Microbiome a focus at IFST conference

By Gwen Ridler

- Last updated on GMT

The microbiome and personalised nutrition were key highlights at this year’s Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) Spring Conference last week, held at the University of Birmingham.

Speaking after the conference, IFST president elect and Food and Drink Federation chief scientific officer Helen Munday praised the diversity of the topics at the conference, while showing a keen focus on nutrition.

“It has been a real pleasure to be here at the conference today, because the Institute of Food Science & Technology is a very broad church of interests and, as a registered nutritionist, it has been particularly interesting to me that we focused in on nutrition today,”​ said Munday.

Needs of the population

“I think we always recognise there’s no such thing as a single consumer, so it has been fascinating to look at deferring needs across the population.”

The gut’s microbiome will also be a key topic at this year’s Ingredients Show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham from today (8 April) until Wednesday (10 April).

Ewa Hudson, head of marketing at Lumina Intelligence, will be speaking at this year’s show on the microbiome as a growing food trend that has been pegged as the next ingredients revolution. Click here​ to register for your free ticket to this year’s show.

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