Future Beverage Innovation is happening in London Next Week with Representatives from Carlsberg, Schweppes, General Mills and many more

London (ots/PRNewswire) - It's just a week until the global beverage industry meets at Food ingredients' Future Beverage Innovation conference in London. Conference Producer Kate Sharman explains: "we are excited to see some leading and innovative companies attending this year's event, taking place on 9 and 10 December 2013, including SodaStream, The Absolut Company, Asahi Holdings, Hershey's, and many more. It's not too late to grab your place alongside them!"

This unparalleled networking opportunity is just an added bonus to the inspiring content that is on offer from industry heavy weights. One highlight comes from Dr. Caroline Priestley, Director of New Product Research for Functional Beverages at GSK Consumer Healthcare who will navigate science and regulation to help beverage companies develop high-value products of the future which offer more than just refreshment.

With the beverage industry receiving some negative press recently over obesity, diabetes and other health concerns, Philip Spratt, Senior Innovation Manager at Britvic will be exploring the opportunities to innovate and move the beverage category forward with healthy and functional ingredients. Continuing the functional theme, the audience will be brought up to speed on achieving FOSHU approved functional beverages by Alexandre Nicolau, Deputy Manager -International Collaborations Innovation Development Department at Suntory Global Innovation Centre. This powerful Japanese food standard for health uses brings many lessons for companies from all over the globe.

Plus, delegates won't want to miss the pre-conference innovation forum and networking event on 9 December 2013 before the main conference begins. Here, Giovanni Ghisetti, Senior Director, M&A and Strategy at Coca-Cola Enterprises Europe will reveal the latest on collaborative innovation in the beverage industry and Jim Hanna, Director, Environmental Impact at Starbucks Coffee Company will give his expert insights into how to build a successful enterprise-wide sustainability strategy. The exclusive presentations are followed by an intimate networking reception where participates will make important industry connections to boost their beverage innovation in 2014 and beyond!

For full programme information and to register visit http://www.fi-futurebeverage.com

About Fi Conferences:

Fi Conferences is an extension of Fi Europe Exhibitions, whose world-leading food ingredients event celebrates its 26th year in 2013 and attracts over 24,000 visitors. Fi Conferences runs its popular modular conference alongside this bi-annual exhibition and offers high-level content focussed on the hottest issues facing ingredient suppliers and manufacturers in the F&B ingredients industry today. Fi Conferences provide the information and insights needed by R&D, product development, innovation and marketing professionals at both ingredient suppliers and F&B manufacturers. http://www.ficonferences.com

For registration & price enquiries, contact: Oliver Brunetti, Audience Manager Fi Conferences T: +44 (0) 207 955 3967 E: oliver.brunetti@ubm.com For sponsorship & event partnership enquiries, contact: Tolga Irkan, Sponsorship Sales Manager Fi Conferences T: +31 (0)20 409 9584 E: tolga.irkan@ubm.com For speaker enquiries, contact: Kate Sharman, Senior Conference Producer Fi Conferences t: +31 (0)20 4303 402 e: kate.sharman@ubm.com For media & marketing enquiries, contact: Dominique Caron, Marketing Manager Fi Conferences e: dominique.caron@ubm.com

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