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AFMASS Eastern Africa, Kenya Conference Plan 2019

08.00 – Registration of Delegates and Refreshments

09.00-09.30 – OPENING SESSION 

Welcome remarks – Francis Juma – FoodWorld Media – 10 minutes

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – To be announced – 10 minutes 

CHIEF GUEST SPEAKER (Govt. representative) – 10 minutes


SESSION 1 – 09.30-10.30 – INVEST IN THE FOOD, BEVERAGE & MILLING INDUSTRY IN KENYA & EASTERN AFRICA – STATUS OF THE INDUSTRY & TRENDS IN INVESTMENTS, POLICY ENVIRONMENT & M&A

A panel discussion made up of investors and managers from the food, beverage, milling, HORECA and retail industry, bankers, investment funds, among other stakeholders will analyze the status of the industry, key recent investments and mergers and acquisitions activities and how they will impact the food industry and the economy in Eastern Africa. They will also cover some of the challenges, opportunities, Government policy environment and future market trends in the sector.

The Panel will seek to highlight and provide views on the following questions:

  • What are the investment opportunities in the food, beverage and milling industry in Kenya and Eastern Africa? Which sectors offer the best opportunities? Panelists will also cover opportunities in specific sectors of the industry
  • What are some of the recent investments and mergers and acquisitions in the food, beverage and milling industry in the region, and what trends are emerging in the regions? What were the key driving forces to these investments?
  • What role is the Government of Eastern Africa and the private sector playing in the investment space in the region? What are some of the incentives provided to investors in the industry in the region?
  • How important is the role of private equity/venture capital and other sources of funding to the investments space in Eastern Africa? How can their contribution be enhanced?
  • How important is Eastern Africa as a destination for food industry multinationals as a destination to either put up new plants or do M&A deals?

10.30-11.00 – HEALTH BREAK & NETWORKING AT THE EXPO HALL


SESSION 2 – 11.00-12.00

11.00-12.00 – SUPPLY CHAIN (WAREHOUSING, LOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION) MANAGEMENT

Applications of the latest supply chain management strategies in the food, beverage, milling, HORECA and retail industry in Africa, with an emphasis on reducing waste and improving efficiencies in warehousing, logistics and distribution of the food and agriculture value chain.

2 presentations, plus 20 minutes of discussions and Q&A: Each presentation = 20 minutes


13.00-14.00 – LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING AT THE EXPO HALL


SESSION 3 – 13.30-16.00

13.30-15.00 – FOOD SAFETY, DEFENSE & REGULATORY MANAGEMENT    

Applications of the latest food safety, regulatory, quality, occupational safety and systems management in the food, beverage, milling, HORECA and retail industry in Africa. Emphasis will be laid on the utilization of the latest technology in Africa to improve efficiency and regional and international trade.

3 presentations, plus 20 minutes of discussions and Q&A: Each presentation = 20 minutes

15.00-16.00 – PANEL DISCUSSION: Inculcating a food safety culture in the food  manufacturing, retail and HORECA industry in sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities and challenges

The Panel will seek to highlight and provide views on the following questions:

  • What is the status of awareness about food safety in Eastern Africa? How is the awareness within the manufacturing, retail, food service sectors of the industry? Are there any major differences?
  • What is the role of food safety culture in food business operators delivering on their food safety, operational and financial goals?
  • What challenges do food business operators in Eastern Africa face in inculcating a food safety culture in their operations?

What are some of the initiatives and programs food business operators are using to inform and enforce the right food safety culture in their organisations? What have been the key learnings as they implemented these activities?

SESSION 4 – 16.00-17.40 –

16.00-17.00 – NUTRITION & HEALTH

Applications of the latest nutrition and health technologies and strategies in the food, beverage, milling, HORECA and retail industry in Africa. Emphasis will be laid on the adoption latest research to improve the nutritional status of agro and processed food products and how to utilize local resources.

2 presentations, plus 20 minutes of discussions and Q&A: Each presentation = 20 minutes

17.00-17.40 – PANEL DISCUSSION: Formulating food and beverage products that meet health and nutrition needs in sub-Saharan Africa: Trends, opportunities and challenges

The Panel will seek to highlight and provide views on the following questions:

  • What is the importance of formulating healthy and nutritious food products in Eastern Africa?
  • What are some of the pressing nutrition challenges in Eastern Africa? How do they impact consumer health and economy?
  • How can stakeholders – public and private – contribute to availing safe food products to local, regional and international markets? How can the food business operators in East Africa embrace a culture of formulating nutritious food when they are developing new products?
  • What are some of the challenges food business operators in Eastern Africa face in their quest to formulate healthy and nutritious food products? How can the Government policy contribute to the formulation and adoption of healthy and nutritious food products in the region?
  • What is the role of new technologies and innovations in formulating safe, healthy and nutritious foods of the future in the region?

 


17.40–18.30 – HEALTH BREAK & NETWORKING AT THE EXPO HALL


18.30–20.00 – FOOD INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES NETWORKING COCKTAIL

It is an evening full of fun, networking and business as the entire food industry – from CEOs, managers and professionals – come together to celebrate their contribution to the growth of the industry in Africa – be they founders, marketers, investors, food technologists, engineers, nutritionists, brewers, microbiologists, chefs, business development managers, millers, HR managers, sales representatives and more . . .

