PROGRAMME FOR 2019 STILL YET TO BE CONFIRMED – CHECK THIS SPACE!
Live lectures from the London Chocolate Forum in our amazing lecture hall (pictured) are almost all completely exclusive to the event, enabling you as a delegate to get a strong sense of where the chocolate trade and industry is heading through; technology, trends, health issues, ethics and debate. LCF lectures in 2017 and 2018 were voted by our audience as ‘outstanding’ using data collected in 2017/2018 surveys by SmartSurvey. The event was also voted as having collectively the best presentations in the global chocolate industry. Much research is carried out exclusively for the LCF and is not heard until delivered at the LCF.
|07.00||Access – Set Up|
|08.00||REGISTRATION AND EXHIBITION OPEN|
Simon Wright, OF+ Consulting & LCF 2018 Chairman
|09.10||Chocolate Confectionery: Repositioning Indulgence to Reach Market Potential|
Karine Dussimon, Euromonitor
|09.30||The Chocolate Dream: Driving Change in the cocoa-producing regions of Colombia|
Sergio Restrepo, Marketing Director, CasaLuker
|09:50||Sponsors Paper: Digitization in the Chocolate Manufacturing Industry|
Ganesh Ram T S, Director, L & T Technology Services Ltd
|10.10||Chocolate Foresights: Trends in consumer behaviour and what it means for chocolate|
Katelijn Vanrespaille, Sr. Global Consumer & Market Insights Manager, Barry Callebaut
|10:30||Q and A to Panel|
Sophie Jewitt, Founder, The York Cocoa House
|11:30||Healthier Chocolate - is it Too Good to be True?|
Jenny Hearne, Head of Thinkers' Thoughts, Watch Me Think
|11:50||ADM Wild - Advances in New and Dynamic Formulations for Our Chocolate of Tomorrow|
David Aisthorpe, Global Key Account Manager, ADM Wild
|12:10||Live 1-2-1 Interview. Angus Kennedy with his guest HRM Oba Dokun Thompson – King of Eti-Oni, Nigeria|
Angus Kennedy, Editor, Kennedy’s Confection
|12:20||Q and A to Panel|
|13:40||Government Policy & Chocolate: Current Work and What’s Ahead|
Amy Glass, Senior Executive (Diet and Health), Food and Drink Federation
|14:00||Chocolate & Public Health: Pressures & Prospects|
Prof Jack Winkler, Prof of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University
|14:20||Healthy chocolate: a Balancing Act|
Ilco Kwast, Marketing Director, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate
|14:40||Q and A to Panel|
|15:30|| Session 4|
|15:30||Tony’s Chocolonely: A story of an Unusual Chocolate Bar.|
Ynzo Van Zanten, Choco Evangelist, Tony's Chocolonely
|15:50||Reinventing Consumer Society|
Erik Bruun Bindslev, Managing Director, Europe, Guittard Chocolate Company Europe Ltd
|16:10||Essential Clean Label Chocolate Innovation with California Almonds |
Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation, Innova Market Insights
|16:50||Q and A to Panel|
Angus Kennedy, founder, London Chocolate Forum, Editor, Kennedy’s Confection and Author – Bittersweet
Meet your host – the founder of the LCF – and also (like many of us) is a self-confessed incurable chocolate lover.
Angus Kennedy is has been the editor of Kennedy’s Confection for over 30 years and is the founder of the London Chocolate Forum. He is passionate about the subject of chocolate; so much so, his latest book to consumers – Bittersweet, has just been published in New York in July 2018 and featured across major TV channels to millions of people around the world.
He is also the author of a popular blog called Friday Light, which he says’ is complete nonsense’ and can’t understand why it has ever become popular; now with several thousand email recipients.
Angus, over the years, has become an expert on the industry for global media on the subject of chocolate and is often featured in Global press and radio for his knowledge of the chocolate industry, with appearances with BBC World News, Al Jazeera Television, Fox News, CBS, Hallmark, ITV and Channel 4. He is currently making a film ‘Angus and the Cocoa Farmers‘ and looking for interested parties to sponsor him at the LCF this year!
In addition to authoring 8 books to date, Angus labels himself as a professional dream facilitator and is n addition, a public speaker with a talk that will inspire people of all ages to help them, as he did, succeed against all odds and fail their way to success!
Copies of Angus book telling his story of failure to success – Bittersweet will be at the LCF or it can be purchased here!
