About This Webinar

The Embassy of Lebanon in the United Kingdom is hosting “The Food and Beverage Industry. Opportunities between the UK and Lebanon”.

During this webinar, experts from the United Kingdom and Lebanon will be sharing their experience on bridging the logistics gap and market between the UK and Lebanon, while discussing best practices.

The webinar will highlight the dos and don’ts in the UK, and converge their future interest in the economic departments of the Embassy of Lebanon in the UK as well as the newly established Lebanese F&B Association.

The webinar is open to companies who would like to potentially export to the UK and access a new market.

Agenda (BCT Time | +1 Beirut Time)

10:00am     Key Note Speech: His Excellency Ambassador Rami Mortada

10:30am     Session 1: The Dynamics of the Food and Beverage Market in the UK: Lebanese Brands Potential – Sustainability and Challenges in the face of COVID-19 and Brexit

This session will be moderated by Mr. Atef Idriss, and will revolve around the UK market trends and needs.

The session will host

  • Mr. Walter Anzer -Director General of the British Food Importers & Distributors Association (UK)
  • Mr. James Murray – International Sales Director Montgomery Group Food, Drink and Hospitality (UK)
  • Mr. Paddy Willis – CEO Mission Ventures (UK)

11:00am    Session 2: From Lebanon to the world- Scaling agri-food startups and SMEs 

This session will give an overview of the agri-food sector and the agriTech startup scene in Lebanon, cover efficient planning and strategy to become export ready, while using examples of startups and SMEs who are exporting to the UK, members of the QOOT Agri-Food Innovation Cluster of Lebanon and/or part of Berytech’s ecosystem.

The session will host

  • Mr. Maroun N. Chammas – Chairman and CEO of Berytech (Lebanon)
  • Mrs. Nadine Khoury – COO of Robinson Agri and President of QOOT Cluster (Lebanon)

11:30am   Session 3: Lebanon’s Fresh Produce Market in the UK: Are you ready to export?

This session will be moderated by Mr. Ralph Nehme and will tackle the competitiveness and sustainability of imports, focusing on understanding the dynamics to gain quick access to the UK market.

The session will host

  • Mr. Nadim Traboulsi – Directors of Fruits of Lebanon (UK)
  • Mr. Philippe Adaime – Co-founder and board member at Fair Trade Lebanon (Lebanon)

12:15pm   Session 4: Wines of Lebanon in the UK: Growth in Times of Uncertainty.

This session will be moderated by Mr. Michael Karam – Lebanese author, journalist and wine writer (UK) and will revolve around ways to gain a bigger market share, sharing with new-comers lessons learned and what to expect. Another topic discussed will be whether other Lebanese spirits like Arak and Gin can compete in the UK.

The session will host

  • Mr. Rupert Berkmann – Director of Wine Cellars (UK)
  • Mr. Elie Maamari – Export Director at Chateau Ksara (Lebanon)

1:30pm   Launch of the Lebanese Food and Beverage Association in the UK

For further information please contact Mr. Ralph Nehme Economic Attaché to the Lebanese Embassy in the UK on: ralphnehme@hotmail.com or +447756375549