Food Matters Live 2019 returns to ExCeL London for its sixth year. The event on 19-20 November will bring together professionals from foodservice, retail, manufacturing and the nutrition sectors to debate about the trends, challenges and opportunities in food and drink.
This two-day event attracts hundreds of entrepreneurs showcasing the latest healthy and sustainable products, and live attractions alongside an unrivalled educational programme and networking opportunities, which food and drink professionals cannot afford to miss at this year's event.
Food Matters Live's popular seminar programme hosts 250 food, health and nutrition experts sharing best practice, insight and the latest R&D.
Grouped into six streams, seminars will cover issues as diverse as the technologies set to revolutionise food production and, as Leeds becomes the first UK city to report a reduction in childhood obesity, the most effective approaches to change dietary behaviour.
And there is something for all tastes at the Food Matters Live 2019 exhibition, which includes the largest gathering of ingredients companies in the UK.
From insect-based protein snacks to natural sugar alternatives, hundreds of start-ups and food innovators will show off exciting healthy, sustainable, free-from, clean-label and functional products.
The most promising new start-ups, selected by a panel of influential buyers, will feature on the UK Future Brands pavilion, while the Plant-Based Pavilion will feature vegan products and International Pavilions host ingredients and finished products from around the world.
Live attractions include international chefs and nutritionists demonstrating the health benefits of food from different culinary cultures in the International Innovations demonstration theatre.
Another live theatre, Future of Retail Trends, offers buyer insights into modern shopping trends while Innovative Ingredients Live showcases the nutritional science behind emerging ingredients and nutraceuticals.
Food Matters Live is the only event bringing together manufacturers of healthy ingredients, nutraceuticals and finished products with leading buyers from across the UK - including manufacturers, private label producers, wholesalers and distributors.
Among networking opportunities on offer are educational roundtables aimed at giving international brands insight into the UK market, from packaging regulations to preparing for a post-Brexit world.
And Match, the Food Matters Live business match-making service, can help exhibitors and visitors find potential business partners among manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, retailers and business services.
Food Matters Live Director Briony Mansell-Lewis said: "A new generation of health-conscious consumers and disruptive start-ups are driving a revolution in food and drink.
"Food Matters Live serves up the most exciting food and drink innovators from the UK and around the world and the ingredients companies who can help them meet the demand for natural, clean-label, healthy, plant-based and sustainable products.
"Offering insight into fast-paced trends, exciting innovations in nutraceuticals, food tech, sustainable packaging and more, as well as unrivalled business opportunities, it is an essential date in the diary for food and drink professionals who want to keep ahead of the curve."
Food Matters Live takes place at ExCeL, London on 19 and 20 November 2019. Register online today.
Food Matters Summit
Running in parallel with Food Matters Live this year, in ExCeL's prestigious Platinum Suite, the new Food Matters Summit will bring together more than 100 top level international speakers to lead debate on the key issues for the global food and drink sector.
From a session celebrating the top 30 disruptors rethinking the way we source, produce, package and distribute food to the race to develop alternative proteins as more people reduce their meat intake, the Food Matters Summit offers delegates unique learning and networking opportunities.
Among speakers confirmed so far are: Matthieu Benkerant, Group Open Innovation Director at Carrefour, DEFRA's UK Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot and Heather Mills, founder of plant-based food company Vbites.
Food Matters Summit will take place at ExCeL, London on 19 and 20 November 2019. Register online today.