The Bristol Distinguished Address: George Weston, Chief Executive of Associated British Foods plc

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Date: 22 November 2017
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS34 8QZ
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

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Value of the Industrial Food System

George Weston, Chief Executive of Associated British Foods plc, will speak about the 'Value of the Industrial Food System' in his lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series.

Bristol as a City of around half a million people could not exist without today's industrial food system. If we tried to feed everyone with food produced locally to Bristol, we just couldn't do it. There wouldn't be enough food and variety would certainly be very limited, particularly in winter. The aim of the industrial food system is to produce enough food; sufficient variety; safe food; make it affordable and be innovative. If preservation of food was the first step in creating an industrial food system, today it involves an extensive infrastructure and distribution system, the ability to trade, skills and knowledge, the combination of technology, science and engineering, a safety first attitude and Government involvement.

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  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking


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George Weston is Chief Executive of Associated British Foods plc, the international food and retail group. He is a graduate of New College Oxford and Harvard Business School.

In his former roles as Managing Director of Westmill Foods, Allied Bakeries and George Weston Foods Ltd (Australia) he has been a member of the ABF Board since 1999. He took up his current appointment in April 2005.

About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Law Society, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Strategic Communications and Engagement
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