Gold sponsors

  • Bericap
  • Tetra Pak

Media partners

  • FoodBev Media
  • Plastics in Packaging
  • TecnAlimentaria

Tuesday 19 June

  • -
    Grand Foyer

    Welcome drinks reception

Wednesday 20 June

  • Copernicus Ballroom


  • Welcome and regional market overview

    Agnieszka Getler-Kicman, Head of Strategy and Insights - Central Europe and Nordics at Danone dairy

  • Relentless retail revolution

    Milos Ryba, Head of Retail Strategic Projects at IGD, United Kingdom

  • Questions and discussion

  • Grand Foyer

    Refreshments and networking


  • Key factors for import demand and export promise

    Peter Paul Coppes, Senior Dairy Analyst at Rabobank, Netherlands

  • How cheese makes America grate again and again

    Jay Waldvogel, Senior Vice President - Strategy and Global Development at Dairy Farmers of America, United States

  • Building a shared future for the global dairy industry

    Jing Wei, Vice President of Heilongjiang Feihe Dairy Co,. Ltd, China

  • Dairy Value chain - end to end

    Charles Brand, Executive Vice President - Product Management and Commercial Operations for Tetra Pak, Switzerland

  • Questions and discussion

  • Competence in dairy closures

    Volker Spiesmacher, Director - Sales and Marketing at  Bericap, Germany

  • Fusion Restaurant



  • Driving market growth for Chinese consumers

    Gerrit Smit, Managing Director of Yii Innovation Centre, Netherlands

  • Export strategies for market diversification

    Richard Hampton, Managing Director of Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative, United Kingdom

  • Latin America: Staying ahead of the curve

    Marcelo Pereira de Carvalho, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Agipoint, Brazil

  • Questions and discussions

  • Refreshments and networking


  • Latest examples of dairy innovation around the world

    Anne Wong-Erven, Advisory Director at Zenith Global Ltd, United Kingdom

  • Dairy innovation in Japan

    Richard Walton, Research and Development Manager at Meiji, Japan

  • Questions and discussion

  • Close

  • Grand Foyer

    Drinks Reception

  • Copernicus Ballroom

    Gala Industry Dinner

  • World Dairy Innovation Awards

  • Close

Thursday 21 June

  • Copernicus Ballroom


  • Origin Green - industry commitment to sustainablity

    Mary Morrissey, Senior Management - Food & Beverage from Bord Bia, Ireland

  • Keeping sustainability at the heart of corproate strategy

    Kristian Østerling Eriknauer, Vice President - Corporate Social Responsibility at Arla Foods, Denmark

  • Questions and discussion

  • Refreshments and networking


  • Milk shake up

    Mark Hopper, Sales Director of BAM Life and Founder & Director at Drinks 2 Market Solutions, United Kingdom

  • Giving dairy a ketogenic boost

    Shari Leidich, Chief Executive Officer of Know Brainer Foods, United States

  • Nourish Kefir: miracle milk drink

    Debroah Carr, Founder and Managing Director of Nourish Kefir, United Kingdom

  • Expert panel

    The panel will comment on innovator presentations, offering perspectives on success so far and on the scope for taking products to the next level of investment, branding and distribution



    Richard Walton, Research and Development Manager at Meiji, Japan

    Saskia van Buttum, Associate Analyst - Dairy at Rabobank, Netherlands

    Harikrishnan H. Pillai, Insight Director at Zenith Global Ltd, United Kingdom

  • Grand Foyer

    Networking and lunch

  • Close

Zenith’s annual Global Dairy Congress is designed for industry leaders, suppliers, customers and advisers, with a focus on the latest market trends and thinking on a worldwide scale from top companies in each region, allowing extensive time for informal networking and discussion.

Healthy choice and added value are undeniably key drivers for the global dairy sector, but competition from alternatives and sustainability challenges are becoming increasingly important. This year’s theme of “Spreading the message” about dairy credentials is vital to the industry’s future. Our 12th Congress offers an effective forum for discussing the way forward and setting priorities to ensure continued market growth and success.

Delegates will hear from both leading international and regional manufacturers on broader market and strategic developments, as well as from smaller industry players and entrepreneurs showcasing a variety of exciting new products and concepts.

The three day event will include:

  • Conference sessions covering key issues of growth, innovation, health and environment
  • Dedicated networking time with leading industry figures
  • World Dairy Innovation Awards presented at Gala Industry Dinner

Located on the Vistula River, Warsaw is the capital of Poland and the country’s largest city.  A major international tourist destination and a key cultural, political and economic centre, Warsaw is home to a wide range of architecture, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. They city’s old town, with its market square and open-air cafes, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Congress will be held at the Westin Warsaw Hotel, which is located in the business centre of Warsaw, a short walking distance from the Palace of Culture, the city’s main shopping mall, railway station and metro line. The hotel is located approximately 15km from Frederic Chopin International Airport.  .

