Food & Drink Expo 2016 is now just weeks away and TV chef Phil Vickery is one of many high profile speakers from the industry who is confirmed to join a topical panel debate. The event will feature more than 250 speakers across over 100 sessions from 18 to 20 April at the NEC in Birmingham.
Vickery will contribute to The Great Health Debate on the opening day of the three-day show. With obesity a national issue, it is clear that change is needed and this session will debate what can be done as well as the challenges and opportunities of selling food in the era of healthy eating.
Vickery will join other experts, including Tim Rycroft, Corporate Affairs Director at the Food and Drink Federation; chef, author and food stylist Anna Jones; Graze nutritionist Jessica Scott; Bidvest Foodservice Head of Insight & Customer Experience Sarah Whiddett; and Karen Fewell, Founder of The Food Marketing School in the session from 1-1.40pm.
Other sessions at the show, which is aimed at buyers from the grocery, wholesale and foodservice sectors, will include Targeting Millennials and an Ageing Society; Finding Your Sweet Spot in the Sugar Debate; and a live Q&A with Genius gluten-free brand founder, Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne.
More than 1,200 exhibitors will showcase their latest innovations to thousands of expected visitors across four co-located events. Food & Drink Expo will run alongside three complementary shows – Foodex, Farm Shop & Deli Show and the National Convenience Show. The events will offer visitors the perfect opportunity to gain insights into the latest issues affecting all food sectors. With more than 100 sessions and 250 speakers across all shows, it has never been so imperative that food-related business owners or buyers plan their visit to the NEC this April.
As well as finding new products, buyers and representatives from the foodservice and grocery industries will have the chance to meet the people behind the companies. International companies are a particular focus at this year’s show, with businesses and organisations from a number of countries using the event to highlight produce from their nations enabling them to breakthrough to the UK market.
Dan Dixon, Food & Drink Expo Event Director, commented: “For two decades Food & Drink Expo has consistently provided THE vibrant platform to touch, taste and experience an exciting and eclectic mix of undiscovered brands and household names alike.
“With a host of well-known names who are experts in their fields, this is the must-attend event for food and drink professionals in 2016. This show promises to be the best yet and will provide visitors with a programme that identifies key trends that will drive the future of the UK food and drink market.”
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