Caribbean Food and Drink Conference 2015

Caribbean Food and Drink Conference 2015 – Friday 10th July 2015 (12 noon to 5pm) – Holiday Inn Kensington Forum Hotel

It is widely known the Caribbean does not rank highly on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business measurement scale. With no Caribbean representatives in the first 50 and Jamaica at 59, Trinidad and Tobago at 79 and Saint Lucia barely making the 100th mark, this is hardly encouraging data about the Caribbean’s ability to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), compete on the global market and sustain their economies through non-tourism related enterprises.


Holiday Inn Kensington Forum Hotel. Photo courtesy

The susceptibility of the region to fluctuations in global energy and commodity prices makes the region particularly vulnerable to a plethora of negative circumstances thereby threatening national, food and water security. Naturally, countries unable to sustain themselves economically will inevitably succumb to the unforgiving and undeniable effects of climate change, more so small island nation states.

CFDE 2015 is intended, therefore to provide Caribbean countries an opportunity to insulate themselves from such commodity price fluctuations and exposure to elements that increase their carbon footprint by exploring trade and investment opportunities among the Diaspora and other ethnic groups in the United Kingdom.

Objectives –

The main objectives of the Caribbean Food and Drink Conference 2015 are:

  1. To help participating Caribbean countries explore and facilitate trade and investment opportunities both locally and in the United Kingdom within the food and drink sector;
  2. To explore and establish new trade and business development linkages between participating Caribbean countries, export development agencies, distributors and buyers and sellers within the food and drink sector in the UK and EU marketplace;
  3. To provide a credible platform for policy makers and decision makers within the food and drink industry to discuss and debate best practice, challenges and possible solutions, on an annual basis via a one day conference.

Topics and Speakers –

  • Opening Remarks – H.E. High Commissioner Mr Cenio Lewis
  • Climate change – agriculture, food,  recycling and waste management – Elizabeth Mullings-Smith
  • Is our diet killing us as Caribbean people? – Grace Vanterpool MBE
  • The socio-economic value of Rum to the Caribbean – Ian Burrell
  • Insights of the future of Caribbean Cuisine – Michelin Chef Jason Howard
  • Understanding the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) – Dr Paul Quantock