ABOUT US
SYMPOSIUM ON FINE FOOD + DRINK

ABOUT US

About us

The Symposium on Fine Food + Drink initiative has been a major think tank in the food industry for three decades. Experienced public figures from the food retail sector, industry, gastronomy and the consultancy sector are valuable opinion leaders on the dialogue platform of the Symposium on Fine Food + Drink. Trends and pioneering developments take shape on this platform. Developing visions and providing inspiration for the initiative's positive development is just one of the many tasks fulfilled by the Symposium's Executive Committee, group of experts and members.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Everyone contributes their own specific knowledge and helps to enrich the quality of the Symposium’s professionalism. Key to the strategic positioning and implementation of its goals is the four-strong Executive Committee with Jörg Pretzel as its Chairman, Matthias Zwingel as its Deputy Chairman, and Dr Danielle Borowski and Karl-Heinz Dautzenberg.

EXPERT GROUP

Experts

Key decision makers from various levels of management represent trade and industry. Topics from gastronomy are put forward by Johann Lafer. Other leading specialists in the expert group are Edmund Pillekamp, Hubert Schumacher, Julia Wehrmann and Heinrich Weck, as well as Olaf Bekiersch, Heribert Geiselbacher, Rainer Göths and Karsten Pabst. They are all opinion leaders contributing to driving new developments. The demands and needs of the food industry always remain in the foreground, as is only right for the many exhibitors of and visitors to this unique forum.

EXPERTS

Olaf
Bekiersch

Sales Director,
Storck Deutschland KG

EXPERTS

Heribert
Geiselbacher

Food & Beverages expert

EXPERTS

Rainer
Göths

Authorised Representative / Sales Director, Kreyenhop & Kluge GmbH & Co. KG, Food & Non-Food Import

EXPERTS

Michael
Holtz

Owner of Sales in Time and expert in the field of confectionery & beverages

EXPERTS

Gert
Lehmann

Division Manager for Purchasing, Authorised Representative, EDEKA Handelsgesellschaft Nordbayern-Sachsen-Thüringen mbH

EXPERTS

Johann
Lafer

TV and star chef

EXPERTS

Karsten
Pabst

Managing Partner, Hieberös Frische Center KG

EXPERTS

Hubert
Schumacher

Food & Beverage expert

EXPERTS

Edmund
Pillekamp

Full Range Managing Director for Austria and Member of the Extended Management Board, BILLA

EXPERTS

Heinrich
Weck

Food & Beverage expert

EXPERT GROUP

Julia
Wehrmann

Authorised Representative, EDEKA Wehrmann

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MITGLIEDER

Mitglieder

Die Mitglieder unterstützen die Ziele des Vereins und leisten individuelle Beiträge zu aktuellen Fragen und Problemen der Branche. Sie sind Repräsentanten des gesamten Spektrums der Aktivitäten des Symposiums Feines Essen + Trinken. Ein Meinungsaustausch untereinander sowie eine fruchtbare, vertrauensvolle Zusammenarbeit mit Expertenkreis und Vorstand sind selbstverständlich. Mit seiner kritischen, stets konstruktiven und engagierten Tätigkeit begleitet dieses Konsortium die Aktivitäten des Symposiums. Neben den Mitgliedern des Vorstands zählen Werner D. Prill, Andreas Saffer, Gerd Schuh, Hellmut Stöhr, Rainer Thiele, Klaus Uhlendorf und Wilhelm Zametzer zu diesem Kreis.

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TRADE PARTNERS

Trade Partners

Over 300 leading decision makers from the industry are expected in 2020, and on 4th and 5th June they will get to meet start-ups, innovators and major players from the food industry and gastronomy. From the total number of trade participants, 20 companies are currently engaged in a long-term commitment to the Symposium on Fine Food + Drink through the special trade partnership. For 2020, we plan to raise this number to 25 trade partners. Trade partners are wholly committed to long-term collaboration with the Symposium on Fine Food + Drink in the interests of securing a successful future for the food industry.

basic AG
Bünting Beteiligung AG
EDEKA Handelsgesellschaft
Minden-Hannover mbH
FÜR SIE Handelsgenossenschaft eG Food - Non Food
Globus SB-Warenhaus Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Kaufland Warenhandel GmbH & Co. KG
KONSUM DRESDEN eG
MARKANT Deutschland GmbH
REWE Markt GmbH Zweigniederlassung Süd

CONCEPTUAL SPONSOR

Conceptual Sponsor

Since the Symposium on Fine Food + Drink was founded in 1990, Handelsverband Bayern e. V. (HBE) has supported the association as its conceptual sponsor. In 2018, Handelsverband Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (HV NRW) also took up this role.

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Start-ups 2019