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On each episode of Table Talk we dive deeper into the unanswered questions shaping the food and drink landscape. Expect to hear from industry leaders, influencers and innovators on the ground driving the change each and every day.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by tagging us @foodmatterslive or keep up to date with Table Talk on foodmatters.co.uk (https://www.foodmatters.co.uk/) .

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On each episode of Table Talk we dive deeper into the unanswered questions shaping the food and drink landscape. Expect to hear from industry leaders, influencers and innovators on the ground driving the change each and every day.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by tagging us @foodmatterslive or keep up to date with Table Talk on foodmatters.co.uk (https://www.foodmatters.co.uk/) .

    Is there a future for meat?

    Is there a future for meat?

    There’s no arguing that more consumers are choosing to vary their diets with plant-based foods and drink, but what does this mean for the future of meat? Is a blanket ‘no meat’ future the best for sustainability? Or does that blanket approach show a lack of understanding for agriculture? On this Table Talk Podcast, recorded back in March 2020 as COVID-19 lockdowns were just taking shape in the UK, our panel argues that perhaps we should change the conversation around meat and future diets.

    Joining us are Patrick Holden, Founder & Chief Executive, Sustainable Food Trust, Shefali Sharma, Director, IATP Europe, Ursula Arens, Author, One Blue Dot and Jimmy Woodrow from the Pasture Fed Livestock Association. Find out how they see the future of meat taking shape, in an increasingly plant-based world.

    About our panel

    Patrick Holden, Founder & Chief Executive, Sustainable Food Trust

    Patrick Holden is founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust (https://sustainablefoodtrust.org/) , an organisation working internationally to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable food systems. Between 1995 and 2010 he was director of the Soil Association, during which time he pioneered the development of UK and international organic standards, policy incentives for organic production and the organic market.

    His policy advocacy is underpinned by his practical experience in agriculture on his 100 hectare holding, now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, where he produces a raw milk cheddar style cheese from his 80 native Ayrshire cows.
    Patrick is a frequent broadcaster and speaker, was awarded the CBE for services to organic farming in 2005 and an Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.

    Shefali Sharma, Director, IATP Europe

    Shefali Sharma is the director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP (https://www.iatp.org/) ) European office. From the global production of feed grains to meat processing and retail, her current work and publications focus on the economic, social and environmental impacts of the global meat and dairy industries. She continues to examine how international trade rules and global governance on food security and climate intersect with the sector. Shefali established IATP’s Geneva office in 2000 and led its Trade Information Project for several years. She has worked with and consulted for several other civil society organisations, such as the Malaysia-based Third World Network, as the South Asia coordinator of the Bank Information Center, based in Delhi, and ActionAid International. She has a MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Sussex and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the College of William and Mary.

    Ursula Arens, Author, One Blue Dot

    Ursula Arens is currently a freelance nutrition consultant writer. She is a monthly columnist with Network Health Digest magazine (www.nhdmag.com), which is read by 6000+ dietitians in the UK. She has a degree in Dietetics and has spent most of her career working in the food industry: with a retailer, with a pharmaceutical company and at the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). She is a member of the Nutrition Society, the British Dietetic Association, and the Guild of Health Writers.

    She is very interested in the environmentally sustainable diet: what it is, and what it is not. She is part of the expert group behind the report, One Blue Dot (https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/one-blue-dot.html) , produced by the British Dietetic Association.

    Jimmy Woodrow, Pasture Fed Livestock Association

    Jimmy is primarily responsible for growing the market for Pasture for Life (https://www.pastureforlife.org/) products through building public awareness of the PFLA’s activities and developing pasture-fed supply chains. In addition, he is leading on the PFLA’s upcoming ten-year strategy.

