About this podcast
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/) .
About this podcast
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/) .
Could insect protein be the next sports nutrition craze?
With the active lifestyle and sports nutrition markets growing exponentially, how will this group of consumers meet their dietary needs sustainably in the future? Insect cultivation uses a fraction of the land, energy and water required for traditional farming, and has a significantly lower carbon footprint. Crickets produce up to 80% less methane than cows and 8-12 times less ammonia than pigs, for example. Could insect protein be the sustainable solution for the climate-conscious active lifestyle consumer? Our guests on this episode of the Table Talk Podcast both think so. We're joined by Tim Boote, Founder, Protein Rebel and Antoine Hubert, Chairman & CEO, Ÿnsect, to hear how insects offer an alternative, sustainable source that is less impactful when compared to meat and dairy and offers a protein and vitamin-rich punch. Join the conversation on Table Talk. About our panel Tim Boote, Founder, Protein Rebel Tim is the founder of clean and sustainable sports nutrition brand, Protein Rebel. Launched in August 2020, Protein Rebel focuses on natural ingredients and new types of proteins for endurance athletes and active lifestylers. The company uses plants and crickets as ingredients to help improve performance whilst reducing our impact on the planet. Tim’s background is in interim marketing for FMCG companies. He's worked for a number of organisations including PZ Cussons, Kellogg and Nandos Grocery. In 2019, Tim conceived the idea of Protein Rebel and started working on the business full-time. Tim has a keen interest in healthy eating and enjoys running and cycling. A few years' ago, he became increasingly aware of what he was putting into his body and the effect it was having on his performance and the planet. Searching for sports nutrition products, he struggled to find any with clean ingredients and which focused on sustainability. It was then he recalled the time he ate insects in Africa and how nutritious and sustainable they were. With some additional research it became clear that insects, especially crickets, are a superfood built for athletes. The first Protein Rebel product was soon born - a cricket and pea protein powder to support strength training goals. Antoine Hubert, Chairman & CEO, Ÿnsect Antoine is Ÿnsect’s Chairman and CEO. He also leads the cooperative insect industry association, the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) and is Board Member of Protéine France consortium and LFD. Prior to co-founding Ÿnsect, Antoine worked on scientific projects in environmental risk assessment, biomass and plastics recycling. He is an agronomy engineer graduate from AgroCampus-Ouest and AgroParisTech. Together with Alexis, he co-founded NPO WORGAMIC and the company ORGANEO.
In search of growth: what next for food and beverage brands?
In the next 5 years, the top 20 global consumer packaged goods companies are expected to experience slower growth than their smaller category competitors. As consumer expectations and behaviours have shifted in recent years, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, food and beverage brands need to search for growth in new ways and different places. Will innovating and disrupting the establishment be the secret to growth for food brands, or will new partnerships and category convergence create the biggest opportunities? To help us answer these questions and more, we speak to global professional services company and technology leader Accenture to gain their perspective on the future landscape for food and beverage brands. Joining host Stefan Gates are Oliver Grange, Managing Director for Consumer Goods Strategy at Accenture and Giles Hanson, Director for ?WhatIf! Innovation, part of Accenture, to share their insight and predictions on how food brands will achieve growth in a new consumer landscape. About our panel Oliver Grange Oliver is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Consumer Goods practice. He helps executives in the consumer goods sector address major disruptive trends, innovate and transform their businesses for growth. Giles Hanson Giles leads the European Consumer Goods practice at ?WhatIf! Innovation, part of Accenture. He bring a human-centred perspective to help businesses build new cultures for growth.
