Main stage programme

The main stages at Food Matters Live will give you access to a wealth of knowledge across food innovation insights and trends, sustainable sourcing and positive nutrition. Discover influential speakers who will share thought-leadership, key insights and best practice through keynote talks, inspiring panel discussions and ground-breaking case studies. Explore the full programme below and select the sessions that are going to help you navigate towards your strategy goals.

Please note: Welcome refreshments, lunch and drinks will be provided at each day of the event.

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  • 5th November

  • 6th November


  • As lifespans increase, so does the percentage of our lives experts expect us to spend in poor health. But with this comes opportunities for innovation to support healthy ageing and extend healthspan via positive nutrition strategies. Bringing together a line-up of experts, this session will explore the evolving role of nutrition in supporting longevity and combating age-related decline. It will investigate the role of nutritional science and ingredients in maintaining cognitive function, heart health and bone density and trace enhancements in the taste, texture, and visual appeal of food and drink for the elderly.
    Positive Nutrition

  • Amid the growing importance of ethical sourcing and a flood of ESG regulations, the food and drink industry is tasked with building resilience along the supply chain and ensuring transparency, fairness, and sustainability at every level. In this forward-looking panel discussion, an expert line-up of speakers will give an update on the regulatory landscape, its impact on sourcing practices, and the challenges and opportunities these present in Europe and beyond.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • Forecast to be worth $15 -$25bn within the next five years, the personalised nutrition industry is a dynamic sector moving at pace. During this session, expert speakers will explore some of the latest advances in precision nutrition influencing the development of novel ingredients and foods with targeted health benefits. Panellists will discuss the importance of behaviour change alongside nutrition science and technology when developing personalised nutrition solutions.
    Positive Nutrition

  • Nature-positive agricultural solutions are key for the future of Ireland’s agri-food industry and the global food system more widely. Despite its promise, however, adoption has been slow due to numerous cultural, economic, and technical barriers. This session will bring together those pioneering in this space to explore the principles of regenerative agriculture and how we can accelerate its adoption in Ireland and beyond. Panellists will address how to effectively measure the benefits of sustainable agricultural solutions and what support is needed to scale up the movement.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • These roundtable discussions explore the latest scientific developments on functional ingredients and nutraceuticals which are driving NPD to meet the ever-changing demands of the health and wellbeing category. Themes include gut health, reproduction and women’s health, cognitive health, sports and active nutrition, weight management, ultra-processed foods, reformulation and nutrition and health claims.
    Positive Nutrition

  • These roundtable discussions offer practical, solution-led information combined with the opportunity to find tailored advice to help you strengthen your sustainable sourcing strategies in practice. By bringing together experts from across the food industry, you gain expert advice, share challenges, build business connections and stay up to date with the business of sustainable ingredient sourcing. Themes include ingredient innovation, leveraging tech to improve traceability and transparency, responsible sourcing in practice, regulation and compliance, the role of science-based targets in managing emissions, working collaboratively in regenerative agriculture.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • These roundtable discussions offer practical, solution-led information combined with the opportunity to find tailored advice to help you strengthen your sustainable sourcing strategies in practice. By bringing together experts from across the food industry, you gain expert advice, share challenges, build business connections and stay up to date with the business of sustainable ingredient sourcing. Themes include ingredient innovation, leveraging tech to improve traceability and transparency, responsible sourcing in practice, regulation and compliance, the role of science-based targets in managing emissions, working collaboratively in regenerative agriculture.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • These roundtable discussions explore the latest scientific developments on functional ingredients and nutraceuticals which are driving NPD to meet the ever-changing demands of the health and wellbeing category. Themes include gut health, reproduction and women’s health, cognitive health, sports and active nutrition, weight management, ultra-processed foods, reformulation and nutrition and health claims.
    Positive Nutrition

  • This session will bring together leading experts to examine new science exploring the impact of nutrition on the prevention and management of immune-related disorders such as allergies, recurrent infections and autoimmune diseases. It will examine what the food and drink industry is doing to meet the consumer demand for innovative, healthy and natural food and beverages with immune health benefits.
    Positive Nutrition

  • Growing consumer and regulatory pressure has driven the industry to reform sourcing practices at pace – but are we moving quickly enough, and what solutions are there to help with the transition? This session will explore the latest ground-breaking technological innovations and advancements in food processing which will play an important role in improving the sustainability of the food production system. Our experts will identify new opportunities and production processes enabling the industry to enhance the technical aspects of ingredients whilst minimising processing and emissions.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • The sports and active nutrition market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2024 to 2030, with consumer interest in healthy lifestyles growing. This session will explore the rapid evolution of the sports nutrition market, focusing on new ingredients, scientific insights, and emerging trends in this dynamic space. Panellists will explore the science at the intersection of sports and personalised nutrition, strategies to manage the impact of high-protein diets on athletes and how to optimise nutrition for women's performance across different life stages and hormone cycles.
    Positive Nutrition

