Minette Batters FPJ Live 2019

An array of exciting speakers have confirmed they will take to the online stage at this year’s FPJ Live event on October 6th.

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis’ monumental impact on the fresh produce industry, there is no shortage of talking points for this year’s event, which is going fully online for the first time ever.

But despite the hardships faced, the industry stepped up to the plate by keeping quality fruit and veg on the frontline of the coronavirus response, and on our kitchen tables. We want to celebrate these efforts.

With the Brexit transition period coming to a close, there is still huge uncertainty about what 2021 will look like for the industry after the EU, not to mention the ever-changing global market, and technological developments.

Discussing the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the foodservice industry and the amazing efforts by suppliers to adapt their businesses is Tony Reynolds, managing director of Reynolds Catering Supplies, with fresh produce stalwart, health campaigner and BBC presenter Chris Bavin.

Fresh Produce Consortium CEO Nigel Jenney will also update us on the key issues surrounding Brexit, with British Growers Association chief executive Jack Ward and AHDB chair Nicholas Saphir, also joining us to tackle the big questions facing British businesses at the moment.

In production and technology, FPJ Live is excited to discuss the ground-breaking endeavour by Handsfree Hectare to develop a fully automated harvest, while berry growers Beeswax Dyson, and prominent veg grower Guy Poskitt will also join the virtual stage.

Kantar’s Joe Shaw Roberts and the England Marketing team will also offer vital insights into how the retail market has changed and consumer behaviours altered by the crisis, as well the huge opportunities for the healthiest industry in town. From New Zealand, fresh produce marketing, brand and strategy expert Lisa Cork will also share her insights on building a successful fresh produce business.

WIth more big names to come, stay tuned for further announcements and updates on speakers on the FPJ Live website. With so much to talk about, it’s not to be missed.