October 17, 2021

EU to host European dairy, olive oil and table olives webinar

The European Union (EU) will be hosting its European Dairy, Olive Oil and Table Olives Webinar  in Singapore on 18 March 2021, Thursday from 3.30pm – 5.30pm (GMT +8). Targeted at F&B importers, distributors, retailers as well as restaurants and hotels, the webinar will spotlight the EU’s ‘More Than Food campaign. The campaign spotlights how agricultural products from the EU are about much more than just enjoying food and beverages, but also about offering safe, high-quality and sustainable ingredients for consumers across the globe.

Justyna Lasik

The webinar keynote will be delivered by Ms Justyna Lasik, Head of Economic and Trade Section, European Union Delegation to Singapore. The EU is Singapore’s fourth largest goods trading partner while Singapore is the EU’s second largest goods trading partner in ASEAN. Bilateral trade in goods is valued at more than €41 billion in 2020 (S$65.6 billion). Ms Lasik will present the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), and explain its concrete benefits for trade relations between the EU and Singapore in the food and beverage sector.

Beppe De Vito

Renowned Chef-Restaurateur Mr Beppe De Vitto of ilLido Group will highlight the advantages of importing EU food products. He will specifically emphasise the characteristics of PDO and PGI products, which represent the excellence of the EU’s agricultural food production, and how they are both the result of a unique combination of human and environmental factors, characteristic of a specific territory. 

Ary Taoubi
Gabriel Virgil

The webinar will also explore other key benefits of the EUSFTA for Singapore and ASEAN markets for dairy products, covered by Ms Ary Taoubi, who leads the Restaurant & Hotel Channels at Classic Fine Foods. Lastly, Mr Gabriel Vigil, Head of Sector Olive Oil at the European Commission will present about the marketing standards of EU olive oil and how its quality is ensured.

Webinar Agenda:

3.30 – 3.45pmWelcome by Angela May, Moderator
3.45 – 4.00pmOpening speech and introduction of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) and its concrete benefits for trade relations between EU and Singapore in the food and beverage industry by Ms Justyna Lasik, Head of Economic and Trade Section, European Union Delegation to Singapore
4.00 – 4.20pmThe characteristics of EU Food products and their benefits in the context of the EUSFTA with a focus on Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) labels by Mr Beppe De VitoChef-Restaurateur, ilLido Group
4.20 – 4.40pmBenefits of EUSFTA for Singapore and ASEAN markets for dairy products by Ms Ary Taoubi, Channel Manager, Classic Fine Foods
4.40 – 4.55pmDelicious creations using dairy, olive oil and table olives products from the EU, demonstrated by Chef Teo Yeow Siang, Culinary Director at Three Embers
5.00 – 5.15pmEU olive oil, marketing standards and how quality is ensured by Mr Gabriel Vigil, Head of Sector Olive Oil, European Commission
5.15 – 5.20pmClosing remarks by Ms Justyna Lasik, Head of Economic and Trade Section, European Union Delegation to Singapore
Chef Te Yeow Siang

Chef Teo Yeow Siang, Culinary Director at Three Embers, will guest star in the webinar. He will demonstrate the various ways in which you can use dairy, olive oil and table olives products from the EU, by whipping up delicious creations with these ingredients. Chef Teo’s illustrious culinary experience includes being Team Captain at the 2016 Culinary Olympics in Germany, which earned Singapore two gold medals.

“The comprehensive FTA in force between the EU and Singapore provides great opportunities for the agri-food sector and strengthens our bilateral economic and commercial ties. With the EU’s 140 Geographical Indications registered in Singapore, consumers can enjoy and more easily recognise a wide range of authentic and high-quality European agri-food products”, says Ms Justyna Lasik, Head of the Economic and Trade Section of the European Union Delegation to Singapore.

“Our mission is to source and bring exceptional ingredients and unique gourmet products to our customers. As demand for dairy in the ASEAN market is set to surge over the next decade, this represents a growing opportunity in this area. With the EUSFTA signed in 2019, it has opened the gates for more EU products and brands to enter the market, which I will be sharing more in the webinar,” said Ms Ary Taoubi, Channel Manager, Classic Fine Foods.

“Across all our collection of restaurants and bars, we are inspired by ingredients, techniques and producers. It is important for us to source responsibly and artisanally, because that undeniable quality from PDO and PGI-certified products translates into the final dish. I look forward to sharing more in-depth information on PDO and PGI certified products in the webinar,” said Mr Beppe De Vito, Chef-Restaurateur, ilLido Group.

To register for the complimentary European Dairy, Olive Oil and Table Olives Webinar, please click here. Registration will close on 17 March 2021. 

To download speaker profiles and event images, please click here.

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