Food Safety In Focus At 2019 GFSI Conference

By Steve Wynne-Jones
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Food Safety In Focus At 2019 GFSI Conference

Leading industry executives including Emmanuel Faber, chief executive of Danone; Dirk van de Put, CEO of Mondelēz International; Daniela Fetecauova, global director of quality assurance, Metro AG; Anthony Huggett, vice-president, head of quality management, Nestlé; and Ondina Afonso, director, quality and research, Sonae MC; will be among those addressing the 2019 Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Conference, which takes place in Nice, France, from 25 to 28 February.

Organised by the Consumer Goods Forum, the event will examine measures to advance food safety and improve consumer trust in the retail and consumer goods industries, under the banner ‘Emerging Challenges & The Future of Food Safety’. It will welcome more than 1,000 influential actors from across the global food industry, with more than 50 countries set to be represented.

ESM: European Supermarket Magazine has been confirmed as a media partner for the forthcoming event.

On The Agenda

The conference will address both existing and emerging challenges from across the food supply chain, as well as food safety innovations and solutions for the future.

Topics set to be discussed at this must-attend event include food safety innovations and solutions; emerging and established challenges in food safety; learning lessons with new technology; and how to build a cohesive food safety culture.


In addition, specialist breakout sessions will examine the growing presence of blockchain in the supply chain; capability building in developing markets; innovations in technology and data management; the changing face of the global retail marketplace; mitigating supply chain risk; and much more.

Align, Share And Learn

“Food safety is a foundation for any type of food business,” commented Emmanuel Faber, chief executive of Danone. “For Danone, and its mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible, food safety is all the more important. Our ambition to inspire healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking practices would be meaningless if we did not start with safe food.”

Faber added that the GFSI conference offers the “perfect” platform to “align, share and learn” alongside the global food safety community.

His sentiment was echoed by Dirk van de Put, CEO of Mondelēz International, who said that at a time of “technological advancement, increasing sustainability pressures, and changing consumer demographics, the food industry is experiencing pivotal change. The GFSI Conference seeks to equip industry leaders with the necessary insights to stay one step ahead of the curve, facilitating the largest collaborative conversation on food safety advancement worldwide.”


Since the establishment of the GFSI Conference in 2001, the event has welcomed innovators, academics, business leaders, public authorities, multinational CEOs and grassroots players to assess measures to improve food safety guidelines and encourage positive change.

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