VIRTUAL EVENT, TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2020

Gen Z is a cohort more committed to sustainability than ever before. As consumers, they prioritise company values and sustainability credentials, aspiring to sustainable diets and making their purchasing decisions accordingly. This generates a huge amount of power and drive just waiting to be harnessed in the next generation of employees. In order to take advantage of this, industry must promote the opportunities and rewards of sustainable new product development (S-NPD) to this dynamic group as an important and exciting career path.

Food Matters Careers’ virtual event creates a unique opportunity to do just that, bringing together industry, academia and government from the UK and beyond to discuss the challenges faced and establish cross-sector, cross-border solutions. It also offers invaluable 1-2-1 virtual networking meetings, forging connections between industry, academia and potential new recruits, and inspiring case study-led sessions showcasing personal stories of individual careers in S-NPD.

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Session 1

09.00 - 10.00

Sustainable new product development: a wealth of opportunity
NPD is at the heart of what makes the food and drink industry an exciting place to be. As we shift to prioritising sustainable diets, NPD is crucial to adapting our food systems to make that a reality. But do new graduates who are passionate about environmental issues see the sector in that way? What are the barriers faced by NPD professionals when communicating why the sector is so rewarding and getting the right people into the right roles? What do the rewards of success in S-NPD really look like?

10.30 - 11.30

ECOTROPHELIA - The competition for budding food product developers

Ecotrophelia is the international dragons’ den style competition for the creation of eco-innovative food products. It is supported by high profile brands, retailers and manufacturers and other key players in the food sector. The competition is open to students from any discipline in teams of up to 10 from universities or other scientific/higher education establishments (including students on work placement).  In the UK it is organised jointly by the Institute of Food Science & Technology and Campden BRI.

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Session 2

12.00 - 13.00

Personality and profile: envisaging the next generation of sustainable product developers
Understanding the psychology of product development is crucial to attracting and retaining the right people into the sector. Beyond a commitment to creating sustainable food systems and healthier eating, how crucial are skills and attributes such as creativity and business acumen to new recruits aiming to flourish in this demanding and innovative environment?

13.15 - 14.30

Meet your future placements, work experience students and apprentices.
Make use of our unique networking platform connecting industry to future talent. Our budding candidates have a background and passion for the food industry and are eager to learn.

Session 3

14.00 - 15.00

Ensuring academic training is fit for purpose: from apprenticeships to university
With unemployment set to hit historic highs and impacting a whole generation of school and university leavers, there has never been a more important time to ensure that education is meeting the needs of industry. There are huge opportunities in the S-NPD sector that align with the values of young people but school and university careers services are often lacking the necessary information and understanding to effectively promote these opportunities. What needs to be done to square this circle? What possible routes exist directly from school to NPD roles? And how can relationships between industry and academia be strengthened?

Session 4

15.15 - 16.15

Changing perceptions of new product development
Lack of awareness and understanding of NPD as a tool to reflect consumer values belies the huge opportunities it offers. What global environmental issues can NPD contribute solutions to and what role does it play in building a sustainable food future? How is NPD disrupting the status quo to reflect a younger generation’s priorities and concerns? And how can businesses connect with potential new recruits to communicate the scope of NPD roles and how it can impact personal lives, society and food systems?

16.30 - 17.30

Meet your future placements, work experience students and apprentices.
Make use of our unique networking platform connecting industry to future talent. Our budding candidates have a background and passion for the food industry and are eager to learn.