16th Annual Food and Grocery Executive Program
22-27 September 2013
To ensure your place on the program and to qualify for our 10% early bird discount register online
and pay by the 7th of June. The 2013 program brochure will be released in late May. For a guide on the program format, content, faculty and speaker quality you can download last year's program brochure:
2012 Food and Grocery Executive Program Brochure (394 KB)
If you would like us to contact you to discuss the program in more detail please request a follow-up
What is the Food and Grocery Executive Program?
The Food and Grocery Executive Program is a fully residential business school style executive program with a unique blend of skill development, industry learning and networking led by world class teachers alongside industry experts. The program has limited places available (no more than 36) and participants come from throughout the industry supply chain.
The faculty work with participants intensively in small groups and are available for individual discussions throughout the week to create the kind of learning experience that makes a real difference. During the week delegates are rotated through different syndicate groups to facilitate networking opportunities and increase exposure to the experiences, ideas and opinions of others in the industry. Participants will examine a range of management and industry issues from the varying perspectives across the supply chain and develop winning business strategies for today's global food and grocery industry from the best in the industry.
Who should attend?
Participants will be senior and middle managers from all industry segments and from throughout the supply chain, including:
- Supermarket Chains
- Speciality Food Stores and Chains
- Independent Stores
- Convenience Stores
- Petrol Station Stores
- Fast Food Outlets
- Non Food Distributors and Retailers
- Food and Beverage Manufacturers
- Manufacturers and Marketers of Fast Moving Consumer Goods
- Foodservice Companies
- Service Suppliers to the Industry
In recent years the class has typically comprised one-third retailers and wholesalers and two-thirds manufacturers and suppliers.
Benefits for you and your organisation
The program brings competitors and supply chain participants together in one room for a week in a disarmed, non-commercial environment. The depth of industry learning and networking is unmatched. The program provides the rare opportunity to step back from day-to-day responsibilities and acquire the knowledge and skills required of today's senior industry executives. This includes analysing critical consumer, market and retail trends, best practices and leading edge developments, both nationally and around the world.
For sponsoring organisations, the program will both enrich and reward key people. It encourages participants to manage globally, view competition, and solve problems. Program alumni possess the capacity to understand the big picture, envision what is on the horizon, and formulate a proactive, competitive response.
Testimonials from 2012 participants
Participants from 2012 gave the program an average rating of 90 for relevance and 92 for satisfaction on a 100 point scale.
'I had a fantastic time and would recommend this program to others. The calibre of global knowledge and experience was impressive.'
Chris Anderson, National Business Manager - Goodman Fielder NZ
'One of the most well organised, interesting and social courses I have participated in. Most importantly, and the key point of difference to almost all other courses, I established some great personal and professional friendships that have been maintained.'
Maurice Melis, Senior Category Manager - Woolworths
'This Program was one of the best I have ever experienced. I related to the expertise, subject matter and the mix of the other attendees. You have a premium offer with this program. I would expect that you have evolved and adapted over time to achieve the outcomes you deliver and work hard to continuously review your customer's needs.'
Kevin Rothery, State Retail Operations Manager - IGA Distribution
'Thoroughly enjoyable program. The best part was the peer group assembled. A wonderful week and I thank you very much for the opportunity to be here.'
Matthew Prentice, National Business Manager - Manassen Foods
For more information, contact the program manager Anita Pike on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 8640 0947.
Partnership with ECRA and the Joe Berry Award
Efficient Consumer Response Australia (ECRA) has joined forces with Joe Berry Australian Retail Industry Executive Awards to present an ECRA FMCG/Retail Award as part of the overall awards program. The prize, awarded annually, will include attendance at the Food and Grocery Executive Program.
The Joe Berry Australian Retail Industry Executive Award is unique in Australia. Future industry executives under the age of 36 are asked to submit a 1500-1800 word essay, accompanied by a 12-slide power point slideshow, on one of seven topics that show case the breadth of the industry. An industry panel of leading Australian executives work from the selected finalists group to appoint an overall winner, who will receive a 23 day escorted tour of the major world retail markets.