Schedule of Events

Tuesday 30 July

Time Event
06:00 - 12:00
07:00 - 11:00 

CGT Women's Fresh Perspectives Breakfast
Men are welcome for the breakfast from 07:00 - 09:00.
The dialogue from 09:00 - 11:00 is women only.

Caroline Ravenall
Michelle Moss, Director: Assessments, Signium Africa
Annelize van Rensburg, Director: Executive search, Signium Africa

09:00 - 12:00
New Connections Roundtable
10:00 - 20:00
Trade Show
10:00 - 12:00  Arrival tea, coffee and snacks in trade show area
12:00 - 12:30  Conference opening and welcome 
12:30 - 14:00 

Session 1  | Industry Insights

This session is designed as an awareness session, providing insights into the challenges that are impacting the global produce supply chain in addition to the Southern Africa region as a whole. Find out how Southern Africa fares in comparison to the rest of the world and what the industry can expect to see in the next 5-10 years.

Anouk Sijmonsma, Regional VP for Asia, Africa, Europe & Australia/New Zealand, PMA
Dr. Johan van Deventer, Managing Director, Freshmark

14:00 - 15:00  Networking break in trade show area 
15:00 - 16:30 

Session 2 | On the Quest for a Sustainable Tomorrow 

As population growth continues to increase, the need to preserve the earth’s natural resources becomes more and more important. That coupled with consumer’s desire to engage with companies that invest in sustainable business practices, the demands are greater than ever. So, what are companies doing to become more “earth friendly” and what are the realized benefits behind these practices?  This session will unveil several unique initiatives that are currently in practice along with the economic impacts associated with becoming more sustainable. Leave informed, inspired and ready to make an impact on your business, the industry and the world.

James Lonsdale, Group Sustainability Manager, the SPAR Group, Ltd.
Siglinda Lösch, Group Sustainability Manager, Food Lovers Market
Dr. Jack Vera, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa
Tatjana von Bormann, Programmes and Innovation Lead, WWF South Africa

16:30 - 17:30 

Session 3 | Fireside Chat with Joel Stransky

Three seconds - that's all it took from the time the ball left Joel Stransky's boot until it whistled between the rugby posts. In those three seconds, Stransky went from Springbok player to Springbok legend and earned the adulation of a nation. Join us for this up close and personal chat with Joel as he talks about that winning second, and how determination played a role in the decisions leading up towards this pivotal moment and the business decisions he has embarked upon since that day… And hear what he predicts is next for world cup rugby.

17:30 - 21:00  Welcome reception in trade show area 

Wednesday 31 July

Time Event
06:00 - 10:00
06:00 - 09:00  Industry Tour 
07:00 - 09:00

CGT Young Professionals Breakfast

09:00 - 16:00  Trade Show
09:00 - 10:00
Arrival tea, coffee and snacks in trade show area
10:00 - 10:30
Opening remarks
10:30 -12:00

Session 4 | Disruption, Now What?

More than just a buzzword, disruption comes in many packages. Technological advances in the areas of SMART Shopping, Blockchain and Genome Sequencing have surfaced in many industries, and as a result, has disrupted the way we do business… without an end in sight. We understand what they are, but what’s next? How will these disruptions impact the way we interact and engage in the near future? This unique session will answer those questions while allowing participants the opportunity to learn from your peers, as they uncover specific ways to tackle these disruptions head on.

Yuval Cohen, Market and Sales Manager, BreedX
Steve Gantenbein, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales, iTradeNetwork
Benji Meltzer, Co-founder & CTO, Aerobotics
Jorg Snoeck, Founder, RetailDetail

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch - Networking break
13:30 - 15:00 

Session 5 | Africa: The Land of Milk and Honey, and... Entrepreneurs 

Africa.. a continent full of resources and opportunities. With the economic landscape in Southern Africa showing great promise, new industries are emerging, existing ones grow stronger and entrepreneurship flourishing. What does this mean to the produce industry? How can the supply chain take advantage of the benefits associated with such growth? This session will provide a glimpse into this economic wheelhouse, the increase a stability of businesses and the abundance of opportunities on the horizon for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry.

Dr. Rutendo Hwindingwi, Associate Director at Deloitte, South Africa
Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing Agriculture, FNB
Sean Moolenschot, CEO, Savenda Global Capital Partners

15:00 - 15:30  Tea break in trade show area 
15:30 - 17:00 

Session 6 | Existing, New and Potential Markets 

It is no secret that the key to a sustainable business is continual development. And with population growth looking to increase tremendously over the next 5-10 years, businesses are forced to rethink their strategies for strengthening existing relationships, penetrating new markets and more importantly, understanding potential markets and what they have to offer. If you desire to grow your business and meet untapped consumer demand, this session is for you. Hear from experts in this field who will share the unknown and help you future proof your organizations from the uncertainty yet to come. 

Ruth McLennan, Fresh Produce and Bakery Commercial Director Southeast Asia, Dairy Farm Group
Charley Xu, Sourcing Director/Import Fruit Business Unit, Win-chain Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd.
Peter Zhu, Vice President, Pagoda Fruit

17:00 - 17:30 

Session 7 | Vision for the Future of Fresh in Southern Africa 
Speaker: Tommie van Zyl, CEO, ZZ2 Farming Group

17:30 - 17:45  Closing Remarks and Lucky Draw 



Anouk Sijmonsma

Anouk Sijmonsma

Regional VP Asia/Africa/Europe/Australia/New Zealand

+1 (302) 607-2197

Email Anouk

Sarahi Dominguez

Sarahi Dominguez

Event & Program Manager

+1 (302) 781-5853

Email Sarahi