  • During this session, speakers will share their approach, learnings and insight in implementing science-based emission reduction targets. They will discuss what data and information need to be collated through to the challenges of translating global targets into a roadmap that can be adapted locally.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • Consumer awareness of the influence of the gut microbiome on health outcomes is well established, but the science is much more complex than commonly understood. This session will equip you with the very latest findings which are shaping our understanding of this dynamic and nuanced market and emerging findings in this nascent field. Topics up for discussion will include the importance of specificity in probiotics and the role of the gut microbiome in fertility and menopause.
    Positive Nutrition

  • This session will highlight the critical role of ingredient innovation as food companies transition towards a more circular, less wasteful model. It will cover how to accelerate ingredient innovation and disruption for the benefit of the food system, explore novel production methods driving opportunities for technical and functional ingredients, and discuss emerging sustainable ingredients shaping the future of food. The panel will also assess whether these new ingredients meet the demands for improved flavours, textures, and greater nutritional value.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • From stress to sleep, cognitive health encompasses a wide range of elements, all of which can be influenced by nutrition. Bringing together experts from across nutritional science, dietetics and product development, this session will review the most promising ingredients derived from natural and sustainable sources to support and protect cognitive health throughout different life stages.
    Positive Nutrition

  • Consumers care about the planet and are increasingly aware of the environmental and social impacts of the products they buy. Drawing on insights and strategies from a line-up of sustainable pioneers, this session will explore what consumers value most when it comes to sustainability and how to effectively communicate your ESG achievements to nurture consumer trust.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • These roundtable discussions explore the latest scientific developments on functional ingredients and nutraceuticals which are driving NPD to meet the ever-changing demands of the health and wellbeing category. Themes include gut health, reproduction and women’s health, cognitive health, sports and active nutrition, weight management, ultra-processed foods, reformulation and nutrition and health claims.
    Positive Nutrition

  • These roundtable discussions offer practical, solution-led information combined with the opportunity to find tailored advice to help you strengthen your sustainable sourcing strategies in practice. By bringing together experts from across the food industry, you gain expert advice, share challenges, build business connections and stay up to date with the business of sustainable ingredient sourcing. Themes include ingredient innovation, leveraging tech to improve traceability and transparency, responsible sourcing in practice, regulation and compliance, the role of science-based targets in managing emissions, working collaboratively in regenerative agriculture.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • These roundtable discussions explore the latest scientific developments on functional ingredients and nutraceuticals which are driving NPD to meet the ever-changing demands of the health and wellbeing category. Themes include gut health, reproduction and women’s health, cognitive health, sports and active nutrition, weight management, ultra-processed foods, reformulation and nutrition and health claims.
    Positive Nutrition

  • These roundtable discussions offer practical, solution-led information combined with the opportunity to find tailored advice to help you strengthen your sustainable sourcing strategies in practice. By bringing together experts from across the food industry, you gain expert advice, share challenges, build business connections and stay up to date with the business of sustainable ingredient sourcing. Themes include ingredient innovation, leveraging tech to improve traceability and transparency, responsible sourcing in practice, regulation and compliance, the role of science-based targets in managing emissions, working collaboratively in regenerative agriculture.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • - What qualities do food formulators looking for when sourcing sustainable ingredients? - What are the key prioriJes and factors they take into account when sourcing ingredients? - Exploring the significance of sustainable ingredients in shaping product design - What will the consumer accept? - Balancing the carbon footprint of production and the nutritional value of plant-based products
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • This session will survey the myriad opportunities for upcycling and side-stream valorisation and the novel technologies driving innovation in this space. Panellists will discuss consumer attitudes towards upcycling, its potential in tackling food waste and the role of AI in enhancing food upcycling processes and navigating the regulatory and logistical challenges of using upcycled ingredients.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • Food companies are leveraging a range of new technologies and approaches to address scope 3 emissions along the supply chain. This expert panel session will home in on the importance of collaboration, open communication, and information sharing with farmers, producers, and suppliers to understand and reduce emissions. Featuring a line-up of thought and practice leaders, it will explore innovative strategies to scale up investment in scope 3 value chain decarbonisation and demonstrate emission reductions at the farm level.
    Sustainable Sourcing

  • As vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets continue to grow in popularity, this expert panel session will delve into the role of ingredient innovation in encouraging a transition to plant-forward eating patterns. Panellists will explore how healthy, sustainable diets contribute to delivering climate and nature goals, discussing the future of alternative proteins and initiatives to encourage climatarian eating habits.
    Positive Nutrition

  • Front-of-pack nutrition labelling has significantly evolved, adapting to changing consumer demands, technological advancements and regulatory changes. This panel will review the Nutri-Score and other alternative nutrition labelling systems designed to help consumers make healthier food choices and evaluate the case for a unified nutrition labelling approach across Europe.
    Positive Nutrition


Explore our other programmes

Food Matters Live will additionally host exclusive ingredient innovation showcases, delivered by our partner for NPD and technical managers to discover the application, taste, texture, and mouthfeel of innovative solutions. Plus all attendees can access roundtable sessions to discuss pressing issues in ingredient innovation, regenerative agriculture, navigating regulations and more, and discover solutions with an intimate group of industry leaders.