Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, world renowned scientist Professor Lord Robert Winston, Food and Farming Minister George Eustice, and our very own President Raymond Blanc. If that sounds like your all-time dinner party wish list, then it’s definitely time to book your spot at Food Matters Live, coming up in November at the Excel in London.
And that’s just a flavour of the amazingly eclectic, high profile speakers who’ll be appearing at the cross-sector event bringing together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice, government and those working in nutrition to inspire the sustainable food landscape for the future.
More than 15,000 visitors are expected and you can join them – with a VIP pass – which we’ve secured you as the SRA is now an official supporter of the event (read on for details). More than 400 speakers will be sharing their knowledge and views at 100 free conference and seminar sessions.
Wednesday 23 November will see a number of SRA Members sharing their wisdom on a diverse range of topics. Headlining the main conference stage at 2.15pm, Raymond is participating in a panel session: Putting sustainable diets at the top of the menu. BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme presenter Sarah Montague will be in the chair and Raymond will be sharing the platform with the aforementioned Lord Winston, Sue Garfitt of Alpro and Dr Vincent Gitz, Assistant Director of Food Policy in the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
They’ll be tackling the challenging question of establishing what it will take for society to change food consumption patterns to a more sustainable model.
Earlier that day you can pick learn from two of the SRA’s fastest growing Members, as they share some of the secrets of their success. First up, at 11am, Orla Delargy, Head of Comms at Leon will divulge how to: build a sustainability strategy that supports the planet, consumers and future business growth, as part of the Sustainable retailing in practice seminar stream, which also features contributions from Ocado and FareShare.
And then, just before Raymond’s session, Head of Supply Chain at Pizza Hut, Steve Packer, will be assessing what sustainability means in supply chains when he joins representatives from innocent drinks and the National Farmers’ Union, at 1.30pm.
Schools caterer The Brookwood Partnership will be showing how you can make teenage high street favourites healthy in the Catering for Health Theatre, showcasing ways in which it help pupils choose healthier options, at 2.30pm on Tuesday 22 November.
Finally, we will be taking Gallery Room 10 for the morning of 23 November for an invitation only event about water service and then an opportunity to meet our CEO Andrew Stephen and hear him set out the SRA’s exciting plans for 2017 and beyond.
And for those VIP tickets…all you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org