    Jimmy started his career in corporate

    • 44 min
    Tim Spector: "Almost everything we've been told about nutrition is wrong"

    Tim Spector: "Almost everything we've been told about nutrition is wrong"

    The research that Professor Tim Spector has been involved in has been ground-breaking in revealing our highly individualised responses to food. In his latest book, Spoon-fed, he details how almost everything we've been told about nutrition is wrong.

    Join us for a fascinating conversation with Tim about his book, and find out why he thinks that we need to have honest discussions about food, how to challenge outdated thinking about nutrition, and how the industry has to play a leading role in improving health.

    About Tim Spector

    Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at Kings College, London and has recently been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He trained originally in rheumatology and epidemiology. In 1992 he moved into genetic epidemiology and founded the UK Twins Registry, of 13,000 twins, which is the richest collection of genotypic and phenotypic information worldwide. He is past President of the International Society of Twin Studies, directs the European Twin Registry Consortium (Discotwin) and collaborates with over 120 centres worldwide. He has demonstrated the genetic basis of a wide range of common complex traits, many previously thought to be mainly due to ageing and environment.

    Through genetic association studies (GWAS), his group have found over 500 novel gene loci in over 50 disease areas. He has published over 800 research articles and is ranked as being in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists by Thomson-Reuters. He held a prestigious European Research Council senior investigator award in epigenetics and is a NIHR Senior Investigator. His current work focuses on omics and the microbiome and directs the crowdfunded British Gut microbiome project. Together with an international team of leading scientists including researchers from King’s College London, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts University, Stanford University and nutritional science company ZOE he  is conducting the largest scientific nutrition research project, showing that individual responses to the same foods are unique, even between identical twins. You can find more on https://joinzoe.com/ He is a prolific writer with several popular science books and a regular blog, focusing on genetics, epigenetics and most recently microbiome and diet (The Diet Myth). He is in demand as a public speaker and features regularly in the media.

    • 30 min
    Careers in packaging: on the front line of the fight for a sustainable future

    Careers in packaging: on the front line of the fight for a sustainable future

    Sustainable packaging is no longer a nice-to-have, but a responsibility of all manufacturers and retailers to deliver on, as they face ever more scrutiny from consumers on their sustainability credentials.

    It’s never been a more exciting time for a career in the sector, we’ll take a look at what is influencing developments in packaging, and the challenges and rewards of working within sustainable packaging. How has the skillset changed in order to meet the demands of the more eco conscious consumer and improve the health of the planet? What next-gen materials and packaging alternatives are on the horizon? Where is the next generation of packaging technologists coming from and how can we ensure that they are armed with the right skills to evolve sustainable packaging to the next level?

    Joining our panel are two pioneers of sustainable packaging, Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder, Notpla and Kevin Vyse, Head of Technical, RAP UK.

    About our panel

    Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder, Notpla

    Pierre is a London-based Innovation Design Engineer. After graduating from the RCA, he cofounded three startups, Notpla, Skipping Rocks Lab (edible water bottle) and Gravity Sketch (3D design tool). When he’s not working on these innovative startups, you can find him building 3D printers, home made drones and mechanical-drawing robots. He has given a number of conferences about his projects including TEDx conferences and has written for Wired Magazine.

    Skipping Rocks Lab is a sustainable packaging startup based in London. We’ve created Ooho!, the edible water bottle. It’s a flexible sachet made of seaweed, entirely natural and biodegradable. Our goal is to create a waste-free alternative to small plastic bottles and cups. Oohos can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits and sauces. At the heart of our solution is a machine to locally produce Oohos in the range of 10-150mL per sachet. Akin to a barista coffee machine, the business model of Skipping Rocks Lab is to provide machine and materials for marathons, festivals and takeaway restaurants to produce and sell fresh Oohos on site.

    Kevin Vyse, Head of Technical, RAP UK

    Kevin’s career has spanned three decades in packaging design and development. He has worked for many of the best known brands in the UK and Europe as well as for manufacturers and retailers. He also wrote the Plastic Packaging Strategy for Plan A – an initiative by Marks & Spencer that called for plastic to become a circular industrial resource, rather than exportable waste or environmental pollution.

