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For the leaders of today and
the leaders of tomorrow

Food and grocery is facing three disruptors that threaten the future of your business

IGD Leaders' Forum 2017


In an unprecedented move, the food industry will come together this October to learn from topic experts, hear each other’s responses and build a framework to solve the uncertainties we face.

Fiona Dawson, a global president at Mars, introduces the event…

Fiona Dawson
Global President Food, Drinks and Multisales

Why should I attend?


Interact with the industry and world-class experts

8 experts and 8 industry leaders will address 3 key issues affecting you.


Learn about the issues that will affect you

Topics include political instability, international trade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as a guide to post-Brexit with our Chief Economist.


Build a future-proof plan

A unique opportunity to hear from and question experts and leaders to help you build a plan that can help your business navigate the future.

The Leaders’ Forum, at a glance:

  • 8 industry leaders
  • 8 topic experts
  • 3 business topics affecting you
  • Insight, response and debate
  • Expertise from IGD’s Chief Economist on how to prepare for Brexit

‘A unique event where lots of industry leaders are coming together to talk about the things that really matter to our industry.’
Leendert Den Hollander, Vice President & General Manager, Coca Cola European Partners

‘I look forward to the thought provocation that I think will be generated on the day across a host of subjects, from the volatility in exchange rates through to the impact that political upheaval across the world has had on trade agreements.’
Paul Mills-Hicks, Food Commercial Director, Sainsbury's

“The reason I'm so excited to be involved with the IGD LF is that it's a unique opportunity not just to hear from the experts, but to interact with them.”
Fiona Dawson, Global President Food, Drinks and Multisales, Mars

Join our forum, hear from the experts and help create an industry action plan

Companies attending include:

2 Sisters Food Group Limited
Accuris UK
Acdoco Ltd
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Amoobi UK
Arla Foods UK
ASDA Stores Ltd
Bacardi-Martini Ltd
Bakkavor Group
Bestway Wholesale Group
Birds Eye Limited
Branston Ltd
Cerealto UK Ltd
Chep UK Ltd - Equipment Pooling Systems
Cirkle PR
Compass Group PLC
Cosine UK Limited
Dairy Crest Group plc
Efeso (UK) Limited
Electronic Arts UK
Emmi UK Ltd
FAGE UK Limited
Ferrero UK Ltd
Filippo Berio UK Ltd
Florette UK & Ireland
Haribo Dunhills (Pontefract) Plc
Heineken UK
Jackson's Bakery Ltd
Kanes Foods Ltd
Kellogg Marketing & Sales Co
Lakeland Dairies (NI) Ltd
Lincolnshire Co-operative Society Ltd
LS International
Marine Stewardship Council
Mars Chocolate UK Ltd
Marston's PLC

McColl's Retail Group
McCurrach UK Ltd
Morning Foods Ltd
Moy Park Ltd
Muller UK & Ireland Group
Musgrave Operating Partners Ireland
Natures Way Foods Ltd
Nestle Purina Petcare (UK) Ltd
Noble Foods
PepsiCo UK & Ireland
Piccolo Foods Ltd
Procter & Gamble UK
Quorn Foods
Sacla UK Ltd
Seabrook Crisps Ltd
SHS Drinks t/a Beverage Brands
Stateside Foods Ltd
Swizzels Matlow Limited
Symingtons Limited
Taylors of Harrogate
Thatchers Cider Ltd
The Walt Disney Company – UK & Ireland
Tilda Ltd
Treasury Wine Estates
Tulip Ltd
Unilever UK Limited
Warburtons Limited
Westons Cider
William Jackson Food Group
Wincanton Plc
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Zwanenberg Food UK Ltd

Those attending include:

Account Director
Category and Shopper Marketing Director
Chief Commercial Officer
Chief Executive
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Retail Officer
Commercial Controller
Commercial Director
Commercial Manager
Corporate Finance Director
Country Manager UK
Customer Business Manager
Customer Director
Digital & Technology Finance Manager
Director - Grocery
Director of Category & Insights
Director of Sales
eCommerce and Digital Director
Executive Director
Finance Director
Global Commercial Director
Global Customer Strategy Director for Mars Inc
Grocery Sales Director
Group Chief Executive
Group Corporate Services Director
Group Vice-President Retail & Supply Chain

Head of Category & Shopper Based Design
Head of Sales
Head of Sales - Off Trade
Head Of Strategic Insight
Insight & Strategy Manager
IT Development Manager
Managing Director
Managing Director Europe
Managing Director of Taylors of Harrogate Ltd
Managing Director UK & Ireland
National Account Controller
Retail Sales Director
Sales Director
Sales Director - UK & Ireland
Sales Director, Northern Europe
Sales Director, UK
Sales VP - UK
Senior Business Manager
Senior Consultant
Senior Director
Senior Insight & Research Manager
Senior National Account Manager
Senior UK Sales Director
Senior Vice President Sales
SVP & GM Retail UK & Ireland E-Commerce EMEA
Trading Director
UK Commercial Strategy Director
UK Director
Vice President & Managing Director, Northern Europe
Vice President Asda Logistics Services
Vice President Public Affairs and Communications GB
VP Global, Category & Channel Development



IGD Members : £750 | €900
Non-members: £995 | €1195

Prices displayed ex-VAT. 

As part of IGD’s commitment to help small businesses to grow, IGD is offering a small business rate for this event. 

To qualify for this discounted rate of £398 per ticket you will need to be a small retailer or manufacturing business with a global turnover of less than £10 Million. Please email [email protected] to enquire.

Cancellation fees

Cancellations and name changes to be confirmed in writing

Over 30 days notice - Full refund
15 - 30 days notice - 50% refund
Less than 15 days notice - No refund/transfers

Additional information

Prices displayed ex-VAT. IGD reserves the right to alter any element of the programme, such as speakers, times and venue, should the need arise. All bookings are subject to acceptance of IGD Terms & Conditions. IGD reserves the right to reject any order at its discretion.

Leaders' Forum


IGD Members

£750 | €900


£995 | €1195

Prices displayed ex-VAT. 

Christopher Barnatt

The Brexit workout

Answer 6 questions about your business to find out how Brexit will disrupt your profits.


Christopher Barnatt

60 seconds with Christopher Barnatt

Chris Barnatt, author and futurist, tells us how technology is transforming retail, food and grocery and the political landscape.


Professor L Alan Winters

60 seconds with Prof. L Alan Winters, Director, UK Trade Policy Observatory

The Director of the independent advisory to the UK government amidst Brexit negotiations reveals his expectations of how international trade will change.


Lord Digby Jones

60 seconds with Lord Digby Jones

Honest and to the point, Lord Digby Jones spoke with us ahead of his involvement in the panel for the Leaders’ Forum.



Four Brexit trade scenarios

Read our synopsis of the 4 most likely post-Brexit scenarios that will affect the way you do business internationally.


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