Gold Sponsors

  • Bericap
  • Sidel
  • Tetra Pak

Silver Sponsor

  • CAMA Group

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact us.

Tuesday 25 June

  • -
    Myriad Crystal Center

    Welcome drinks reception

Wednesday 26 June

  • Myriad Crystal Center


  • Welcome and Portugal market trends

    Cristina Vasconcelos, Chief Marketing Officer of Lactogal Produtos Alimentares SA, Portugal 

  • Spanish consumer change and dairy innovation

  • Questions and discussion


  • Trends and trade – opportunities and outlook

    Kevin Bellamy, Global Sector Head - Dairy for Rabobank, Netherlands

  • Emerging dairy market segments and challenges

    Anne Wong-Erven, Insight & Advisory Director for Zenith Global Ltd

  • Questions and discussion

  • Upgrading to PET for shelf stand out

    Naima Boutroy, Packaging Material Manager for Sidel

  •  Refreshment break 


  • Keynote address: Balancing dairy with dairy alternatives

  • Ambrosial, a new billion dollar brand

    Dr Yun Zhanyou, Assistant President of Yili Group, China

  • Developing India’s only global megabrand

    Jayen Mehta, Senior General Manager – Planning & Marketing at Amul, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd, India 

  • Questions and discussion

  • Competence in dairy closures

    Christoph Thünemann, Group Director - Communications and Marketing for Bericap Holding

  • Leonidas


  • Myriad Crystal Center


  • Supply chain transparency through blockchain

    Tomi Sirén, Head of Digital for Arla, Finland

  • Environmentally smart packaging including 100% plant-based

    Tanja Virtanen-Leppä, Head of Packaging Development for Valio, Finland

  • Sustainable manufacturing for healthy living

    Ola Elmqvist, EVP Processing Solutions and Equipment, Tetra Pak

  • Questions and discussion

  • Meeting new grocery sustainability expectations

    Pierre Therville, Sales Development Manager for Cama Group

  • Refreshment break


  • Formula for the future of infant nutrition

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

  • Vietnam going organic

    Tiên Phan Minh, Executive Marketing Director of Vinamilk, Vietnam 

  • The world’s best marketing campaigns

    Zoe Kavanagh, Chief Executive of National Dairy Council, Ireland and Chairman of International Milk Promotion Group for International Dairy Federation

  • Questions and discussion

  • Close

  • Leonidas


  • Cocktail reception

  • Gala Industry Dinner

  • World Dairy Innovation Awards

  • Close

Thursday 27 June

  • Myriad Crystal Center


  • Consumer and retail change

  • 8 key dairy market trends for future planning

    Joana Maricato, Market Research Manager for New Nutrition Business

  • Global organic growth prospects

    Richard Hampton, Managing Director of Omsco, United Kingdom 

  • Live food – fermented and probiotic promise

    Jaime Martin, Founding Partner and Chief Executive of Lantern, Spain 

  • Questions and discussion

  • Refreshment break


  • Funding and mentoring entrepreneur expansion

  • Dairy goodness in quark snack bars

    Andrei Garbuz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yaar Bar Ltd, United Kingdom

  • Vegan cheese making people happy

    Dr Mudar Mannah, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Happy Cheeze GmbH, Germany

  • Taking layered yogurt to new levels

  • Sleep friendly ice cream

    Sean Folkson, Chief Executive Officer of Nightfood, United States 

  • Questions and discussion

  • Close and lunch

Zenith Global’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 leading international and regional brands, allowing extensive time for informal networking and discussion.

This year’s theme of “Dairy Vitality” binds together every aspect of the industry’s future, with conference sessions ranging from global market and industry change through brand success stories and innovation to the challenges of marketing and sustainability. Our 13th 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.

Highlights include

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

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a growing financial sector and two UNESCO world heritage sites in the city.

The Congress will be held at the MYRIAD by SANA Hotels, which overlooks the Tagus river and enjoys panoramic views of Lisbon. Its facilities include a luxury spa and gymnasium. The hotel is just 4km from the airport and can be reached easily by bus or taxi.

An allocation of rooms is available at negotiated rates for delegates attending the Congress. To book your accommodation, please use the following link.

