Tesco’s Technical Director and senior executives in the food and drink industry gather to discuss “What burgers taught us”

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07/03/2014

Leading influencers from the UK’s food and drink sector gathered last night at the Cedar Court Hotel in York for the 3rd Walker Morris Food Leadership Dinner.

More than 25 chairmen, chief executives, finance directors and other senior executives from across the food and drink industry were led in a discussion by Tim Smith, Tesco Group Technical Director, on ‘What burgers taught us’.  The discussion examined the lessons learnt by the industry following a number of supply chain incidents such as the horse meat scandal.

Tim was the public face of Tesco during the horse meat scandal having joined Tesco only three months earlier from the Food Standards Authority where he was Chief Executive.  At the FSA, which he joined in 2008, Tim was credited with introducing a more consensus-driven style following repeated clashed between the regulator and industry.

Richard Naish, Head of the Food and Drink Group at Walker Morris commented:

Having worked for major food manufacturers, then the FSA and now a major retailer, Tim has a unique perspective and insight into the food and drink industry.  I would like to thank everyone who attended but particularly Tim for leading and contributing to some very interesting discussions.  In particular a couple of key themes which came out of the discussions were rationalisation of the supply chain and the increasing digitalisation of consumer behaviour.

Walker Morris’ previous Food and Drink Leadership Dinners have featured Mike Coupe (soon to be chief executive of Sainsbury) and David Salkeld (chief executive of Symington’s).

If you would like to learn more about the Walker Morris Food and Drink Team or if you would like to be hear about future events, please contact richard.naish@walkermorris.co.uk or click here.

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