An allocation of rooms is available in The Westin Warsaw Hotel at negotiated rates for delegates attending the Congress. To book your room direct with the hotel please contact the following person and confirm you are a delegate at the Global Dairy Congress:

Anna Wyrzykowska, Group and Event Planning Executive


Jana Pawła II 21

Warsaw, 00-854


T +48 22.450.8711   F +48 22.450.8744 E


Room rates as follows:

Standard single occupancy                 650 PLN

Standard double occupancy               750 PLN

Deluxe single occupancy                    770 PLN

Deluxe double occupancy                   870 PLN

Above rates include buffet breakfast. Excludes 8% VAT.

Rooms and rates are subject to availability. Once our allocation has been used up or is released as contracted, rooms rates may fluctuate according to availability.

Check in is from 3pm

Check out is by 12pm

Non arrivals will be charged full rate.

Westin Warsaw Hotel, Al Jana Pawla II 21, Warsaw 00-854, Poland  t: +48 22 450 8000

Visas may be required from some countries. Zenith will be happy to help with visa support documentation where possible, this may be subject to an admin fee.


Our current sponsors


Interested in sponsoring?

We have Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsorship opportunities available with space for a limited number of exhibitor displays.

All packages include a number of discounted delegate places, which can be used for colleagues, existing or potential clients, as well as pre and post event social media exposure. We are also happy to tailor a bespoke package to suit your particular needs and budget.

For more information on our sponsorship packages, contact Maxine Harle on: 

 e t +44 (0)1225 327341

Agnieszka Getler-Kicman, Head of Strategy and Insights - Central Europe and Nordics at Danone Dairy

Agnieszka has sixteen years of professional experience in marketing roles in FMCG companies. As S&I Manager she was leading numerous projects concerning brand positioning, consumers & shopper understanding, product development, ROI, segmentation, portfolio & pricing strategy. Has worked in various categories, including non-alcoholic beverages, food categories i.e. early life nutrition, dairy, and food service, which helped her to gain understanding of the requirements of different groups & markets. Currently she works as Head of Strategy & Insights, for the region of Central Europe & Nordics.

Milos Ryba, Head of Retail Strategic Projects at IGD

Miloš has been analysing global retailers and emerging markets for more than a decade. He leads IGD’s global discount retail team, and his deep expertise lies in understanding the strategic direction of discount retailers right across Europe. Miloš holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Management from the Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, and has also studied at the University of Mannheim in Germany.

Peter Paul Coppes, Senior Dairy Analyst at Rabobank 

On 1 June, Peter Paul Coppes joined the Food & Agribusiness Research Team as Senior Analyst Dairy. He built his experience at two dairy cooperatives, FrieslandCampina and Fonterra, along with a short stint at DE Masterblenders (Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee). Between 1998 and 2012, he held various finance director/managing director roles in five countries spread over three different continents. Prior to joining Rabobank, Peter Paul led a dairy start-up called smart | dairy and performed several consultancy assignments. He holds a master's in Business Administration, a post-doc in Controlling, and an Executive MBA from INSEAD. Peter Paul is Dutch, and he lives in Hilversum with his nine-year-old daughter.

Jay Waldvogel, Senior Vice President - Strategy and Global Development at Dairy Farmers of America 

Jay is responsible for leading DFA’s strategic planning process and supporting DFA’s business leaders in implementing the strategies. He also is charged with guiding DFA’s expanding global activities. Jay has more than 25 years of experience in the global dairy industry and spent more than a decade living and working overseas with leading dairy companies Campina in Europe and Fonterra Co-operative Group in New Zealand. He has held senior positions in finance, operations, marketing, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, sales and general management, including serving as Fonterra’s chief operating officer. Jay currently serves on a number of industry leadership groups and company boards, including as deputy chairman of the Global Dairy Platform.

Jing Wei, Vice President of Heilongjiang Feihe Dairy Co Ltd

Jing Wei is the Vice President of Heilongjiang Feihe Dairy Co Ltd. Mr. Wei holds a Graduate Degree from the Peking University Executive Development Programme. Mr. Wei has over 15 years of experience in both Chinese and Global dairy industry and 23 years of experience in fast moving consumer goods.

