Food and Grocery Australia Virtual Conference Program
as at 1 February 2021
Opening Keynote - 2nd Renaissance
COVID-19 unleashed the largest and fastest human behaviour change project at scale - ever. 10 years’ worth of digital acceleration was compressed into a single year. While some new consumer behaviours might be a flash in the pan (sourdough at home?), others, like conscious consumerism, sustainability, and online grocery shopping are here to stay. Pandemics like the Black Plague and the Spanish Flu have had a history of leading to large scale societal changes and behavioural shifts and this time is no different. Recessions have also tended to be baptisms of fire for challenger brands, incumbents, and new business models, and thanks to technology and innovation we are now at the dawn of a new era of human creativity, humanism, and planetarian consciousness. Find out what this means for the re-design of your brand story in the near future.
Brands as a force for good and growth
This keynote presentation will explore the importance of brands and the role they play in driving business growth and societal change. The business case is clear. Subtle but important shifts in societal aspirations mean brands must discover their role in the ‘next economy’. Failing to engage employees in meaningful ways will impact talent, productivity, and culture. Neglecting the new and rising expectations of consumers will put brands at an increasing disadvantage. So how do we inspire, engage, and equip business leaders and practitioners to see social and environmental challenges as an essential driver of brand growth, innovation, and impact? How do we leverage synergies between internal and external stakeholders to deepen employee and consumer loyalty? How do we shape society in ways that inspire all stakeholders to build our business, reputation, and sales?
Simon Mainwaring is the founder and CEO of We First, a strategic consultancy that accelerates... More
Industry CEO Panel: Brands as a force for good
Brands are ubiquitous. They touch people every day, often multiple times. Imagine the impact if all brands stepped up to be both a force for good AND a force for growth. The time is right, because people want to know what brands believe in, the people behind them, their values and views, and the actions they are taking on important societal issues.
Natalie Davis was appointed Managing Director of Woolworths Supermarkets in October 2020. Prior... More
Sandra Martinez is the Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Australia Ltd and Market Head of... More
Nicky is the CEO of Unilever Australia & New Zealand and Global CEO of luxury retailer, T2... More
Kevin Jackson began his career working for international business consulting firm Ernst Young,... More
Understanding and engaging with the ever-changing consumer
Only occasionally in history do massive technological trends combine with rapid demographic shifts, huge social change and ongoing generational transitions so that within the span of a decade, society altogether alters. Today we are living in the midst of one such transformation. In a world of global brands, empowered customers and message saturation, the challenge for organisations is to understand the digital, social and demographic trends and deliver quality content that will get cut-through. In this session, Social Researcher and TEDx speaker Ashley Fell will share the latest research findings into media consumption, emerging technologies and the key influences on decision-making. She will define the elements of effective communication, means to maximise retention, the trends in online communities, and will provide an overview of how these trends and changes affect Australia's Food and Grocery industry and consumer landscape.
Ashley Fell is a Social Researcher, Author, TEDx Speaker and Director of Communications at the... More
The transformative twenties: The transition from purpose to impact
In a turbulent world, where institutional trust has declined and where Governments are failing to quickly tackle the some of the social and environmental challenges our society face, consumers are increasingly looking to businesses for answers and action. As Generation Z emerges into adulthood, they are using their positivity, education and economic power to rebuild society; they want to be part of the solutions to the problems they face. We will see community-first mindsets deepen and consumers will be looking for stronger engagement and experiences from the brands and products they consume. Michelle Hutton, CEO of Edelman Australia and Vice Chair of Asia-Pacific, will explore the emerging global market trends and consumer needs that will affect food and beverage manufacturers and help position brands for success in the future.
Michelle Hutton is the CEO of Edelman in Australia and the Chief Growth Officer for Edelman's... More
Commercial reality of sustainability and future proofing business models
Alison joined Coca-Cola Amatil as Group Managing Director in March 2014. Alison is a... More
The future of work is now
We’re living in a time of massive changes to our society, which are impacted by the pandemic crisis, climate change and rapidly accelerating technological advancements. In this speech, futurist Shara Evans will address the technologies that are and will continue to be particularly important to the Food and Grocery industry such as the many uses of Artificial Intelligence, robotics, augmented and virtual reality — as well as cyber security, new green energy technologies, and a glimpse of some of the many new jobs we’ll see as a result of innovative technologies and changes to the way we live our lives.
