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Consumer Goods Forum 2016 2

Astonishing line up of world’s leading FMCG players at Cape Town summit

In just under two months, Cape Town will play host to scores of CEOs from the world’s most influential consumer and retail brands at the CGF Global Summit, hosted annually by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).

The unprecedented event on SA soil is expected to draw more than 800 delegates from over 365 companies from 40 countries, will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15 to 17 June 2016. Only Forum members are eligible to attend.

The theme of this year’s Global Summit is ‘Seizing opportunities in the face of disruption’. Delegates and speakers will span the entire consumer goods ecosystem including retailers, manufacturers, service providers and trade associations. The Global Summit, which has become the industry’s most significant annual event, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

FMCG industry leaders and rising stars to hit the stage

This year the line-up of speakers will serve to bridge the industry generation gap and will feature both legacy heavy-hitters such as Coca Cola Company CEO and chairman Muhtar Kent, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis and Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba.

A new generation of young entrepreneurs, making waves of their own in the industry, include the CEO of Facebook Africa, Nunu Ntshingila and Affiong Williams, founder and CEO of ReelFruit, an emerging fruit processing company.

With the CGF’s focus on collaboration, this will be an exciting juxtaposition of ideas coming together to create mutual inspiration – each side has much to learn from the other, say the organsisers.

The Global Summit will focus on disruption in all areas of business, and the resultant opportunities. Innovators, CEOs and leaders of new business models from both emerging and developed markets will come together to challenge delegates to see disruption from new vantage points.

Additional renowned speakers set to deliver exclusive insights at the Global Summit include:

  • Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of WPP, on ‘Lessons to be Learnt from Disruptive Communications’
  • Doug McMillon, CEO Wal-Mart Stores, ‘Responsible on Retailing for the Modern Consumer’
  • Christo Wiese, chairman of Pepkor, on ‘Doing Business on the African Continent”
  • François Pienaar, former captain of the South Africa Rugby team
  • Zelda La Grange, Former private secretary to the Office of the President Nelson Mandela
  • Co chairs Denise Morrison, CEO Campbell Soup and Gareth Ackerman, chairman Pick n Pay; Paul Bulcke, CEO Nestle; Walter Robb, CEO Whole Foods; Richard Brasher CEO Pick n Pay; Danny Wegman, Chairman Wegmans; Eric Legros, CEO Majid Al Futtaim Retail, Dubai.

How to go the distance in the digital world

Panel discussions scheduled for day two will see invited speakers debate and evaluate key issues facing the industry on a daily basis. Topics will include health and wellness challenges and ways in which the industry can do more to improve these issues through greater collaboration.

The digital disruptors will also have their say on how integral digital platforms are key to the success of business today.

Other topics to be discussed include:

  • ‘Positive Impact, Real Business’, where fearless young entrepreneurs from Africa share their stories and provide refreshing, inspiring and innovative concepts for emerging markets
  • ‘Retail Growth Success Stories’, bringing together both ‘digital natives’ and established retailers that have successfully embraced new models and addressed new markets
  • ‘Building a Sustainable Future’, exploring how companies can build sustainable futures by looking at today’s challenges and turning them into tomorrow’s opportunities

A strategic one-stop-shop to stay ahead of the curve

In addition to the speaker programme, the CGF will host its Innovation Zone, called the ‘i-Zone’, showcasing the latest cutting-edge and creative ideas from the retail and consumer goods industries.

This stylish display area will offer a window to the most innovative concepts offered by members from across the world.

A key feature of the event is the Store Visits Programme. This top-class retail tour will offer invited participants the opportunity to participate in a custom-made retail tour that will showcase the very best of local retail.

Guests will be given coveted access to senior industry executives and will be privy to some sought-after information regarding their business background as well as an opportunity to benchmark their own retail offer. 

Peter Freedman, MD at the Consumer Goods Forum (pictured top at last year’s forum in New York) comments: “There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the consumer goods industry. The winds of digital change are affecting how we produce, buy, sell and communicate.

“We want our Global Summit to serve as a forum to discuss how our members can capitalise on this disruption, to make the world a more vibrant, prosperous and sustainable place.

“We also want to build consumer trust by showcasing our global commitment to affect positive change and to shape the industry’s critical operational standards.”

The CGF works to create ‘better lives through better business’. Manufacturers and retailers partner with the CGF to develop common positions, drive business efficiency and positive societal change in four strategic priority areas for the industry: sustainability, health and wellness, product safety, and end-to-end value chain.

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