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Independent dialogue platform

For more than three decades, the Symposium on Food + Drink has been the leading independent dialogue platform for the DACH region. We unite trade and industry for a future-proof exchange on the subject of nutrition, responsibility and sustainability.

Joining forces to face the future

Our goal is to ensure that our industry is firm and committed in advancing nutrition as a key issue for the future against the backdrop of responsibility and sustainability. Throughout the year, we bring together the different decision-makers on topics of great import for the future. In this way, we promote communication between the key shapers of the food industry – with orientation-providing and practical results for trade, industry and young talents.

Independent dialogue platform

For more than three decades, the Symposium on Food + Drink has been the leading independent dialogue platform for the DACH region. We unite trade and industry for a future-proof exchange on the subject of nutrition, responsibility and sustainability.

Joining forces to face the future

Our goal is to ensure that our industry is firm and committed in advancing nutrition as a key issue for the future against the backdrop of responsibility and sustainability. Throughout the year, we bring together the different decision-makers on topics of great import for the future. In this way, we promote communication between the key shapers of the food industry – with orientation-providing and practical results for trade, industry and young talents.

Active shaping of the future

Leading individuals from the food and beverage industry and retail as well as other experts from science and business are involved as active shapers in the Symposium and work together for the future of the food industry.

Patronage

A personality from the industry who represents our values, underscores the commitment of the Symposium and supports it responsibly as the patron will assume the patronage for the event. We expect to soon announce this successor of Dr. Walter Scheel, who served as the esteemed patron of the Symposium for many years.

Active shaping of the future

Leading individuals from the food and beverage industry and retail as well as other experts from science and business are involved as active shapers in the Symposium and work together for the future of the food industry.

Patronage

A personality from the industry who represents our values, underscores the commitment of the Symposium and supports it responsibly as the patron will assume the patronage for the event. We expect to soon announce this successor of Dr. Walter Scheel, who served as the esteemed patron of the Symposium for many years.

Actively shaping the industry: Our Events

For 30 years, we have been offering all key decision-makers and stakeholders in the food industry a space for direct and relevant dialogue at our events. Our highlight event, the Symposium Essen + Trinken (Symposium on Food + Drink), brings together about 1,000 participants from trade, industry and start-ups for this annual two-day get-together: Top decision-makers from the food industry meet game-changers from science, business and politics. This is where decision-makers embark on a direct exchange about the future, discover novelties to enhance their product ranges and expand business networks.

Strong for the future: Extended dialogue platform

In times of rapid change, the Symposium aims to ready trade and industry for the future with new synergies and formats. Thus, the dialogue platform opens and expands its services to provide all industry participants with a growing number of event formats, channels and dialogue on offer. zugänglich zu machen.

  • More services for all players in the food industry
    • Retail and headquarters
    • International groups of companies, local
    • Family-owned businesses and start-ups
    • Established decision-makers and young talents
  • Developing new synergies through involvement of partners from industry and trade associations
  • Enriching cooperation with existing industry platforms

Events

Events

Opening up a dialogue space for decision-makers in the food industry.

Attendance

Attendance

Symposium Food + Drink, Take-off and Food Expert Club (Travel).

Promoting young talent

Promoting young talent

We promote the next leadership generation in the food industry.

Industry trendsetter
As a dialogue platform, we stand for:

Better understanding

of correlations by providing important context from science, research, politics and business

Future readiness

through promotion and networking, empowerment of decision-makers and young industry talents

Independence

through our commitment to ensuring that the entire industry is ready for the future

Relevant contributions

to key issues, products and concepts for the entire industry

Holistic approach

with a focus on nutrition, responsibility and sustainability across the board: from raw material to the shelf, from young industry talents to top decision-makers

Practical orientation

with open dialogue platform for clear results - free from constraints of interest

Committed with heart and soul: for almost 20 years, Cécile Möhring has been closely involved in the Symposium on Food + Drink with passionate commitment and supreme operational skills to ensure the success of the event. As the managing director of Symposium Essen + Trinken GmbH, she has been conducting the various events and formats of the dialogue platform into the future since May 2023. Previously, she managed the operative business of the Symposium and numerous other successful projects in the food industry and other sectors in her role as Board Member for Operations & Events at Söllner Communications AG. Since September 2023, Cécile Möhring has joined the 360-degree communication agency c&p creative project GmbH by soellner as their managing partner, which has taken over the legacy of the former Söllner Communications.

