Innovation and sustainability to be hot topics at European gathering of industry players

More than 120 senior international experts from the food and beverage industry are expected at the annual Healthy Foods European Summit to be held in central London this month. The event has become known as a leading platform for debate and networking, offering high-quality speakers and cutting-edge content.

The conference will cover industry and market trends, and a session on regulation and labelling will offer much-needed practical advice and consumer views. Seminars on sustainability, organics and green issues are sure to generate heated debate. To round off the day, there will be a major session devoted to marketing and advertising to children, followed by an evening reception.

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Day two kicks off with the latest European regional initiatives, and insights into what types of products are seeing the most investment. This will be followed by a look at future trends — from consumer influence, through science, to finished product — and the latest on such topical issues as mood foods and allergens. The day will finish with insights into future hot innovations and technologies.

Academic and EU trade institutions speakers include:
Imperial College, GOED, O&F Consulting, Advertising Association, Ocean Spray, Food Standards Agency, Food & Drink Federation, HortResearch, ASDA-Walmart, RSSL, Design Bridge, British Retail Consortium & EuroCommerce, European Advisory Services, Health Focus Europe, Lead Point Solutions, Invenire Market Intelligence, Which/BEUC, Mars Europe, Kievit, Consumer Knowledge Centre, Lazy Town Entertainment and Oxford University

Ocean Nutrition, Mars Botanical, Ocean Spray, Orafti, HortResearch and Naturis

Healthy Foods European Summit
23-24 October
The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London, United Kingdom
Conference highlights

David HughesKEYNOTE:
Health & Wellbeing Trends — How the global food and drink industry is responding

Dr David Hughes, emeritus professor of food marketing, Imperial College

Food, mood and cognitive function
Dr Alex Richardson, Oxford University and founding director of charity food and behaviour research
Hear the latest research into the effect of diet on behaviour and mood.

Healthy living, healthy world
Dominic Dyer, Soya Protein Association — Food & Drink Federation
Can the two co-exist? Sustainability, carbon footprint, food miles, climate change ? buzz words abound. The food industry is one of the biggest users of resources, energy, water, packaging, etc. What initiatives are coming from the industry?

The fish-oil bonanza: science, markets, myths and facts
Robert Orr, chairman, GOED
Can our oceans sustain the demand for omega-3s? The importance of sector self regulation, and the primary objectives of a new voluntary trade association, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3.

Just how green is organic?
Simon Wright, founder, O&F Consulting
A look at organics and the key transport, packaging, sourcing and carbon issues. An assessment of an organic dairy processor's sustainability profile.

Taste is the purchasing supremo
Jennifer Cooper, vice president, technical services, Lead Point Solutions
Ten years ago, consumers selected on brand, efficacy and price. Today, the top intent-to-purchase indicator is taste. An analysis of new-product success, and the evolution of consumer-sensory acceptance criteria over the last 10 years.

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