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2023 Programme

Join your cruise industry colleagues at our curated content sessions. Uncover what’s trending in F&B, from sustainability and locally sourced ingredients to solving supply chain issues.


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- Speakers to be announced shortly

State of the Cruise F&B Industry Keynote

12:30 - 13:30

The inaugural F&[email protected] Keynote will focus on industry initiatives, solutions, and unity in this time of flux. This session brings together industry leaders to discuss some of the pain points of the industry revolving around labour, regulations & changes in the supply chain due to the current climate. We hear from those at the helm of industry-leading F&B programs on overcoming these challenges and continuing to excel in the years to come; whilst continually striving towards more sustainable sourcing, operations & experience.


Lunch

13:30 - 14:15



The Conscious Consumer: The Future of Food is Sustainable

14:15 - 14:45

In coming years, culinary trends will be driven by consumers' call for more socially, environmentally, and nutritionally sound offerings. Consumers are increasingly looking for menu options that do not harm the planet or their bodies – which can be exemplified by the rise of Climatarian and Regenetarian diets. These trends in consumer behaviour, as well as ongoing challenges with the global supply chain due to the current environment, have created an increased need and opportunity for the use of climate hero ingredients. 

This session offers the opportunity for the audience to dive deeper into this consumer trend, which is calling for healthier, greener food – complimented by a live cooking demo which will offer food for thought on how to incorporate climate hero ingredients into your menus to continually meet the demands of the regenetarian consumer.


Live Cooking Demo

14:45 - 15:20


Break

15:20 - 15:40



Creating Authentic, Local Experiences on Shore 

15:40 - 16:00

Cruisers are increasingly looking for authentic cuisine experiences that compliment their travel, especially in the expedition market where travellers are continually looking to travel (and eat) off the beaten track, and experience food like a local. On top of this, consumers are continually looking to shift towards locally sourced food that results in shorter, more transparent supply chains.

The expedition cruise industry is in a unique position to offer shore experiences for foodies that immerse them in local, authentic culinary experiences around the globe, with the potential to source this food locally, but what does this look like in practice?



The Intricacies of Responsible Food Sourcing

16:00 - 16:40

In coming years, you can expect to see more of your guests’ asking questions about where the food you are serving comes from and if it is sustainably sourced/ produced. This session facilitates an open discussion between cruise line executives and representatives from NGO’s where they discuss the future of food sourcing and how cruise lines can continue to work with NGOs to ensure sustainable sourcing in the future. What are some of the main roadblocks that the industry is facing on the way to a more sustainable future? What are NGOs looking for from Cruise lines moving forward?


Happy Hour

16:30 - 17:30


Welcome Brunch

11:30 - 12:30



The Future of Branding Onboard: A look at Chef-Driven F&B Programs at Sea

12:00 - 12:30

Increasingly we are seeing onshore brands branch out at sea, offering new revenue opportunities for cruise lines and chefs alike to come together. This session offers you a chance to sit down with a seasoned chef and experienced liquid chef who have been there and done that- successfully launching their brand at sea. What are some of the differences between business on land and sea and what does the process of menu creation look like?


Networking Break

12:30 - 13:00


 

A Look at Beverage Trends 

13:00 - 13:30

This session offers you the chance to sit down with leaders in the beverage industry to see what trends they predict taking off in the coming years.


Live Bar Demo

13:30 - 14:00


Break

14:15 - 15:00



Creating Unforgettable Experiences to Delight the Senses

15:00 - 15:30

Creating unforgettable experiences and memories for your guests in your restaurants and bars goes far beyond the produce & presentation of the food. This session offers an opportunity to take a step back and see the whole holistic picture behind the food & beverage, pertaining to the design, feel and even smell of the spaces created for your guests. 


 

Cruise Line Supplier 101

15:30 - 16:10

Cruise line F&B is a large business, our findings suggest that 6 leading cruise lines attest to over $2 billion annual spend on F&B. However, with the cruise industry expanding at the same time as changes to the current climate meaning that there are less suppliers & less products, this is influencing the current supply chain. This means that cruise lines are continually looking for new suppliers & vendors to enter the cruise market – but what exactly are they looking for? If you are hoping to do business with the cruise lines then this is a must-attend session for you, with a diverse panel to discuss some of the requirements & logistics that go into your brand standing out to cruise line buyers.


Networking Break

16:10 - 17:20


Activation by Remy Cointreau

17:20 - 18:00


Closing Reception

18:00 - 20:00