Food and drink

28 - 29 July 2022

With high-quality produce and industry-leading technology, the UK remains the world leader in innovation in the food and drink industry.

But there are problems the world needs to address. Now is the time for us to come together and find solutions to the biggest issues affecting our food sources, including sustainability, decarbonisation and climate change.

The Food and Drink sector day took place on 28 and 29 July during Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, UK House in Broad Street, Birmingham is a platform to bring together businesses, key decision makers and governments to discover opportunities for partnership and innovations for sustainable growth.

Birmingham is developing bold new policies around urban food planning, procurement, and distribution. Working with a network of Commonwealth and global partners and initiatives such as the MILAN Pact and Food Cities 2022.

Day 1 Commonwealth Food Futures 2022: bringing together city leaders, policymakers, trade organisations, buyers and exporters to discuss key challenges and innovative solutions for urban food systems, international trade and education around our food supply chains. Be inspired by the bold cities food planning policies being developed in Birmingham and globally with international speakers headlined by Dr David Nabarro. Join us to network and meet with representatives from Commonwealth cities and Greater Birmingham’s SME ‘Best in Class’ Food/Drink related businesses.

Day 2 will see the Department for International Trade providing a series of engaging sessions targeting UK SMEs with a desire to boost their export capability by offering UK food and drink producers and manufacturers the opportunity to learn the secret of export success from government experts, established global export champions and current successful food and drink exporters. It will also offer an opportunity to hear and learn about the services offered by DIT and other local NGOs to support companies along with a networking session and the chance to meet some of Greater Birmingham’s ‘Best in Class’ innovative SME food/drink supply chain businesses.

From climate change, malnutrition, food security and equality to meeting potential business partners, this two-day conference will give an opportunity to access the latest in food policy developments, global research, innovation, and industry experts.

Be part of the conversation; be part of the solution. Help build a bold, healthy, and sustainable food future.

The programme is being developed in partnership with Birmingham City Council in conjunction with the Birmingham Commonwealth Association, The Food Foundation, the Department for International Trade and the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA). Spaces are limited so an early expression of interest is advised.

We’d love for you to become a part of this special event and look forward to welcoming you.

Food and Drink Schedule

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