Meet your LCF chairman
Simon Wright, UK representative of ICAM SpA
We are delighted to welcome your chairman for the day; Simon Wright. Simon is currently the UK representative of ICAM SpA of Milan, Italy and involved in all aspects of chocolate development and marketing, for both brands and private label.
Simon has a particular interest in sustainable chocolate and was involved in setting up key brands Green & Black’s (organic) and Divine (Fairtrade). He has a degree in Food Science & Nutrition and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and a Member of the Guild of Food Writers: he sits on the Soil Association Standards Board and Chairs the Certification and Oversight Committee of the Fairtrade Foundation.
Simon is also Chair of the Quality Food Awards judging panel, a member of the Food Matters Free From judging panel, a founding member of the Organic Trade Board and a member of Slow Food UK. Most recently Simon has been appointed to the organising committee of the Academy of Chocolate. And he confesses to us that his favourite chocolate is Vanini 49% Milk.
Speaker: Karine Dussimon, Consultant at Euromonitor International
Paper title: Chocolate Confectionery: Repositioning Indulgence to Reach Market Potential
Despite some economic uncertainty, global retail demand for chocolate confectionery is bound to continue to expand steadily over the next few years. The rules are however changing, with consumers wanting a more premium offering and a healthier profile from their sweet treats. In this presentation Karine Dussimon, Food and Nutrition Consultant at Euromonitor International will provide an overview of this market globally, its key players as well as key opportunities lying ahead for innovation
Speaker: Sergio Restrepo, Marketing Director, CasaLuker (Colombia)
Paper title: The Chocolate Dream – Driving change in the cocoa-producing regions of Colombia
Rooted in a global career spanning more than two decades, Erik discusses how he learnt to take a values-driven approach when it comes to building a global strategy for products or concepts. When working with Guittard and Scharffenberger, Erik’s expertise has ensured he can build flexible brand strategies that are fresh, relevant and profitable in the chocolate industry. LThis fascinating talk looks at the different aspects of chocolate brands in the ever-changing consumer landscape where empathy, transparency, ethics, creativity and sustainability are key to longevity and success.
Speaker: Katelijn Vanrespaille, Sr. Global Consumer & Market Insights Manager, Barry Callebaut
Paper title: Chocolate Foresights: Trends in consumer behaviour and what it means for chocolate.
Get inspired and be prepared for the future! The world is changing, people are changing, and faster than ever before. And consumers are becoming much more powerful than at any time before. Hence the increased importance of understanding what consumers really do want and how to prepare for that. How should chocolate producers prepare token their message and chocolate relevant and differentiate in an ever more complex market. This paper also focuses on how to tune into new emerging consumer passions. Barry Callebaut’s outlook on the future of chocolate is based on a thorough research process in collaboration with trend watchers, consumer behaviour experts and trendsetting chefs.
Speaker: HRM Oba Dokun Thompson, Nigeria
Paper title: Live 1-2-1 Interview. Angus Kennedy with his guest HRM Oba Dokun Thompson – King of Eti-Oni, Nigeria
Listen to this amazing live interview with HRM Oba Dokun Thompson and Angus Kennedy on the troubles he faces in the Village of Eti Oni, Nigeria. A truly fascinating story on the lives of cocoa farmers his personal life- quite a fairy tale. A must-not-miss interview on how it really is in Africa for the people of this cocoa village offering a unique insight that has never been heard before – direct from a Nigerian King himself.
Speaker: Prof Jack Winkler, Prof of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University
Paper title: Chocolate & Public Health: Pressures & Prospects
Public health pressure on the chocolate industry is likely to continue and increase, for a long time ahead. The nature, scale and duration of relevant health problems: sugar, obesity, tooth decay…and diabetes. Difficulties in measuring what people buy and eat. Chocolate’s role in the problems and in their solution. Current policies: diet and lifestyle changes, reformulation and price, in stores and out-of-home. The ambivalent relationship between health and industry, health and profit: enemies and allies, simultaneously problem and solution. Policy options for the future: more of the same, plus demand and supply. Successes and precedents so far. Prospects for low/no-added sugar chocolate. The “controversy” over sweeteners and strategies for coping with it. New substitute ingredients. Obstacles: science or marketing. Unexplored issues. The future: the good, the bad, the continuing.
Speaker: KYnzo Van Zanten, Choco Evangelist, Tony’s Chocolonely
Paper title: A story of an unusual chocolate bar.
