With more than 15,000 visitors, exciting new challenger brands, the UK’s largest ingredient exhibition and a focus on the trends & markets driving innovation, Food Matters Live 2019 is not to be missed.

The two-day event on 19 and 20 November at ExCeL London is a hub of innovation with presentations from pioneering tech innovators and learning excellence through a world renowned educational programme.

Supported by TUCO, Food Matters Live 2019 also showcases the bang-on-trend healthy, better-for-you, natural and clean label food that millennial consumers are demanding.

Innovative ingredients

At the heart of Food Matters Live 2019 is the exciting exhibition of hundreds of innovative ingredient producers.

For buyers looking to find a particular ingredient, or make connections with ingredients companies, the exhibition showcases the latest innovative ingredients for food, drink, nutraceutical and functional product development.

Be the first to see the latest developments in the market, including plant-based products, sugar and calorie reduction solutions. Visitors can meet big brands and global distributors alongside exciting innovators and disruptor companies.

Future trends

Running alongside the main ingredient exhibition are new and exciting live theatre demonstrations and pavilions showcasing the latest trends, newest brands and innovative ideas.

New for 2019 is the ‘Future of Retail Trends’ live theatre where the latest market driven consumer trends will be examined by industry insiders.

FMLimageAllergies are one of the most important issues for food service providers and visitors are invited to join our panel for an in-depth discussion with the creators of the Allergy Today podcast Quentin Howard, Ruth Holroyd and Alice Rose Fyles. They will be joined by special guests Daniel Kelly (founder, May-Contain), Lindiwe Lewis (allergy educator and blogger, The Allergy Table), Nathalie Newman (founder and director, Intolerant Gourmand) and Callum Newman (allergy advocate and Nathalie’s son) to discuss how children and young people are successfully coping with allergies

Veganism and free-from are also hugely important trends for food service providers in higher education.  56 per cent of people between the ages of 16 and 29 have tried a vegan diet in the last year according a poll by Kellogg’s and younger people are leading a trend towards buying products without dairy and gluten in particular.

Panellists at a series of insightful discussions include Julia Catton (director of New Product Development, Kinnerton), Elen Ormson (partner & Health Brand Manager, Waitrose), Emma Adams (head of technical, Greggs), Dawn Carr, (director of vegan corporate projects, PETA) and Dorothy Shaver (global sustainability lead, Knorr and Registered Dietitian, Unilever). They will look at how retailers, manufactures and food service providers are responding to challenges, riding the trends, and dealing with demands of the free-from and vegan consumers.

Food Matters Live 2019 is also reflecting the consumer-driven trend for vegan food in the new ‘Plant-based Pavilion’. Here some of the most innovative and exciting plant-based food and drinks will be showcased. And discover cosmopolitan and exotic food and drink trends in the ‘Country Pavilions’, which brings together the best of cuisines, products and ingredients from around the world.

World-class education

Food Matters Live 2019 offers a world-renowned educational programme with six inspirational streams covering topics as diverse as plastic pollution to sustainability.

More than 250 speakers will be sharing innovative ideas, best practise, insight and approaches focusing on sustainability, health, nutrition, and future-focused strategies.

All sessions are CPD endorsed by the ‘BDA – The Association of UK Dietitians’ and there are seminars from how the ‘31-day Veganuary’ challenge is changing the future of food, how food service providers are meeting government targets to reduce sugar and calorie content to sessions tackling plastic pollution and mainstreaming sustainable diets in practice and discover what makes a diet sustainable? Experts say reducing meat intake is key, but how can quickly can plant-based diets and alternative proteins become mainstream? And, is the consumer ready to embrace a new way of consuming food?

Join speakers including Mark Driscoll (Tasting the Future) and Caroline Withers (Cubo Innovation) as they explore global food trends and how eco-conscious food trends, like the flexitarian movement, are influencing consumers’ decision making.

And an exciting area for food and drink professionals working in higher education is a series of sessions examining how healthy eating supports a healthy mind.

Academics and industry experts will examine the connection between the brain, gut and microbiome and how it applies to mental health. Expert speakers will also consider nutritional factors and their long-term effects on cognitive health and the evidence for the link between obesity and cognitive function and decline.

Join Alex Ruani (UCL doctoral researcher and chief science educator, The Health Sciences Academy) as he presents groundbreaking research offering new insight on the connection between diet and depression, anxiety and stress, memory and concentration.

And chaired by Dr Juliane Hellhammer (founder and CEO, Contract Research daacro & Saliva Lab Trier) will lead a seminar looking at dietary interventions and innovation for better mental health with speakers including Professor Claire M Williams (Professor of Neuroscience, University of Reading) and Dr Saskia van Hemert (senior scientist, Winclove).

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

Click here to see the Food Matters Live 2019 Event Preview.