‘Clear set of values’ key to success in food and drink sector

Speakers at Smith & Williamson's annual Future in Food Conference 2015

Pictured from left to right at Smith & Williamson’s Future in Food Conference are Allan Wilkinson, Head of Food & Agriculture, HSBC Bank, Jonathan Warburton, Chairman, Warburtons, Andrew Cooksey, Managing Director, Dawnfresh Seafoods, Philip Moody, Head of Smith & Williamson’s Food, Drink and Agriculture sector group, Cecilia Pryce, Market Analyst, Openfield, and Dan Rusga, Marketing Director, Yeo Valley

Speakers from British brands Warburtons and Yeo Valley were among those who took part in the third annual Future in Food Conference.

The event was held at Yeo Valley’s headquarters in Blagdon and hosted by the Bristol office of accountancy, investment management and tax group, Smith & Williamson.

Over 80 guests were treated to presentations from Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons, Dan Rusga, Marketing Director at Yeo Valley, Andrew Cooksey, Managing Director of Dawnfresh Seafoods and Cecilia Pryce, Market Analyst at British grain co-operative Openfield.

The presentations were followed by a question and answer session, chaired by Allan Wilkinson, Head of Food and Agriculture at HSBC Bank.

Philip Moody, partner and head of Smith & Williamson’s food, drink and agriculture sector group based in Bristol, comments: “It was an honour to be able to welcome such a prestigious group of speakers and guests to this year’s event.

“Although their products are very different, it was clear that Warburtons, Yeo Valley, Dawnfresh Seafoods and Openfield had a lot in common.

“They attributed much of their success to a commitment to a clear and well communicated set of values which customers have grown to trust, rely on and support.”