A three-day exhibition showcasing more than 150 emerging and export-ready Australian exhibitors in the categories of dairy, meat, grocery line, grains and baking, and non-alcoholic beverages. The Trade Zone will also include workshops and dedicated buyer/supplier meeting matching.
If you’re seeking new buyers, looking to expand your product portfolio or want to see emerging new products from Australia, the Trade Zone is the place for you.
Are you close to exporting but want to test your product on an international audience? The emerging exporters’ area allows you to test your products with buyers and get instant market feedback.
Panels and presentations are tailored specifically to food exporters and buyers. Topics include the future of international retail, better-for-you foods, emerging overseas markets and how to succeed in China.
The Trade Zone conference sessions with feature speakers from Euromonitor, Alibaba, The Silk Initiative, China Skinny, Austrade, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation and Retail Global.
There will also be a chance to meet the Coles Own Brand team, thanks to a program presented by Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL).
Attend an exclusive event with Coles Group on their future strategy for Coles Own Brand at Global Table this September.
Coles Group has recently announced a new strategy to “sustainably feed all Australians to help them lead healthier, happier lives”. Find out more in this session, Coles Own Brand Meet the Team, presented by Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL).
This is an opportunity for food and beverage businesses to hear direct from one of Australia’s largest retailers on its future direction as well as the trends shaping food and drink.
If you want access to it, purchase tickets now as an optional $25 add-on to any Global Table pass.
Coles Own Brand Meet the Team, presented in partnership with FIAL
Thursday 5 September 2019
Starts at 10am
Global Table, Melbourne Showgrounds, Victoria
Hear direct from key Coles representatives on new frontiers for the organisation, market trends, what buyers are looking for in key categories, and funding opportunities through Coles.
Networking with Coles team members.
Afternoon – invitation only
Trade Zone exhibitors and ticket-holders to Coles Own Brand Meet the Team will be invited to submit interest for one-on-one meetings with Coles team members. If you’re successful, an invitation to attend the afternoon session will be sent to your nominated email address.
Tickets to attend Global Table and the Coles Own Brand Meet the Team event are available now. Purchase any Global Table ticket (starting at $56.50) and then add your Coles ticket for $25.
Australia’s food and beverage industry is a melting pot of cultural, agricultural and geographical influences that results in unique products of exceptional quality, made by companies that are ambitious and innovative.
Global Table is proud to showcase the breadth and depth of Australian produce, welcoming the international trade and investment community to Australia to provide new business opportunities with local companies, discuss the latest market trends and insights, and celebrate the future of food.
From ageing populations to plastic-free petitions, the international consumer landscape is shifting at a rapid rate with a number of major changes sending ripple effects across key food and beverage markets.
Market research firm Euromonitor will provide an informed and practical insight into the top five global consumer trends that are expected to continue to shape the food industry and what you need to know to help prepare your business.
David Gudgin (AUS)
Director of Australasia, Euromonitor International
David Gudgin is the Director of Australasia at Euromonitor International has been with the company for 25 years. In his role, he currently oversees all Euromonitor ANZ operations. He was previously a Marketing Director at Euromonitor in London and responsible for marketing, promotions and sales globally. He has extensive experience working on food trends, government, banking, advertising and consulting research projects. Gudgin holds a BSc (Hons), University of Nottingham and a postgraduate diploma in marketing from London Metropolitan University.
Across the world, including here in the Asia-Pacific, consumers, governments, policymakers and companies are looking for innovative approaches that create not only healthier food products but healthier lifestyles.
A panel of representatives will discuss whether the concepts of health and wellness in the food industry have changed in recent years and what we can learn from the organisations who are developing better-for-you foods about where the health food industry is heading next.
Bazil Stander (AUS)
Executive Innovation Chef, Woolworths LImited
Bazil Stander’s vast knowledge of international food trends is without parallel. His endless pursuit of finding new flavours has taken him around the globe, from humble beginnings in a kitchen at a London bistro to now heading a multimillion-dollar development kitchen in Sydney at Woolworths, where he inspires product development teams with ideas for fresh food concepts. With more than 22 years in the industry to his credit, Bazil has worked in restaurants, foodservice menu development, food retail and food manufacturing in the United Kingdom, South Africa & Australia. Bazil founded the Food Innovator brand at Woolworths in 2014.
