Table Talk celebrates reaching 100,000 listens

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Food Matters Live’s Table Talk podcast has marked over 100,000 listens this week.

Launched in March 2019 and hosted byBBC presenter Stefan Gates, Table Talk discusses the big issues in the world of food and drink with a range of leading experts including ingredient and industry professionals and pioneers, scientists and nutritionists who are all redefining how we think about food and drink.

Some of the guests that have been featured on Table Talk include Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy, Tim Spector, British epidemiologist and science writer, John Tetrick, CEO of the protein alternatives company Eat Just Inc., and Dr Sarah Berry, nutrition researcher at King’s College London.

Some of Table Talk’s most popular listens have also included episodes with food and drinks giants like Kelloggs, Danone, TetraPak and Givaudan, as well as other influential brands in the industry such as Accenture.

Since 2019, hundreds of insightful conversations have been shared with listeners on some of the biggest topics currently affecting the food and drinks industry. These include: the new HFSS regulations, sustainability, food and psychology, the low and no-alcohol drinks sector, plant-based innovation, and the future of protein.

Over the past three years, Table Talk has seen a wide range of listeners tune in from over 70 different countries including, New Zealand, USA, Australia, UAE, Canada, Japan, India and Brazil.

In December 2021, the podcast celebrated the release of its 200th edition with several ‘mini-episodes’, where the mic was handed over to a selection of previous guests to talk about ‘the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2021.’ Familiar faces in the series included Andrew Ive, founder of investment firm Big Idea Ventures, Derek Sarno, co-founder of vegan food company Wicked Healthy, Anna Taylor, Executive Director of the Food Foundation, and Ria Rehberg, CEO of Veganuary.

January 2022 saw the launch of a new Table Talk podcast series: Career Conversations. Hosted by chef and food writer Elisa Roche, the series explores careers in the food and drink industry, inviting successful professionals to share their stories and offer tips to those wanting to pursue a path in the sector. Rhiannon Lambert, Registered Nutritionist and founder of Harley Street clinic Rhitrition, Graeme Tomlinson, creator of The Fitness Chef, and Lauren Mote, an expert Drinks Consultant and founder of Canadian cocktail bitters brand Bittered Sling have all been guests on Career Conversations.

With over 100,000 to date, Table Talk will continue to bring its listeners the experts, pioneers, and disruptors in the world of food, exploring and discussing all the topics that matter with those in the know.

Revisit some of the most popular episodes of Table Talk

1. Tim Spector explores connections gut health, nutrition and health

The first in a series on gut health, hear from one of the most exciting people working in this field, Tim Spector. Tim discusses what the microbiome is, what we can do to improve our gut health, what potential benefits we could see from improving it, and what exciting research is taking place from Tim Spector that suggests good gut health is a way to prevent disease.

2. Is it time to ditch the idea of the ‘one size fits all’ diet?

In this Table Talk Podcast episode we explore why a one size fits all approach to diets doesn’t work, and what the latest scientific research tells us about our nutrition, the impact of our gut microbiome, and what this means for a more personalised approach to diet and nutrition.

To explain the significance of the research and its findings w.e’re joined by Dr. Sarah Berry, Senior Lecturer from Kings College London and one of the leads on the PREDICT 2 study.

3. Exploring the link between gut health and the brain

The second in our Gut Health Series looks at the mystery and science of the gut health: brain axis. In this episode, Dr. Megan Rossi (The Gut Health Doctor), a leading researcher in gastrointestinal health and author of Eat Yourself Healthy, joins us to talk about the intrinsic link between gut health and the brain.

4. Tim Spector: “Almost everything we’ve been told about nutrition is wrong”

Join us for a fascinating conversation with Tim about his book, and find out why he thinks that we need to have honest discussions about food, how to challenge outdated thinking about nutrition, and how the industry has to play a leading role in improving health. See the full transcript here

5. What’s next after pasta? A look at consumer trends in the new normal

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed consumer perception of the food industry and supply chains, with workers in the industry being recognised for their resilience and being key to our health and wellbeing.

On this episode of the Table Talk Podcast, this time in partnership with Givaudan, we find out the answers from the experts who give their unique insight into how this pandemic will affect short-term and long-term consumer trends.

We have more than 220 episodes in the Table Talk archive, explore them all here.

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