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Tastes of Better programme

Alongside your tasting sessions, the Insights programme is your opportunity to get ahead of the curve by tapping into leading-edge thinking and emerging trends in food and drink innovation. Explore the sessions below.

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Sessions include

Tuesday 21 May & Wednesday 22 May
09:00-09:45

Food trends 2030: the megatrends driving change and innovation across the food and drink sector

Bringing together expert speakers and industry professionals to explore how megatrends are driving change, innovation and development in the food and drink industry in 2025 and beyond. How will they impact consumer attitudes, tastes and buying decisions and how will this influence future food and drink innovation?

Tuesday 21 May Speakers include:
Hannah Cleland Analyst, GlobalData Plc
Jules Greene Qualitative Specialist, Good Sense Research
Gareth Hodgson Director, Mustard Research
Gail Stevenson Head of Product Insight, Tesco

Wednesday 22 May Speakers include:
Mike Faers Founder and Group CEO, F!S Group
Andy Hodgson Client Business Partner, CGA
Mike Hughes Head of Research and Insight, FMCG Gurus
Jason Winstanley Head of Insights and Research, Moy Park

insights panel

Tuesday 21 May & Wednesday 22 May
10:15-11:15

The drive for positive nutrition and innovative ingredients to support health and wellbeing 

With ever growing evidence linking nutrition to positive wellbeing and optimal functioning, this panel brings together leading academics and food industry experts to explore how the latest nutritional science, consumer trends and health-boosting ingredients are influencing future food and drink innovations to support gut and whole body health.

Tuesday 21 May Speakers include:
Louise Durrant Nutrition Communications Manager, Quorn Foods
Professor Weili Li Professor of Food Science and Technology, University of Chester
Lauren Woodley Group Nutrition Leader, Nomad Foods

Wednesday 22 May Speakers include:
Karine Dussimon Industry Manager, Food and Nutrition, Euromonitor
Dr Laura Wilkinson Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science, School of Psychology, Swansea University
Lauren Woodley Group Nutrition Leader, Nomad Foods

Insights

Tuesday 21 May & Wednesday 22 May
11:30-12:30

The emerging and future trends driving sustainable food and drink solutions

This forward-looking panel of experts will come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the food and drink industry. How is consumer engagement on sustainability shifting and how can food companies deliver social value and develop transparency in their supply chain?

Tuesday 21 May Speakers include:
Jack Bobo Director, Food Systems Institute, University of Nottingham

Wednesday 22 May Speakers include:
Andrew Wiseman Strategy Director, Mustard Research

Tuesday 21 May ONLY
14:00-15:00

Leveraging AI and new technologies to create the next generation of food

Bringing together industry experts to discuss how AI and emerging technologies are transforming the future of food. Topics to be explored include the potential for food companies to leverage AI and new technologies to accelerate product development and design more nutritious foods and ingredients and understanding the challenges associated with the application of AI in the food space.

Tuesday 21 May Speakers include:
Geraldine Gilbert Food & Sustainable Nutrition, Forum for the Future

Wednesday 22 May ONLY
14:00-15:00

Allergens update – Getting ahead of the latest research, rules and regulations

The expert panel will explore the latest research and regulations and share practical insights and best practice designed to protect consumers and support them to make safe, healthy and informed food choices.

Wednesday 22 May Speakers include:
Sterling Crew President, Institute for Science and Technology
Iain Ferris Lecturer Food Safety & Standards, University of Birmingham
Steve Hamon CEO, The Vegan Society
Jacqui McPeake Food Allergen Catering Specialist
Ben Rayner Food Hypersensitivity Team Leader, Food Standards Agency

insights

Tuesday 21 May & Wednesday 22 May
15:15-16:15

Culinary insights panel: Exploring the latest gastronomic trends and innovations

Driven by a commitment to enhance the culinary experience, push boundaries and create exceptional experiences, this panel will bring together leading executive chefs and culinary directors who are setting new standards in the industry and leading the way on culinary excellence, innovation and exploration.

Tuesday 21 May Speakers include:
Stu Henshall Director of Culinary Innovation, Quorn Foods
David Jones Co-Founder, Bingham & Jones
Shaun Moffat Executive Chef, Edinburgh Castle

Wednesday 22 May Speakers include:
Paul Lackie Head of Food, Leathams Ltd
Caroline Martins Chef and Founder (represented the North-West region on BBC’s Great British Menu in 2022 and 2023)

Your personalised itinerary

As a Tastes of Better VIP, you will be provided with a personalised itinerary consisting of a blend of technical tasting sessions and insights panel discussions. Our tasting programme and Insights programme run in parallel. We will tailor your itinerary depending on your job title and company so that you maximise your time and ensure you gain the most value from your participation at Tastes of Better.

To round off your day at Tastes of Better, you will be able to enjoy some networking drinks alongside the final panel, giving you a chance to catch up with the connections you’ve made at the event.

Be our guest

Interested in attending Tastes of Better? Head back to the event page and apply to attend.