The modern food system - characterized by external inputs (such as fossil fuels, fertilizers and crop protection solutions,…), lower labor inputs and long supply chains - is currently the dominant model in Europe. This model is a clear example of a food chain approach. However, we can’t ignore the existing diversity in the landscape of food production, trade and consumption. There are also many small-scale family-based producers providing food for (local) markets operating alongside large-scale globalized food companies and suppliers.

Food integrity is capturing more than only traditional elements of food and nutrition security, such as food safety and quality. Other elements such as sustainability or impact on the ecosystem and social wellbeing of both consumers or employment in the agri-food chain are getting more important in future-oriented food systems.

The combination of these elements in a food system may lead to opportunities as well as conflicting situations.

We would like to invite you to reflect with us on the role of food integrity in evolving food systems during an interactive debate together with the most inspiring and influential Belgian stakeholders in the agri-food chain (CEOs, sustainability managers and quality managers)

Participation fee: € 150,00*
* VAT 21% not included

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Opening registrations & welcome drink

15:15 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:05
Carine De Clercq

General Manager

Welcome and introduction

Carine De Clercq
General manager

16:05 - 16:35
Setting the scene…

During this debate we will introduce the evolution of food chains towards food systems and the role of food integrity in these future food systems. We will also discuss on the shift in food integrity from a narrow to a broad view. 
Scene set by:

  • Dr. Pieternel A. Luning
    • Associate Professor in Food Quality Management
      Wageningen Universiteit & Research, Faculty of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences | LinkedIn profile
  • Prof. dr. ir. Liesbeth Jacxsens
    • Ghent University, Department of Food Safety and Food Quality
    • Researcher Ciboris vzw
16:35 - 16:50
Jacques Van Outryve

Mr. Jacques Van Outryve
deputy editor ‘Boer&Tuinder’
lector VIVES – campus Roeselare

(c) Jacques Van Outryve

Introduction panel members debate

Introduction panel members debate by moderator Mr. Jacques Van Outryve, deputy editor Boer&Tuinder:

  • Mr. Luc Beerens, Global Sustainable Sourcing Director at Mars Food | LinkedIn profile
  • Mr. Ronald Guendel, Global Head of Food Chain Relations at Bayer Division Crop Science | LinkedIn profile
  • Mr. Bernard Haspeslagh, Group Crop Production Director at Ardo NV
  • Mr. Pascal Léglise, Corporate Social Responsibility & Quality Sustainable Development Director at Carrefour Belgium | LinkedIn profile
  • Mr. Pieter Verhelst, Board member at Boerenbond, responsible for the macro-economic policy | LinkedIn profile
16:50 - 18:05
Debate with selected panel members

The objective of this debate is to gather several opinions from various actors of the food chain concerning the following questions:

  • How will food systems evolve in Europe?
  • Which elements of food integrity are important (for your business)?
  • How can we govern food integrity in future-oriented European food systems?
  • Which conflicting situations can we identify in combining elements of food integrity?
  • How can we address these challenges in the coming years?
18:05 - 18:25
Jean van de Put

FoodBlue Consulting
Food retail expert with over 21 years of experience within quality and purchase at executive level | LinkedIn profile

Summarizing speech

Summarizing speech by Mr. Jean van de Put, FoodBlue Consulting, LinkedIn profile

18:25 - 18:30
Carine De Clercq

General Manager

Closing speech
  • Closing speech by Dr. Ir. Carine De Clercq, general manager Primoris
  • Opening walking dinner

Extensive walking dinner & networking event

18:30 - 22:00


Communicatiecampus (building 485)
Sint-Denijslaan 485
B-9000 Ghent (BE)

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