MANCHESTER – 14th March 2019: Gama, a global provider of business information and services specializing in product innovation and international trade, is today pleased to announce the return of the Gama Innovation Conference & Awards on 10th October 2019 for the fourth edition of the leading consumer goods event.

A showcase of innovation, a hub for new partnerships

Manchester will once again play host to an inspiring and engaging showcase of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) innovation, with senior professionals from around the world gathering together to share best practice, discuss new opportunities and forge new partnerships in a dynamic yet informal setting.

The invitation-only event will begin with the Gama Innovation Conference, bringing together the great and the good from the world of fast moving consumer goods for a unique and inspiring morning of presentations and discussions. The conference will be followed by the Gama Innovation Awards, a celebration of outstanding product innovation from around the world as voted by global industry leaders.

Meanwhile, delegates will also have the opportunity to network and get inspired within the Innovation Zone, where up to 40 disruptive companies will be showcasing game-changing launches from all over the world.

Commenting on the announcement, Gama Founder & CEO Cesar Pereira said: “We are delighted to once again be welcoming more than 100 manufacturers, exhibitors, buyers and other selected guests from over 25 countries to Manchester for a unique blend of thought-provoking presentations and inspiring ideas, combined with unrivalled networking opportunities. The Gama Innovation Conference & Awards is now into its fourth year and we are delighted that it continues to go from strength to strength, acting as a key platform for valuable business connections and a hub for innovation and international trade in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse”.

Ian Wright CBE, Rabih Kamleh (Agthia Group), The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Tricia McNeilly (Ötzibrew), Cesar Pereira at GICA 2018

Ian Wright CBE, Chief Executive, Food & Drink Federation said: “GICA is an absolutely brilliant showcase for innovation in the food & drink industry. It’s full of inspiring stories about how businesses are approaching the whole question of disrupting the existing market and growing their businesses, product lines and brands. This event has grown over the years, in particular with the innovation showcase, and it’s a really interesting verdict on Manchester and the Northern Powerhouse and the way in which it is touching every part of the British industry, and in particular the food & drink industry.”

Get your entries in for the Gama Innovation Awards 2019

Gama has today also officially opened entries for the 2019 Gama Innovation Awards, which recognise outstanding innovation in the FMCG space across eight categories: Product, Packaging, Positioning, Branding & Design, Health & Wellness, SME, Best of Britain, and Best of Middle East.

A top-drawer panel of international judges, including thought leaders from world-renowned companies such as Kraft Heinz, Unilever, Carlsberg, Frutarom and PepsiCo, will be tasked with selecting the winning innovation in each category, to be announced during the Gama Innovation Awards on 10th October.

Gama Innovation Director Silvia Ruiz said: “We are looking for the best and brightest FMCG innovations from all around the world to join our exclusive shortlist of nominated products in each category. A Gama Innovation Award will represent a fantastic accolade for every winner, as the judging panel is made up of their industry peers, including top executives from the world’s leading FMCG businesses”.

Entries to the Gama Innovation Awards are open until Friday 15th May, and manufacturers are invited to submit their own product innovations for consideration to, in accordance with the entry requirements and qualifying criteria.

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