Join Enterprise Ireland for Food Evolution – A Forum on the Future of Food, and hear from leading industry experts and thought-leaders on innovating for sustainable growth, emerging megatrends and insights in food and beverage on 24th November 2021 at 08:00 GMT/16:00 CHN/15:00 ICT/17:00 KST. Find out about the key to long-term success in sustainable growth, and how Ireland has become a hub for food and beverage companies wishing to develop and scale their European presence.


Food Evolution will be officially opened by Charlie McConalogue TD., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.


The keynote speaker is Cliona Murphy, Vice President Global Quality Assurance, PepsiCo. You’ll also hear from Rabobank on emerging megatrends.

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Please note the timings below are all in GMT.

08.00: Introduction – Leo Clancy, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Ireland

08.05: Official Opening – Charlie McConalogue TD. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

08.10: Ireland’s Success in the Food and Drink Industry – Orla Battersby, Divisional Manager Food, Enterprise Ireland

08.15: Keynote Speaker ‘Digitalisation of Research and Development (R&D) in Food & Beverage’
Cliona Murphy, Vice President Global Quality Assurance, PepsiCo

08.45 : Panel Discussion – ‘Ireland – a European Hub for Innovation?’

  • Professor Mark Fenlon, Head of Food Research, Teagasc
  • Paul Ross, Director at APC Microbiome Ireland
  • Professor Alice Stanton, Professor in Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Director of Human Health at Devenish Nutrition
  • Jason Whooley, Chief Executive Officer, Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland

Emerging Megatrends

09.25: Cyrille Filott, Global Strategist Consumer Foods, Rabobank
09.35: Shane Hamill, Regional Manager Asia, Africa, Middle East and Russia, Bord Bia

09.40: C-Level Discussion – ‘Sustainable Growth, the key to long-term success?’

  • Khaled Zitoun, Chief Technical Officer APMEA Region, Kerry Taste and Nutrition
  • Orlaigh Matthews, Market and Strategy Development Manager, Carbery
  • Michael Connolly, Global Business Development Director, Connolly’s Red Mills
  • Micheál Briody, Managing Director, Silver Hill Duck

10.20: Closing Remarks – Ann Derwin, Ambassador of Ireland to China

The event will be moderated by Karina Pierce, Associate Professor of Dairy Production and Director of External Relations, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin