New industry body to meet increasing consumer demands

The Boards of CIES — The Food Business Forum, the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) and the participants of the Global CEO Forum have combined their assets with the aim of improving the way the consumer goods industry meets the needs of the world’s more demanding consumer.

“This represents a step-change in the way our industry’s trading partners will be equipped to meet the complex challenges of a global value chain.

“Ultimately this will bring more value to consumers and more benefits to all stakeholders,” said CIES — The Food Business Forum chairman and CEO and president of Delhaize Group, Pierre-Olivier Beckers.

The global platform will be focused on collaborative, non-competitive issues within the consumer goods industry, including:

  • Providing a platform for networking between trading partners and other key stakeholders at both CEO and operational level;
  • Identifying industry priorities and developing recommended action plans when and where appropriate;
  • Developing processes to improve the efficiency of the industry globally;
  • Identifying best practices and supporting their implementation;
  • Continuing to meet the unique requirements of retailers and manufacturers; and
  • Continuing to develop the industry’s portfolio of programmes to educate and promote best practices.

Next steps will assemble interim governing bodies to lay the groundwork for the launch of the new association after submitting the project for approval by the GCI Board and CEO Forum participants and the CIES General Assembly.

The CIES General Assembly will take place on June 18, 2009 in New York during the CIES World Food Business Summit.

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