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Natalie Gerits has been working in FMCG for well-known companies in the consumer goods industry for over 30 years, both nationally and internationally. After completing her business studies in Cologne, she worked for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, H.J. Heinz, Dr. Oetker and Bolton Group. Most recently, she was a managing director in the Lambertz Group. Natalie Gerits has been a partner of "NGF rocks – We rock your markets" for more than four years. During this time, she and her team successfully managed national and international companies with a wide range of business concepts in the FMCG sector. Throughout Europe, she has opened up new markets for her customers and brought emerging FMCG manufacturers into the retail landscape, both nationally and internationally. Natalie Gerits also supports socially relevant topics such as sustainability. She is Chairwoman of the Board of SUSY/Central Agency for Green Commerce GmbH. As a partner of Symposium Essen + Trinken GmbH, her aim is to actively shape the major topic of nutrition for trade and industry in a sustainable, transparent, high-quality and responsible manner on the dialogue platform.

Als Gesellschafterin der Symposium Essen + Trinken GmbH ist es ihr Anspruch, das Megathema Ernährung aktiv für Handel und Industrie nachhaltig, transparent, qualitativ hochwertig und verantwortungsvoll auf der Dialogplattform mitzugestalten.

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Successful together into the future: Since 1995, Dr. Susanne Söllner has been supporting and guiding the Symposium Essen + Trinken (Symposium on Food + Drink) on its way to becoming the leading dialogue platform for the food industry in the DACH region. The successful entrepreneur has now joined the joint venture Symposium Essen + Trinken GmbH as a partner. Dr Susanne Söllner studied in Würzburg, Munich and Oxford. After holding positions at the Goethe-Institut, Compaq (now Hewlett-Packard) and international PR agencies, Dr Söllner, who holds a Ph.D. in History, has been a board member of the Munich-based communications agency Söllner Communications AG since 2023. Since 2023 October she has been Managing Partner of c&p creative project GmbH by soellner, the successor of Söllner Communications AG. She is the owner of the overarching holding company scp – soellner consult + project GmbH and managing partner of the Agentur für Kommunikation – by soellner GmbH, which bundles agile platforms for design services. In addition, Dr. Susanne Söllner founded the WUNDERKUNST online gallery together with Mon Muellerschoen in 2021. She is a member of the Association of German Entrepreneurs (VDU), a member of the Bavarian Economic Advisory Board and a board member of Digitale Stadt München e.V.

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The graduate trade specialist is one of the influential decision-makers in the retail sector and has decades of experience in key positions, including positions at EDEKA, REWE and KARSTADT Feinkost. He has been adding his comprehensive expertise to the Board of Directors for over ten years. Karl-Heinz Dautzenberg is primarily responsible for the composition of the Marketplace and the start-up platform as well as for the presentations of the invited guest countries. He also works as a consultant for the company Dautzenberg Consulting, which he founded.

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As a graduate business economist, Matthias Zwingel worked as a division manager at real,- Holding GmbH, among other things, before he took over the family-owned company REWE Zwingel, which was awarded the “Golden Cream Topping” award four times thanks to their successful marketing strategies to ensure customer loyalty. Matthias Zwingel was also awarded the distinguished Silver Pin and the Golden Pin by the Bavarian trade association 'Handelsverband Bayern e.V. (HBE)' for his outstanding commitment. As Vice President, he has been responsible for the HBE and the federal trade association for the food retail industry 'BVLH Bundesverband des deutschen Lebensmittelhandels' since 2013. For over 20 years, he has managed his own food retail company, Zwingel Handels GmbH, comprising with several supermarkets.

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Absage Highlight-Veranstaltung in 2024

In 2024 wird das Symposium seine für den 27.+ 28. Juni 2024 geplante Highlight-Veranstaltung pausieren: Angesichts der massiven disruptiven Veränderungen in der Branche sind die Veranstalter des Symposiums zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass die wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Umwälzungen von den eigenen Formaten noch adäquater abgebildet werden müssen, um dem Wandel in Handel und Industrie gerecht zu werden – und auch in Zukunft der Branche ein relevantes Veranstaltungsformat bieten zu können. Sobald der Transformationsprozess umfassend abgeschlossen ist, geben wir Details und Neuausrichtungen für das Symposium umgehend bekannt.