Food & Drink Business LIVE

One of the fastest periods of change for the food and beverage sector is underway as Food 4.0 unfolds. This breakfast forum brings together the industry’s leading CEOs and experts to discuss how to adapt to new operating models, from the factory floor to R&D, to creating products with purpose, and the role of technology through it all. 

Food & Drink Business LIVE will come to life in Melbourne, on 10 November, at the State Library, Victoria from 7:30am.

For the first time since 2019, Food & Drink Business brings together the leading lights and sharpest minds in the food and beverage sector for a breakfast forum to reflect on the current

 A league of industry leaders – Bubs Australia CEO Kristy Carr, KPMG’s Georgie Aley, Jim Fader from Eden Brew, and climate risk guru from Cress Consulting Julia Seddon – headline Food & Drink Business L!VE.

Food & Drink Business LIVE is set to explore the theme Business NOT as Usual, examining the emerging business models and mindsets stemming from one of the most disruptive periods on a global scale. 

Thursday 10 November |  7:30am Registration to 11am Breakfast Forum | State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter



7:30AM Registration

8:00AM Plated breakfast served

8:15AM Welcome

FIRESIDE CHAT: Bubs Australia founder and CEO Kristy Carr

In the last two years, Bubs Australia had weathered changes to China’s rules for imported infant formula, Covid and the collapse of the daigou market, to achieving record revenue, its first profit and expanded markets domestically and overseas. Founder and CEO Kristy Carr will sit down Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry to discuss how a company in the most regulated food and beverage sector navigates multiple disruptions, including when the US President comes calling.  


The world of food production is changing, and there is a burning platform for companies to leverage modern manufacturing and scale quickly. At the coal face of a new sector and with a career built in fostering innovative and entrepreneurial workplaces, Jim will discuss how to create the right team from the beginning to create a successful company that can grow quickly.

PRESENTATION: Cress Consulting CEO and director Julia Seddon

Sustainability and environmental initiatives have been on the business world’s agenda for decades, but what was once a nice to have, is now business critical. With extensive experience guiding companies on climate and carbon risk, Julia will explain how companies currently overwhelmed by “everything changing all at once” can be curious instead of scared, reduce business risk, improve operational performance, and built climate resilience in a rapidly decarbonising world. 

PRESENTATION: KPMG national sector lead – Consumer Packaged Goods & Agribusiness, Georgie Aley

Changing consumer expectations coupled with technological and scientific advancements in food production have been amplified by a global events, instability, and disruption. Georgie will discuss the impact of these macro forces, and the choices – and opportunities – they have created for the food and beverage sector.


Georgie Aley will be joined by Table of Plenty founders Kate and Tal Weiss, Strategic Transactions founder and CEO Mark Ostryn, and Main Sequence partner Gabrielle Munzer for an encompassing discussion on the realities of running, selling, and scaling a business in a time of immense change.

Founders of Table of Plenty Kate and Tal Weiss will provide insights on running a health and wellness brand and being acquired by Openway Food Co. in 2021.

Mark Ostryn, founder and CEO of Strategic Transactions will share his experiences working with food and beverage company transactions on what buyers are looking for and sellers are wanting.

Main Sequence partner Gabrielle Munzer joins the panel to let us in on what private equity or venture capitalists are looking to invest in, in the food and beverage sector.


Whether your company is new and emerging or a heritage brand, the stellar line-up is going to inform, enlighten, and entertain. 


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Who should attend?

• Food business founders, CEOs and senior leaders • Brand & Product Managers • Marketing Managers • Food Technologists • Packaging Technologists

• Brand & Packaging Designers • Packaging Suppliers • Food Manufacturing Suppliers


PLUS! Tickets are also available for Women in Packaging, a luncheon and afternoon event on the same day, themed Champions of Change: Women Walking the Talk.

FDB LIVE attendees get a discounted rate when booking.


For sponsorship opportunities contact:

Sharon Amos • •  0417 072 625


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Gold Partner

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Silver Partners
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