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The future of eating out is on the menu at Food Matters Live 2019

There are just days to go before Food Matters Live 2019 opens its doors for the largest and most prestigious cross-sector food and drink event in the UK.

Now in its sixth year the exhibition, on 19 and 20 November at ExCeL London, has a unique focus on the fast-changing trends across sustainable healthy, better-for-you and clean label food and drink that consumers want to see reflected when they are eating out.

Over the two days, restaurants, café owners and foodservice businesses will have the opportunity to discover new innovative ingredients and products from around the worlds.

There will also be live demonstrations, and attractions focused on plant-based, free-from and allergies, an inspirational seminar programme, educational roundtables, and a glittering awards ceremony.

Plant-based boom

With the vegan revolution spreading more and more plant-based restaurants, pubs and cafes are flourishing in every part of the UK.

The new Future of Retail Trends live theatre turns the spotlight on the rise of veganism and what it means for the retail and foodservice sector. With sessions across the two days, panellists include Hannah McKay (head of food & beverage UK & I, Caffe Nero) and Victoria Robertson (senior innovation leader, KFC UK & Ireland).

With the vegan trend showing no signs of stopping Food Matters Live 2019 has also set up a series of select Roundtable business discussions. Here restauranteurs and food service providers can join sessions to establish what veganism might mean for their business.

If you are thinking of launching a new vegan restaurant or café or even just introducing a new vegan range, join the session hosted by Dr Carys Bennett, senior corporate liaison at PETA. Carys works with businesses to develop and promote successful vegan food products and offers practical expertise in developing menus, finding suppliers, exciting new brands, and marketing.

If you are considering vegan options for your restaurant join nutritionist, restaurant consultant and vegan chef Dominica Alicia Roszko as she hosts a practical roundtable session helping you to understand how to cater for different variations of plant-based meals including low-sugar, low-salt, high fat low carb, high carb low fat, Ayurvedic, raw vegan, macrobiotic diet, etc.

If you want to give your business a vegan boost but not sure about doing it full-time, join a workshop hosted by Zoe West, from Veganuary. She will be exploring the business advantages of being a part of Veganuary 2020, and how to get involved with new menus and vegan product launches.

Let’s talk about allergies

The UK free-from market has grown 133% from 2013 – 2018, and last year was estimated to be worth £837m. Despite such unprecedented growth, Julie Cleijne, founder and CEO of Sustainable Kitchen, will investigate at why this not reflected better in restaurant menus at a roundtable workshop.

An experienced consultant specialising in helping hospitality businesses diversify their menu, Julie will lead the session discussing why restaurants, hotels and cafes are not catering better for customers with dietary needs. She will investigate what are the barriers and consider if new allergen labelling regulations will drive more restaurants and cafes to provide better free-from menu choices.

The future of free-from foods is also on the menu in sessions running across two days on the Future of Retail Trends stage. Speakers including Rupi Zani (quality and safety director, Pizza Express), Elen Ormson (partner and health brand manager, Waitrose), Emma Amoscato (founder, Free From Farmhouse), and Esther Pearson (general manager, Clive’s Pies) will be detailing how they are responding to challenges, riding the trends, and dealing with demands of the free-from consumer.

And join us for a live podcast discussion on dining out with an allergy with the creators of the Allergy Today Podcast and special guests. Chair Quentin Howard, radio broadcaster and co-host of the Allergy Today Podcast, will ask what do the consumers want and how are the successful free-from eateries going beyond the status quo to provide it?

He’ll be joined at the Future of Retail Trends stage by panellists Alice Rose Fyles (health blogger and co-host, Allergy Today Podcast), Dominic Teague (executive Cchef, Indigo One Aldwych), Ruth Holroyd (founder of What Allergy and co-host, Allergy Today Podcast), Sue Garlick (head of technical services, Erudus) and Sarah Wren (founder, Oscar & Bentley’s Restaurant).

Future of eating out

The ambitious and inspirational Food Matters Live Seminar programme returns in 2019 with six inspirational streams and more than 250 speakers from across the food, drink, health, nutrition and business sectors.

Through panel debates and case studies, the sessions will take a fresh look at crucial issues for the restaurant industry.

Speakers including Chris Fung, Former CEO, Crussh Fit Food, Meeta Gournay, Founder and CEO, Three Spirit, Matthew Mullock, Client Director, CGA, will discuss the growth of the alcohol-free movement and its consequences for the restaurant industry.

And a fascinating session looking at consumers appetite for alternative proteins is chaired by Aisling Hayes of the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Joining her is Meg Ellis  (commercial director, Honest Burgers), Carl Clarke (founder, Chick’n) and Jo Tivers (Head of NPD, KFC).

Food Matters Live takes place at ExCeL London on 19 and 20 November 2019.

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