Gold Sponsors

  • Bericap
  • Logoplaste
  • Sidel
  • Tetra Pak

Silver Sponsor

  • CAMA Group

Bronze Sponsor

  • Feihe

Supported by

  • Novapet

Media partners

  • EDM
  • FoodBev Media

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 

  • Consumer and retail change

    Fernando Zaldívar, Managing Director of IRI, Spain

  • Questions and discussion


  • Trends and trade – opportunities and outlook

    Saskia van Battum, Analyst - Dairy for Rabobank

  • Emerging dairy market segments and challenges

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

  • Questions and discussion

  • Upgrading PET for shelf stand out

    Naima Boutroy, Packaging Material Manager for Sidel

  •  Refreshment break 


  • 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 for Amul, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd, India 

  • Creating and marketing Japan’s most successful probiotic yogurt

    Richard Walton, General Manager – Patents and Licensing  for Meiji, Japan

  • Questions and discussion

  • Competence in dairy closures

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

  • Leonidas


  • Myriad Crystal Center


  • 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, Key Account Manager - Dairy Industry for Cama Group

  • Refreshment break


  • Vietnam going organic

    Tiên Phan Minh, Executive Sales & Marketing Director of Vinamilk, Vietnam 

  • Healthier lifestyle with Lifeway

    Julie Smolyansky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lifeway Foods, United States

  • Dairy marketing: future-proofing the category

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

  • The magic of multi-layer PET bottles

    Stephen Mancey, Chief Commercial Officer - Europe and SE Asia for Logoplaste

  • Questions and discussion

  • Close

  • Leonidas


  • Cocktail reception

  • Gala Industry Dinner

  • World Dairy Innovation Awards

  • Close

Thursday 27 June

  • Myriad Crystal Center


  • 8 key dairy market trends for future planning

    Joana Maricato, Market Research Manager for New Nutrition Business

  • Prospects for personalised nutrition

    Thomas Kützemeier, Editor in Chief of Food-Lab International, Germany

  • Live food – understanding the opportunity behind probiotics

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

  • Overcoming obstacles for a successful launch

    Donna Berry, Editor of Daily Dose of Dairy/ at Dairy & Food Communications, United States

  • Questions and discussion

  • Refreshment break


  • Innovate or die – creative ways to encourage, support and fund

    Monica Massey, Executive Vice President of Dairy Farmers of America, United States

  • 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

  • Creating a dairy experience out of home

    Wouter Staal, Founder of Yoghurt Barn, Netherlands

  • Sleep friendly ice cream

    Sean Folkson, Chief Executive Officer of Nightfood, United States 

  • Questions and discussion

  • Leonidas


  • Close

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

Speakers include

Speaker biographies:

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

Cristina Vasconcelos is the Chief Marketing Executive of Lactogal - the Portuguese leading dairy company based in Porto. Cristina joined the sector in 1992 in Proleite, a cooperative that will lead the creation of Lactogal 4 years later along with other 2 cooperatives, Agros and Lacticoop. Since then has held several senior positions in marketing and within the teams contributed for a major development of the company brands. 

Lactogal has 6 production units across Portugal and Spain and owns a portfolio of 14 well-known brands that includes Mimosa as “Most Chosen Brand” (according to Kantar Brand Footprint), Matinal, Vigor, Agros. The group is also present in the non-dairy drinks.

The company is focused in developing is leading role in dairy sector, securing competitiveness through sustainable milk production, innovation and working to deliver high quality natural healthy food.”

 Saskia van Battum, Associate Analyst - Dairy for Rabobank, Netherlands 

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.

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.

Naima Boutroy, Packaging Expert for Sidel 

Naima Boutroy is Global Packaging Technical support at Sidel. Based in France, she has led Packaging development projects since 2007: within her global responsibilities, a specific focus is placed on solutions for sensitive products, such as packaging and preform performance evaluation, barrier packaging solutions, recycling.

