Exclusive: Cargill confirms keynote speaker for the World Confectionery Conference

Cargill has confirmed that it will be returning to the World Confectionery Conference this autumn, revealing its keynote speaker as James Ede, a sustainability lead for the business, writes Neill Barston.

This year’s event, which takes place on 12 September in Brussels, Belgium, marking the 90th anniversary of our publication, and has once again gained strong industry backing from Caobisco European trade association, Ferrero, Tony’s Chocolonely, as well as FMCG Gurus among confirmed among our programme so far.

With industry sustainability and innovation once again at the heart of our event, it will place core issues relating to manufacturing, supply chains and trends within finished products in the limelight, as well as offering a key opportunity to network directly with peers from across the industry for our fourth annual event.

For his part, James Ede joined Cargill in 2018, and is responsible for building sustainability partnership with customers across food and bioindustrial categories.

Today, he lives with his wife and family in Brussels, but studied across the UK, in the areas of sustainability and agriculture. His career has principally focused on embedding sustainability within agri systems and brands, through advising farmers, creating value with customers, shaping public policies and building brand value sustainability impacts.

He has held a number of diverse roles across agri supply chain before joining Cargill, in the private/public sectors and trade associations. Prior to his present job, he held a position in Kellogg’s in sustainability. Roles before that include a National Park Ranger on Hadrian’s Wall, UK, a farm environmental adviser for the UK government and Assistant Director in the UK National Farmers’ Union office in Brussels, Belgium.

Editor Neill Barston said: “We welcome James as a keynote speaker to this year’s World Confectionery Conference, with Cargill having previously played a significant role within our events. As a sustainability specialist, his involvement is especially timely given the many tests that the sector faces in terms of environmental issues, supply chain and geopolitical factors that have posed significant challenges for the industry as a whole that we will be addressing at this year’s conference.

“So, we invite sector professionals from across the complete value chain of our industry to participate and register for our event in Brussels this September, as feedback has consistently shown that there is nothing quite like meeting in a live setting to network and exchange thoughts and ideas among senior representatives of our diverse, and fast-evolving industries.”

  • To register for this year’s World Confectionery Conference in Brussels on 12 September, visit our dedicated website, confectioneryconference.com

 

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