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2008 Healthy Foods European Summit heralds Davos-style debates

The 5th annual Healthy Foods European Summit will be held in central London at the Royal Horseguards Hotel on the 6 -7 October, 2008. Following the massive success of previous events, the conference will draw high levels of interest from international food & beverage, government, regulatory affairs, scientific development, corporate management and marketing communities.

New in 2008 -Two key debates:
Last year at the Summit Dr David Hughes stirred controversy by stating that GM crops would have growing consumer acceptance and influence on the food industry in Europe over the next decade. This years' Summit will feature two Davos-style debates addressing similar issues fundamental to the food and beverage industry.

The first, entitled “Healthy Foods - Healthy Planet, the future of food production” will form the core of the huge debate currently surrounding commercial viability versus healthy demand; the global food shortage and impact on the development of healthy foods; fair trade, eco-friendly choices, food miles and carbon footprint. Representatives from the biotech industry and organic and natural will discuss the latest massive challenges and how these consumer relevant issues can affect global food production. Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association will lead the panel which also includes Dr Klaus Welsch of BASF and Helen Browning of the Soil Association

On the second day “The Day After Tomorrow” will address how industrial food processes can create truly unhealthy foods and how the industry can adapt to rising scientific concerns and growing consumer resistance towards mass production of food. The most senior academics and industry researchers will give their advice. Peter Wennstrom of Health Focus International will lead a panel of distinguished figures currently including Dr Gert W Meijer of theUnilever Food & Health Institute and Dr Stig Bengmark of Lunds Universitet & University College London.

With ever increasing awareness about food consumption and health-related issues across Europe, the Healthy Foods European Summit has created a leading platform for debate and networking and encourages a united approach to tackling major nutritional and food industry issues. The 2008 programme will embrace trends, regulation, government policies, scientific development, hot new innovations, management, marketing and a look into the future of the food and beverage industry.

In addition to the debates, there will be ground-breaking insights and new information in the areas of:
• Getting the message across within food law restrictions
• Sustainable packaging
• Supply chain management
• Market opportunities and geographic trends
• Marketing, branding & consumer insights
• Hot new trends and innovations in beauty foods, kids nutrition, diet, health & wellbeing and more...
Additional participants include speakers from Oxford University, the Food & Health Forum, Healthy Marketing Team, Lipid Nutrition, Cognis, Amway Russia and European Advisory Services.

Health Focus International will also be using the Summit as a platform from which to launch their new 2008 report. There will be an evening reception on the 6th October to which all delegates are invited.

Delegate registration is via the web site Sponsorship opportunities are also available.


For information please contact Jackie Pedersen
Tel: +44 (0)7980 767710 email: [email protected]

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