Having worked for Sidel since 1986, Naima has held various positions including R&D Project Manager and Manager of Liquid Package Interaction (LPI) laboratory. A French national, she holds a Ph.D. in Physics, and a Master Degree in Chemistry & Physics.

Pierre Therville, Sales Development Manager for Cama Group

Pierre Therville, was born in Lyon, France. He Graduated in 1984 as a Process Engineer and subsequently began his career as PRUD’HOMME - Multi-products representative. Over the last 30 years Pierre has worked within different Packaging companies including Serac as Area Manager and Cama Group, in charge of the French subsidiary. Since 2017, Pierre has been responsible for Dairy Business Development within Cama.

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).

Richard Walton, General Manager - Patents and Licensing for Meiji, Japan

Richard Walton works as General Manager - Patens and Licensing at 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.

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

Christoph joined BERICAP in 2017 as Group Director Communications and Marketing. Among other things, he is responsible for and supports dialog as well as the transfer of product and company information between BERICAP and customers in more than 100 countries around the world.

Christoph gained some experience in Communications, Marketing as well as in Packaging over many years. He began his career in the HAVI Group, offering paper and packing sourcing as well as total distribution & logistics services to customers such as McDonald’s, IKEA, BP, OMV, Compass Group and many others. He moved on to Siegwerk - a world-leading supplier of printing ink for packaging and publications and to Klöckner Pentaplast - global leading producer of innovative rigid films. Also in these “packaging value chain partner-companies” he was responsible for Communications and Marketing.

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

Ola Elmqvist is Executive Vice President, Processing Solutions & Equipment at Tetra Pak and is based in Lund, Sweden.

During his almost 30 years at Tetra Pak, Ola has held a number of senior management positions, including Vice President Business Unit Liquid Food, Vice President Supply Chain Operations in Greater China and NE Asia & Oceania, Managing Director Tetra Pak South Eastern Europe and Cluster Leader Technical Service Europe & Central Asia.

Ola started his career at the Lund Tetra Pak factory in 1990 as Production Management Trainee and has a master’s degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden.

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.  

Julie Smolyansky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lifeway Foods

Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at the age of 27 in 2002. Since then, Julie has continued the company’s growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing, bringing an Eastern European product into the U.S. mainstream and boosting annual company revenues to over $100 million in 2018 from $12 million when she took over. Under her leadership, the company has expanded distribution throughout the United States, Mexico, the UK, and Ireland as well as portions of Central and South America and the Caribbean. She has been named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40,’ Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000.

She is a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Julie is an emeritus member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and was part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She has produced several documentaries, including “The Homestretch,” “Honor Diaries" and “The Hunting Ground.” In 2013 Julie co‐founded a non‐profit, Test400k, an organization dedicated to advocating ending the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits in the United States. She released her first book, The Kefir Cookbook: An Ancient Healing Superfood for Modern Life, Recipes from My Family Table and Around the World in March of 2018. She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.

Fernando Zaldívar, Managing Director of IRI, Spain

Fernando joined IRI after more than twenty years of experience in the FMCG industry, with a broad international background. He spent more than 16 years in L'Oreal, where he held several senior leadership positions including Managing Director in Poland, Commercial Director for Europe and Commercial Director in Spain, as well as several commercial positions in our country. Later he was part of the Alfaparf Executive Management Team, where he became the Export Director of the Professional Skin Care line, as well as Retail Development Director. Focused on transforming IRI's vision into reality, Fernando manages IRI Spain inspiring his team to help their clients to grow. He has a degree on Business Administration from both ICADE and the European Business School FH Reutilingen of Germany. After that, he completed his training with an International MBA at the IE Business School of Madrid.

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).

Stephen Mancey, Chief Commercial Officer – Europe and SE Asia for Logoplaste

Stephen is currently CCO of Logoplaste Europe and South east Asia, at Logoplaste a world leading packaging company. He has spent 43 years in the Plastics Industry at senior levels and is a Polymer Engineer by profession. Previously he was COO leading technical teams across 65 plants in USA, Europe, South America and SEA. Stephen has vast experiences from working at director level with large companies during the past 20 years.