Room rates (per night) as follows:

  • Single occupancy Deluxe €220
  • Double occupancy Deluxe €250

Above rates include buffet breakfast, taxes and services.

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.

If you would like to extend your stay, please contact who can amend your booking accordingly.

MYRIAD by SANA Hotels, Cais das Naus, Lote 2.21.01, Parque das Nações, Lisboa 1990-173 

+351 211 107 600 +351 211 107 601

We have a range of packages and exhibitor display opportunities available which will help offer a unique and effective opportunity to showcase your products and services to a highly captive audience.  We are happy to tailor a bespoke package to suit your needs and budget.

Packages can include:

  • Table top display in the refreshment/networking area providing a high level of branding
  • The opportunity to take full advantage of excellent networking opportunities
  • Exclusivity in your sector (platinum level sponsorship only)
  • Presentation opportunity within the event programme
  • Promotion of your company through branding on all marketing materials including Zenith Global's marketing emails, website and Twitter account
  • Company branding on the stage backdrop during the event
  • The opportunity to distribute marketing material/products at delegate places
  • A chance to build your company profile further through inclusion in Zenith Global press releases, social media activity and in the download material post event
  •  Additional delegates places at discounted rates
  • The opportunity to host a breakfast meeting, drinks reception, delegate workshop
  • Sponsored tweets from Zenith Global's company account
  • The opportunity for a live Q&A with the audience during the sponsor presentation through an interactive poll

Interested in sponsoring?

For more information, please contact

Maxine Harle at or call t +44 (0)1225 327941

Confirmed speakers so far include:

Speaker biographies:

Cristina Vasconcelos, Chief Marketing Officer of Lactogal Produtos Alimentares SA, Portugal 


 Kevin Bellamy, Global Sector Head - Dairy for Rabobank, Netherlands 

With a global exposure of $25bn spread across 5 continents, dairy is one of the most important sectors at Rabobank, the world’s leading Food and Agriculture bank. As Global Sector Head, Kevin leads the team of people around the world providing services for the banks dairy clients, which include both milk producers and processors including many of the largest global dairy corporations.

Kevin joined the Rabobank team of bankers and dairy experts in 2011, after previously being the Executive Director of the Global Dairy Platform (GDP). In the past, Kevin has also been Chief Executive Officer of the UK Milk Development Council, and has served on a number of dairy related Boards around the world. Kevin Bellamy is a Chartered Director and MBA.

Anne Wong-Erven, Insight & Advisory Director for Zenith Global Ltd

Anne Wong-Erven is Insight & Advisory Director at Zenith Global, responsible for leading the Insights & Advisory team. Anne has experience undertaking market opportunity assessments, route-to-market and channel distribution analysis, new product development and M&A studies.

Prior to joining Zenith Global in 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.

Pierre Therville, Sales Development Manager for Cama Group


Jayen Mehta, Senior General Manager – Planning & Maketing at Amul, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd, India 

Jayen is Senior General Manager (Planning & Marketing) at Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (Amul) - India's largest food products marketing organisation. Amul is a cooperative federation of 3.6 million milk producers with annual milk volume of  more than 8 billion litres. It is ranked the 9th largest dairy company in the world. The annual sales turnover of the Amul brand is US$ 6.5 billion.

Jayen has been associated with Amul for the last 28 years. He has rich experience in domestic and international marketing of the entire range of Amul dairy products. He has also served as Incharge Managing Director of Amul Dairy, Anand from April-September 2018.

He has a good understanding of brand building, product management, advertising,  corporate planning, supply chain management, exports and social media, and was awarded the Marketing Man of the Year 2018 Award by Ahmedabad Management Association.

Jayen is a graduate in business administration (with Gold medal from Sardar Patel University) and has done post graduation in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA).

Christoph Thünemann, Group Director - Communications and Marketing for Bericap Holding

Tomi Sirén, Head of Digital for Arla, Finland

Tomi is leading digital marketing, innovation and strategy at Arla Finland and he is passionate about how up-and-coming and disruptive technologies can help FMCG companies to reach their strategic ambitions and business goals. In Finland, Arla has been among the first companies developing applications in the Finnish FMCG market to utilize Blockchain, Augmented Reality, and Machine Learning at scale. 

