The LPS brings together some of the sharpest minds from the global produce industry to present a series of educational seminars and workshops that explore the topics and issues that impact directly or indirectly on the working lives of every show attendee.

The micro-sessions take place on Thursday June 6 around the LPS one-day trade show and include the following presentations:

10.00: PLANT-BASED DIETS: THE POTENTIAL FOR PRODUCE
Speaker: England Marketing

England Marketing has been undertaking market research in the food sector for 20 years, focusing in particular on fresh produce.

The company has tracked consumer trends on behalf of a variety of organisations during this time, and, in doing so, has noticed a big shift to plant-based diets in recent years.

During this session, England Marketing will share some of its market insights, and suggest ways in which the fresh produce sector could capitalise on these trends.

10.45: LABOUR: ENHANCING YOUR EMPLOYER BRAND TO SECURE YOUR FUTURE WORKFORCE

Moderator:

David Camp, Chief Executive, The Association of Labour Providers

Panelists:

Sam Ludlow Taylor, Waitrose & Partners
Mel Miles, Freshtime UK
Harry Hall, Hall Hunter
Emma Henry, BerryWorld
Katie Ford, Emmett UK

Explore how the reputation and results of your produce business can be enhanced through embedding a values-based employer brand.

This panel discussion, featuring representatives from Freshtime UK, Emmetts UK, Hall Hunter, BerryWorld and Waitrose & Partners, will provide practical experience of how applying ethical values, acting with integrity and building employee trust can convert into bottom-line business benefits, such as: increased applicant flow, improved engagement levels and higher worker retention and return.

Moderated by David Camp, Chief Executive of The Association of Labour Providers, and the founder of Stronger Together, this session will focus on the practical actions that produce suppliers can take to enhance their brand and reputation.

12.00: THE NEXT GENERATION: HOW TO NURTURE FUTURE PRODUCE LEADERS
Speaker: Ben Bardsley, Chairman, Next Gen Fruit Group

Learn how the Next Gen Fruit Group (formally the Under 40s Fruit Growers Organisation) is on a mission to attract as many young people as possible to work in the fruit supply chain – from production to retail – and, in turn, create an environment of learning, networking and enjoyment amongst the future leaders of the fresh produce business.

Over the next two years, Ben’s vision is to turn the Next Gen Fruit Group into a globally-recognised industry organisation, and to grow its membership from 150 to over 300 people.

The Next Gen Fruit Group is also incorporating as a charity to raise money in order to provide education to underprivileged young people, and, in doing so, encourage them to work in the fresh produce industry.

As they seek to capture a wider audience, during this session Ben and his committee will launch the new brand officially, and present their vision for the organisation’s future.

12.45: RAISING CONSUMPTION: PROMOTING FRUIT & VEG DURING HOLIDAY PERIODS
Speaker: Maria Wieloch, Senior Category Manager fruit, vegetables and flowers, ICA Gruppen

Be inspired to encourage shoppers, and especially children, to ditch the chocolate and sugary treats in favour of fresh fruits and vegetables during the holidays.

At Sweden’s largest supermarket chain ICA, the Fruit and Veg department is creating initiatives to encourage kids to eat more healthily during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas.

During this session, Maria will share some of these successful initiatives, as well as other commercial initiatives used by ICA to raise the consumption of fruit and veg among all of its customers throughout the year

13.30: WONKY/SURPLUS PRODUCE: THE ETHICAL & COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES
Speaker: Emilie Vanpoperinghe, Co-Founder, Oddbox

Discover the opportunities and advantages of tackling food waste, reducing your impact on the planet and raising fresh produce consumption and sales by making more misshapen and surplus fresh fruits and vegetables available to consumers. 

Emilie Vanpoperinghe, co-founder of social enterprise Oddbox, ‘London’s first and only’ wonky veg box subscription scheme, will discuss the social, environmental and commercial opportunities of retailing ‘imperfect’ quality fruit and veg, as well as the genuine, growing demand from consumers to purchase and eat such produce in an effort to fight food waste.

Emilie will demonstrate the positive ways in which concepts like Oddbox can help suppliers to prevent food waste – from growers through to importers, packers and retailers, in addition to revealing Oddbox’s plans to scale in size and reach via an upcoming national expansion due to the initiative’s popularity.

14.15: CIRCULAR AGRICULTURE & SUSTAINABILITY: THE DUTCH VISION
Speakers:
Tim Heddema, Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Netherlands in the UK

Gert Mulder, CEO, Fresh Produce Centre (GroentenFruitHuis, The Netherlands)

Grasp the concept of ‘circular agriculture’, and understand its significance and benefits for fresh fruit and vegetable growers, suppliers and buyers right across the globe.

Serious ecological and social challenges in the shape of climate change, and the increasing scarcity of resources are requiring producers around the world to reassess their production methods. Carola Schouten, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, sees circular agriculture as the logical and conclusive answer to these issues.

Circularity in farming and production means closing the cycles of minerals and other resources as much as possible; strengthening our focus on biodiversity; and respecting the Earth’s natural limits in order to prevent waste, and to ensure that farmers and growers are paid a fair price.

Dutch agricultural and horticultural production is constantly innovating, making it a global leader. Hear from representatives from the Dutch government and produce industry, who will share the Dutch vision and the ‘Dutch Horticulture Agenda 2019-2030’ – an agreement between the industry and government which seeks to put into practice the vision on circularity and sustainability in farming and production.

15.00: FOOD WASTE: WAYS TO MEASURE WASTE & REDISTRIBUTE PRODUCE
Speaker: Shula Granville, Commercial Manager, FareShare

Understand the scale of food waste in the produce industry, and the steps that fresh produce companies can take to effectively identify and tackle waste in their operations.

Food waste is a growing issue. Despite rising awareness amongst consumers, and the UK government encouraging the food industry to tackle waste in their operations, over 1.9 million tonnes of food are still wasted annually by the food industry in the UK.

Shula will set out the approaches to measuring waste, and the steps to waste reduction through surplus redistribution to charitable causes. She will explore the positive impact that redistributing edible, surplus produce to frontline charities can have on businesses.

Find out how to address this challenge at a time when the UK government is calling on food retailers and suppliers to set ambitious efficiency and sustainability targets, (part of a UN goal to halve food waste by 2030), in addition to announcing plans to consult on mandatory reporting of food waste.