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Co-op looks to the future of food & drink retail

Retail Week's Luke Tugby sits down with Chris Conway, Head of eCommerce at Co-op, to reflect on how the past two years have transformed the world of food & drink, and how major supermarket chains are working with speedy delivery services and new tech brands to meet rapidly evolving customer expectations.

Plus, during a challenging time for many consumers, this conversation will examine how sustainability can remain top of the agenda for food & drink retail without compromising product value and customer experience. 

Host: Luke Tugby, Editor - Retail Week


  • Chris Conway, Ecommerce Director - Co-op

Choosing Substitutes: The rising tide of non-animal proteins

This insightful presentation from market research specialist Euromonitor examines the growth of non-animal proteins, consumer attitudes to these products and how issues like sustainability and food safety might help this new category evolve.


  • Margaux Laine, Senior Analyst - Euromonitor

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Sustainability trends in the retail sector with Charles Banks

thefoodpeople's Charles Banks takes a deep dive into the most important sustainability trends in food & drink retail, as consumer behaviour, industry and policy come together to avert climate catastrophe.


  • Charles Banks, Director and Co-Founder - thefoodpeople

Old habits die hard: Helping consumers switch to reuse and refill

IGD Shopper Insight Manager Dan Gillet examines consumer attitudes towards reuse and refill, how stores globally and in the UK are navigating this method of shopping and what more can be done to encourage buy-in from customers.


  • Dan Gillett, Shopper Insight Manager - IGD

Changing consumer behaviours

As consumer demands continue to shift towards healthy, natural products, IGD takes a look at how retailers can steer customers towards healthier choices in-store.


  • Cathy Capelin, Head of Health and Sustainable Consumption - IGD

The psychology of spending

What prompts consumers to buy what they buy, and how can retailers predict and influence these buying decisions? How has the move to online shopping changed the buying habits of customers? Join psychologist and marketeer Karen Fewell as she delves deep into the consumer psyche and exposes all.


  • Karen Fewell, Director - Digital Blonde

Serving the 24/7 customer

With customers now able to receive groceries in minutes without leaving the comfort of their homes, what does this mean for the future of shopping as we know it? Is this new business model a threat or an opportunity for food & drink retail? And, quite simply, is this model sustainable?

Host: Roseanna Evans, Head of Client Operations - HRA Global


  • Ben Ebbrell, Co-founder - SORTEDfood
  • Matthew Nobbs, Commercial Director - Gorillas
  • Tom Lister, CEO - Hackney Gelato

Mastering low and no alcohol in the retail space

Where and how to include alcohol free products in store has always been a challenge for retailers. Join Laura Willoughby of Club Soda as she chairs a discussion on how to choose the right products, where to position them and importantly, how to entice customers to try and buy them.

Host: Laura Willoughby MBE, Co-Founder - Club Soda, The Mindful Drinking Movement


  • Rachel Hewlett, Sales and Business Development - Shelf Now
  • David Burgess, Director and Co-founder - Fugitive Motel
  • Josh Kelly, Shop Manager - Alcohol Free Off Licence

Old habits die hard: Helping consumers switch to reuse and refill

IGD Shopper Insight Manager Dan Gillet examines consumer attitudes towards reuse and refill, how stores globally and in the UK are navigating this method of shopping and what more can be done to encourage buy-in from customers.


  • Dan Gillett, Shopper Insight Manager - IGD

How challenger brands drive category growth, footfall and create a point of difference

In this enlightening session, Karen Green, the Food Mentor and challenger brand expert explores how retail buyers can benefit from giving the smaller brands a chance to bring innovation, better margins and a point of difference to their ranges - highlighting some of the latest successes that have lead to huge category growth from ice cream to plant based meat alternatives.


  • Karen Green, Food Mentor - Edesia Consulting LTD

Finding success in vegan & plant-based

Vegan & plant-based is one of the most rapidly growing product categories in UK food & drink retail. This session will take a look at some of the most successful products in the space and how retailers and wholesalers can make their vegan & plant-based ranges a success.

