends
Adriana Heinzen, Senior Consultant

The pandemic has caused a fundamental reset in human behaviour. Recognising this transformation, the session will explore global food and drink trends inspired by recent shifts in consumer purchases and attitudes across industries.

In 2021 and beyond, expect food and drink companies to create mental and emotional wellbeing solutions, deliver on new value needs, and use brands to celebrate people’s identities.

Join this session to learn more about how innovations can offer solutions for mental and emotional wellbeing creating a new foundation for healthy eating; respond to new definitions of trust, quality, and ‘essential’ and can balance a person’s need to feel unique and special with the desire to be part of communities of like-minded individuals.

Dr Merriden Varrall

Dr Merriden Varrall is Director of the Australia Geopolitics Hub at KPMG, where she helps... More

Adriana Heinzen

Adriana joined Mintel Consulting in 2019 to provide bespoke insights on consumer attitudes and... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1: Commercial

How market data can help in relationships with retailers
Ben Gilbert, Head of Australian Equity Research
Jarden Group

How to collaborate for mutual growth
John McLoughlin, Chief Executive Officer
The Advantage Group

Consumer insights and key data
Alistair Leathwood, Chief Commercial Officer, Asia Pacific

Ben Gilbert

Ben leads Jarden’s Australian research team and consumer sector coverage, developing... More

John McLoughlin

John McLoughlin is the CEO of The Advantage Group, International and a member of the... More

Alistair Leathwood

Alistair is IRI’s Chief Commercial Officer for the Asia Pacific region, covering... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Concurrent Session 1: Nutrition and Regulatory

Diet Sustainability

The transition toward healthy sustainable diets in Australia
Brad Ridoutt, Principal Research Scientist
CSIRO Agriculture and Food

Researchers often suggest large improvements in environmental sustainability are possible through dietary change. However, rarely do studies address the trade-offs between different environmental objectives and with nutrition. In Australia, CSIRO has developed a large body of evidence around healthy sustainable diets centred on a group of 9,341 individual daily diets obtained from the Australian Health Survey. This presentation will explore the realistic potential of dietary change and the share of environmental impact reduction that needs to occur in the food production system.

Sustainable consumption of Australian red meat
Veronique Droulez, Senior Manager - Food and Nutrition
Meat and Livestock Australia

Sustainable consumption of Australian red meat – the presentation will consider the role of red meat within the context of a healthy and sustainable diet for Australians and implications for the Australian red meat industry. Data and insights about Australians information wants and needs will be discussed and opportunities for driving demand for sustainable consumption through healthy, balanced meals.

The benefits of protein diversification 
Thomas KingChief Executive Officer
Food Frontier

Global economic, environmental and public health authorities have stressed that diversifying global protein production and consumption is essential to feed populations safely, nutritiously and sustainably into the future. Learn how plant-based proteins - including the new meat alternatives on the market - are meeting evolving consumer demands around health and sustainability, as well as the benefits to Australia of developing new protein industries.



Brad Ridoutt

Dr Ridoutt is a Principal Research Scientist with Australia’s national science agency... More

Veronique Droulez

Veronique Droulez is Senior Nutrition Manager at Meat & Livestock Australia with... More

Thomas King

Thomas is the founder and CEO of Food Frontier, Australia and New Zealand's independent think... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Duration: 1 hour
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 2: Supply Chain

Developments in MHE
Shantanu Bawari, Director Strategic Sales Planning
CHEP Australia

Breakthrough initiatives transforming how we think about products and shipments!
Marcel Sieira, Chief Customer Officer
GS1 Australia 

Over 40 years ago, business leaders in the food and grocery industry agreed on a single standard for product barcodes that transformed the face of retail globally. Today, a new group of global leaders is once again setting the direction for the next generation of barcodes with even greater impact for the industry in future. Similarly, increased focus on transport and logistics has led to the development and endorsement of global standards to better manage freight, domestically and across borders. These standards are providing the foundations for the new Freight Data Hub, a Federal Government initiative that will transform freight management, increase visibility, and improve productivity. In this session, GS1’s Marcel Sieira will provide the background and details of these two initiatives, the benefits to FMCG industry stakeholders and expected timelines AFGC members need to be aware of.

