Branislav Nedimovic, Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Serbia
H.E. Kyle Scott, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia
11:00 – 11:30
Introduction to Serbian Food Processing Industry (study)
The current situation in the Serbian food processing industry, its specifics, potentials, recent development.
Speaker: Aleksandar Pavlovic, CSS Chief of Party, Chief of Party, USAID Competitive Economy Project
11:30 – 12:30
Opening Panel: Prospects of Serbian Food Processing Industry
Panel discussion on perspectives ahead of the region’s food processing industry – insights and potentials from the points of view of the Government, business associations, large brands and entrepreneurs.
Katarina Obradovic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy, Republic of Serbia
Aleksandar Bogunovic, Secretary of Association of Plant Production, Sector for Agriculture of Serbian Chamber of Commerce
Vladimir Cupic, President of the Food and Agriculture Alliance/ General Manager of Atlantic Group
Mihailo Jankovic, CEO at Nectar Group
Ivan Percic, owner of “Suncokret”
Moderator: Tanja Veselinovic
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
Session: Global Trends & Opportunities for Serbian Food
Global food industry trends and best chances Serbia and the region have in the international market – a lecture from the experience of a senior food and drink expert from one of leading global consultants.
Speaker: Honorata Jarocka, Senior Food and Drink Analyst, Mintel Consulting
14:30 – 15:30
Panel: Mobilizing capital for growing the food processing industry
A panel discussion dealing with the investment possibilities, chances and challenges of food startups, role and positions of the banks etc. by representatives of investors, food makers and financial services experts.
Sreten Vranic, Program manager for startup companies, Erste Bank
Ana Milic, Head of Business Department, ProCredit bank
Luka Pejovic, Senior Consultant, BDO Serbia (Conda crowdinvesting)
Session: Routes to Market – Packaging, Certification, Logistics, Distribution
An expert’s take on key issues and steps on a food producer’s successful route to the market – from product packaging to distribution – by Managing Director of a UK based international food marketing agency.
Speaker: Simon Waring, Managing Director, Green Seeds Group
10:30 – 12:00
Case Study: The Buyer’s Viewpoint
What it takes for producers to have products on the shelves of the key regional chains? What are the expectations, policies, criteria and needs? Insights directly from different representative buyers.
Maja Jojovic, Category Manager for F&V & Jovana Milic, Category Manager for Coffee, Tea and Spices, Delhaize Serbia
Predrag Petrovic, Head of purchasing, marketing and logistic, dm drogerie markt Serbia and Macedonia
Spomenko Djordan, Assistant to the Executive Director, Univerexport
Vaso Lekic, Zadruga Food Concept
12:00 - 12:30
Snacks and Coffee time
12:30 - 13:30
Session: Tips from true taste experts – how to create a premium product and improve brand exposure
Global trends: food pairing, taste certification, premium products, benefits of Superior Taste Award (iTQi) for Serbian producers – lecture by world famous food experts.
Speakers: Alan Coxon, iTQi Jury Member, British Ambassador for Food, Drink and Tourism, celebrity chef and TV presenter & Ina Saltanava, Area Manager, iTQi
13:30 - 16:00
Case Study: Been there, done that
First-hand experience of food making success in the region: from the speakers who effectively overcame challenges of starting a business in the industry, entering markets and growth.