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CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY EVENT - LONDON 6 MARCH

PRESS RELEASE

COULD YOUR FOOD BUSINESS
MANAGE A CRISIS?

21 January 2014

Food and drink producers can test their preparedness for a crisis at an upcoming event, ‘Crisis Management in the Food Industry’, to be held on 6 March in London. At this Food and Drink Federation (FDF) event, delegates will hear from leading experts in risk assessment, rapid response and reputation management, how to strengthen their crisis management strategies.

Through a series of short expert talks, attendees will receive essential guidance on how incidents unfold and on the necessary action to safeguard their businesses and maintain consumer confidence during and after a crisis.

The audience will then witness a simulated incident live on stage and gain an insight into crisis management strategy, and the roles of the different players involved. During this simulation, the expert panel will comment on the best course of action at every step of an unfolding crisis.

Confirmed event speakers include:


• Stephen Humphreys – Director of Communications, Food Standards Agency
• Paul Dobson – Central Technical Director, Premier Foods
• Keith Beech – Director, Nexus Communications
• Richard Matthews – Partner, Eversheds LLP
• David Gregory – Risk Management Executive, Willis


Barbara Gallani, Director of Regulation, Science & Health at FDF, said: “Any supply chain, no matter how simple or complex, can present risks that need to be adequately managed. In case of a crisis, whether caused by error, malice or misfortune, an effective and well planned response will enhance trust in your brand rather than damaging it. Attending this event will give industry professionals a checklist of what they must consider in order to protect their businesses and customers in a crisis.”


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For more information, please contact Anna Taylor in the FDF press team (0207 420 7118) or Susie Latter in the FDF events team (0207 420 7149).

Notes for editors:
1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent, visit: www.fdf.org.uk
2. Event details:
Date: 6 March 2014 (10:00am – 2:30pm)
Venue: CCT Venues, Barbican, London
Price: Early bird rates £250+VAT FDF members; £300+VAT non-members
After 1st February 2014 prices will increase to £300+VAT and £350+VAT respectively.

3. The Food Standards Agency is an independent government department responsible for food safety and hygiene across the UK.  It works with businesses to help them produce safe food, and with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations. http://www.food.gov.uk/
4. Premier Foods is a one of Britain’s largest branded food producers. http://www.premierfoods.co.uk/
5. CORE Management is a part of the Nexus Communications Group and has led organisations through some of the most high profile crises. www.core-management.co.uk/home
6. Eversheds LLP is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms http://www.eversheds.com
7. Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker. http://www.willis.com/