Al Overton (UK)
Buying Director, Planet Organic
Al Overton qualified as a medical herbalist in 1999 and has been involved in natural health retail ever since. During 18 years at Planet Organic, he has done every job imaginable and is now Buying Director, managing the company’s buying, marketing, brand and e-commerce functions. Planet Organic is a speciality health food store with eight shops in London.
The rise of the conscious consumer has forced the food industry to demonstrate how it’s innovating across all key elements of the supply chain. But a challenge that continues to plague food and beverage producers of all sizes around the world is how to package products in a way that’s both financially viable and sustainable.
This session investigates what’s happening right now in the food industry to develop effective sustainable packaging options for exporters that are ready to go to market.
Brooke Donnelly (AUS)
CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
Brooke Donnelly is a senior strategic and commercial executive specialising in product stewardship, recycling and sustainability. She has proven strengths in leading the successful operational and commercial implementation of best-practice national product stewardship and recycling programs for industry, government and consumers.
In her current role of CEO at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Donnelly develops and leads APCO’s strategic direction and vision. APCO enables businesses, government and industry to design and utilise more sustainable packaging throughout the supply chain to reduce environmental impact.
Donnelly is the co-founder and facilitator of the Product Stewardship Cluster (PSC), an organisation working to accelerate Australia’s journey to a circular economy through product stewardship.
Over the course of her career, Donnelly has worked in alignment with a broad range of regulatory authorities, industry groups and product stewardship organisations such as the DrumMuster, AIP Oil Container Collection and the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. She has also held numerous senior leadership titles including Chief Operating Officer for Greenpeace Australia Pacific, NSW Sustainability Manager for Visy Industrial Packaging and CEO at Catalyst Development Group.
Prior to this, Donnelly spent her formative years managing her third-generation family business, specialising in the recycling of industrial packaging.
Richard Fine (AUS)
Founder Product Development and Sustainability Director, Biopak
Richard Fine is a second-generation packaging professional. After reading the book Cradle to Cradle – remaking the way we make things, Fine decided to use his knowledge of the plastics industry to address the growing problem of plastic pollution and in 2006 he founded BioPak, a company with a mission to replace single-use plastic disposable packaging with more sustainable alternatives. Today BioPak is the leading supplier in Australia and New Zealand of compostable single use disposable packaging, and the business is currently expanding operations into Europe, the UK and Singapore.
Fine was a founding member of the Australasian Bioplastics Association and is currently a member of the Association’s marketing committee. He is also actively involved in a number of industry working groups focused on developing policy and promoting compostable packaging as one of the solutions for a circular economy.
Andrew Pooch (AUS)
Managing Director, Tetra Pak Oceania
Andrew Pooch is Managing Director for Tetra Pak Oceania and sits on the senior leadership team of the company’s business in the Asia-Pacific region. Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company working closely with millions of customers and suppliers in more than 160 countries to provide safe food. In his role, Pooch is responsible for the refinement and implementation of the company’s strategy in Australia and New Zealand focusing on the dairy, beverage and food categories. He is also responsible for all aspects of packaging, processing and services within the business.
Pooch has more than 30 years’ experience in the packaging industry, spanning the region in markets such as China and South-East Asia, in addition to Australia and New Zealand. He also has significant experience in sustainability, whether in terms of product development, the assessment of recycling solutions and driving community awareness of post-consumer waste, in partnership with NGOs.
Lachlan Feggans (AUS)
Director - Sustainability, Brambles
Lachlan Feggans has worked with some of the most well-known circular business brands to achieve circularity at scale. As a “pioneer of the circular and sharing economies”, he has helped Brambles, which holds the world’s largest pool of reusable pallets and containers, position itself as a leader in some of the most recognised sustainability investor ratings including Dow Jones Sustainability Index, MSCI, Sustainalytics and CDP.
With a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Natural Resource Management from Macquarie University, and a Master of Sustainability from The University of Sydney, Feggan’s skills and passion are well-matched for Brambles’ circular business model.
