Exclusive: Caobisco president Can Buharali confirmed to speak at the World Confectionery Conference

Can Buharali, newly elected president of Caobisco European confectionery trade body has been confirmed as the latest to become a keynote speaker for our World Confectionery Conference event set to take place this autumn.

He presently serves as the senior director of global public affairs for Mondelez International, playing a key role in helping form its business strategy from a policy perspective, having gained significant broader sector experience.

The newly elected president said he was ‘honoured to take up the role” at Caobisco, and is keenly awaiting playing his part for our must-see industry event on Thursday, 12 September, which features a broad spectrum of leading contributors from right across the full value chain of the confectionery and snacks sectors, from equipment and systems, through to key ingredients supply chains including the crucial cocoa supply chain.

Early bird visitor entry for the show are now in their final week (make sure to register for the event to make the most of those rates here), which includes keynote presentations from Ferrero, Cargill, Tony’s Chocolonely, Mintel global insights, as well as FMCG Gurus research group among many other industry names.

The event features a key Q&A on sustainability, as well as the return of our annual awards (make sure to place your free entries here via our dedicated website confectioneryproduction.com,)_ culminating in a reception celebrating 90 years of publishing for Confectionery Production magazine.

As for our latest speaker, Can Buharali has previously served as regional director corporate and government affairs for the Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Region out of Singapore. He has also held commercial roles at Mondelez, leading export business as International Sales Director for local brands.

Notably, before joining the corporate world, he worked in consultancy and foreign affairs as a career diplomat, serving in Brussels and Tehran.

Confectionery Production editor Neill Barston said: “Caobisco has been an excellent founding industry partner for the World Confectionery Conference, so it’s great that our event will offer the industry the first chance to hear from its newly elected president on how the industry is working on some of its shared challenges and opportunities.

“While it is clear that there are indeed a number of tests in the global confectionery market arising from inflation within key ingredients prices, and geopolitical conditions, it is also notable that the sector has shown a sustained sense of resilience in spite of wider considerations, which is an encouraging sign as we move further forward into 2024.

“With this being our final week for early bird visitor rates, I would urge our readership and those serving right across the sweets, snacks and related sweet bakery segments who wants to get to the heart of what is happening in our sector to sign up this week for a pivotal opportunity to network and help celebrate our landmark nine decades in publishing.”


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