This full day session has been designed to showcase innovations from TUCO suppliers across plant based products. This will include cooking demonstrations with ideas for innovation with tastes, textures and flavours to prepare you for Veganuary menus.


Who is this for?

TUCO members who are interested in a variety of creative enterprises and plant based resources from our suppliers.

Why should I take part?

This day intends to showcase interesting or new products and processes from across the catering and retail industry with the intention you'll be able to incorporate products in time for Veganuary 2022.

How will it help me?

During this online Innovation Forum, you will…

  • View new plant based products
  • Understand how to be creative with ingredients to make plant based menus taste great
  • Be able to ask suppliers and subject matter experts questions prior to and on the day at the event 
  • Receive samples from some of the suppliers to try at the same time as the webinar

This is an online session with a limited number of places available. The final agenda is still being confirmed but we have had so much that suppliers would like to show, it will be taking place between 9am and 5pm on the 11th of November. Registration is essential and now open, you will receive calendar invites to all the presentations nearer the date. (IF you would like to have samples you must sign up with your address details before the 1st of November!)

Don’t worry about missing anything though – sessions will be recorded and you’ll be able to visit them after they’ve finished, in the previous events section, here in the Academy Events page and in the videos section of TUCO Ltd's Facebook page

0900-1030 HSI /Forward Food with Jenny Chandler cookalong. The Forward Food team will be sharing the free practical support they offer to help you put more delicious plant based options on plates. A look at the phenomenon that is Veganuary, consumer dining trends,  what’s happening on the high street and some tried and tested approaches to making plant based meals a hit, all year round. Chef and Author Jenny Chandler will be creating a delicious plant based dish, which you can cook along with to learn some quick and tasty tricks in the kitchen. (Ingredients etc TBC)

1030-1100 Visionary Group

1100-1200 Vegetarian Express As a plant based specialist we are very proud of our innovation and seek to have first to foodservice products that will enhance any plant based offering already on campus. We are delighted to be showcasing some of our new products and a selection of dishes from our new concepts “Pianta” and “Akeno”. First off our chef Dan will talk about a fantastic product called zero egg which does everything a dairy egg would do, samples are also available in advance if you would like to follow chef live. From our Italian plant based concept Pianta we will show you how quick and easy it is to create some really beautiful dishes using our new shrimpz to create a healthy low GI and gluten free linguine followed by in season butternut squash and truffle bruschetta. Then from our Asian concept Akeno a fantastic recipe using MOCK chicken poppers to create a  Kung pao MOCK chicken. Finally using the zero egg a stunning breakfast/brunch recipe a plant based version of egg & salmon. All recipes are available on our website

1300-1330 Zest

1330-1400 Devil's Kitchen

1400-1430 Cognosco: Moving Mountains brand was launched in 2018. We claim to be  the first brand on the market to use the term Plant Based as a marketing & category term for featuring on menu’s. The growing range is targeted at the growing trend for flexitarians - That’s a consumer who want the eating sensation & aesthetics of eating a conventional burger/fish finger/ meatball etc -  BUT have the knowledge and assurance that its vegetarian/vegan & can be enjoyed without a compromise on taste - so  that it smells, looks and tastes good when its presented on a plate as part of a meal ! Glebe Farm - Are Europe’s leading processor of Gluten Free Oats - With investment in their new oat processing plant in Cambridgeshire plus a partnership with Italian International Foods ( who are producers of 3 other plant based Non Dairy Drinks - Glebe Farm & International Foods have created Beverage Kings as the business Partnership name). Our range is marketed as Glebe Farm & we are the only Non Dairy Drinks processor who do not manufacture from a concentrate that’s why we have Purity as a Sub Brand heading - Our drinks range is pure taste and flavour ( Similar to Fruit Juices where the quality brands are sold as “Not From Concentrate”)

1430-1500 Rubies

1500-1530 Eat Love Raw Loveraw® is a vegan chocolate BRAND who make vegan chocolate that tastes like chocolate chocolate.  They are excited to be presenting an overview of their brand and award winning Vegan Choc range  to TUCO - samples will be sent to TUCO members in advance of the Innovation Day.  LoveRaw will also present a summary of the rapidly growing Plant Based market, which as a result of the exponential growth of veganism and flexitarianism in the UK, is forecast to experience rapid growth rising by £558 million by the end of 2021, with vegan chocolate set to have high market share within this.  In the last 40 weeks, the vegan impulse chocolate category has grown by £2m RSV, and LoveRaw are proud to be the fastest growing Vegan Choc Bar Brand within this category, growing at over 250%!

1530-1600 Unilever / Vegetarian Butcher

1600-1630 Delice De France will be showcasing some of their most popular vegan products that would complement your VEGANRUREADY campaign. Delice De France the Frozen bakery specialist !

1630-1700 LWC will be completing a cocktail making session to round the day off!



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