Smart Food Matters spotlights sustainable food systems

Smart Food Matters is a new, high level gathering that will bring the global food and drink community to London on 1-2 April to address the key sustainability challenges facing the industry, and how technology and innovation can solve them.

A fantastic speaker line-up including Martin Chilcott, Chairman and CEO, Manufacture 2030 and founder and Chairman, 2degrees; Alex Smith, Founding Director, Alara Wholefoods; Stefano Agostini, CEO, Nestlé UK&I Ltd and Al Overton, Buying Director, Planet Organic will share the very latest thinking on important topics including future food systems, turning food waste to resource and eco-intelligent packaging innovations.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with the packaging and tech pioneers disrupting the future of sustainable food.

“Dealing with the challenges of climate change and growing populations whilst also improving sustainability is not something that can be done alone” says David Wilkinson, Head of Agricultural Procurement, PepsiCo.

“As an industry, we need to work together, and Smart Food Matters provides an amazing platform for businesses, NGOs and researchers to share their knowledge and best practice. I’m looking forward to applying everything I learn to the ongoing work we’re doing to improve sustainability across our food chains at PepsiCo.”

On the second day of the programme, Toine Timmermans, Foundation Director, Food Waste Free United and Programme Manager (Circular Economy in Food), Wageningen University and Research will take to the stage to share lessons from retailers across Europe , showcasing the critical role of tech in a retail environment, and how food waste up-cycling and repurposing fits in a circular economy.

One of the latest additions to the speaker line-up is Paul Hargreaves, Chief  Executive, Cotswold Fayre Ltd and B Corp Ambassador, who  will talk about their journey to net carbon zero, the transferable lessons they’ve learnt along the way, and why an emotional response is crucial for sustainable and lasting change.

Other speakers to join the international line-up include:

  • Simon Reid, Sustainability Manager, Innocent Drinks
  • Patricia Lopez, Senior Programme Manager, Environmental Sustainability, FoodDrinkEurope
  • Sumathi Manjunath, Director of Sustainability and Digital Infrastructure, Danone Specialized Nutrition
  • Dr Tina Barsby OBE, Director and CEO, National Institute of Agricultural Botany
  • Joan Marc Simon, Director, Zero Waste Europe
  • Lise Honsinger, CFO & Head of Commercial, Notpla
  • Franz Kraus, Public Affairs Director, TIPA Compostable Packaging
  • Petr Baca, Founder & CEO, MIWA
  • Markus Kainer, CEO, VPZ Verpackungszentrum GmbH

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Director of Food Matters, said “Never before has the issue of sustainability in business been more important which is why we are pleased to be hosting Smart Food Matters.

“Across the two days, delegates will be able to find new solutions-focused approaches, hear from those leading the way in sustainable business across the food and drink industry and discover the revolutionary technology innovations that will help us reach pressing sustainability goals.

“The programme offers great flexibility and insight as well as a unique networking opportunity where best practice, new ideas and solutions can be shared.”

Click here to book your place.