Program

Day 1 – Monday, November 5th

Venue: Pacific Room

  • 10:00-10:30

    Welcome coffee and accreditation of participants

  • 10:00-10:15

    VIP/Press tour of exhibition

  • 10:15 - 10:30

    Media statements and Q&A

  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Opening Ceremony

    Speakers:

    • Roksanda Babic, Presenter/ Host of the Conference
    • 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.

    Speakers:

    • 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

    Lunch

  • 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.

    Speakers:

    • 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)
    • Nikola Stanisic, owner, Stanisic bio

    Moderator: Milos Savic, Partner, WM Equity Partners

Day 2 – Tuesday, November 6th

Venue: Pacific Room

  • 09:00 – 9:30

    Morning coffee

  • 9:30 – 10:30

    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.

    Speakers:

    • Maja Jojovic, Category Manager for F&V & Jovana Milic, Category Manager for Coffee, Tea and Spices, Delhaize Serbia
    • Mercator-S representative
    • 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 productsbenefits 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.

    Speakers:

    • Darko Mandic, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Happy Honey
    • Andrija Miskovic, Executive Director, Global Foods
    • Kalin Babusku, Brand Developer, Mamas Food, Macedonia Export
    • Damir Ferovic, CEO, Kulin/ZERAA
    • Michal Neeman, CEO, LUMEEGA
  • 16:00

    Closing ceremony