    • 35 min
    Celebrating women in agri-foodtech

    Celebrating women in agri-foodtech

    The agri-foodtech space is one of the most dynamic and exciting sectors in tech focused on helping to build a sustainable future for our planet. In this Table Talk Podcast we speak to two women who are working in agri-foodtech to share their personal experience. What inspired them to work in the sector, how did their career journey begin, what challenges they've faced and what is happening to increase diversity in agri-foodtech.

    Joining our panel are Claudia Roessler, Agriculture - Strategic Partnerships, Principle Program Manager Azure Global Engineering at Microsoft, and Mikayla Sullivan, Co-Founder, Get Kinosol. Find out about their story and how the work they are doing is helping to promote change.

    Claudia Roessler, Agriculture - Strategic Partnerships, Principle Program Manager Azure Global Engineering at Microsoft

    Claudia Roessler is Director Agriculture in Microsoft Azure Global Engineering. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships for Digital Innovation and Technology in the Agriculture and Food Industry. She helps organizations to achieve growth through digital solutions enabled by data & advanced analytics. Claudia Roessler joined Microsoft in 1992 in Munich, Germany. Her career is focused on Industry Solutions and Business Development. She assumed international roles in several disciplines including Business Development, Strategy & Operations, Sales & Marketing, and Engineering.

    In addition, Claudia Roessler is on the Board of Directors for Ag Growth International. She is Venture Partner for Radicle Growth. And, she supports “Women for Agriculture” as part of their Advisory Board for Women in Food and Agriculture.

    Mikayla Sullivan, Co-Founder, Get Kinosol

    Mikayla Sullivan is an entrepreneur on a global mission. After traveling to over 20 countries and witnessing similar problems with food insecurity, she co-founded KinoSol, a social good startup focused on decreasing food waste, via solar food dehydrators and educational programs. Over the past five years, Mikayla's grown KinoSol’s team and impact, while working to inspire other entrepreneurs to address global problems and assist them on their journey.

    • 33 min
    How will personalised nutrition become mainstream?

    How will personalised nutrition become mainstream?

    New research into gut health and nutrition has revealed that our response to food is very individual. Even identical twins have shown to have different metabolic reactions when consuming the same meals in research studies. As this awareness grows, and consumers become conscious of its impact, the demand for personalised nutrition is set to sky-rocket as people focus on their long term health and wellbeing.

    What are the scientific breakthroughs being made in the personalised nutrition space? How is data being used to give people a greater insight into their personal diet and health? How will technology advance in the future and what areas will see the most growth? Join our panel including TNO Healthy Living, Avansere, The Future Laboratory, The Naked Nutritionist, and Rabobank as the Table Talk Podcast looks at the exciting future for personalised nutrition.

    About our panel

    Nard Clabbers, Senior Business Developer, Personalised Nutrition & Health, TNO Healthy Living

    As a committed mountain bike racer, nutritionist, strategic thinker and a type 1 diabetic himself, Nard believes that measuring aspects of your health, knowing your behaviour and using that information for personalised advice will be the future of food and healthcare.

    For the Dutch knowledge institute TNO, he has set up a large international research consortium together with Wageningen Research that investigates the technical and social innovations that will enable personalised nutrition through consumer empowerment. This pre-competitive public private consortium is unique in combining different scientific expertise across the whole value chain of personalised nutrition and using real world field labs.

    Tom Savigar, Founder of Avansere AS & Co-owner, The Future Laboratory

    For two decades, Tom have been making a better future happen for the world’s best known corporations. However, more often than not, even the best foresight, strategies and innovations to deliver positive social and environmental impact lie on the shelf unused, or worse still on the workshop room floor. To tackle this, at the dawn of the 2020s, via Avansere Tom now focuses on what will really matter to all of us in the decades ahead — accelerating the transformation of industry systems that, if advanced, will ensure billions of people live well within planetary boundaries. Indeed, Avansere fullest expression and deepest satisfaction comes from foreseeing and solving complex future human and environmental need puzzles; and simplifying the transition through these puzzles so that everyone can move forwards and prosper.

