EDA Annual Convention 2017



Please note: This agenda is subject to change.

  • Tuesday 26 September 2017
  • Wednesday 27 September 2017
  • Thursday 28 September 2017
  • Friday 29 September 2017
  • Saturday 30 September 2017
15:00 - 17:00 EDA Additives & Contaminants Working Group
15:00 - 17:00 EDA Additives & Contaminants Working Group C6
09:00 - 18:00 Hospitality Desk open Outside of C-venues
09:30 - 12:00 EDA Claims & Labelling Working Group C2
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Outside of C-venues
13:30 - 14:30 EDA Sustainability exchange session C2
14:00 - 18:00 EDA Trade and Economics Committee I C3
15:00 - 17:30 EDA Hygiene Working Group C1
18:20 TEC Dinner (by invitation only) - Gathering in Lobby at Clarion Sign. Walk to restaurant.
18:20 FEP Dinner (by invitation only) - Gathering in Lobby at Clarion Sign. Walk to restaurant.
19:00 FEP Dinner (by invitation only) Tradition Gamla Stan Map
Address: Österlånggatan 1
Contact person: Eva Tollin-Odbratt. Mobile +46 706 960 692
Menu / payment: Set menu. Payment by card / cash directly to the restaurant
19:00 TEC Dinner (by invitation only) Mårten Trotzig Map
Address: Västerlånggatan 79
Contact person: Fredrik Von Unge. Mobile +46 702 981 195
Menu / payment: Set menu. Payment by card / cash directly to the restaurant
19:15 Boardddinner (by invitation only) - Gathering in Lobby at Clarion Sign. Walk to restaurant.
19:30 Board dinner (by invitation only) Kött & Fiskbaren Map
Gamla Brogatan 40
Contact person: Jonas Carlberg. Mobile +46 703 475 083
Menu: Set menu
08:00 - 17:30 Hospitality Desk open Outside of C-venues
09:00 - 13:00 EDA Board Meeting (EDA Board members only - on invitation) C1
09:00 - 13:00 EDA Trade and Economics Committee II C3
09:00 - 13:00 EDA Food and Environment Policies Committee C2
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Outside of C-venues
14:00 - 15:00 ASSIFONTE Comité Directeur C9
15:00 - 16:30 ASSIFONTE General Assembly C9
17:30 Gathering in Lobby at Clarion Sign Hotel
14:00 - 15:15 EDA Sustainability Breakout session C2+C3
Chaired by Richard Laxton Group Environmental Manager, Arla Foods

“Land, Soil and Dairy – just another positive claw print of our dairy cows”

Richard Laxton, sustainability manager at Arla Foods, drives as chair of our EDA Sustainability working group the pre-competitive work on our sustainability agenda:

“If we don’t have the right answers to the sustainability challenges for the dairy sector, we will not stay the leading dairy industry at global level. This Sustainability Break Out session will focus on the basis of basically all agricultural activity: land and soil. I am convinced that those questions will be become an important, if not the most important issues in the future debates. Within the EDA Sustainability Working Group, we do prepare for these discussions. I invite you to experience the EDA Sustainability Break Out Session and to get ready for the future.”

  • Welcome and Opening by Richard Laxton (Arla Foods)
  • Highlights from the EDA Sustainability work in 2016/2017
    Richard Laxton (Arla Foods)
  • “Dairy & Biodiversity – our natural capital”, by Jennifer Huet (head of environmental division CNIEL, Paris, France)
  • “Pasture land and carbon sequestration” by Pernilla Tidåker (researcher at the Department of Energy and Technology; Division of Agricultural Engineering at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
15:45 - 17:00 EDA Trade & Economics Breakout session C2+C3
Chaired by Wim Kloosterboer (RFC)

Wim Kloosterboer, corporate manager trade and dairy affairs at FrieslandCampina, is the leader of our EDA Trade and Economics Committee and will chair this session.

Wim did set up a program that reflects both, the broad range of pre-competitive trade and economic topics on our daily dairy agenda and the in depth assessment of those dossiers within our EDA work.

Wim Kloosterboer will open the session in giving an insight on where the European ‘lactosphère’ stands vis-à-vis some of our ‘hot’ topics, like the discussion on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the Union, the positioning of the dairy sector within the BREXIT dossier or the changes in the global trade landscape.

With Pablo Recio Gracia, Eibens consulting Beijing, we have one of the most experienced specialist on the Chinese dairy markets who is ready to share with us his overall assessment of the market developments and outlook in China.

Prof Dr Holger Thiele, University of Applied Science Kiel und ife Institute of Food Economics will fuel our discussion on the future CAP with his essential knowledge on dairy markets and price volatility.

Join the trade and economics break out session and be part of the future of EU dairy!

