Driving Innovation in the Food & Beverage Industry

James Taylor's Keynote at Almarai's Management Gathering

Almarai offers fresh & high-quality dairy, juice, bakery, and poultry products for restaurants, cafes, hotels, bakeries, catering, and more. They are the Middle East’s leading food and beverage manufacturer and distributor – and the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company. The event was Almarai’s Management Gathering and held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was attended by leadership and senior management from KSA, GCC, Jordan, Egypt, and the UK. The theme for the gathering was ‘Driving Sustainable Growth Through Innovation In The Food & Beverage Sector”. Almarai invited James Taylor to deliver a keynote and workshop that would cover various innovations in the food industry as well as how companies can scale while creating a culture of innovation

The goal for James Taylor’s keynote and workshop was to motivate and energise the audience with new ideas and ways to collaborate and innovate. The client wanted a lot of audience interactivity so James decided to add an ice-breaker activity into the keynote in addition to the interactivity that was already built into the workshop. The keynote ‘opened a loop’ about the value of curiosity which was developed further in team exercises during the interactive workshop. The keynote focused on examples of different types of innovation and how various technologies (digital twins, foodtech, precision fermentation and formulation, 3D printed food, sustainability and perennial grains, VR/AR and Generative AI) were enabling organisation to innovate and monetise their data within the food and beverage industry.

The workshop then taught a number of tools and techniques for exploring how these innovations and techniques could be applied to Almarai’s business. James Taylor’s final motivational keynote was high-energy with the majority it focused around big ideas and trends related to innovation. The interactive teambuilding workshop had James then training the 300 leaders and managers in the room on four powerful thinking tools for creative thinking, collaboration, and critical thinking. The red-thread throughout the keynote and workshop was the importance of curiosity for scaling innovation and achieving sustainable growth.

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“Thanks so much for being the keynote speaker at our Annual Management gathering. I have already received excellent feedback from the leaders that were present. You really got the group excited with your terrific presentation on the Innovation . The message was clear; the style was professional and informative while at the same time being entertaining. We would love to have you back again to speak on another one of your topics.” 

Hala Al-Abidy 

Head of Internal Communication and Change Management, Almarai 

Driving Innovation in the Food & Beverage Industry

About this case study


The Middle East’s leading food and beverage manufacturer and 

distributor – and the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company.


CXOs and Senior Management 


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 


How to build a scalable culture of innovation and develop new ideas for sustainable growth. 

James Taylor’s Solution:

45 min keynote + 60 min workshop

James Taylor’s Solution:



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James specializes in topics related to creativity, innovation, leadership, and the future of work, including the impact of artificial intelligence on industries and the importance of sustainable business practices. Each keynote is customized to align with your event’s theme and audience needs.

James’s keynotes typically range from 45 to 60 minutes, which includes time for a Q&A session. However, the duration can be adjusted to fit your event schedule and format.

Absolutely! Customization is a cornerstone of James’s approach. He works closely with each client to ensure the keynote resonates with the audience and aligns with the event’s objectives, themes, and industry-specific challenges.

James’s team will provide a detailed rider outlining all technical and logistical needs, including AV requirements, staging setup, and any other specifics to ensure a seamless experience. Our team is also available to coordinate with your event planners to address any unique requirements.

Yes, James offers both in-person and virtual keynotes and workshops. Virtual events are delivered with the same level of engagement and customization as in-person sessions, using state-of-the-art technology to connect with audiences worldwide.

To book James, start by submitting an inquiry through our website or contacting us directly via email or phone. Our team will discuss your event details, availability, and how James can best serve your needs. From there, we’ll guide you through the booking process, customization, and event coordination.

We recommend reaching out as early as possible to secure your preferred date, as James’s schedule fills up quickly. However, we understand that events can come together at the last minute and will do our best to accommodate your needs.