Tanja Virtanen-Leppä, Head of Packaging Development for Valio, Finland

As Head of Packaging Development at Valio, Tanja is responsible for strategic packaging development including technology roadmaps and coordination of packaging development between business units and market areas. Tanja’s area of expertise lies within packaging related project portfolio management and developing new technologies guided by customer and consumer insight.

She has held various product and business development positions since the 1990s in several companies along the packaging value chain with both suppliers and FMCG brand owners, especially in food applications. Tanja has an M. Sci. in Chemical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology and postgraduate studies in both Marketing and Design Business Management. 

Ola Elmqvist, EVP Processing Solutions and Equipment, Tetra Pak


Dr Yun Zhanyou, Assistant President of Yili Group, China

Dr. Yun Zhanyou got his PhD from Osaka University and has rich experience in food and dairy R&D. Now he is Assistant President of Yili Group, member of IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Science and Technology, member of the Technological Committee of Chinese Dairy Industry Association, standing member of the council of the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Tiên Phan Minh, Executive Marketing Director of Vinamilk, Vietnam

Phan Minh Tiên is Executive Marketing Director of Vinamilk - a top 50 global dairy company. He has over 20 years of experience in product innovation & brand development at Unilever, Samsung and Vinamilk. Since joining Vinamilk in 2014, Vinamilk has grown to become the Number 1 FMCG brand in Vietnam.  

Zoe Kavanagh, Chief Executive of National Dairy Council, Ireland and Chairman of International Milk Promotion Group for International Dairy Federation

Zoë Kavanagh has headed up the National Dairy Council since 2011 where she has been instrumental in marketing and promoting the Irish dairy category at home and abroad. As a marketing agency the NDC works to promote a positive image of the dairy category to Irish consumers driving the message of quality and taste. Zoë is well networked across the global dairy industry and sits on the boards of the European Milk Forum (EMF), International Milk Promotion Group (IMP) and is very involved with the Global Dairy Platform (GDP). She regularly represents the Irish Dairy industry at conferences and events in Ireland and abroad.

A seasoned marketer, Zoë previously worked with PepsiCo for over 16 years including a period as General Manager (Ireland-Beverages) for almost 4 years; International Account Manager for foodservice (responsible for 13 European markets); and International Customer Operations Manager. Her further FMCG credentials included marketing well-known global brands like 7Up and Gatorade. Kavanagh holds a BAgSc degree from UCD (Agriculture & Food Engineering).

Joana Maricato, Market Research Manager for New Nutrition Business

New Nutrition Business is a global company that since 1995 has specialised in primary research and analysis of developments in the health, food and nutrition industry. New Nutrition Business provides practical and useable insights for food and beverage, ingredient and dietary supplement companies around the world.

The focus of Joana Maricato is on identifying the best strategies for commercializing nutrition science and advising on how to translate market trends into opportunities. Her experience on consumer and market research helps clients to create new products with health benefits. In recent years she has been involved in several projects with major food and beverage companies, resulting in entries in new market segments, implementation of insights toolkits, re-branding, brand portfolio expansion and acquisitions.

A graduate in biological sciences, Joana also studied marketing and business during her Master’s in Health Food Innovation Management in Maastricht University and her studies in the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Richard Hampton, Managing Director of Omsco, United Kingdom 

Richard has been Managing Director of OMSCo 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.

Jaime Martin, Founding Partner and Chief Executive of Lantern, Spain

Jaime is a recognized expert in strategy, innovation and trends, as well as a regular speaker at worldwide industry forums. He and his team at the strategy consultancy Lantern ( have helped leading food companies such as Campofrio Food Group, Calidad Pascual, Nestlé, Pescanova or Schweppes Suntory accelerate their growth and unlock opportunities for innovation.

Prior to founding Lantern, Jaime launched the Iberian office of Millward Brown Optimor, the strategic consultancy of WPP.  Previously, Jaime was head of brand strategy at Interbrand's Madrid office. During his eight year tenure in the US, he was part of Bank of America Private Equity in Chicago, where he led investment projects in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. He started his career as an investment banking analyst.

Jaime holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Saint Louis University and an MBA from UCLA – Anderson School of Management. He loves cooking, singing, history books, traveling and meeting inspiring people.