Tom Lunn (AUS)
Group General Manager - Marketing and Innovation, Detmold Group
Tom Lunn is responsible for developing the Detmold Group brands and leading product innovation and industry partnerships to create customer value. Regularly working with brands like McDonalds in the US, Starbucks in China, Jollibee in the Philippines, Warner Brothers in the Middle East and KFC in Australia keeps Lunn at the forefront of global packaging and foodservice trends. He is focused on sustainability in packaging and is the driving force behind Recycle Me™, Australia’s first commercially recyclable takeaway coffee cup. He is proud to have helped customers reduce the environmental footprint of hundreds of products, saving thousands of tonnes of raw materials and diverting millions of used items from landfill every year.
What does the supermarket of the future look like? How are international retailers shaping and responding to the way individuals, companies and restaurants purchase food?
Hear from key players across the international retail landscape, from online to in-store and those connecting the dots in between, as they discuss the evolution and diversification of retail with a focus on the key trends and opportunities for Australian companies looking to enter competitive overseas markets.
Philip Leahy (USA)
CEO, Retail Global Events
Retail Global is known as the conference for retailers, by retailers. Founder Philip Leahy successfully launched and built one of the largest eBay businesses retailing CDs and DVDs, achieving Australia’s top volume of sales in all seller categories for a number of years. He then decided to launch a conference to help others who were tackling marketplaces and cross-border sales.
Fourteen years on, Retail Global takes place annually, with events in Australia and the United States that highlight the biggest trends and challenges in retail and ecommerce. Sourcing more than 100 speakers for these events each year gives Leahy a breadth of knowledge of the people and ideas who are leading the future of retail.
Samantha Blake (AUS)
Director - Industry Affairs, Australian Food and Grocery Council
Samantha Blake is Director of Industry Affairs at the Australian Food and Grocery Council. She works with members on a wide range of commercial, supply chain and retail trade issues impacting the Australian market. Some of the ways Blake helps members and the industry is by working on the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, end-to-end value chain opportunities, commercial and sales capabilities, and enhancing the financial competitiveness of the FMCG industry. Members draw on Blake’s insights from her 18 years of experience working in the industry in Australia and United Kingdom. This work encompasses all areas of food operations including executive management roles in the manufacturing, technical and supply chain divisions of FMCG organisations.
With 30 per cent of Australian food export currently going to China, this market will continue to be a vital part of trade and investment for local growers, producers and suppliers. But the Chinese market moves quickly and success requires in-depth knowledge and planning.
In this session, industry leaders of export into China will provide an overview of the Chinese marketplace and key considerations for exporters on the changes in China that are set to come.
Mark Tanner (CHN)
Managing Director, China Skinny
Mark Tanner is managing director of Shanghai-based China Skinny. He has provided China-market growth strategies and research to over 150 brands including such Australian household names as Coles, Woolworths, Tourism Australia, ANZ and Westpac, as well as Colgate, Fonterra, Reckitt Benckiser, IKEA, SAIC Motors, IHG, Sun-Maid Raisins, Business Finland and McCain. His views on China have been quoted in more than 200 international media outlets including Bloomberg, Reuters, FT and Forbes, where he is a columnist. Tanner authors the most-read newsletter about marketing to China, and is a regular keynote speaker addressing audiences around the globe.
Many consider a brand and its unique intellectual property as the most important form of currency for a business, especially when entering a competitive market. What are the real, tangible benefits of protecting your IP? And what is the greatest risk if you don’t?
If you’re planning on exporting to China or want to learn more about brand protection from experts in this field, this session will be your guide to the latest developments.
With a market of over a billion people, China can pose unique challenges to companies looking to stand out. How can Australian companies make an impact with the largest population of purchasers in the world?
Some of the industry’s leading consultants, commissioners and successful business owners will talk about brand-building for the Chinese market, as they reveal key insights and great stories of companies that prove it can be done.
Andrew Kuiler (CHN)
Founder & CEO, The Silk Initiative
Andrew Kuiler is the founder and CEO of The Silk Initiative, China’s only specialised food and beverage insights-driven brand consultancy. Kuiler managed a global career in leadership positions at multinational agencies in Shanghai, New York and Sydney before carving his own path with the launch of TSI.
