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Future dialogue: Industry events

Over the course of the year, we provide a forum for the industry on important future topics. At our annual highlight event, leading decision-makers from industry, trade and start-ups gather face-to-face in full view of the goods on display for a joint exchange.

Symposium on Food + Drink
Highlight Event

Beliebter Branchentreffpunkt

Our annual highlight event, the Symposium on Food + Drink, concentrates all the benefits of various industry in the proverbial 'nutshell'. Designed in a compact format, participants gain an overview of who and what will drive the food industry in the future, and where the future potentials lie.

The structure of the three parts of the programme – marketplace, conference and gala evening – provides concentrated added value for all decision-makers in the food industry.

Beliebter Branchentreffpunkt

Our annual highlight event, the Symposium on Food + Drink, concentrates all the benefits of various industry in the proverbial 'nutshell'. Designed in a compact format, participants gain an overview of who and what will drive the food industry in the future, and where the future potentials lie.

The structure of the three parts of the programme – marketplace, conference and gala evening – provides concentrated added value for all decision-makers in the food industry.

Review of the highlight event 2023

Take a look at the past Symposium on Food + Drink on 15 + 16 June 2023.

Review of the highlight event 2023

Take a look at the past Symposium on Food + Drink on 15 + 16 June 2023.

Are you a food producer or start-up founder and keen to participate in the event and to present your products??

Marketplace

Marketplace

The marketplace is the heart of the Symposium event. Amid excitingly staged trend products and food innovations, decision-makers from industry, retail and start-ups gather face-to-face in full view of the goods on display for a result-oriented dialogue.

This is where retail decision-makers discover future potential for product ranges. And participants from industry and start-ups have the opportunity to learn everything about demand, trends and future visions from a retail perspective in a personal exchange.

Conference

Conference

High-profile speakers from science and business provide consumer and trend analyses and show the larger contexts in which the food industry is evolving. On the stage of the Symposium and on the marketplace, food industry insiders present future-proof strategies and practice-oriented solutions. Participants will gain access to best cases and future concepts from experts on the meta-topic of nutrition, responsibility and sustainability.

Gala evening

Gala evening

The gala evening offers plenty of opportunities to network with current and future decision-makers representing all stakeholders. The inspiring atmosphere lends itself to an intensified exchange of ideas and to expanding networks with valuable business contacts.

Young talent congress:
Take-off

Take-off: Next Leadership Generation

The Take-off Young Talent Congress opens up opportunities for the next leadership generation in the food retail industry – between 25 and 35 years old – to acquire valuable specialist knowledge, take a look behind the scenes of the industry and form valuable networks.

The event offers exclusive insights into production as well as knowledge and know-how by first-class speakers from business, industry and trade. Take-Off offers companies the opportunity to position themselves for the future by expanding and building up the expertise of their own junior managers.

Expert Food Club

The Expert Food Club offers premium voyages of discovery for established food retail managers. Join us on inspiring travel destinations together with other relevant decision-makers in the DACH region and get to know future-oriented trend products and PoS innovations from international markets on the spot.

Join forces to get new impetus for shaping your company: Try out food creations for future ranges in a high-quality atmosphere and experience practical best cases in picturesque production facilities.

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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