GFSI Virtual Annual Conference Coming March 23-25

Now in its 20th year, the forum is gearing up to convene hundreds of experts, decision-makers and innovators from over 60 countries to share food safety best practices and encourage ongoing collaboration and action.

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PARIS — The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), part of The Consumer Goods Forum and the world’s largest network to help achieve safe food for people everywhere, is encouraging food safety professionals around the globe to join the virtual annual GFSI Conference from March 23-25.

The interactive three-day forum, now in its 20th year, is gearing up to convene hundreds of experts, decision makers and innovators from over 60 countries to share food safety best practice and encourage ongoing collaboration and action. Following an unprecedented 12 months for the food and beverage industry, this year’s theme is ‘Rethink, Reset, Recharge’.

Attendees will hear inspiring examples of leadership, ingenuity, and innovation, with expert speakers providing insights to address common challenges – helping to achieve the shared goal of safe food for consumers around the world. Senior leaders and experts from Amazon, HelloFresh, The Coca-Cola Company, Mars, Incorporated, Cargill, Target, PepsiCo,Walmart, Queen’s University Belfast, Georgia University of Technology and the World Health Organization are among those delivering talks and presentations.

The Conference will explore the most urgent topics in food safety – from Covid-19, supply chain disruption and public health, to building trust and transparency with consumers, as well as best practises, leading innovations and technologies set to shape the future food safety. The wide-ranging speakers include renowned experts and academics, CEOs, public authorities, industry leaders, innovators and grassroots professionals.

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Erica Sheward, Director of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), said:“Collaboration to ensure safe food for consumers everywhere and sustainable food systems has never been more critical – and this event provides a major opportunity to learn from an unprecedented period and move forwards in the best possible way. We’re excited by the chance to help colleagues across the industry build on the ingenuity, resilience and dedication shown by the food industry over the past 12 months.”

“With the Conference taking place virtually for the first time, it’s easier than ever before for food industry professionals to get involved – and we’re urging people from all corners of the globe to ensure they’re part of this unique and collaborative forum. Food safety is everyone’s business, and we must continue to work together to build consumers’ trust in the food they buy.”

GFSI has set up bespoke online networking features to ensure attendees can establish new connections across the global community and strengthen existing relationships.

As part of the interactive conference experience, attendees will be able to create personalised virtual versions of themselves, which they can move around a 3D immersive site to meet and mingle with others – no matter where they are in the world.

Highlight sessions and speakers across the three-day programme include:

  • Leading in times of crisis with Dirk van de Put, Chairman & CEO, Mondelēz International
  • The evolution of E-Commerce: How Covid-19 has impacted food safety operations – including insights from Amazon’s Head of Food Safety EMEA
  •  Covid-19, Public health and food safety: A call for leadership and resilience – with the Assistant Director-General of UHC/Healthier Populations at the World Health Organization
  • The frontier of food safety: New science, discoveries and innovations – with Mars, Incorporated
  • Doing the right thing: Food Safety Trust and Transparency – with the Director General of Consumers International and the University of Oxford
  • Auditing tomorrow with Yunling Zheng from Cargill
  • Keynote Speech from Dr Andrew Steele, Scientist and Author of Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old

This year’s event also includes all-new sessions such as ‘Ask GFSI’ Q&A panels on the final day – giving attendees the chance to put a wide range of topics directly to the GFSI leadership to hear their views on key issues. The official conference partner is Ecolab.

To find out more about the Conference and register to secure your ticket, visit:

The GFSI is a landmark initiative of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global industry network working to support better lives through better business.