Host: Louisianna Waring, Senior Insight and Policy Officer - Vegan Society


  • Rik Roberts, General Manager - Crackd
  • Ian Theasby, Founder - BOSH!
  • Henry Firth, Founder - BOSH!

The road to net zero: How can we achieve greater sustainability in food & drink?

Not sure where to begin with decarbonising your operations? Concerned about food waste within the industry but don't know how to help reduce it? Join this session as our panel of experts discuss the impact of GHG emissions and what action is needed to reach agreed industry pledges.

Host: Emma Piercy, Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy - FDF


  • James Persad, Head of Marketing and Communications - FareShare
  • Dr Emma Keller, Head of Sustainability - Nestle
  • Dr Stephen Mackenzie, Greenhouse Gases Specialist (Food) - WRAP
  • Adam Baisley, Chief Commercial Officer - Olleco

Buy or build? Where next for NPD innovation?

With a huge amount of growth in grocery coming from new entrants to the market, what is the role of innovation within a corporate F&B company? This session explores the changing world of how new ideas are generated and the role played by big brand owners in helping them scale.

Host: Ian Wright, Co-Chair - Food & Drink Sector Council


  • Paddy Willis, Co founder - Mission Ventures
  • Gerardo Mazzeo, Former Nestle Global Innovation Director, Innovation Advisor
  • Mike Anstey, Pilot Lite Ventures - CEO Group and Co founder

What are the packaging trends set to define 2022 and beyond?

In this insightful presentation, FMCG Gurus will reveal some of the major trends in the world of food & drink packaging, with a focus on sustainability and ensuring an ethical and eco-friendly supply chain.


  • Will Cowling, Marketing Manager - FMCG Gurus

Taste test: trends and opportunities in the ingredients market

Consumers are more aware than ever of what goes into the food they eat, and they want natural, ethical ingredients that don't compromise on taste. In this session FMCG Gurus highlights five 'ones-to-watch' in the world of ingredients, and discusses how we can overcome consumer skepticism and meet the needs of our customers.


  • Will Cowling, Marketing Manager - FMCG Gurus

The digital future of food and beverage manufacturing

The world is changing rapidly, putting the pressure on food and beverage manufacturers to innovate and deliver safe food, produced with minimum waste from sustainable and transparent sources. During this session you will learn about the top trends and how a digital platform helps food and beverage manufacturers be on the leading edge of product innovation, productivity, food safety, transparency, and sustainability. Practical use cases will be presented to get a better understanding of what’s possible with modern technology, data and artificial intelligence.


  • Marcel Koks, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Senior - Infor

Standing out from the crowd: how smart packaging design can deliver retail success

We're told not to judge a book by its cover, but in food & drink retail positive first impressions are vital. Product design makes a huge difference to success on the shelf, and in this session Threesixty Brand and Packaging Design talk us through what it takes to make an impression in a busy marketplace.


  • Jon Stevens', Partner - Threesixty Brand and Packaging Design
  • Chris Isted, Creative Director - Threesixty Brand and Packaging Design

Brexit, EU-to-GB trade and new controls on the health and standards of food imports

Britain's exit from the European Union has had a significant impact on the world of food imports and exports. In this session, the Institute of Export & International Trade's Rob Booth provides an update on physical checks and documentation required for food imports entering GB from the EU - now and in the future.


  • Rob Booth, IOE&IT Trade & Customs Specialist - The Institute of Export and International Trade

Managing regulatory changes: HFSS and Front of Pack Labelling

With the health of the nation and the world on the political agenda, legislation to support ESG practices is evolving both upstream and downstream in food supply chains. This means businesses must be prepared for regulatory change. In this session, food labelling and regulatory experts from Ashbury, and retail technology leaders from Oracle, discuss the importance of data as a tool to prepare for legislative change such as HFSS and front of pack labelling, and how product information and technology can work together to protect your brand and your end consumers into the future. 


