Themed ‘Emerging challenges and the future of food safety’, the 18th edition of the annual GFSI Conference will take place in Nice, France from 25th to 28th February 2019.
The Global Food Safety Initiative provides thought leadership and guidance on food safety management across the entire supply chain. Every year, experts from retail, manufacturing, food service industries, governments and service providers meet at the GFSI Conference to share knowledge on changing demographics, evolving consumer demand and developments in science and technology.
Driving global food safety
The food industry is at a critical juncture, with new regulatory demands being placed on businesses managing food safety across increasingly complex global supply chains. This shift marks a move towards a more data-driven approach to food safety, propelled by new technology and continuous innovation.
At Rentokil, we believe it is important for the industry to come together to discuss how we can all contribute to the GFSI vision to achieve global food safety. It is, for this reason, we are proud to be a Diamond sponsor of the GFSI Conference for the 4th consecutive year.
Join us at the GFSI Conference 2019 to learn more about how we can use today’s insights, enhanced by technology and data, to prepare for the food safety challenges of tomorrow.
At Stand 28, we will be showcasing some of our new digital innovations which are helping the food industry mitigate a wide variety of pest and hygiene risks – visit us to gain exclusive insight into our innovations of the future.
Special session: The critical macroeconomic and key trends that will most impact food safety
Join Rentokil and one of the world’s leading economists – Dr. Linda Yueh – in a unique presentation and discussion exploring both the critical macroeconomic trends, and the increasing threats posed by pest growth that will have the biggest impact on food safety over the next five years.
As well as advising the World Bank, the European Commission and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Professor Yueh is a former Chief Business Correspondent for BBC News and an award-winning author, and she will provide her insights on the key macroeconomic trends affecting the global food supply chain, including the digitalisation of trade, increasing consumer demands and the emergence of a new global middle class.
Savvas Othon, Group Science and Innovation Director at Rentokil Initial, is a biologist and a leading global expert on pests and will also be joining the discussion to explore the increasing threat posed to food safety from the continued growth of pest populations and show us how the latest technology and data can best combat this threat.
The session will be chaired by Gary Booker, Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer at Rentokil Initial who will help unravel the unique insights from two of the world’s leading experts on the biggest imminent future challenges they foresee for food safety – and how to best prepare for them.
The critical macroeconomic and key trends that will most impact food safety
Date: Thursday, 28th February 2019
Venue: Nice Acropolis Convention Centre
Economist, broadcaster, writer
Dr. Yueh is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School. She is Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science’s foreign policy centre, Associate Fellow (Global Economy and Finance Department & U.S. and the Americas Programme) at Chatham House, and was Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University.
She is a TV and radio presenter, including for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, as well as having fronted BBC TV series, such as The New Middle Class, Next Billionaires, and Working Lives.
Director of Innovation and Technical Operations, Rentokil Initial
Savvas has held various positions in the public and private sector including Birmingham City Councils Environmental Health Department and subsequently as UK Operations Manager at MITIE. In 2007, Savvas re-joined Rentokil Initial as Technical Director for the UK where he designed and wrote the Technical Training program, now adopted on a global basis.
As well as giving the business technical leadership and innovation, he actively managed Rentokil’s largest multi-site food retail contract with 2973 sites across the UK putting in place innovative solutions and contract specifications.
Pest control powered by data
At Rentokil, we’ve been gathering data for decades – from thousands of technicians who service businesses, assess infestations and record pest control recommendations.
Advancements in technology and the way we gather data is now opening up new opportunities.
Our technicians are still visiting businesses and recording information, but that information is now stored in myRentokil: our digital pest management reporting and analysis platform.
We are also generating data in a whole host of new ways. Our PestConnect solution is an ecosystem of connected devices that detect, capture or eliminate pests and alert our technicians when any such activity occurs. This pest activity is too recorded on myRentokil servers.
And that’s not all. From drones fitted with thermal imaging technology, to predictive data modeling for the evaluation of pest risks, we are harnessing huge volumes of actionable data across more than 70,000 devices worldwide for unrivaled expertise and insight.
Are you looking for integrated pest management? Contact us today to speak to a Rentokil Expert