Sustainability, the environment and skills seen as key strategic issues at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum

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25/01/2020

New England Seafood International Chairman, Geoff Eaton, chairs a lively discussion of more than 45 leading influencers at a major industry event sponsored by Walker Morris

Continuing its longstanding support and investment in the food and drink industry, Walker Morris was headline sponsor at Food Manufacture Magazine’s Business Leaders’ Forum held in London last week. The Forum, which was attended by over 45 senior leaders, debated major current issues facing the industry.

Now in its 13th year, the Business Leaders’ Forum attracts key influential individuals from across a variety of stakeholders in the UK’s food and drink industry. It is hosted by Food Manufacture which is the UK’s leading print and digital publication dedicated solely to readers working in the UK’s food and drink manufacturing industry.

In an exclusive interview filmed at the event, Walker Morris Partner and Head of Food & Drink, Richard Naish, shared his insights from the debate.  Watch the interview here.

The event is seen as a firm fixture in the industry’s calendar and is greatly anticipated due to the valuable insight available to attendees. This year proved no different as topics including sustainability, the environment, plant based foods, automation and the possibility of a skills ‘crisis’ were discussed.

Geoff Eaton Chaired the event. Eaton, whose career spans over 39 years is Chairman for Butcher’s Pet Care and New England Seafood International and serves as Non-Executive Director of John Menzies PLC, and spent his executive career with Premier Foods and Uniq, among others.

Richard Naish, Head of Food & Drink said:

“On behalf of Walker Morris, I would like to thank all those who attended the Forum with a special thank you to Geoff who led the debate.

We are delighted to have been able to support such an important event, which reflects our continued investment in the industry. Through engaging in debate and identifying key strategic issues, it helps us all to identify and discuss some of the key challenges facing food and drink businesses. These types of collaborative events are vital in helping shape the future of our food and drink sector.

It was fantastic to see such a diverse group of companies get together to share their insight, ideas and experience in this fast moving industry.”

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