Mr. Wei is responsible for Marketing, Distribution, Branding and Corporate Strategy in Feihe, and has been instrumental in leading Feihe to become the No.1 Infant Formula brand in Asia.

Building on its deep value chain expertise and its successful branding strategy “Infant formula special tailored for Chinese babies”, Feihe has established its strong brand image among its millions of consumers.

Feihe has also received many accolades for the quality of its products both oversea and domestically. Between 2015 and 2018, Feihe won four consecutive Monde Selection Gold Awards. Feihe is the first Chinese infant formula brand to win this award. In addition, Feihe wins more than 30 domestic awards every year. With its ingenious quality and innovative spirit, Feihe has gained a lot of reputation and praise in the industry, the academic circles and the business community.

Charles Brand, Evecutive Vice President - Product Management and Commercial Operations for Tetra Pak 

Charles Brand is Executive Vice President, Product Management & Commercial Operations with the Tetra Pak Group, and a member of the company's Global Leadership Team. He was appointed to the role in January 2015, with overall responsbility for the company's product portfolio, marketing and sales activities worldwide, and for its global environmental strategy. Charles joined Tetra Pak in 1985 as an Electornics Development Engineer in the Automation department of the company's Research and Development (R&D) division. In 1992 he was named Vice President of the R&D for Tetra Rex Packaging Systems and, two years later, he was appointed Managing Director of the company's Flexible Packaging Systems business. He subsiquently held a number of other senior management positions, including Managing Director of Tetra Pak Taiwan and global Vice President of Marketing & Product Managmenet, before being appointed to his current role in 2015.


Volker Spiesmacher, Director - Sales and Marketing at Bericap 

Volker Spiesmacher, born in 1954, graduated as an Economist in 1984 from the University of Mainz, Germany.

He has been working in the packaging industry since 1986 and during this time has held  various positions, including working as Sales Manager for Tetra Pak Germany.In Russia he was appointed Deputy General Director at JV Progress, a food processing company producing apple concentrates and which was at that time the second largest juice bottler in the region. The company was a joint venture between Tetra Pak and the Russian State.

In Serbia Volker gained experience as Sales Director for Tetra Pak, building up the new sales organisation after the crises in the former Yugoslavia.Back in Germany he held the position of Vice President – Sales & Services, Europe/Asia for White Cap, a company of Schmalbach Lubeca, which became first Amcor White Cap and subsequently Silgan White Cap. In this role he gained management experience in many countries, including across Europe as well as in Asia and South America.

Volker has been working for Bericap Holding in Germany since 2007 in his current role as Marketing and Sales Director for the Bericap Group.

Gerrit Smit, Managing Director of Yili Innovation Centre

Dr Gerrit Smit is the managing director of Yili’s European Innovation Center based in The Netherlands. This center is bridging Yili’s  Innovation Center in China with strategic collaborating parties in Europe, being academia, contract research institutes, key suppliers as well as other dairy and food companies.

Before this role he worked as Senior Vice President R&D at Valio, Finland, from 2011-2015, where he was responsible for the R&D portfolio and in particular the overall long term strategy, as well as open innovation with external partners (OI). Previous to that, he worked in Unilever from 2004-2011 as research director covering the areas of Flavour and Consumer Research as well as leading the Open Innovation in this field. He also was a member of the global management team of the Unilever Food and Health Research Institute for 6 years at Unilever.

From 1993 until 2004, he worked at NIZO in The Netherlands, where he held various positions. In his last position he was member of the board of the organisation and headed the department of Flavour, Nutrition and Ingredients. Next to that he got in 2003 a professorship at Wageningen University (NL) in Molecular Flavour Science.

Gerrit got his MSc degree in Molecular Microbiology and Biochemistry, at Utrecht University, and got his PhD degree in 1988 at Leiden University. He also worked as a post-doc for 2 years in R&D in the United States, followed by a staff position for 2 years at Leiden University.

Richard Hampton, Managing Director at Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative

Richard has been Managing Director since 2015, and over the last 16 years has been instrumental in the growth of the business into the £100m plus business it is today.

During his time at OMSCo, Richard has developed the business from a small organic milk brokering co-operative to the second largest dedicated organic milk pool in the world.

OMSCo remains wholly-owned by its 270 farmer members; has an extensive network of commercial and production partners and a global customer base for its extensive range of high quality organic dairy products.

OMSCo is technically-led, with extensive research at farm level to deliver unique attributes in organic milk that have relevance to customers and consumers of the future. Richard is now focused on the next phase of growth for OMSCo, expanding the product portfolio especially in cheese and specialist dairy ingredients to capitalise on the extensive global growth opportunity in these categories.

