21 Nov 2019

Food Matters Live 2019 saw a record number of ingredients companies, a record number of buyers making new connections, brand new plant-based pavilion, the buzzing UK Future Brands, and a focus on retail trends that will drive the future.

This years event brought together a record number of ingredients companies, the largest gathering of its kind in the UK. Similarly, the Match 1-2-1 meeting lounge saw a record number of buyers searching for that special new ingredient or finished product to help propel their business with hundreds of meetings taking place on each day.

With the vegan movement growing exponentially in the last year, the brand new Plant Based Pavilion brought together the most dynamic names creating plant-based food & drink for a growing consumer demand.

With a focus on the future, the UK Future Brands pavilion was a chance for buzzing start-ups to demonstrate how they will change the way we eat in the future. The voting forms have been flooding in, and we'll announce the in a future edition of Table Talk who the most popular UK Future Brand was.

The Future of Retail Trends theatre was standing room only and provided key industry leaders with a platform to share their insight into the trends that will shape the future of the food and drink industry around the world. This valuable insight proved to be immensely popular, with spotlights on gut health, freefrom foods, and of course plant-based eating providing a big attraction to attendees.

It was standing room only too in the unrivalled Food Matters Live seminars where over 250 speakers took to the floor to share practical insights and best practice.

Last but certainly not least, the Roundtables offered an opportunity for food and drink producers from around the world with a unique insight into how to succeed in the UK market.

Food Matters Live returns in 2020 with a curated exhibition, more thought provoking content, another focused buyer programme, two Future Brands competitions, a fringe programme, and an unrivalled social programme all within an event like no other.