Shara Evans shows organisations how to take advantage of the opportunities underpinned by... More
Industry CEO Panel: The future of work
A major transformation in the way we work lies ahead of us. The modern workplace is constantly evolving. We face a slew of era-defining changes and the work environment is under siege by economic changes, technological developments, automation, globalization, and the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep up with these changes, business leaders must rise to the occasion and show a deep understanding of the latest workplace trends. We can design the future of work we want, but there is general concern about what the future will bring.
Andy Mossop, General Manager Bakery, Deli and Seafood, has end to end accountability for this... More
Kurt Hegvold is Managing Director Australia and New Zealand for SC Johnson, a 135 year old... More
Andrew Leakey joined Mars Wrigley in 2008 and since then has held a variety of senior leadership... More
Esme Borgelt is Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand for the Kellogg Company –... More
How to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to growth and innovation
In a mature market like Australia, what separates successful CPGs from their mediocre peers is the ability to meaningfully and repeatedly outgrow their categories. This in turn depends on the ability to innovate effectively. The facts say this capability is surprisingly rare: Most Australian suppliers settle for a disappointingly familiar cycle of incremental renovation that distracts the customer and consumer, fails to drive penetration, and ultimately disappears from the shelves within weeks or months. In this session Bain partners Nicolas Bloch and David Zehner share how Australian suppliers can break this cycle - and turn mediocrity into success.
Nicolas Bloch is a partner in Bain & Company's Brussels office. He is the leader of Bain's... More
David Zehner leads Bain & Company's Consumer Products practice for Asia-Pacific. He is also... More
Fireside chat with Brad Banducci, Managing Director and CEO Woolworths Group
Brad Banducci has a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of... More
Day one close
Day two opening
How FMCG strategy should be reconsidered port COVID-19
Ben will provide a current outlook and outline trends for the Australian FMCG Industry. He will discuss winning strategies, growth channels, emergence of market places, industry data developments and navigating eco-systems. Drawing on his extensive experience and industry connections Ben will consider the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and what this means for the FMCG sector.
Ben leads Jarden’s Australian research team and consumer sector coverage, developing... More
Australia's macro economic outlook
Australia’s economy and its policymakers are having to navigate unchartered waters. Globally there’s the COVID 19 pandemic, rising geo-political tensions and nationalism, and surging support for populist policies. Domestically the main challenge is to keep momentum in Australia’s economic recovery in the face of ongoing border closures, rising house prices, the end of Job Keeper and significant government debt. What can we expect from a the Federal Government in these difficult times? What does this mean for industry and business? Warren will provide a comprehensive analysis of the Australian economic outlook in the context of these challenges.
With over 20 years’ leadership experience in banking and financial markets at NSW... More
Perspectives on the sector from private equity
Sam will provide his thoughts on the current view of the market; what private equity firms look for when seeking to buy; what factors have led to not pursuing a prospective purchase and utilising private equity firms as options for financing NPD, capital expenditure, or export growth.
Sam Johnson is a Partner of Affinity Equity Partners and Country Head of Australia for the firm.... More
#NoMatterWhat - The 5 systems to achieve breakthrough results regardless of circumstances
The retail industry is faced with more uncertainty that ever before — the pandemic, tech disruption, brutal competition and even more demands from customers. Join innovation expert and 5th generation retailer, Sterling Hawkins, on a journey to learn what’s at the core of how to get results. More importantly, discover how to unlock your own potential and unleash transformational growth within your company in the face of even the most difficult circumstances.
Sterling Hawkins is out to break the status quo to create what’s actually possible for... More
Omni-channel in COVID - Innovation and growth
Richard will explore the forces of innovation that have shaped retail through the past year, and have led to the extraordinary growth of ecommerce, and the omni-channel model in particular.
Richard is an experienced CEO and Board member across the Retail and Logistics sectors and is... More
Fireside chat with Patrick Noone, Country Manager, Costco Wholesale Australia
Patrick started his retail career with Woolworths Supermarkets in 1978 in Melbourne as a Trainee... More