  • Pete Martin, Regulatory Director - Ashbury
  • Paul Woodward, Senior Director - Oracle Retail Brand Solutions

Expanding your brand: A licensing masterclass

Brand licensing has become big business and the opportunities for creative partnerships are almost endless. In this session we take a look at the licensing process from both sides and share some best practice on making it work for your business.

Host: Ian Downes, Director - Start Licensing Limited


  • David Taylor, Finance and Operations Director - Brand of Brothers
  • Jonathan Bowden, Product and Marketing Manager - Brand of Brothers

NPD Sessions sponsored by BCMPA: From kitchen table to factory floor

In the first of two back-to-back NPD sessions, we take a close look at the early development process, some of the common roadblocks that need to be navigated and what boxes need to be ticked to ready yourself for conversations with manufacturers.

Host: Susan Arkley, Freelance consultant and lecturer


  • Nick Henson, Food Product Development Consultant
  • Richard Werran, Regional Director, Food and Retail Sector - BSI
  • Ruth Dolby, Director - Food Science Fusion Ltd

NPD Sessions sponsored by BCMPA: Working with 3rd party contract manufacturers to meet buyer demands

In the second of two-back-to-back NPD sessions, we examine what it takes to ready your product for further development and scalability, how to effectively partner with manufacturers and meet buyers' high standards.

Host: Emma Verkaik, Membership and Marketing Director - BCMPA


  • Cyril Guillemart, Business Development Manager - The Alexir Partnership
  • Olly Reynalds, Managing Director - Sauce Shed
  • Nick Henson, Food Product Development Consultant

EU export opportunities in the post-Brexit era

Green Seed Group take on the role of EU markets for exporters post-Brexit, with insights and practical advice on how to identify and realise opportunities in overseas markets.


  • Philip Horemans, Managing Director Green Seed Belgium and Chairman - Green Seed Group
  • Simon Waring, Managing Director - Green Seed UK

World Food Innovation Awards in partnership with FoodBev Media

The World Food Innovation Awards return to IFE for their eighth edition, recognising and celebrating the trailblazing innovators operating in food & drink. Join IFE and FoodBev as we celebrate these true industry leaders.


  • Antonia Garrett Peel, Editor - The Plant Base
  • Jonathan McGowan, Awards Marketing Executive - FoodBev Media

How to win a Quality Food Award (and how it will help your business)

Join the Quality Food Awards team as they explain how to maximise your chances of success, and what winning can mean for you. Hear from one of last year’s winners and how it has helped their company.


  • Beth Treleaven, Business Development and Key Account Manager - UK Quality Food Awards
  • Simon Wright, Founder - OF+ Consulting
  • Fiona Bell, Business Owner - Caliendo's Gelato
  • Michelina Caliendo-Sear, Business Owner - Caliendo's Gelato

Changing Consumer Tastes and the Impact of World Flavours

The impact of COVID-19 has had both temporary and long term affects on consumer food choices and behaviours.  In particular a willingness to enhance meal and snack enjoyment via new flavours and embracing cuisines styles and meal preparations has encouraged both adventurous and traditional households to re-think their food choices.

Louisa McCoy and Jules Greene from Good Sense Research discuss what they have observed with regards to meal and food flavour preferences including changing trends and preferred cuisines in this short webinar.


  • Jules Greene, Qualitative Specialist - Good Sense Research

  • Louisa McCoy, Research Manager - Good Sense Research

International opportunities: the growing landscape of online retail within the USA

Join international food expertise group Green Seed as they take you through the changing retail landscape focussing in on the online opportunities that have grown throughout the pandemic.


  • Jenny Thielen, Marketing Director - Green Seed North America

  • Simon Waring, Managing Director - Green Seed UK

Recovery and Reset within the UK food and drink market

As the UK market continues to open up post-COVID, this insightful webinar will help exporters to further understand this dynamic market and ensure that they are fully prepared to take advantage of the significant opportunities available.


  • Paddy Willis, CEO - Mission Ventures

  • Sara Reid, Strategic Insight Director - Kantar

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