Tony’s Chocolonely isn’t your average chocolate company, but a chocolate company with a huge mission; to end modern slavery and exploitation in the cocoa industry. With amazing chocolate recipes they set the example and show that chocolate can be made in a more responsible way; in taste, packaging and the way they build long term relationships with cocoa farmers and the way they handle an open and transparent value chain. Ynzo van Zanten, Tony’s ‘Choco Evangelist’ will tell the story of Tony’s roadmap towards 100% slave free chocolate and how everyone can join this movement.
Speaker: Ganesh Ram T S, Director, L & T Technology Services Ltd, India
Paper title: Digitization in the Chocolate Manufacturing Industry
Possibilities that digitalization brings to the fore in chocolate industry in: Improving efficiencies in manufacturing – Connecting people, processes and machinesReducing CAPEX by Streamlining OPEX – Reducing downtimes with predictive maintenance Faster Time to Market – Connected supply chain, connected PLM, creating connected eco-systems: factory to market
Speaker: Amy Glass, Senior Executive (Diet and Health), Food and Drink Federation
Both Westminster and Scottish Governments have recently published plans with the aim of halving childhood obesity by 2030. In this presentation, Amy Glass, Diet and Health Executive at the Food and Drink Federation will provide an update on proposals within these plans, including the consultations on promotional and advertising restrictions, and how this may impact the chocolate industry.
Reformulation remains a fundamental part of the Government’s approach to tackling obesity. We will explore the ongoing work by industry within the sugars reformulation programme and provide an update on the results from year 1. Looking forward, we will discuss what could be coming up next – will there be a tax on chocolate?
Speaker: Jenny Hearne, Head of Thinkers’ Thoughts, Watch Me Think
At the LCF today we are hearing from farmers, manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in. Research exclusively conducted for the London Chocolate Forum. Where is the voice of the person who ends up eating our wonderful products? That is where Watch Me Think come in. Jenny’s presentation will help us to understand what ‘healthier’ chocolate really means from a consumers perspective. Listeners will also be able to observe fascinating footage of consumers as they experience a typical chocolate moment and understand the role that ‘healthier’ chocolate plays in that moment and in the wider arena of healthier snacking choices. All this will be done using a dozen carefully selected chocolate consumers making unmoderated videos exclusively for the London Chocolate Forum 2018. Prepare to be surprised!
Speaker: Sophie Jewitt, Founder York Cocoa House
Sophie Jewett shares her amazing cocoa experience from critical chocolate fanatic, to starting a business from home from scratch. Sophie tells her inspiring story of how she created a destination with the York Cocoa House and eventually the York Cocoa Works with the ‘Chocolate Manufactory’. A great case study of a dynamic entrepreneur of her story of setting up production, development and an education centre in a city surrounded by chocolate heritage, manufacturing and expertise. Over 10 years the business has evolved with the core mission to learn, discover and share the stories of cocoa. Sophie will be sharing the journey, joys, challenges and misconceptions of working across the whole of the production process, supply chain and consumer interactions on a mission to make great, British chocolate.
Speaker: Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation, Innova Market Insights
Consumers are seeking clean label products more than ever before, and chocolate is no exception. As the confectionary industry continues to innovate to meet challenges in consumer demand, ingredients with natural, wholesome appeal like California almonds can help manufacturers deliver next-level products. Lu Ann Williams of Innova Market Insights will discuss the latest consumer research on chocolate and confectionary from the Almond Board of California, highlighting opportunities to tap into preferences for texture and flavor, paired with a deep-dive into clean-label trends driving chocolate innovation forward across the globe.
Speaker: Ilco Kwast, Marketing Director, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate
Consumers are embracing health as a lifestyle and making holistic choices to pursue vitality and wellbeing. We see people crafting their diets around food sensitivities, aspirations for clean consumption and a general drive towards health and wellness. In these times, sweet treats are threatened to be perceived increasingly as a guilty pleasure. A freshly conducted study by Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate shows that chocolate is not immune to this movement. In his keynote speech, marketing director Ilco Kwast will present you Cargill’s insights, shedding light on how consumers shape their diets around their healthy lifestyle choices and how this impacts the world of chocolate. He will lead you through the learnings of what matters to consumers and how this shapes their purchase decisions. In this solution-oriented keynote, Ilco Kwast will also present to you a brief overview of existing and upcoming innovations in chocolate that can meet these needs. Whether it’s the consumer demand for less sugar, dairy free and vegan options or fat reduction, there are already answers to the rising trends.