How can the hospitality and tourism industry meet the nutritional needs of the nation?


Serving up a treat: how can the hospitality and tourism industry meet the nutritional needs of the nation? Find out at Food Matters Live – a free-to-attend event in London this November.

How can we overcome obesity? Can restaurants meet demand for free-from food - and benefit from the rise in health conscious consumers? What can the foodservice industry do to reduce waste?

These questions and many more will be tackled at Food Matters Live – the biggest ever cross-sector event to address one of the most important issues of our time: the relationship between food, health and nutrition.

Taking place at London’s ExCeL centre on November 17-19, the event is free to attend and is expected to attract more than 12,000 professionals from the worlds of hospitality, tourism, food retail, manufacturing and government.

Visitors will be offered a host of opportunities to network with colleagues while gaining a deeper understanding of the benefits developments in diet, nutrition and research can bring to human health and business.

Eden Project creator Sir Tim Smit, Leon Restaurants’ co-founder Henry Dimbleby, award-winning broadcaster, writer and psychology lecturer Claudia Hammond, the British Hospitality Association’s Ufi Ibrahim and Ian Wright from the Food and Drink Federation head a stellar line-up of speakers taking part in the Food Matters Live education programme.

They join government ministers, business leaders, scientists, academics, healthcare professionals and chefs in a series of in depth debates, chaired by BBC presenters Jonathan Dimbleby, Anita Anand and Justin Webb.


17 lively conference debates

The latest drivers and R&D shaping the future of food, health and nutrition will be at the heart of the Food Matters Live conference. Themes include: catering for healthy communities; meeting and sustaining healthier food choices; food intolerances and sustainable diets; childhood obesity, and tackling malnutrition.

Some of the industry figures debating these issues include: Public Health England’s Dr Louis Levy; Mike Iddon, Former Group Healthcare Director at Compass Group PLC; Sir David Amess MP, Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Adult and Childhood Obesity; Dr Helen Walters, Greater London Authority’s Head of Health; Professor Tom Sanders, Trustee of the British Nutrition Foundation; Innocent Drinks’ Tim Clarke; Ella Woodward, food blogger at Deliciously Ella, and Valentine Warner, chef and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme.

And to add a dash of humour and controversy, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner will examine the British love affair with bad restaurant reviews in his show ‘My Dining Hell.’


80 topical seminars…

The Food Matters live seminar programme offers visitors an unrivalled opportunity to gain practical advice from more than 300 expert speakers.

Of particular interest to the hospitality sector will be seminars focusing on delivering free-from foods in the eating out sector; catering for nutrition and health in different settings – from the workplace to hospitals; sustainable food business, and marketing ‘better for you’ in practice.

Among speakers discussing these topics will be: Sarah Sleet, CEO Coeliac UK; Chris Bridge, Head Chef, Summergrove Halls; David Harwood, Catering Manager, Pembroke College, Cambridge; Matt Potts, Head Chef, More House School and Holroyd Howe, caterers to independent schools and colleges; Nicky Martin, Head of Nutrition, Compass Group PLC; Juliette Kellow, Consultant Dietitian at Subway; Vegware’s Lucy Frankel, and Kevin Vyse, Marks & Spencer’s Primary Foods Packaging Technologist & Packaging Innovation Lead.


400 exhibitors…

Top names taking part in this year’s Food Matters Live exhibition include: natural ingredients suppliers Dohler and GNT Group, together with foodservice providers apetito, Sodexo and Premier Foodservice. They will be joined by start-ups in this year’s Enterprise Zone showcasing innovative healthy food and drink alongside bigger manufacturers like The Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition/ General Mills, Nestle Cereals and Yakult.

Food Matters Live also plays host to a number of themed attractions, such as the Innovative Ingredients theatre and Catering for Health, both of which offer cooking demonstrations showcasing how caterers and chefs can provide nutritious, healthier choices.

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Director, Food Matters Live, said: “Over three days, Food Matters Live provides a unique opportunity to forge industry relationships with some of the most influential people in food, health and nutrition - and experience first hand the latest innovation shaping the future of food and drink.”

Food Matters Live is free to attend, including entry to the conference, seminars and all visitor attractions. Simply register at

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