2018 Rice Symposium

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2018 Rice Symposium: Thursday 18 October at Skyloft, Westminster, SW1P 4QP

The symposium

The 2018 symposium will bring together a diverse group to talk about critical issues for the rice sector: market developments, risk management strategies, environmental considerations, rice authenticity and promotional strategies all feature in the discussion along with major trends relating to food technology, population growth and the attitude of consumers.

Rice is one of the world’s major food grains, meaning that rice market developments are closely followed by governments as well as businesses.  It is also a source of sustenance, pleasure and enjoyment for hundreds of millions of people across the globe.  Unsurprisingly, there are many legislative technical and commercial matters which affect rice and rice consumers.  These include concerns about long-term supplies and the sustainability of production; legislative issues relating to the low level presence of other agricultural contaminants such as pesticides or heavy metals; the accuracy of labeling, for example relating to Basmati authenticity in the UK; the overall impact of changing behaviours on consumption; the variety of rice types and the way in which rice can contribute to a healthy diet.

 The 2018 symposium programme will address these and other issues as well as providing the perfect opportunity for debate between speakers and participants in the spectacular location of Skyloft in Westminster.  Presentations will explore these broad themes and relate them to the UK situation as it prepares to leave the EU.  


Ian Wright (Director General of the UK Food and Drink Federation) and Stephen Adams (Director at Global Counsel) will provide updates on Brexit and the implications for the food and drink sector (including rice) from their different perspectives.  

Betsy Ward (President and CEO of USA Rice) and Charlotte James (Managing Editor of Live Rice Index) will address USA and world market development in relation to rice.

Rebecca Henry (Strategic Insight director, KANTAR) and Sarah Moran (Vice President, International at USA Rice) will look at consumer behaviour in the UK, changing consumer patterns in the USA and examine the implications for the rice sector, mainly focused on retail but with some consideration of out-of-home consumption.

Other speakers have been invited, but not yet confirmed, to discuss the UK restaurant trade, in particular the need and potential for change in the Indian and Chinese restaurant sectors which were such an engine of growth in the last decades of the twentieth century.


Below is a registration form if you would like to attend and catch up with the latest issues in the world of rice.

We have secured preferred rates at the Double Tree by Hilton Westminster, which is a short walk from the event. If you would like to take advantage of this offer please book using this link.

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