Latin America Food & Drink Conference: Partnerships & New Markets

  • Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE
  • 14:00 - 18.30

At this Canning House food and drink event, representatives from Latin American nations will have the opportunity to showcase the best of food and drink that their countries have to offer.

From the world-renowned wines, rum and tequila, to the exquisite fruit, vegetables, coffee and cocoa, Latin American food and drink is unmistakably diverse in style and flavour. As a result, this region has traditionally been a source of quality goods for the UK. As the continent further develops, we are entering a new phase in which the ever-growing Latin American middle-class now demands foreign food and beverages, which provides the UK, as it looks beyond Brexit, new and exciting opportunities.

This Conference will bring together different parties involved in the food and drink industry, in order to explore the opportunities that this sector offers to increase exports and form new partnerships between the UK and Latin America. The conference will run alongside a trade fair, in which representatives of Latin American nations will showcase the best of food and drink that their countries have to offer. This will provide attendees with a space to network and acquire more information on the industry from both government and corporate representatives.

The conference will start with an introduction to the food and drink industry in Latin America and the UK, highlighting the opportunities and challenges of doing business in such a diverse region.

The first panel of the day will examine the corporate experience of companies in Latin America, focusing the import and export process between the UK and the region. With Latin America being one of the world’s top food producers and UK companies eager to increase exports, this will be an opportunity to hear the experience of business on both sides of the Atlantic. We will take a detailed look at recent trends and the logistics of business between the two areas and how this can be bettered going forward.

Our second panel will focus on what governments and trade organisations can do to increase growth in UK-LatAm Trade. With unsteady global trade conditions, businesses will need to make more and more use of these bodies in order to navigate the market and this panel will take a look at how the UK and LatAm food & drink industries can benefit from different types of assistance available.

After some closing remarks, the trade fair will continue, providing further opportunity for those attending panels to network, learn more about the industry and enjoy the diversity of Latin American produce.

With this conference, Canning House hopes to provide key information for those involved in the food and drink industry. Exploring different sectors of the industry, the conference will be an excellent space to network, develop business relations and create new partnerships that will greatly benefit both the UK and Latin America.

The trade fair will feature food & drink from the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Uruguay

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  • Agenda

  • Registration, coffee and opening of trade fair

    (The trade fair will run alongside panel sessions)


  • Words of Welcome

    Cristina Cortes, CEO, Canning House


    Event MC, Neil Wynn-Jones MBE, Specialist Adviser in International Trade, Department for International Trade


  • Overview of the industry

    Gunther Baumgarten, Editor, LatinNews


  • First panel: Imports & Exports

    This panel will look at recent trends in the Latin American food and drink industry and the logistics of the import/export process. Case studies of companies in this area will be explored and this will be followed by a Q&A.

    Chaired by Andrew Denham-Smith, Managing Director, Fyffes Group Limited

    Gareth Moore, Head of International Corridors, Santander

    Luis Mulet, Director, Global Business & Trade Consulting Ltd

    Christophe Pans, Export Director US & EU, Cremaschi Furlotti

    John Hopkins, General Manager Imports and Logistics, Fyffes Group Limited



  • Second Panel: How can government help business?

    This panel will analyse what UK government, and Latin American trade organisations and government can do to help increase the flow of UK-Latin America trade and vice-versa.

    Chaired by Elsa Fairbanks, Director, Food and Drink Export Association

    Jose Puyana, Director, ProColombia

    Neil Wynn-Jones MBE, Specialist Adviser in International Trade, Department for International Trade

    15:45 - 16:15

  • Final remarks

    Cristina Cortes, CEO, Canning House


    Neil Wynn-Jones MBE, Specialist Adviser in International Trade, Department for International Trade

    16:15 - 16:25

  • Continuation of trade fair and networking opportunities


  • Event close


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