AU: PMA Fresh Connections 2013 announces first 5 speakers
PMA Fresh Connections the annual fresh fruit, vegetable and floral gathering bringing together leaders from all sectors of the fresh produce supply chain across Australia and New Zealand, has announced the first five of its speakers for 2013, under the new theme “Unlock the Future”.
Introducing Keynote Speaker Michael McAllum, Global Foresight Network:
Michael McAllum, founder of the Global Foresight Network which specialises in the practice of strategic foresight and designing better futures, has been revealed as this year’s Keynote Speaker. As a “futures architect”, he is currently engaged in leading a conversation about a viable and sustainable food system for Australia and will address delegates on the topic of “Food – a catalyst to transform the world”.
“Huge environmental shifts and an insatiable, growing middle class will necessitate significant changes in how we grow, trade and consume food, and the businesses who are amongst the first to understand and adapt to these changes will be ahead” said Michael Worthington, CEO of PMA Fresh Connections’ Host Company PMA Australia-New Zealand. “We are delighted to have secured Mike McAllum as our keynote speaker, to define those ‘acupuncture points’ that each of us can focus on to build a stronger future for our businesses and leave a world that future generations can enjoy” he added.
Rounding out the first group of five speakers to be announced are:
Dr. Elliott Grant (USA), Founder and Chief Technology Officer, YottaMark, Inc. on the topic of “Technological advances to transform fresh produce supply”. This session will reveal some of the most significant advances in technology that are likely to affect how produce is grown, processed and delivered to consumers in the future.
Andrew Jacobs (AUS), General Manager, Snakk Media, on the topic of “Using your mobile device for marketing”. Andrew will show delegates how their mobile devices can become a tool to generate more business, whether they are marketing to consumers or to other businesses.
Bryan Silbermann (USA), President and CEO, Produce Marketing Association, on the topic of “The future of fresh produce in a changing world”. Back by popular demand, Bryan will consider what the future holds for the fresh produce industry in the context of shifting global powers.
Professor David Hughes (UK), Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London on the topic of “Emerging trends in food retailing”. World-renowned retail expert Dr Hughes will uncover for delegates the latest on what consumers are doing, what retailers are focussing their future planning on, and how this will affect retail suppliers.
The PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11-13 June 2013, and is co-hosted by PMA Australia-New Zealand and The Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries. Registrations for PMA Fresh Connections 2013 are now open.
For more information please visit www.pmafreshconnections.com.au