Global Table: World's one-of-a-kind food event comes to Melbourne

The 68th US Secretary of State John Kerry is just one of the impressive speakers at the inaugural Global Table at Melbourne Showgrounds from 3 to 6 September.

Do you work in food or agriculture? Looking to fast-track your business? Global Table can help.

This event will share ideas that benefit future generations and boost our state’s trade profile on the world stage through exports and investments, jobs and visitation spend. Over 100 Victorian export-ready companies will be profiled, getting their products in front of international buyers and investors. And although Victoria already leads the nation with food and fibre exports of $14.1 billion, Global Table will help grow our states reputation and networks to trigger future growth.

Jane Brook, Chief Operating Officer of Food+Wine Victoria.

As to target audience, Chief Operating Officer of Food+Wine Victoria Jane Brook, believes it’s relevant to anyone with an interest in the future of the food industry – we’re talking innovators, businesses,  associations, academia and government. “Whether you work across agriculture, food production, energy, agtech and foodtech or international markets, there’s something for you,” she says.  For a brand new event, the expectations are high. “We expect 2000 delegates, with approximately 75 per cent from Australia and 25 per cent from overseas – we have registrations from more than 22 countries.”

Where the event is one-of-a-kind is that it brings leading international and Australian agrifood  – the business of producing food, agriculturally – events under one umbrella to converse about solving our biggest food challenges and creating tomorrow’s breakthroughs. “By partnering with events including Seeds&Chips – The Global Food Innovation Summit, the Victorian Agribusiness Summit and the Australian Food Awards, this event’s demonstrating that our food and fibre industry is open for business, supercharging an already thriving industry,” Jane says.

LJohn Kerry, Former US Secretary of State.ocking in the 68th US Secretary of State John Kerry as a keynote speaker has been a real coup, too. “We’re very fortunate,” Jane agrees. “Seeds&Chips [event partner] has a close relationship with John Kerry, who gave the keynote address at their summit in Milan in 2018 and he’s looking forward to taking part in the inaugural Global Table. The humanitarian threat posed by rising global temperatures is an issue he has actively campaigned on since leaving public office and in a recent interview about his upcoming trip to Global Table he said scientists are telling us the challenge is accelerating and for anyone in the food business, this is critical because water shortages and drought will have a profound impact on food production.”

While at Global Table, John Kerry will take part in Give Me 5! where young innovators and entrepreneurs have an opportunity to speak to some of the world’s most influential leaders, including the Chief Agricultural Officer of Mars Inc., Howard Yana-Shapiro and Dr Angeline Achariya of food manufacturer, Simplot.

Global Table: Feeding Our Future. 3-6 September 2019, Melbourne Australia Global Table is launching when there’s plenty at stake environmentally. According to the United Nations, the world population is expected to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050, presenting a host of challenges – as well as opportunities – for the Australian food industry. Our success depends on ensuring the industry is equipped with the knowledge, capabilities and networks to be a major and preferred supplier for growing international markets.

Winnow Solutions, appearing at the event, reflects that approach. With offices in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Dubai and Shanghai, it develops artificial intelligence to reduce food waste. Its digital tools provide data to drive improvements in kitchen production to cut food waste in half, saving money and reducing environmental footprint at the same time. Winnow has been adopted by over 1300 sites globally, including by household names like IKEA and Hilton. “I think they’ll show that big business are taking issues like food waste seriously – and that the solutions to make a change are available,” says Jane.

Destined to be the start of big things, Global Table is already signed up to return to Melbourne in 2020.

Top five reasons to attend Global Table 2019

  1. A chance to see one of the world’s most creative, well-regarded food events first hand.
  2. Whatever part of the supply chain you work in, Global Table is your opportunity to make connections, capitalise on new advances and connect to the global food network.
  3. There’s a dedicated trade zone, where experts will share insights on the future of world markets and the latest trends relevant to Australian food and beverage exporters.
  4. You’ll hear from the next generation with teenagers taking to the stage and sharing their bold thinking and brilliant ideas to change the future of how we eat and grow food.
  5. It’s the first event for the industry focusing on Australia’s progress towards sustainable energy goals.

Global Table is on from 3-6 September at Melbourne Showgrounds. Explore the program on the Global Table website.