Marcelo Pereira de Carvalho, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Agripoint

Founder and CEO at AgriPoint, a company that provides qualified information for the dairy market in Brazil through many channels: websites, symposiums and consulting services. Its website MilkPoint is the largest think tank for the dairy sector in Brazil, with over 100.000 subscribers.Is MilkPoint Mercado dairy market intelligence service is acessed by over 200 companies.

Marcelo gave more than 200 talks in 19 countries in the last 10 years, on the following topics: Brazilian dairy market perspectives; World dairy trade and perspectives; Supply chain management in the dairy sector and milk promotion; strategy and dairy innovation.

Agronomist, graduated at the University of São Paulo (1992), with a master degree in Animal Sciences at the same University (1988) and a MBA through FIA – Fundação Instituto de Administração (2005).

Marcelo is also a Founder of 2 other companies: EducaPoint, a startup working on online training for farmers in Brazil, and AgTech Garage, a connection hub for agtech startups and corporations.

Anne Wong-Erven, Advisory Director at Zenith Global Ltd

Anne Wong-Erven is Zenith’s Advisory Director.  She is responsible for leading the Insights and Advisory team. She has experience undertaking market opportunity assessments, route-to-market and channel distribution analysis, new product development and mergers & acquisitions studies.

Prior to joining Zenith in January 2015, Anne had ten years of experience within the Canadian and UK food and drink industry in supply chain and strategic purchasing, and account management roles.

Anne holds an MBA degree from the University of Bath and Honours Business Administration degree from the Western University, Ivey Business School.

Richard Walton, Research and Development Manager at Meiji

Richard Walton works as an R&D manager in the Research & Development Division of Meiji Co Ltd. He has extensive experience in R&D and with patents related to dairy, functional foods and beverages, medical foods and pharmaceuticals. He is also responsible for international research collaborations and R&D related information technology.

During the course of his studies, he obtained a BA in Chemistry from Hendrix College (USA) in 1985 and subsequently a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Duke University (USA) in 1990. He was a Japan Science and Technology Agency Fellow at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) from 1991 to 1993, before joining Meiji. In addition to internal research planning and support activities, Richard has chaired multi-company working groups on intellectual property in Japan and led research collaborations with international partners. He is a member of the IDF Standing Committee on Marketing and led the organization committee for the marketing conference at the 2013 IDF World Dairy Summit in Yokohama.

Richard has given numerous international presentations on food R&D in Japan and Japanese food claims at events such as IDF Summits, ILSI conferences, InnoBev, Dairy Innovation and the World Dairy Congress.

Mary Morrissey, Senior Management - Food & Beverage from Bord Bia

The Irish Food Board is the Irish State agency with responsibility for the promotion and development of sustainably produced Irish food and drink.  Developed by the Irish Food Board and launched in 2012, Origin Green is a national sustainability programme for Ireland’s entire food and drink industry.

It is the only food and drink sustainability programme in the world operating on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food producers through the Irish Food Board. Independently verified and working across all levels of the supply chain, Origin Green enables Ireland’s farmers, food producers and retail and foodservice operators to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets.

Mary is responsible for the domestic and international management of dairy, alcohol and seafood sectors in the Irish Food Board.  She is a graduate from both Limerick and Cork Universities, (BA in Public Administration and MSc in Food Business) and has also undertaken the Food Industry Strategic Growth Programme at UCD, Smurfit Business School.

Kristian Østerling Eriknauer, Vice President - Corporate Social Responsiblity at Arla Foods

Msc in Agriculture from The Royal Veterinarian and Agricultural Highschool of Denmark in 1993. MBA from Bath University in 1996. Employed by Arla Foods since 1998 mainly focusing on business development, business planning and innovation. Currently holds position as Vice President, Corporate Responsibility

Mark Hopper, Sales Director of BAM Life and Founder & Director at Drinks 2 Market Solutions

Mark brings over 20 years of FMCG experience within the drinks sector. Working within both corporate and entrepreneurial businesses such as Scottish and Newcastle Plc (latterly Heineken) and the privately owned SHS Group.

He has worked in many senior commercial, sales, marketing and most recently innovation/R&D roles. He considers himself privileged to have worked on a number of market leading brands across both soft and alcoholic drinks including, Bottlegreen, WKD, Cobra Beer, Desperados, Merrydown Cider, Shloer, Newcastle Brown Ale, Scrumpy Jack, FirstCape wines, to name a few.

He’s recently launched his own business to help guide fledgling businesses realise their full potential and is currently supporting Bam life – a range of organic flavoured milk drinks.

