Serving up the freshest food and drink at Food Matters Live

Food Matters

Food Matters Live is showcasing the best of food and drink craft at ExCel from 20-22 November.

With low-alcohol drinks, healthy snacks and gluten-free beers on the rise, how are health and wellbeing trends changing the way we drink and what should bars expect next?

Food Matters Live, which returns to London’s ExCeL from 20 to 22 November, will serve up unmissable insight into innovations in food and drink, for industry professionals seeking to get ahead of the curve.

From the popular culture trends and technological advances changing the way we eat and drink to the public health agenda, the big issues will be debated on the conference stage by leading figures from food and drink, politics, health and nutrition.

Among speakers, chef Tom Kerridge, whose pub, the Hand & Flowers, has won two Michelin stars, will talk about losing eleven stone and how the industry can help change dietary behaviour. Also this year, Nicky Martin, head of nutrition at Compass Group PLC, will join a panel debating how bars and restaurants can help people cut calories while eating out.

A packed seminar programme brings insight on the latest innovations and research from hundreds of food and drink sector experts, from retail trends and the future of the free-from market to sustainability and marketing.

Jonny Forsyth, global drinks analyst at Mintel, will look at how the alcohol industry can capitalise on the free-from revolution while other seminars include insight into the trend for gut-healthy drinks, the growth of the non-alcoholic drinks market and the social media skills needed to attract a new generation of customers.

2018’s Food Matters Live exhibition offers visitors a taste of the latest nutritious products, from alcohol-free craft lager FitBeer and Botonique’s sparkling Soft Drink for Wine Lovers to non-alcoholic lime, ginger and honey Slange Var and Churros Garcia’s vegan pre-cooked Churros Loops.

The showcase features 800 businesses arranged in zones reflecting growth areas, including healthy snacks and better-for-you drinks and the Start Up Zone, hosting the newest entrepreneurs.

Professionals from the bar sector who want to meet the innovators creating best-selling healthy drinks and snacks can use Match, a dedicated matchmaking service connecting buyers with producers and ingredient suppliers.

In addition to an extensive exhibition, Food Matters Live offers a multi-stream seminar programme and main stage conference, featuring hundreds of speakers covering wide-ranging topics – from the latest food and public health policies to the future for the free-from food and drink market, latest trends in sustainable retailing, packaging design and exemplar brand strategies.

Food Matters Live director Briony Mansell-Lewis says: “We’re delighted to welcome so many innovative food and drink brands to Food Matters Live, showcasing new products and concepts which respond to health and wellbeing trends.

“Buyers from bars and independent food retail outlets will find a host of new ideas to help them stay on trend and keep ahead of their competitors.”

Food Matters Live is free to attend. To find out more and to register, visit

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