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The Peru Trade and Investment Office in the UK, in conjunction with Food Matters Live, presented this industry briefing focused on Peruvian cuisine, the increasing opportunities connected to superfoods and their link to health and nutrition.

The event featured a series of high level speakers providing manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies as well as professionals in nutrition and health with an insight into the latest developments connected to Peruvian food and drink. 

Wednesday 21st June, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Presentation Downloads:

Jaime Cárdenas Pérez, Director of the Peru Trade & Investment Office in the UK


Amanda Brown, Kantar WorldPanel

- Shopping Habits and Health in Scotland


Dr Laura Wyness, Freelance Registered Nutritionist

- Peruvian Superfoods in British Diets


Rachel Rowntree, Managing Director, Wide Eyed Owl


Robert Ortiz

Robert Ortiz started his career at the Costa Verde restaurant in Lima, the capital of Peru. During his first years in London he worked in Italian and Spanish restaurants after which he took up a role at the Landmark Hotel, where he worked with senior chefs Georg Heise, Glen Watson and Gary Klaner. His next move took him to the Four Seasons Canary Wharf, where he augmented his appreciation of European-Latin gastronomy. Having worked for several years in the UK, he moved back to Peru to extend his knowledge and technique on the new trends of the Peruvian cuisine. In 2012, Virgilio Martinez invited him to collaborate on his Lima Restaurant project in London.  A year later, Robert Ortiz received a well-known culinary recognition when Lima received a Michelin star award. In 2014, the group opened a new restaurant, Lima Floral, nominating Robert as Executive Chef of both branches. 

Jaime Cárdenas Pérez, Director of the Peru Trade & Investment Office in the UK

BA in Mechanical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, MSc in Engineering from Mississippi State University. In the public sector, he has been Deputy Director for Export Promotion as well as Deputy Director of Business Assistance Services of PROMPERU - Peru Export and Tourism Promotion Board,   Manager of Business Development from Prompex, and Director of the Trade Office of Peru in Taiwan. In the private sector, he has served as an Export Manager of the Textile Inca Group, International Business Manager of the “Sociedad Anònima Mercantil de Lima”, Export Manager of Industrias Electroquimicas and Peruvian Imports and Exports Consortium. In addition, he has worked as a Consultant for several institutions and companies on foreign trade and investment projects, as well as acting as the Regional Manager of Andean Biotrade project under UNEP and CAF. He has been a professor at PUCP, UPC, USM and other academic centres in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes teaching Sustainable Development, Biotrade, Marketing, Management and International business. Currently he serves as Director of the Peruvian Trade Office in the UK. 

Amanda Brown, Kantar WorldPanel
Amanda Brown joined Kantar Worldpanel in September 2015 as its Strategic Insight Director for Scotland and works alongside the Client Services and New Business teams looking after clients in Scotland as well as building awareness of Kantar Worldpanel and the capability and breadth and depth of our data and insight with the wider food and drink community north of the border.
With over 20 years experience in the Scottish food and drink industry Amanda has worked across a range of roles spanning beer and whisky, economic development and most recently as the Industry Development Director at Scotland Food & Drink, where she worked since the organisation’s creation in 2007.
Prior to Scotland Food & Drink, Amanda spent 9 years marketing and selling beer at Scottish & Newcastle (now Heineken UK) where she also lead the regional development work to drive market share in Scotland, worked in economic development at Scottish Enterprise, was a brand manager for Glen Moray Single Malt Whisky and Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine whilst at Glenmorangie as well as spending time running her own marketing business.

Rachel Rowntree, Managing Director, Wide Eyed Owl

Rachel has spent over 15 years working for large FMCG manufacturers covering sales and marketing roles across companies including Coca-Cola, Mars Confectionary and PepsiCo. She held senior roles which included multi million pound account management as well as designing & implementing sales and marketing strategies.

After leaving the corporate world nearly four years ago she set up her own business using the knowledge gained to help entrepreneurs build their brand within the UK. Working across all sectors including Grocery, Health Food and Pharmaceutical, Rachel guides brand owners through the process of getting their products listed and selling successfully within the highly competitive UK market.

Rachel currently specialises in superfoods, working with products coming out of countries like Peru, including Cacao, Maca and Lucuma. Working with Naturya to build these products and educate consumers of their amazing benefits.

Dr Laura Wyness, Freelance Registered Nutritionist

Laura is an experienced Registered Nutritionist and has recently established her own Nutrition Research and Communications consultancy. After gaining a distinction for her MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research she completed a PhD in Public Health Nutrition in 2006 from the University of Aberdeen. During her studies, she undertook an internship at the WHO in Copenhagen where she contributed to a report on the Challenges of Obesity in Europe. Laura has a strong background in reviewing scientific evidence and translating the findings into clear messages. She has worked on several systematic reviews for the Cochrane Collaboration and NICE.
Laura worked as a Senior Nutrition Scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation in London on a variety of nutrition research areas, including projects for Sainsbury’s, The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and The National Hydration Council. More recently, she was Senior Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation where she led on a variety of food innovation projects for Scottish food companies. These included research on Sea Buckthorn berries; Beremeal barley, venison and cold-pressed rapeseed oil.

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