AFGC Supply Chain Survey
Dan Knox, Director

Woolworths Supply Chain Update
Paul Hill, General Manager Supply Chain Development
Woolworths Group

Shantanu Bawari

Shantanu Bawari is the Director of Strategic Sales Planning at CHEP Australia. Over the last... More

Marcel Sieira

As Chief Customer Officer Marcel is part of the GS1 Senior Executive Team, assisting to develop... More

Dan Knox

Dan Knox is a Director at GRA (now part of Accenture) specialising in S&OP/IBP and supply... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 2: Sustainability

Food waste initiatives including the Australian Food Pact
Mark Barthel, Chief Operating Officer
Stop Food Waste Australia

Have you ever wondered how much food is wasted globally or in Australia and what to do about it? Since 2004, Mark has worked in 16 countries to quantify, reduce and transform the food we waste. He will cover the volumes, values and root causes of food waste in Australia and the strategies and tactics to address it in food manufacturing value chains. He will also introduce the Australian Food Pact, a new voluntary agreement program to reduce food waste and food insecurity, and to unlock new value through food transformation, innovation and collaboration.

Woolworths Sustainability Plan 2025
Fiona Walmsley, Head of Sustainability Governance
Woolworths Group

National Plastics Recycling Scheme
Barry Cosier, Director, Sustainability
Australian Food and Grocery Council

Mark Barthel

Mark joined the Fight Food Waste CRC team as a Special Advisor in August 2019 having moved from... More

Fiona Walmsley

Barry Cosier

Barry has extensive experience from both the grocery industry and the resource recovery... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 2: Trade

Panel Discussion: New frontiers for Growth

Post COVID world will see unequal economic recoveries, disparate category growths and new consumer preferences, presenting both challenges and opportunities for diversification and growth.

Join this session to understand which markets present new frontiers for growth, learn how to succeed in these markets and what Government support is available.

Panel Members

Bruno Mascart, Founder and President, Altios International

Maya Shehayeb, General Manager Australasia, Euromonitor

Anne Maree Weston, Head, Agribusiness & Food Centre of Excellence, Austrade


In conversation: Developments in global regulatory and traceability policies

Since the pandemic countries have been introducing new policies and regulations which have potential to impact market access. Product traceability is also rapidly becoming a minimum entry requirement in export markets with government authorities and retail networks.  

Join this session and hear about the latest global regulatory and traceability policy developments and how exporters can prepare for these.

YiFan Jiang

YiFan is Head of Science & Regulatory Affairs of Food Industry Asia (FIA), where she leads... More

Dr Geoffrey Annison

Dr. Geoffrey Annison is Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health, Nutrition and... More

Patrik Jonasson

Patrik Jonasson manages GS1’s Asia-Pacific regional government affairs, with a specific... More

Anne Maree Weston

Anne Maree is a highly-experienced finance and economics professional who has spent over 30... More

Maya Shehayeb 

Maya is the General Manager of Australasia at Euromonitor International with more than... More

Bruno Mascart

Originally from an engineering background (graduated from Lille University in 1987 with Masters... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 2: Commercial

A day in the life of a buyer
Paul Bull, Managing Director
Real World Marketing


The future of Ecommerce
David White, Partner
National Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Sector Lead
Deloitte Australia

John BouAntoun, Principal
Deloitte Digital

Paul Bull

Paul Bull is the Chief Customer Officer of Real World Marketing and has over twenty years FMCG... More

David White

With more than 20 years’ experience working in the UK and Australia providing assurance... More

John BouAntoun

John BouAntoun is a Principal at Deloitte Digital.  With over 10 years’ experience in... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 2: Nutrition and Regulatory

Labelling and Policy

Putting the rules into tools - industry best practice guidance on Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL)
Georgina Christensen, VITAL Coordinator
Allergen Bureau

The Allergen Bureau provides industry guidance resources to assist with food allergen management, labelling, identifying potential allergens in your product, and determining whether and how they should be declared. Our best practice guidance resources are designed to help the food industry to approach allergen management and labelling in a consistent manner. With the introduction of Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) into the ANZ Food Standards Code, we have updated our key guidance resources to help the food industry with their mandatory declaration requirements under PEAL and to assist with PEAL compatible precautionary allergen labelling (PAL).


The Future of Food Labelling
Glen Neal, General Manager - Risk Management and Intelligence
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand

Glen will outline the current FSANZ proposals that may impact food labelling and then speculate feverishly about what a food label could look like in 10 years' time.

A partnership approach to preventative health - what role could or should industry play?
Gillian Duffy, Assistant Director Food and Nutrition Policy
Population Health Division, Preventative Health Policy Branch

Department of Health

Georgina Christensen

Georgina Christensen is the VITAL® Coordinator for the Allergen Bureau and has been in this... More

Glen Neal

Glen is responsible for the risk management and intelligence functions associated with... More

Gillian Duffy

Gillian Duffy is acting Director of the Food and Nutrition Policy team at the Australian... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
3:30 PM - 3:35 PM

Symposium Ends

Duration: 5 mins