  • “Our EDA work to shape the future framework”
    Wim Kloosterboer (RFC)
  • “China: is the dairy demand resistant to overheating macro-economics?”
    Pablo Recio Gracia, Eibens consulting Beijing
  • “Volume and price management – the two ingredients for a flourishing EU dairy”
    Prof Dr Holger Thiele, University of Applied Science Kiel und ife Institute of Food Economics
17:30 - 22:00 Welcome Reception at the Vasa Museum
17:30 Gathering in Lobby at Sign Hotel
17:40 Transfer from Clarion Sign to the Vasa Museum (Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm)
Please note that the temperature is around +18-19 C at the venue, you might want to bring a sweater
21:00-22:00 Shuttle service from the Vasa Museum to Clarion Sign.
07:00 - 19:00 Hospitality Desk open Outside B12
08:00 - 09:30 EDA General Assembly B12
10:00 - 10:20 Opening of European Dairy Platform 2017B12 EDA President Michel Nalet, President of the Federation of Swedish Farmers Palle Borgström
10:20 - 10:30 Swedish Secretary of State, Elisabeth Backteman B12 Swedish Secretary of State, Elisabeth Backteman, has accepted our invitation to outline for us the ‘National Food Strategy for Sweden’ that was approved this summer. The Swedish government has set up a national strategy for more jobs and sustainable growth of the Swedish food sector based on two pillars: productivity and sustainability.
10:30 - 12:00 Session 1 Local Roots for Global Dairy: policy and competitiveness B12 The first session chaired by the Director of the Milk department of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV), Ludwig Börger, will offer a unique opportunity to exchange on the future of dairy and food in a European context, along a concrete national strategy.
Annette van Velde (a Dutch dairy farmer and member of the Council of the European Dairy Farmers) will highlight how dairy farmers can adapt to the national policy frameworks, while Thomas Magnusson (Chair of COGECA) will share his insight from a EU perspective and the president of the Young Farmers Association (CEJA), Jannes Maes, will make sure that we keep on track for the future of farming.
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Session 2 – Global trade for global dairy B12

The international trade landscape has changed tremendously over the past years. For the European dairy industry, international trade is – next to the EU Single Market-  the key for continuing our success story in the future.

In times of a high level of geopolitical variables, continued European leadership is paramount for dairy, for Europe and for the global community.

We are proud to have with EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström the global leader in trade policy in our European Dairy Platform. With her ‘Trade for All’ strategy, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström cleared the path for an ambitious trade policy at EU and global level and positioned the Union in a leadership role.

Her commitment to trade and to its capacity to deliver real economic results and value for all trading partners created a new dynamic in trade policies and negotiations.

Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will discuss our trade ambitions and our trade issues with the CEOs of Europe based dairies whose daily business is to uncork the export potential for our premium EU dairy products.

Ms Annikka Hurme (CEO Valio), Mr Peder Tuborgh (CEO Arla Foods), Mr Ingo Müller (CEO DMK) and Mr Bernard Ducros (Regional Vice President for Danone Dairy) are ready to share their trade experiences around the globe with Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and to define with her the future of the global dairy trade.

The session will be chaired by Ms Catherine Paice (Dairy Industry Newsletter, UK).

16:00 - 17:20 Session 3 - Sustainable dairy: challenges and commercial opportunities B12 Our third session will be moderated by Anna-Karin Modin Edman (Sustainability Manager, Arla Foods) will offer a platform to discuss the most important positive environmental impacts and the most pressing environmental challenges of EU dairy production, answering the question: ‘how do companies in the dairy value chain meet these challenges and turn them into business?’.
The scientific perspective will be given by Dr. Joan Reijs (Senior researcher in sustainable dairy production at Wageningen University), focusing on environmental opportunities and challenges for EU dairy production and proposing what to focus efforts on, going forward to improve environmental performance. The business perspective will be given by representatives from two international companies with strong sustainability profiles: Frederik Wellendorph (Tetra Pak Business Stream Director for Dairy, Tetra Pak) and Ann Freudenthal (senior manager Arla Brand). They will present how they take on the environmental challenges and opportunities in their respective company and how they turn that into business opportunities. Jaap Petraeus (FrieslandCampina) has accepted to brief us on the Dairy Sustainability Framework and the implementation of its B2B tool, a joint development between large dairy processors together with their customers, that demonstrates sustainable dairy production at processor level.
17:20 - 17:45 Closing and summary of European Dairy Platform 2017 B12
18:45 Gathering in Lobby at Sign Hotel
19:00 Transfer from Clarion Sign to Operaterassen (Operahuset, Karl XII:s torg, 111 86 Stockholm)
19:15 - 01:00 Gala Dinner at the Opera Terrace
23:00 - 01:00 Shuttle service from Operaterassen to Clarion Sign
09:45 Gathering in Lobby at Sign Hotel (please check out before departure). A lunch will be served on the boat and it returns to Stockholm city around 13.30. It is possible to walk back to Clarion Sign Hotel for those who must be at Arlanda airport in the afternoon.
10:00-16:00 Social Tour in Stockholm

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