With nearly 20 years’ experience working with major brands including Campbell’s, PepsiCo, Arla, VitaCoco, Goodman Fielder, Pizza Hut, Unilever, US Dairy, and Mars Wrigley, Andrew has a keen understanding of the strategic approach brands need to thrive. His expertise has also led to him being featured in major publications including Entrepreneur magazine and Smart Insights. He is often sought by think-tanks, financial institutions, and government organisations for his insights on the Chinese consumer market and branding.
Nicholas Simms (AUS)
Founder and Managing Director, NCES Enterprises
Nicholas Simms is a consumer goods specialist with a record of strategically applying key insights, consumer technology, experience and innovative thinking to challenge legacy and deliver greater shareholder value. His track record includes time as General Manager of five:am organics, which went from startup to $86-million exit in under four years, and CEO of Bubs Australia, transitioning it from a small private entity to an ASX Top 500 company with a market cap of more than $500 million. NCES Enterprises is a boutique strategic advisory and investment company focused on consumer goods. Simms is passionate about building businesses and brands that are truly better.
Nick Henderson (AUS)
Director - China Practice, Asialink Business
Nick Henderson has more than 20 years experience in business development and operations in China. He began his career with Ikea and was instrumental in establishing the company’s first stores in Shanghai and Beijing. He was also General Manager of the market entry and business development boutique advisory firm, Intralink. Before joining Asialink Business, Nick was the China General Manager for the brand strategy firm FutureBrand, a subsidiary of the Interpublic Group. He has worked on projects for Alibaba Group, Bank of Shanghai, Daimler Benz, CITIC Private Equity, Mengniu, Yintai Group, Changhong and the Shanghai Government (Lujiazui Group).
Henderson has assisted more than 100 companies with their business growth in complex Chinese markets focusing on sectors including industrial, food and consumer, telecommunications, life sciences, environmental technologies and software.
Brent Moore (CHN)
Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade
Brent Moore is a Trade Commissioner based in Shanghai with more than 15 years’ experience in public- and private-sector international trade.
Moore was posted to Shanghai in February 2014, where he has led Austrade’s food, beverage, e-commerce and consumer team in Shanghai. He leads trade missions to China and advises Australian companies on market entry strategy, including the publication of e-commerce in China, a Guide for Australian Business and Exporting Food and Beverage to China, a Guide for Australian Business.
Prior to coming to Shanghai, Moore spent two years as the Executive Officer for East Asian Growth Markets in Austrade’s Sydney headquarters. Moore previously worked in the office of the federal agriculture minister and as a policy officer in the Department of Agriculture covering multilateral and trade negotiation, including the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and the WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee. Moore has also worked in private consulting on trade sustainability impacts in Latin America on behalf of the European Commission.
Moore comes from Bright in north-east Victoria and has lived across Asia for more than nine years. He’ll commence his next assignment, as Senior Trade Commissioner to Taipei, from December 2019.
Matthew McKenzie (AUS)
General Manager - Marketing Asia, Bright Food Asia
Matthew McKenzie has led the market development in China for a number of iconic Australian and international food and beverage brands over the past 20 years. He moved to China in early 2015 and led the development of The Export Group, an in-market business development and sales organisation. He now resides in Hong Kong and works as the General Manager of Marketing for Bright Food Asia, which has one of the largest distribution networks across Greater China. Bright Food Asia owns and operates a number of import, distribution, manufacturing and marketing organisations across China, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR and Macau.
China has the largest and fastest growing e-commerce market in the world, with over 600 million internet users and counting. To navigate this network, businesses need to understand the way Chinese consumers research, discuss, compare and purchase products.
In this session, you’ll learn the latest from a leading e-commerce retailer in China, and where you should focus your business efforts right now.
Join this step-by-step workshop on developing and effectively leveraging a competitor analysis to build your company strategy and minimise competition before entering a new market.
Through a case study of a company looking to enter the Chinese market, our presenters will show you how to prepare your business, with learnings applicable to other markets of interest.
