Bakers Explore Key Issues at Annual Conference

Bakery leaders gathered to discuss the key issues and challenges affecting the industry at the Federation of Bakers’ Annual Conference, which took place yesterday (Wednesday, 23rd May) at One George Street in London.

The event attracted more than 100 senior stakeholders from across the baking industry. Expert speakers covered a wide range of topics, including: health, with a focus on the government’s sugar reduction programme; safety and sustainability, looking in particular at tackling waste; and Brexit, exploring the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The conference was hosted by broadcast journalist and presenter, Ben Thompson, and the keynote speaker was Dr Clive Black from Shore Capital Markets, who provided delegates with a thought-provoking overview of the key drivers currently influencing consumer behaviour. There was also an inspirational and rousing address from former England women’s cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards CBE.

Gordon Polson, Director of the Federation of Bakers, said: “Our Annual Conference never fails to deliver. It provides an excellent platform for us as an industry to gather – away from the day-to-day – to explore and discuss the issues and challenges that lie ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and to extend the Federation’s appreciation to our superb panel of speakers who gave us such informative and stimulating presentations. And there was, as ever, lively debate during the Q&A sessions.”

This year’s event was held in association with headline sponsor AB Mauri plus Baker Perkins, Bühler, Lesaffre, Kwik Lok and Zeelandia.

The conference followed the Federation of Bakers’ Annual General Meeting, which took place on 22nd May. In addition to reviewing activities of the previous year and electing new committee members, the Federation published its 2018 Annual Report and List of Members, which can be downloaded from the Federation’s website at

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The Federation of Bakers represents the interests of the UK’s largest baking companies who manufacture sliced and wrapped bread, bakery snacks and other bread products.