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April 2014

Nuffield Farming Arden conference

Location:Harper Adams University - Shropshire - United Kingdom
This conference, hosted by Harper Adams University and supported by the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, will explore nutritional food opportunities that farmers could be capitalising on. Nuffield Scholars Caroline Drummond MBE and David Northcroft will present their findings after 12 months of research into how farming can learn from science to optimise the nutritional value of food.New National Farmers Union president Meurig Raymond and experts in the field of nutrition, farming and food security will also speak on the day.

Priorities for growth in the UK food and drink industry

This seminar brings together policymakers with the UK food and drink industry to discuss government’s focus on making the sector more competitive. Attention will be paid to increasing exports, developing new food technologies, meeting environmental challenges and encouraging young people into the industry.Speakers will include Justine Fosh, chief executive of Improve and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, Melanie Leech, director general of the Food & Drink Federation and Mark Driscoll, head of food at Forum for the Future.

May 2014

Sugars & sweeteners masterclass

Location:Bloomsbury - London - United Kingdom
This event will look at the real evidence behind claims that sugar influences health and what has led to it suddenly becoming a hotly talked about issue. Organised by the Food & Drink Innovation Network, this one-day seminar will address alternatives for replacing sugar in products, potential new regulations, consumers’ opinion, and how to counter some of the extreme opinions.Speakers will include, Dr Aseem Malhotra on the new Action on Sugar campaign, Dr Julian Cooper of British Sugar and David Jago of the Global New Products Database and Mintel.

The Fantastic Future of Food: Celebrating the past, looking to the future

14-May-2014 to 15-May-2014
Location:London - United Kingdom
This two-day conference, organised by the Institute of Food Science & Technology, will look at how the food and drink sector has evolved over the last 50 years and towards the developments that will shape it in the future. Sessions will span across food science and technology, covering food engineering, food law, sensory science, nutrition and food safety as well as the very latest in agri-food and processing technologies.

Water security for policy makers and practitioners

19-May-2014 to 23-May-2014
Location:Norwich - United Kingdom
This event will address water politics, climate change, agricultural water management and water allocation, to provide attendees with a chance to acquire an understanding of this global issue and how it might impact on their business. It will discuss the links between water security and food, energy and human and national security. Speakers will include the London Water Research Group, WaterAid, WWF, and a number of representatives from the University of East Anglia.

‘Vitamin D: Needs, intake and status – A European Perspective’

Location:Royal College of Surgeons - London - United Kingdom
This half-day event, organised by the British Nutrition Foundation, will review the current evidence base on Vitamin D. Topics will include European wide intake, status and recommendations, the role and type of fortification and the importance of maternal intake.Professor Roger Bouillon from KU Leuven university, Professor Christel Lamberg-Allardt from the University of Helsinki, Professor Susan Lanham-New from the University of Surrey, Dr Mairead Kiely from the University College Corkand Dr Nicholas Harvey from the University of Southampton will all speak on the day.

Food labelling 2014 – provenance, nutritional information and implementing FIR

With new EU food information regulation set to apply from December 2014, this seminar will address challenges for its implementation. Speakers will discuss nutrition information on processed foods, origin labelling, allergen labelling, public health and legibility. Speakers will include representatives from the British Frozen Food Federation, Leatherhead Food Research, Food and Drink Federation and the British Retail Consortium.

June 2014

Innovation masterclass

This one-day seminar, organised by the Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN), will focus on the real science behind what makes consumers buy certain food products. Topics will include the role of the retail environment, brand design and ways to influence consumers – as well as the latest cognitive research. Matt Hunt, md of Hovis, leading researcher Tim Reid, Dr Nick Southgate and retail experts Jonathan Webb and Richard Savage will all speak on the day.

Thermal processing conference

12-Jun-2014 to 13-Jun-2014
Location:Chipping Campden
This two-day conference, organised by Campden BRI, will bring attendees up to date on the latest developments in commercial heat preserved food production – covering packaging, production, quality standards and legislation.Speakers will include representatives from Heinz, Holmach, the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists and Campden BRI.