Najib Lawand (AUS)
Founder, Export Connect
Najib Lawand has 25 years’ experience leading Australian food-export businesses and agri-food industry development teams. He is well known for his capabilities in opening up new export markets and has worked extensively in the Middle East, North- and South-East Asia. Since 2010, Lawand has worked for NSW Trade and Investment, advising businesses and government on growth in the agri-food industry. In his most recent role as General Manager Market Development with Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL), Lawand has collaborated with individual businesses, governments and industry groups to deliver projects that have resulted in new export market opportunities.
In June 2017, Lawand founded Export Connect, which uses the skills, connections and expertise he has acquired over the past 25 years to help companies select the right market, connect to the right buyers, and grow. Since June 2017, Lawand has delivered over 120 market reports and assessments, covering more than 20 export markets, working with clients including Chobani, Masterfoods, Woolworths, Robert Timms and Birch & Waite.
A growing marketplace right on Australia’s doorstep, ASEAN continues to provide opportunities for food and beverage exporters looking for new business.
This session provides an overview of the ‘need to know’ aspects of the ASEAN marketplace from key industry insiders as well as case studies on companies who have found success in the region.
Chantimaporn Mekdhanasarn (THA)
Senior Business Development Manager, Austrade Bangkok
Chantimaporn Mekdhanasarn has been with Austrade Bangkok since 1992. She has 27 years’ experience working in various sectors such as medical and health, information technology and telecoms services, and has spent the last five years as the leader of Austrade’s food and agribusiness team. Her knowledge of local industry is substantial and she is well connected with the food and agribusiness sector of Thailand. Prior to joining Austrade, Mekdhanasarn was a Brand Manager at Unilever Thailand and had spent two years on secondment to the Unilever Research Centre at Port Sunlight, UK.
She is a UK graduate, with a Bachelor of Science specialising in Nutrition and Dietetics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies from Aberdeen University and a Master of Business Administration from Aberystwyth University.
The Middle East is a modern and innovative market, but one where nurturing business relationships and understanding the landscape is critical.
Hear from representatives and companies on the unique aspects of doing business in the Gulf region, what’s imperative to success for Australian exporters and what opportunities lie ahead for SMEs looking to engage the rising middle class in the region.
Kassem Younes (UAE)
Regional Director - Trade, Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office Dubai
Kassem Younes is the Regional Director – Trade for the Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office (VGTI) covering the Middle East and Africa, in addition to Russia and CIS countries. Younes has been promoting Victorian industry capabilities across various sectors, including food and beverages, professional services and mining, to export to the Middle East, Africa and CIS countries. His primary role is guiding Victorian businesses in building and growing their export efforts in the region to ensure firms have access to world-class export assistance; market intelligence and strategies for market entry. Younes speaks fluent Arabic, English and Russian in addition to French, and has been living in the United Arab Emirates for more than 17 years.
Australia and New Zealand continue to demonstrate the benefits of a complimentary trade and investment relationship. In partnership with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, we explore what’s next for export into New Zealand and who the latest Australian success stories are.
Many Australian exporters are aware of current growth markets, but where should they be looking for their next business opportunity? Demand for premium products goes hand-in-hand with key indicators such as an emerging middle class and health-conscious consumers, so pinpointing these markets is vital for Australian food and beverage businesses to stay ahead of the competition.
Representatives from across the globe will join this panel to discuss the key emerging markets to keep an eye on and strategies for Australian businesses.
Ben Lazzaro (AUS)
Chief Executive, Australian Made Campaign
Ben Lazzaro was recently appointed as Chief Executive of Australian Made Campaign Ltd, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for promoting and administering the nation’s iconic green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown logo. Lazzaro has been a key contributor to the success of the organisation and the Australian Made logo for many years, joining in 2011 as Marketing and Communications Manager. In 2016 he took on the role of Deputy Chief Executive. Appointed Chief Executive in 2018, Lazzaro oversees the administration and promotion of one of Australia’s most recognised and trusted brands.
He has an engineering and communications background with more than 15 years’ experience across a variety of management, sales, marketing and communications roles in consultancy, agency and in-house capacities. His experience includes integrated strategic marketing communications programs and full-spectrum branding campaigns optimised to deliver successful business outcomes.