He is also a part time lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire in marketing, innovation and business. In additional he’s a business mentor within the NatWest accelerator programme.

Lives in Cheltenham with his family and enjoys competing in triathlons and cycling events. Currently learning to sail lasers, however has ambitions for bigger boats!

Shari Leidich, Chief Executive Officer of Know Brainer Foods

Shari is a driven entrepreneur who has launched two successful ventures focused on healthy eating.
In 2004, Shari encountered some health issues that led her to learn about the benefits of a raw food diet. In 2006, she founded Two Moms in the Raw - a company knows for its organic snacks – and grew it into a multi-million dollar business that you’ll find in grocery and health stores nationwide. She recently built on that success, publishing the Two Moms in the Raw cookbook, full of “simple, clean, irresistible recipes for your family’s health.”

Now she has turned her attention to your morning coffee by launching Know Brainer – a grab-n-go coffee creamer infused with ingredients that improve brain health. She was ahead of the curve with raw foods, but then awareness of the benefits built demand – and now Know Brainer is following the same trajectory.

Deborah Carr, Founder and Managing Director at Nourish Kefir

Miloš has been analysing global retailers and emerging markets for more than a decade. He leads IGD’s global discount retail team, and his deep expertise lies in understanding the strategic direction of discount retailers right across Europe. Miloš holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Management from the Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, and has also studied at the University of Mannheim in Germany.

Saskia van Battum, Asscoiate Analyst - Dairy at Rabobank

Saskia is a dairy analyst in the global RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness team. She is based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The RaboReserach Food & Agribusiness team is charged with analysing developments in food and agricultural markets and industries, and advising the bank and its clients on strategic implications for their businesses. Comprised of a network of some 90 analysts, spread across every major production and consumption region of the world, the team is a central component of the bank’s capacity for informed credit decision making, product development, advisory services, and strategic client partnerships.

Saskia’s focus is predominantly on the dairy sector in Europe, but she is also responsible for Rabobank’s Global Dairy Top 20 and the World Dairy Map.

Saskia has over 15 years of experience in the dairy sector. Before joining the research department, she worked as an IT information specialist within Rabobank.

Harikrishnan Pillai, Insight Director at Zenith Global Ltd

Harikrishnan Pillai is Zenith’s Insight Director responsible for market intelligence studies, global databases, market reports, feasibility studies, due diligence and financial modelling. He has managed Zenith’s projects in USA, UK, Africa and Middle East, and Asia.

Prior to joining Zenith in 2011, Hari used to work in the IT and telecommunications industry managing projects in business intelligence and software product development for a range of clients from UK and USA.

An Indian national, Hari is fluent in Malayalam, Hindi and English. He holds an MBA from the University of Nottingham and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calicut.

To book your place, please click here.  Prices below are per delegate.

Congress package includes conference sessions and documentation, reception and awards dinner. Excludes accommodation.


Pay by 31 December



Payment by 11 May



Payment from 12 May




Full Event  
One delegate rate € 1,345.00 € 1,654.35 € 1,495.00 € 1,838.85 € 1,645.00 € 2,223.35
Separate Elements  
19 June Reception     € 80.00 € 98.40 € 100.00 € 123.50
20 June Conference     € 900.00 € 107.00 € 950.00 € 168.50
20 June Awards dinner     € 150.00 € 184.50 € 200.00 € 246.00
21 June Conference     € 700.00 € 861.00 € 750.00 € 922.50

Substitutions will be accepted at any time. Cancellations will be subject to a €150 plus VAT administration charge and cannot be made after 11 May. Bookings are subject to Zenith Events terms and conditions, see All delegates must pay Polish VAT at prevailing rate, currently 23%. Rate may be subject to change. VAT reclaim information is available on request.

Visas may be required from some countries. Zenith will be happy to help with visa support documentation where possible.

For queries, special rates on group bookings or for anything else please contact Maxine Harle  e +44 (0)1225 327341

The World Dairy Innovation Awards are designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the global dairy industry.

The longest and most established awards scheme in the industry; these awards are a fantastic way for you to enhance the promotion of your brand. By entering the World Dairy Innovation Awards, you can ensure your brand and products are recognised on a global scale by the leaders in the industry.

Being successfully shortlisted provides a hallmark of success that will prevail all year long. This trusted brand recognition highlights the contribution your company’s products and team are making to the industry.

The winners will be announced at the gala dinner awards ceremony on Wednesday 20th June at the Global Dairy Congress. 

Entry deadline is 11 May 2018. 


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Global Dairy Congress 2017

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