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Meet the exciting new disruptors and global business leaders who are shaping the future of the food and drinks industry at Food Matters Live 2019

From the UK’s largest exhibition of healthy and natural ingredients, food tech innovations and new packaging solutions through to the consumer trends and commercial opportunities shaping the industry, food and drink professionals cannot afford to miss the packed two-day event on November 19 and 20 at ExCel London.

Future trends

Running alongside the main ingredients exhibition is exciting live theatre experiences, debates and presentations focusing on the significant new trends, innovations and challenges in the food and drinks industry today. 

The new ‘Future of Retail Trends’ theatre will give companies looking to put in place strategies around the growing consumer demand for plant-based products and free-from food plenty of food for thought.  

With 600,000 people believed to be vegan in the UK in 2018 and an increase in ‘flexitarians’ choosing to reduce the amount of meat they consume, veganism is now big business. 

Join industry insiders including Claire Richardson, (product developer of Plant Kitchen, M&S), Hannah McKay, (head of food and beverage UK & I, Caffe Nero) and Victoria Robertson, (senior innovation leader, KFC) as they examine how the UK’s food and drinks industry is rising to the challenge of providing new innovative products to capitalise on the vegan market. 

And reflecting the growing popularity of veganism is the new Food Matters Live 2019′ Plant Based Pavilion’. Buyers and NPD looking for the latest innovations and solutions to providing delicious, natural and healthy vegan food and drinks will be able to discover an international range of revolutionary new plant-based ingredients and finished products.

International brand opportunities

Veganism one of several new food trends taking hold in the UK and as consumers tastes turn increasingly to cosmopolitan flavours, visitors to Food Matters Live 2019 should not miss discovering an international range of ingredients and finished products in the ‘Country Pavilions’. 

Here manufacturers and producers from 62 countries, including China, Greece, Italy, Poland and Ecuador will showcase their natural, healthy and better-for-you ingredients and products. 

Here international brands will have a unique opportunity to connect with leading buyers from across the UK and develop their business further. They are also invited to join a series of educational roundtables where they can discover what it takes to succeed in the competitive UK food and drinks market.  

Sessions include understanding packaging and labelling for the UK market, securing specialist retail language support and understanding the opportunities post-Brexit UK will provide for importers.

Commercial connections

Nurturing such new businesses connections is very much at the heart of Food Matters Live 2019, and throughout the two-day event, there is a series of exciting commercial and networking opportunities for food and drink producers and manufacturers.

‘Match – meet the buyer’ is a chance for businesses to be introduced to industry decision-makers and visitors to ‘Match’ will also have access to educational roundtables, store visits, buyer tours and bespoke buyer events. This dedicated match-making opportunity can only be pre-booked at www.foodmatterslive.com/match.

And innovators with great ideas for a new food or drinks business should not miss the Food Matters Live seminar sessions, which look at how to build a sustainable business model and secure investment. Speakers include industry insiders such as Chris Fung, (former CEO, Crussh Fit Food) and Eoin Marshall, (London region manager, Technation). 

With inspirational case studies and talks by Victoria Prince, the founder of Energy Ball Recipes, and Suze and Jimmy Cregan, co-founders of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, visitors will discover how to take a new food and drink business from innovative disrupter to mainstream success.

Insightful seminars

As well as these inspiring business talks, the Food Matters Live 2019 seminar programme is an unparalleled educational opportunity for anyone interested in the food and drink industry. 

Over the two days, it offers thought-provoking sessions looking at food sustainability, packaging solutions, marketing, reducing obesity, nutrition for health, and mainstreaming sustainable diets.

Speakers include Vanessa Mayneris (senior consultant, Plan Strategic) who will be looking at how countries are developing and embracing the alternative protein movement and join Amirah Ashouri (associate director, Client Engagement, MMR Research) for an exploration into how eco-conscious food trends, like the flexitarian movement, are influencing consumers’ decision making and Jayne Brookman (head of Food, Knowledge Transfer Network) will be forecasting the emerging trends and technology shaping the industry.

Meanwhile, Dawn Carr (director of Vegan Corporate Projects, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) takes a look at how retailers are spearheading the development of plant-based and meat-free alternatives.

Emerging technologies to transform food safety, quality and traceability will also be put under the spotlight by Professor Richard Luxton (director, Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology, University of the West of England) and the emerging innovations offering an alternative to plastic packaging will be discussed by Ian Bates (co-founder, Reelbrands Ltd).  And join Martin Kersh (executive director, Foodservice Packaging Association) who will lead a discussion on how developments in packaging are helping to reduce kitchen waste.

And global food and drink brands will be on hand to explain how they are responding to emerging consumer trends in areas such as sustainability and plastic packaging reduction. Join Chris Daly (VP, Supply Chain Sustainability, PepsiCo ESSA), Helen Passard (head of insight, Lucozade Ribena Suntory) and Julian Hunt, (vice president – public affairs, Coca-Cola European Partners) as they discuss how big business is reacting to changing commercial pressures.

Food Matters Summit

Shaping the future of the food and drink industry on a world stage is the inaugural Food Matters Summit – the first high-level gathering of its kind in London.

Running in parallel with Food Matters Live 2019 the Summit brings together an international line-up of inspirational forward-thinkers and this ‘Davos of the food industry’ will lead the debate on crucial issues for the global food and drink sector.

From a session celebrating the top 30 disruptors rethinking the way we source food and drink, produce, package and distribute food through to the race to develop alternative proteins, the Food Matters Summit in ExCeL’s prestigious Platinum Suite offers delegates an unparalleled learning experience and new business opportunity. 

Through SummitConnect, delegates can make the most of this unique international networking opportunity and pre-book up to six one-to-one meetings with selected speakers.

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Director of Food Matters, comments, “Food Matters Summit will provide a forum for new ideas and big thinking and is relevant for anyone involved in shaping the strategic direction of the food industry. 

“The Summit offers delegates an opportunity to learn from industry leaders and disruptors, be inspired by futurologists and world-renowned academics and forge powerful cross-sector industry connections that will influence the future of the global food and drink industry.” 

Delegate passes for the Food Matters Summit, which also includes entry to Food Matters Live 2019, can be bought at www.foodmatterslive.com/summit

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