Stephen sits in the British Plastics Federation Council and was voted one of the top 50 most influential leaders in the plastics Industry in 2016. He contributes/works on 4 committees; Education, Brexit, Packaging and Sustainability. He is a Member of the American Society of Plastics Engineers and the American Institute of packaging. As well as the UK leading Institute of Materials. He has a passion to help and supports education for apprenticeship training and development of senior management teams globally. 

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.

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.

Thomas Kützemeier, Editor in Chief of FOOD-Lab International, Germany

  • 1987-2007 CEO, German Dairy Association, Consultant to the International Dairy Federation, Advisor/member to the Codex Alimentarius Commission and diverse Codex Committees of FAO/WHO on behalf of the German Federal Government
  • 2008 Consultant to FAO, Rome during the preparations for the Rio+20 process
  • 2011 Founder of the CongressFair „InterLabTec“ on Food Analytics, Munich
  • 2012 Consultant with „Kölnmesse“ (Cologne Trade Fair) to incorporate the InterLabTec into the Anuga FoodTec, implemented 2015
  • 2011 Founder and Editor-in Chief FOOD-Lab (German Print)
  • 2012 Founder and Editor-in-Chief eFOOD-Lab International (English online)
  • 2018 Editor-in-Chief and publisher of FOOD-Lab and e-FOOD-Lab International

Donna Berry, Editor of Dairy & Food Communications, United States

Donna Berry is the owner of Dairy & Food Communications, a company that specializes in business-to-business writing, speaking and consulting projects in the dairy, beverage and food industries. She has a Bachelors Degree in Food Science from the University of Illinois and product development industry experience with Kraft Foods. She has been writing for the dairy trade since 1993; she opened her own business in 2000.

Donna has been tracking consumer behaviors and food trends, with an emphasis on dairy, for more than 25 years. She currently writes for numerous trade publications, including Food Business News, Meat & Poultry, Baking & Snack, Culinology and Pet Food Processing. Until February 2012, she had been the ingredient technology editor and new products trend tracker for Dairy Foods magazine.

After 18 years on Dairy Foods, she decided it was time to share her knowledge via other publications and media channels. Almost immediately she started her own website, aptly named, which includes an email newsletter called Daily Dose of Dairy that focuses on innovations in dairy products and related beverages.

Monica Massey, Executive Vice President of Dairy Farmers of America, United States

As DFA’s executive vice president, chief of staff and chief innovation officer, Monica is responsible for a wide range of duties related to the overall success of DFA. Monica entered the dairy industry nearly 30 years ago and joined DFA’s headquarters in 2006 as vice president of corporate communications and member relations. She currently serves on DFA’s crisis preparedness team, strategic planning and policy committee. She also leads the Cooperative’s innovation efforts, including its partnership with the Sprint Accelerator and DFA’s investments in ag tech and dairy food start-ups. In addition, she serves on a number of industry committees and boards, including Global Dairy Platform’s marketing committee, as chair of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s communications committee and on the board of directors for the Center for Food Integrity. She also works closely with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy on crisis communications strategies.INSERT 

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!

Wouter Staal, Founder of Yoghurt Barn, Netherlands

Wouter Staal is the Chief Yoghurt Officer at food-retailer Yoghurt Barn. Originated in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2012, the company now has 15 locations nationwide and has strong international ambitions, starting with the opening of its Barn at Schiphol Airport this July. As a lunchroom restaurant, Yoghurt Barn brings organic yoghurt out of home and partners with Arla. Where the Dutch eat most yoghurt per capita in the world, globally there were no retail concepts centered around a yoghurt experience. As Scale-up of the year 2019 and Best Coffee & Lunchroom 2019, the family-run company proves that yoghurt has endless possibilities. 

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.

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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 €480 + 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.

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