Discover The New Technology, Food Innovators And Business Opportunities At The Heart Of Food Matters Live 2019

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With more than 15,000 visitors, hundreds of exhibitors, some of the most innovative new challenger companies, live demonstrations and a renowned educational programme Food Matters Live 2019 is an unmissable opportunity for new R&D opportunities and business development.

Food Matters Live showcases the UK’s largest gathering of innovative ingredients companies offering healthy, natural, better-for-you and clean-label products. Visitors will also find the latest vegan and vegetarian products in a new ‘Plant-Based Pavilion’, a taste of global cuisines and international flavours in the ‘Country Pavilions’ and discover the latest consumer-driven trends in the ‘Future of Retail Trends’ theatre. 

And an exciting new Food Matters Live 2019 pavilion is dedicated to ‘UK Future Brands’ showcasing innovative food and drink  products selected by an influential panel of buyers including Paul Hargreaves (chief executive, Cotswold Fayre) and Wan Mak (Head of Nutrition & Dietetics, Sodexo UK & Ireland).

Pioneering technology

Alongside the main exhibition visitors to the ‘Innovative Ingredients Live’ theatre will be introduced to a number of pioneering technology advances. Demonstrations include a unique sugar reduction solution for food and beverages with Mike Bagshaw, the owner and founder of International Taste Solutions. 

Join Dr Eric Johansen, (associate vice president, science, Chr. Hansen A/S) as he explains how they have made yoghurt with less added sugar and the same sweetness using the novel starter culture Sweety® Y-1. 

And Mark Merrett (technical sales manager, Amano Enzyme Europe Limited) will explain the use of enzymes in the food industry and their innovative application in egg products. 

Meanwhile, Jaap Harkema (marketing manager, Good Food Ingredients, Avebe) will talk about the unique texture solutions they have developed for plant-based meat and dairy applications.

Tomorrow’s innovation

Introducing new technology is at the heart of Food Matters Live 2019 and its inspirational educational programme covers six streams, including technological innovation in sustainability and packaging. 

With inspiring case studies and talks by innovative industry insiders, visitors can discover the latest R&D advances and technological breakthroughs across the food and drink sector.

In the sustainable food futures stream discover the disruptive food technologies and innovative product development which are helping to combat waste. Join the innovators, researchers, futurologists and business advisors influencing the future of worldwide food and drink production and consumption.

Chaired by Professor Lisa Collins (N8 Agrifood) sessions include the opportunities and limitations of blockchain in enabling traceability and helping to support food waste reduction with Grant Strachan (senior associate, Brodies LLP) and how the food sector industry is reducing energy usage and CO2 generation with Martin Leeming (CEO, TrakRap). 

Another inspirational session will look at the technology which has helped create alternative proteins. Chaired by Judith Murdoch (sustainability consultant, AAK) find out how technology advances will play an essential role in providing accessible, healthy and sustainable proteins to a burgeoning population across the globe. 

And taking a look at the market for these alternative proteins is Carole Bingley (technical specialist, RSSL Product & Ingredient Innovation) who will give an overview of the alternative proteins’ development market, while Susie Stannard (senior consumer insight analyst, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) will be assessing the consumer appetite for new products.

Alongside the new technology producers also need to consider the legal implications of their products. Rob Woodall (CEO, The Meatless Farm Company) will be examining the barriers to accelerating the adoption of alternative proteins: production, process, politics and novel foods regulation.

Emerging technology 

As food tech innovation changes the shape of customer demand Food Matters LIve 2019 also takes an in-depth look at the emerging technologies revolutionising the food and drink experience.

Chaired by Jayne Brookman (head of food, Knowledge Transfer Network) this session will look at how technology from smart appliances to nutrigenomics, is playing a key role in consumer decision making. The session will ask what are tomorrow’s consumers looking for and how ready are they to embrace change?

Join Professor Richard Luxton (director, Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology, University of the West of England) who will introduce the new food sensing technologies for food safety, quality and traceability and John Graydon (business development manager, Siemens) who will examine how virtualisation is reducing the risks of product innovation.

And in an unmissable programme discover the practical strategies available to reduce plastic waste across the supply chain. As consumers become ever more environmentally conscious with a growing concern for the future of our planet, tackling the plastic crisis continues to be a significant global challenge. Discover the approaches that retailers and manufacturers are taking to reduce plastic consumption and find out what innovations on the horizon that could not only reduce single-use plastics but also help to mitigate food waste. 

This inspiring session will be chaired by Martin Hyde (policy researcher, Comply Direct) and speakers include Mike Hughes (head of research and insight, FMCG Gurus) who will be evaluating the steps retailers are taking to reduce plastics waste. Ian Bates (co-founder, Reelbrands Ltd) will be examining the emerging innovations offering an alternative to plastic packaging and Martin Kersh (executive director, Foodservice Packaging Association) will look how packaging has evolved and how developments in packaging are helping to reduce kitchen waste.

There will also be sessions forecasting the emerging ingredients, trends and product innovation on the horizon with speakers including Steve Osborn (Food Technology Scout, The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd) who will be looking at the trends and developments in ingredient innovation and how are they shaping the foods of the future.

Make a Match

Visitors to Food Matters Live 2019 will also have the opportunity for a series of unique commercial and networking opportunities.

From Allied Bakeries, Costco, Harrods, through to M&S, Waitrose, Elior and Selfridges there will be buyers, distributors and NPD professionals from some of the UK’s largest organisations, supermarkets, boutique outlets and food service providers. 

Make the most of these opportunities with the ‘Match – meet the buyer’ service to arrange meetings with influential decision-makers. These sessions must be pre-booked at

Food Matters Live takes place at ExCeL London on 19 and 20 November 2019. Register at

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