Andrei Garbuz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yaar Bar Ltd, United Kingdom

Andrei Garbuz is Founder and CEO of YAAR Bar Limited. After graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies and St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Andrei worked as Investment Manager and technology entrepreneur at JP Morgan Chase, VTB, and Green Park Medical where he focused on consumer health technology transfer opportunities in South East Asia. In 2017, Andrei decided to shift his focus to the dairy industry and started working on developing Quark snack products and the YAAR brand. YAAR Bar Limited is a privately owned UK company that aims to promote, and own, the quark category in the UK and across selected international markets.

Dr Mudar Mannah, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Happy Cheeze GmbH, Germany

It was during a short trip round the world travelling through Asia and Australia in 2011 that Mudar realised: “There are other ways to live my life!” So, while he was still pursuing his career as an orthopaedic surgeon, he began to develop good cheese alternatives, which he had searched for in vain in the market place. “The few products that were on the market consisted mainly of fillers and binders, and didn’t taste a bit like cheese. I simply thought: “There has to be a better way to do this!“

Without more ado, Mudar came up with formulations for a cheese alternative on the basis of fermented cashew kernels and in 2012 founded his first company, Happy Cheeze GmbH. What he had managed to create not only looked like cheese but also tasted and smelled like cheese – and totally without animal ingredients. In February 2017, Happy Cheeze opened a new production factory in Cuxhaven - where the company is headquartered - where over 100,000 cheese alternatives can be manufactured every month and sent out to foodies all over the world. Led by Mudar, the company continues to rely on traditional production methods and loving artisanal manufacture to produce Happy Cashew – and you can taste this with every bite!

Sean Folkson, Chief Executive Officer of Nightfood, United States 

Nightfood founder Sean Folkson brings an outsider’s perspective to the industry.  Unhealthy nighttime snacking, and the resulting negative impact on sleep, is a phenomenon now seen throughout the developed world.  By launching Nightfood ice cream, Folkson’s mission is to give consumers a better, healthier, more sleep-friendly option.


Past delegates and attendees include


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.

  Payment by 5 April Inc VAT Payment by 17 May Inc VAT Payment from 18 May Inc VAT
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Full event  
One delegate rate € 1,150.00 € 1,414.50 € 1,350.00 € 1,660.50 € 1,490.00 € 1,832.70
Concession*     € 460.00 € 565.80 € 480.00 € 590.40
Separate elements  
25 Jun Reception     € 100.00 € 123.00 € 150.00 € 184.50
26 Jun Conference     € 800.00 € 984.00 € 900.00 € 1,107.00
26 Jun Awards Dinner     € 150.00 € 184.50 € 200.00 € 246.00
27 Jun Conference     € 600.00 € 738.00 € 700.00 € 861.00

Substitutions will be accepted at any time. Cancellations will be subject to a €150 plus VAT administration charge and cannot be made after 17 May. Bookings are subject to Zenith Global Events terms and conditions, see All delegates must pay Portuguese VAT at prevailing rate, currently 23%. Rate may be subject to change. VAT reclaim information is available on request.

*A concessionary rate of €460 + VAT is offered to start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs. To be eligible, companies must be within two years of formation and with annual sales below € 500,000. For more information and to book at this rate, please contact 

Fiona Herrington   t  +44 (0)1225 327903 

Christine Robinson     t    +44 (0)1225 327900

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

The World Dairy Innovation Awards 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.

This year's categories include:

  • Best allergy-friendly dairy product
  • Best brand extension or reformulation
  • Best butter/dairy spread
  • Best cheese
  • Best children’s dairy product
  • Best dairy dessert
  • Best dairy drink
  • Best dairy ingredient
  • Best dairy parlour innovation
  • Best dairy protein product
  • Best dairy snack
  • Best dairy alternative
  • Best functional dairy
  • Best ice cream/frozen yogurt
  • Best infant nutrition
  • Best yogurt
Packaging / manufacturing
  • Best machinery/equipment innovation
  • Best manufacturing/processing innovation
  • Best packaging design
  • Best marketing campaign or initiative
  • Best new brand or business
  • Best sustainability/CSR initiative

The winners will be announced at the gala dinner awards ceremony at the Global Dairy Congress.

Click here to find out more and submit your entry.

All entries must be received before EOB Friday 10 May 2019. 

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