    Daniel O’Shaughnessy, The Naked Nutritionist

    Daniel discovered nutrition through suffering from some personal nutritional issues, including acne and fatigue. Through genetic and functional testing, he was able to understand factors which helped alleviate his symptoms, giving him more energy, and a full understanding of how he was meant to function. He is a firm believer in personalised nutrition and wants you to understand your body holistically, transform your life, and feel great. His programmes have worked for thousands of people internationally who have benefited from weight loss, better skin, more energy, and less stress. Let him help transform you and get you to the place you want to be in your own skin. He has recently completed further training to become a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner which there are only about 30 practitioners in the UK. This is the Gold Standard in Functional Medicine training so his clients are assured he is working to the highest level possible.

    Cyrille Filott, Global Strategist Consumer Foods, Rabobank

    Cyrille Filott is global strategist for Consumer Foods, responsible for setting and executing the research agenda for the Consumer Foods franchise within Rabobank globally. This includes thematic and industry research as well as

    • 42 min
    What does the future of healthy beverages look like?

    What does the future of healthy beverages look like?

    Consumers are becoming more health conscious, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has only accelerated that trend. More than ever producers of drinks need to highlight the health benefits of the beverages they are producing in order to make an impact.

    But what health benefits are consumers looking for? What are the trends that manufacturers are seeing in the drinks market? What does the future of healthy beverages look like? In the latest Table Talk Podcast in partnership with Givaudan (https://bit.ly/3jCFK4B) we get their invaluable insight into the future of healthy beverages. Joining host Stefan Gates are Mieke Acda, Product Manager, Naturals & Nutrition, Marta Kusnierz, Category Manager, Sweet Goods & Dairy, and Carine Egoroff, Consumer Sensory Insights manager, Beverages EAME.

    About our panel

    Mieke Acda, Product manager natural and nutrition EAME

    Mieke Acda has more than a decade of experience in technical and marketing roles in the food and nutrition industry.

    Mieke joined Givaudan in 2018 and manages the Innovation Platform Naturals and Nutrition for Sweet Goods, Dairy and the Beverages segments in EAME. This platform is responsible for innovation in natural flavours and developing solutions for the nutrition industry.

    Mieke has a background as nutritionist and a degree in marketing.

    Marta Kusnierz, Category Manager Sweet Goods and Dairy, Europe, Africa, Middle East (EAME)

    Marta has more than 10 years of experience in sales and marketing in the food and home appliance industry.

    Marta joined Givaudan in June 2020 and manages the Sweet Goods and Dairy category in EAME. This wide category consists of segments like chocolate, bakery, gum and candies, as well as dairy and plant based dairy.

    Marta has a background in sales, marketing and category management and holds a degree in political science and communication.

    Carine Egoroff, Consumer Sensory Insight Manager for Beverages, Europe Africa, Middle East (EAME)

    Carine Egoroff has more than 20 years of experience in sensory and consumer science.

    Carine joined Givaudan in 2009 as Senior Sensory Project Manager for EAME. In 2011 she became the Sensory Group Leader for Snacks. In 2015, she became the Consumer Sensory Insight Manager for Beverages, supporting innovation in various applications in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Prior to joining Givaudan, Carine worked in the sensory research field for E&J Gallo winery in US, and PSA automotive company in France, exploring sound and tactile perceptions.

    Carine graduated from the University of Technology of Compiègne in France with an engineer degree in Biology.

    • 21 min

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Making Data Sexy

Great episode on product data with brilliant panel. Loved Dan Sands- “it’s all about trust”! So true! Would like to see him become a regular guest.

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