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Transformationsprozess des Symposiums Essen + Trinken erfordert Zeit zur Reorientierung

Das Symposium Essen + Trinken hat sich in den letzten 30 Jahren zu einer der renommierten Dialogplattformen der Branche in der DACH-Region entwickelt. Einmal im Jahr versammelt die Highlight-Veranstaltung des Symposiums zwei Tage lang alle wichtigen operativen Entscheider aus Industrie und Handel zum direkten Austausch. Doch 2024 wird das Symposium zum ersten Mal – mit Ausnahme der Corona-Jahre – ein Jahr 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. Die derzeitig vorgenommenen Anpassungen des Symposiums reichen leider nicht aus, um dem Wandel in Wirtschaft, Industrie und Handel gerecht zu werden und auch in Zukunft der Branche ein relevantes Veranstaltungsformat bieten zu können. Aus diesem Grund haben die Verantwortlichen der Dialogplattform die schwere Entscheidung getroffen, das Symposium in 2024 auszusetzen, um dem bereits gestarteten Transformationsprozess genügend Raum und vollen Fokus zu geben. Geplant ist, die Veranstaltungen des Symposiums zukünftig zu einer modernen Plattform auszubauen, die auf möglichst vielfältige Weise die Gestaltung relevanten Zukunftsdialogs ermöglicht. Im Zuge dessen sollen neue Veranstaltungskonzepte entwickelt werden, die die Branche umfassender begleiten und in der Umsetzung agiler sind. Das Symposium wird innerhalb dieses Prozesses bewährte Formate konsequent überprüfen und neu denken, um zukünftig eine maximal sinnvolle Dialogplattform für die Branche bieten zu können. Details zur Neuausrichtung und die Veränderungen der Zukunft werden bekannt gegeben, sobald diese final feststehen und ausgearbeitet sind.

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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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