FIRE SIDE CHATKEY NOTE SPEAKERTo be announced

NEW TECHNOLOGIES & INNOVATIONS DAY

08.00 – Registration of Delegates and Refreshments

AFMASS FOODTECH CONFERENCE STREAM

SESSION 5A – 09.00–10.30 – FORMULATIONS & INNOVATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Formulations and ingredients application in dairy, beverages, meat and other food products

3 presentations, plus 10 minutes each for discussions and Q&A: Each presentation = 20 minutes

AFMASS GRAINTECH CONFERENCE STREAM

SESSION 5B – 09.00–10.30 – PROCESSING, PACKAGING & AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY

Post-harvest management, processing, packaging, engineering and automation technologies in cereals, milled and baked products

3 presentations, plus 10 minutes each for discussions and Q&A: Each presentation = 20 minutes


10.30-11.00 – HEALTH BREAK & NETWORKING AT THE EXPO HALL


AFMASS FOODTECH CONFERENCE STREAM

SESSION 6A – 11.00-12.30 – PROCESSING, PACKAGING & AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY

Post-harvest management, processing, packaging, engineering and automation technologies in meat, dairy, beverages and other food products

3 presentations, plus 10 minutes each for discussions and Q&A: Each presentation = 20 minutes

AFMASS GRAINTECH CONFERENCE STREAM

SESSION 6B – 11.00-12.30 – FORMULATIONS & INNOVATIONS MANAGEMENT

Formulations and ingredients application in cereals, milled and baked products.

3 presentations, plus 10 minutes each for discussions and Q&A: Each presentation = 20 minutes


12.30-13.30 – LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING AT THE EXPO HALL


SESSION 7 – 13.30–17.00 – FIELD VISITS TO FOOD, BEVERAGE & MILLING FACILITIES

We visit some of the food, beverage and milling facilities around Nairobi that showcase the adoption of the latest processing and packaging technologies and food safety practices. There has been a significant growth in new investments, be they greenfield or plant expansions in the region. The plant visits enable the industry stakeholders to share best practices that can be adopted across the industry.

One visit will be a milling facility and the other to a dairy/beverage facility around Nairobi. Qualified sponsors, exhibitors and paid delegates will be allowed to choose to visit either of the two facilities.

18.30 – 21.00 – DISCOVER NAIROBI BY NIGHT COCKTAIL 

It is an evening to discover what Nairobi has to offer – including its food and drinks scene.

Delegates explore Brew Bistro Tap Room in the Karen area of Nairobi, one of Nairobi’s most outstanding craft breweries and restaurant. They also get a chance to tour the brewery and sample meals and craft beer on tap and cocktails served at the restaurant.

08.00 – Registration of Delegates and Refreshments

08.30KEYNOTE SPEAKER– To be announced

SESSION 8 – 09.00–11.00 – ENERGY, UTILITIES & SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT

This session will showcase the latest technologies in the application of energy, utilities and sustainability in the food, beverage, milling, HORECA and retail industry in Africa.

4 presentations, plus 20 minutes of discussions and Q&A: Each presentation = 20 minutes

11.00-12.00- PANEL DISCUSSION: Sustainability in Africa: How the food manufacturing, retail and foodservice sector in Africa can adopt sustainability practices to build communities and improve competitiveness and trade in the food and agriculture value chain.

The Panel will seek to highlight and provide views on the following questions:

  • What is the level of awareness of food business operators within the Eastern Africa region about sustainability?
  • How have various stakeholders adopted sustainability in their organisations? Which examples stand out, and how they be scaled up to ensure better adoption by the broader industry?
  • What are some of the sustainability challenges food business operators face in Eastern Africa?
  • What is the role of government policy in improving the adoption of sustainable practices in Eastern Africa?
  • How can food business operators align their sustainability goals with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the needs of the communities in which they operate?

12.00-13.30 – LUNCH & NETWORKING AT THE EXPO HALL


SESSION 9 – 13.30-15.00 – WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY PANEL DISCUSSION

A panel discussion focused on women leaders in the various facets of the food industry, academia and other sectors of the economy in Africa, highlighting their success, challenges and opportunities they see for young, upcoming women leaders in Africa.

This year, the focus will be on the importance of setting the right company policy in getting women into positions of leadership.

The Panel will seek to highlight and provide views on the following questions:

  • What is the status of women within the food business landscape in Eastern Africa?
  • What are some of the challenges women face in being recruited into top positions in the food industry in the region?
  • What are some of the challenges women face in being promoted into top positions in the food industry in the region?
  • What are some of the policies that food business operators can adopt to bring more women into the food industry and ensure they make a significant proportion in positions of influence and power?
  • Which international company policy examples can be adopted locally to improve women involvement in the industry?
  • How can government policy create an environment that enables more women to get involved in the industry?

SESSION 10 – 15.00–16.30 – FOOD, MARKETING & MONEY PANEL DISCUSSION

Marketing directors and managers from the food, beverage and milling manufacturing sector discuss their latest marketing campaigns and ideas behind their new products and their associated consumer benefits.

The session will highlight the approaches to reaching out the consumer adopted by some of the leading companies, and key lessons learnt and challenges in the marketing and communication about food in the region.

The Panel will seek to highlight and provide views on the following questions: 

  • What are the trends in the new products innovations landscape in Eastern Africa? How are consumers reacting to new product development trends, and how can food industry operators meet the consumers’ unique needs for food, beverage and milled products?
  • What are the challenges in new products innovations in Eastern Africa?
  • What are the trends in marketing of food products in Eastern Africa? How are consumers reacting to recent marketing campaigns, and how can food industry operators meet the consumers’ unique needs through marketing activities?
  • What is the role of new technologies and innovations in new product development and marketing of food, beverage and milled products into the future?

16.30-18.30 – NETWORKING AT THE EXPO HALL


18.30-20.30 – OFFICIAL AFMASS EASTERN AFRICA DINNER

FIRE SIDE CHAT KEY NOTE SPEAKER – To be announced