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East of England Food & Drink Growth Masterclass

November 2, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm


Aimed at SME Food and Drink Manufacturers in the East of England! This is a DEFRA and Ambitious Essex event organised by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Essex County Council (ECC).


10:30-11:00: Registration

11:00-12:00: Panel Discussion: Routes to Market (including Q&A)

12:00-13:00: Lunch/Meet the Buyer/Meet the Expert

13:00-14:00: Workshop: Innovation

14:00-14:30: Meet the Expert

Session details

Routes to market: Growing Resiliently

Discover opportunities across retail, public sector, exports, and the visitor economy in this panel. The session will feature a line-up of industry experts. Focused discussions on the opportunities available to SME food and drink manufacturers across these different routes to market.

Meet the Buyer

We are delighted to be hosting a Meet the Buyer session, where selected attendees will have the opportunity to pitch their products to a buyer. We will share details about the buyers and how to apply in the coming weeks.


Innovation isn’t just for tech companies. This workshop session will demystify innovation for SMEs and highlight the funding and support opportunities that are out there for your business. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their ideas on how we can support the sector to become more productive, inclusive and sustainable through greater innovation.


November 2, 2023
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Chelmsford, CM1 2PZ
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