The European food industry: what does the future hold?
A new conference in Brussels, Belgium, this month will explore the themes of the growing diet-related disease crisis and the role of governments, health care systems and the food industry. Hosted by Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals, it will consider the challenges facing the food industry and pose provocative questions about the industry?s future role in this global crisis.
The high-level executive summit follows the format of the successful Health Foods Conference held in Washington DC in September, but the summit?s focus will be on the European market. Delegates will learn about the major regulatory and business issues facing today?s food manufacturers and the market potential for creating healthier products and categories.
Co-produced by New Hope Natural Media, Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals and New Nutrition Business, and sponsored by Solae, Orafti and Ocean Nutrition, the event will bring together senior players from industry, legislative, government and scientific circles to discuss, debate, inform and exchange ideas. Other supporters include Euromonitor and the UK Food and Drink Federation.
- What are the opportunities — and challenges — faced as a result of converging public health concerns and regulatory responses?
- How can the industry address both public health issues and help shape policy that is conducive to innovative product development?
- What are the market drivers and lifestyle developments supporting healthy product use?
- Is it time to make a fresh appraisal of the contribution biotechnology could make to a healthier sustainable food system?
- The crisis in kids nutrition is now at the top of political and corporate agendas. What lies ahead?
- What do European consumers want? What new concepts are they embracing?
Provocative seminars will examine the costs of Europe?s burgeoning public health crisis and consider existing solutions and models involving industry and government co-operation to solve these issues. Delegates will learn how European governments are responding to the health crisis and how policies differ from country to country with examples of regional and national health initiatives that involve government and industry co-operation.
Campaigns to improve food for school children are gaining political ground in both Europe and the United States as increasing childhood obesity drives the concern of parents, industry and legislators. Speakers will discuss how creative grassroots efforts took this issue to the top of political and corporate agendas. As pressure to create healthier products for kids intensifies, the programme will examine what legislative solutions are on the horizon.
What do consumers really want?
Other presentations will highlight the latest research on European consumers? beliefs about health and wellness and how those perceptions are translating into market success.
What marketing concepts are consumers embracing? Do they want solutions for specific health conditions or overall wellness benefits? Is convenience still important and what role will dosage and claims play in a product?s success?
Innovation and technology
Is it time to make a fresh appraisal of the contribution that the biotechnology industry can make to the future of a healthier, sustainable food system? If so, where does biotechnology fit in? How crucial are these scientific technologies to the development of innovative new products?
The concluding session will address all of these issues and ask if biotechnology is the future for the healthy foods industry.