Fresh Inspirations Conference - 26th January 2012

Published on: 8 Dec 2011

Fresh Inspirations targets fresh produce and horticulture industry’s next generation

Young, aspiring and developing managers, trainees and undergraduates at every stage of the global fresh produce and horticulture supply chains are being encouraged to sign up for a new industry initiative organised by produce & horticulture people that aims to inspire, empower and connect the next generation.

Fresh Inspirations will take place in Huntingdon on January 26th 2012. The conference is split into three sessions, covering trends and future developments in the international supply chain, career & personal development and innovation & evolution in the supply chain, including presentations by some of the sector’s leading names, and the opportunity for delegates to speak to them face-to-face and benefit from their experience, advice and guidance.

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception and dinner the same evening.

The speakers feature senior directors from the likes of retailers Tesco, Co-Operative Farms, well known high street brand Innocent Drinks and Marks & Spencer along with leading academics, career coaches and senior management personnel from a wide range of leading produce companies.

The mentor line-up includes business owners and managing directors from some of the largest UK and international produce companies offering in-depth insight and experience of agriculture & growing, production, technical, trading and marketing & communication.

The initiative was founded and is being led by Adam Hill, a recent graduate from the MDS fresh produce graduate scheme, now a national account manager at Greencell. Adam is being supported by an experienced team made up of Ian Merton, owner of ISSM Ltd and former food director at Sainsbury’s supermarkets, Carol Ford, owner of Growing Direct, David Macaulay, Managing Director of Eden Search and Select and Jennifer Baker, director of Baker Coaching Ltd. All team members, speakers and mentors are giving their time voluntarily to the initiative.

Adam Hill, said: “Attracting new talent to the fresh produce and horticulture industries and retaining and developing the best young people is a high profile issue. Fresh Inspirations 2012 will offer the next generation an industry first opportunity to receive mentoring and coaching from industry leaders, hear their views on where the industry is and will be in the future, build widespread contacts and take time out to review their own business and personal development. Fresh Inspirations will become the annual must-attend event with far reaching, year-round benefits for all involved. It is an all-inclusive process that will bring in new partners throughout its evolution through the years.”

Fresh Inspirations is open to all young aspiring and developing managers, trainees and undergraduates at every stage of the global fresh produce and horticulture supply chain. All delegate applications will be considered.

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Notes to Editors

Fresh Inspirations will take place on January 26th, 2011 at the Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon

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