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Thematic agenda

Think Agile: The always agile food industry

  • Scenarios for the Polish food industry at a time of geopolitical turmoil
  • Market consequences of the rising prices of resources and the war in the immediate vicinity
  • The Green Deal, pro-climate changes, and sustainable strategies
  • Shifting business and consumer trends, or growth in the shadow of inflation
  • Not only does the crisis entail challenges – it also provides opportunities

The acquisition rush, or what triggered the wave of consolidation

  • The great merger – the end of the pandemic triggered a wave of consolidation in the food market
  • The M&A market – the upward trend in the food sector
  • Generational change in family businesses: Are we to expect a consolidation boom?
  • Polish food and retail companies: What appetite do private equity funds have?

Exports at a turning point – new directions, and new opportunities

  • Poland as Europe’s new breadbasket
  • Challenges and real opportunities for Polish food exports
  • The war in Ukraine is affecting the global food market: What change does it ensue for Polish exporters?
  • The most promising directions of sales: What has been changed by the pandemic?

Food and packaging without a trace

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – the new principles of thinking about production
  • The circular economy (GOZ) and extended producer responsibility (ROP) – the key abbreviations for the FMCG and retail industry
  • The deposit system – flexible and effective. Who is worth emulating and whose mistakes are worth learning from?
  • New technologies and AI in the service of waste management

ESG in the food industry – responsible harvesting, fishing, production, and distribution

  • The green change determines business decisions made by food companies
  • The food industry versus the growing requirements in the area of sustainable development
  • Animal welfare, green technologies, and electric transport
  • The carbon footprint – its importance is growing: How to calculate it properly?

Alcohol and snacks – the stars of supermarket shelves

  • Healthy snacks and beverages (including alcoholic beverages): Are they products suited for crises?
  • The alcohol industry after the pandemic and the excise duty hike: Are the good times over?
  • R&D: To what rhythm do the hearts of food and beverage producers beat?
  • Close to the consumer – innovative ideas for brand promotion and the building of consumer habits

Transformation of the meat industry

  • Producers after the pandemic and before the Green Deal: Is it time for acquisitions?
  • The industry versus the rising costs and inflation
  • Will workers from Ukraine be the solution to staff shortages in the sector?
  • Technologies for the meat industry

The plant-based food market – a promising niche is breaking into the mainstream

  • The plant-based food market – its potential, needs, and direction of development
  • Retail chains versus the plant-based trend
  • Climate neutrality versus the transformation of the food industry
  • Consumers on a diet – vegetarians, vegans, and flexitarians

Foodtech and Retailtech – innovations and start-ups are changing the market picture

  • Aquaponics and urban farming – or ultra-local food also sourced from cities
  • Applications, data and the cloud connect customers with shops
  • Autonomous stores, vending, and nano-outlets
  • Self-checkouts; virtual fitting rooms and assistants
  • An overview of the food and retail start-up scene

Factory 4.0 – automated, robotised, digital, and green

  • Technologies of the present and future with the greatest potential
  • Robots as part̨ of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Cobots on the crest of the wave – the growing importance of human-robot co-operation
  • Maintaining continuity of production at a time of staff shortages

Managing an FMCG company in a changing world

  • Supply chains under pressure
  • Digitalisation as a response to the challenges of out-of-the-ordinary disruption
  • Rapid response to change – insights from data analysis
  • Optimal internal logistics and warehousing – a source of advantage
  • Food passporting, and blockchain: What, where and when?

Loyal and personalised – a must-have for a perfect range of products and services offered

  • How to effectively support sales?
  • To what extent can the products and services offered be personalised?
  • A loyal brand, a loyal programme, and a loyal customer
  • Tailor-made shops: design, equipment, lighting, and technology
  • Challenges for FMCG executives at a time of economic see-saw

The new retail deal

  • What does retail live and breathe?
  • Consumers in the focus of trends
  • A ban on trade, or the opening-up of trade?
  • Ukrainians as consumers and employees
  • New business models in retail

Democratisation of consumption. Consumers have a voice

  • Private labels – buying cheaper at a time of high prices
  • A convenient, nearby and cheap format: Can it still be done?
  • Retail gets involved in social campaigns
  • Crisis situations: How to respond to a boycott?

Franchising – the business model and regulatory framework

  • Brand strength, resources, and know-how – attractiveness of the model, and its weaknesses
  • Franchising, the free market, and fair competition
  • Legal changes versus new business opportunities
  • Does the labour market support the needs of franchisors?

The power of e-commerce

  • Experiencing the metaverse, or e-commerce in constant evolution
  • A new level of personalisation
  • A convenient shopping path, convenient payments, and convenient delivery
  • Consumers in the mirror of data
  • Dark stores are changing the face of cities and e-commerce
  • Liveshopping is driving online sales

Second-hand shopping, or circular shopping – a joint debate with

  • A new approach to buying, new consumer purchase patterns, and crisis needs
  • Eco-production, zero waste, and sustainable packaging – or circular trends
  • A socially responsible shop: What does it mean?

Perfect sales duos, or influencers on duty

  • Influencer marketing – spectacular campaigns in social media and in shops
  • An ambassador matched to the product, or authenticity and effectiveness combined
  • Between influence and advertising, or what the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) is screening
  • Brand+influencer – co-operation that enables sales (case study)

HoReCaTrendsTalks: The ideal concept

  • How to build and manage an agile restaurant business model?
  • Equipping a catering facility – step by step
  • Two years of the pandemic, and the crisis geopolitical situation caused by the war in Ukraine
  • Facility management – the managers’ and owners’ perspectives

HoReCaTrendsTalks: HoReCa of the future

  • Challenges for the HoReCa market – the labour market, high prices, inflation, commodity prices, and waste
  • Restaurants of the future – the metaverse, delivery, and automation
  • Restaurants in the metaverse
  • New technologies in restaurants of the future – applications and robots instead of waiters
  • HoReXs – speeches by leaders

My Way – a series of business speeches preceding the debates on the 1st and 2nd day