Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Global Table: Feeding our Future, 3-6 September, Melbourne

29/07/2019 - 07:46

Global Table is the biggest agribusiness event in Australiasia covering the most critical and exciting issues of today and the future.

The European Union Delegation to Australia, together with nine EU Member States (Austria, Germany, Czechia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Spain) will be taking part in the Global Table summit that brings together leaders in the agriculture, food and beverage industries. 

The three-day business event involves 3000+ participants and includes both conference/discussion and exhibition areas. The EU Delegation and EU Member States will host a stand in the exhibition space on 3-5 September. Here visitors can learn about Geographical Indications (GIs) and taste delicious food products from across Europe.

GI's are the EU's system identifying and protecting food products based on origin and form an important part of the ongoing negotiations towards a modern and comprehensive EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Global Table

WHEN: 3-6 September *The EU Delegation to Australia and EU Member States will host a stand in the exhibition space on 3-5 September. 

Site visit 6 September (GI Workshop with dairy producers in Gippsland). This is an invite-only event.
WHERE: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale, Victoria.

TICKETS: From $56.50


Program highlights

Wednesday 4 September

Does government policy drive food innovation?

TIME: 10:30 - 11:30 AM

LOCATION: Sustainability Hall

  • The EU's lead FTA negotiator on GIs, Lionel Mesnildrey 
  • Moderator: Angeline Achariya, Executive Director, Growth and Innovation, Simplot Australia
  • Anna Campbell, CEO, Red Meat Council
  • Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness & Lead Partner, Consumer & Industrial Products, KPMG
  • Catherine Sayer, CEO, Food South Australia 


Brand protection and IP – What every company needs to know before entering the Chinese Market

TIME: 11:45 -12:45  PM

LOCATION: Trade Zone Stage

  • The EU's lead FTA negotiator on GIs, Lionel Mesnildrey 
  • Moderator: Tim Carroll, Founder, The Glo Project - Moderator
  • Hollis Ashman, Enterprise Manager, University of Melbourne 
  • Skye Reeve, Assistant Director in the International Policy and Cooperation, IP Australia 
  • Global Victoria Representative TBC 


PODCAST - The Future Farm 


TIME: 2-3 PM




Live-recording interview with the EU's lead FTA negotiator on GIs, Lionel Mesnildrey 



Thursday 5 September

Geographical Indications and the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement: old traditions, new opportunities

TIME:  11:45 - 12:45 PM


  • Moderator: Cornelis Keijzer, Trade Counsellor, EU Delegation to Australia
  • The EU's lead FTA negotiator on GIs, Lionel Mesnildrey 
  • Pr. William Van Caenegem, Professor of Law, Bond University.
  • French importer (TBC)




03/09/2019 - 06/09/2019

Melbourne Showgrounds
Epsom Road, Ascot Vale, Victoria