Exploring the impact of COVID on nutrition and our enjoyment of food
It sounds cliche, but COVID-19 has completely changed the way many of us think about nutrition, what we need to support our immune health, and the relationship we have with food. Combined with the one in 20 who've had COVID experiencing a prolonged loss of taste and smell due to the virus, it's clear that the impact of COVID on nutrition and our enjoyment of food has been pronounced. In this episode of the podcast we look back at two key discussions we've had in a series of podcasts focused on how nutrition and our enjoyment of food has been impacted by COVID. In a fascinating look at COVID-related loss of taste and smell we join Barry Smith, Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of London to hear about the latest research on the phenomena, and what can be done to help those who are suffering because of it. Then we join Philip Calder, Professor of Nutritional Immunology and Head of School of Human Development and Health at the University of Southampton to discover what we now know about how nutrition can support our immune health for the future. Join the conversation on Table Talk. About our guests Philip Calder Philip Calder is Professor of Nutritional Immunology and Head of School of Human Development and Health at the University of Southampton in the UK. He is currently President of ILSI Europe. Professor Calder is an internationally recognised researcher on the metabolism and functionality of fatty acids with an emphasis on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids in immunity, inflammation and cardiometabolic disease. He has also conducted recognised research on amino acids, antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics and natural products. His research addresses both life course and translational considerations and includes research in cell and animal models and in healthy humans and patients. Professor Calder has published over 600 scientific articles (excluding abstracts) and according to Web of Science his work has been cited over 33,000 times. He has a Web of Science h-index of 100, a Google Scholar h-index of 130 (i10 index 489) and has been included in every listing of Highly Cited Researchers. He has received many awards and prizes for his work including ESPEN’s Cuthbertson Lecture (2008), the Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Oil Chemists’ Society (2015), the prestigious Danone International Prize for Nutrition (2016) and the DSM Lifetime Achievement Prize in Human Nutrition (2017). Professor Calder was President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (2009-2012), Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) (2012-2016) and President of the Nutrition Society (2016-2019). He is currently President of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies. He was Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition (2006 to 2013) and is currently Associate Editor of Clinical Science and Journal of Nutrition. He previously served on many Editorial Boards of journals in the nutrition, lipidology and biochemistry fields. Professor Calder has a long association with ILSI Europe having served on its Scientific Advisory Committee, as Scientific Co-Chair of one of its Task Forces, and as a member (including Chairing) several Expert Groups. Barry Smith Barry C Smith is a professor of philosophy and director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, as well as the founding director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, which pioneers collaborative research between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists. He is also the UK lead in the study of the long term impact of the loss of taste and smell in Covid-19 sufferers. He has held visiting professorships at the University of California at Berkeley and the Ecole Normale Superiéure in Paris, and in 2012 he was appointed as the AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Science in Culture Theme, as well as Pro-Dean for new academic initiatives at the School of Advanced Study.
How can we reverse the damage we've done to our soil?
Global soils are the source of all life on land but their future looks bleak. Our soils are in crisis. Their health is declining to the extent that we are just one generation away from a soil system that is unable to meet the needs of the people that depend on it. We urgently need to find solutions to reverse the damage we've done to our soil in order to protect humanity in the future. In this episode we're joined by three experts in the field to find out the scale of the problem we face and what we need to do to save our soil. Joining host Stefan Gates are Professor Chris Collins, Programme Coordinator, Soil Security Programme, Dr Felicity Crotty, Lecturer in Soil Science, Royal Agricultural University and Richard Bardgett, Professor of Ecology, The University of Manchester. Join the conversation on Table Talk. About our panel Richard Bardgett, Professor of Ecology, The University of Manchester Richard Bardgett is British ecologist and Professor of Ecology at The University of Manchester. He graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1987 with a degree in Soil and Land Resource Science, and then moved to Lancaster University, where he gained his PhD in 1991. He then held posts at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research and the Universities of Manchester and Lancaster, where he established the Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Group. Richard returned to The University of Manchester in 2013 where he is now Professor of Ecology. Until recenttly, he served as President of the British Ecological Society (2017-2019). Professor Chris Collins, Programme Coordinator, Soil Security Programme Chris is Chair of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Reading. He chairs the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee providing expert advice to the UK Government on how to protect the environment from chemicals. Chris was Natural Environment Research Council Soils Coordinator overseeing a multi-million pound research investment to improve our understanding of how soils resist, recover and adapt to land use and climate change. He was a member of the UK Natural Capital Committee 2018-2020. His research focuses on determining the factors controlling exposure of biota to environmental pollution. Dr Felicity Crotty, Lecturer in Soil Science, Royal Agricultural University Dr Felicity Crotty has been researching soil biology and soil health for the last twelve years. Felicity joined the Royal Agricultural University as a Lecturer in Soil Science and Ecology in 2018. She is a soil ecologist working with the aim of promoting soil health and sustainable agriculture and is particularly interested in investigating how agricultural management effects soil quality, focusing on soil biology (earthworms, springtails, mites and nematodes), physics (compaction and water infiltration) and chemistry (N, P, K and other nutrients). Through combining her expertise in all three areas of soil science she is trying to disentangle the real impact different management strategies have on soil health and farming sustainably. Felicity has current projects investigating the use of AI to identify earthworm casts, using sensors to detect earthworm movements in the field and monetising soil health. Felicity previously worked as the Soil Scientist at the Allerton Project (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust) working on the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP), SoilCare project (EU Horizon 2020), and Soil Biology & Soil Health Partnership (AHDB). Prior to this, she was a Post-doc at Aberystwyth University working on the PROSOIL and SUREROOT projects; she spent a year as a Post-Doc in Canada at Dalhousie University (Halifax) and Saskatchewan University (Saskatoon), experimenting on the fungal feeding channel within the soil food web. She obtained her PhD at Rothamsted Research (North Wyke) investigating the passage of carbon and nitrogen through the soil food web.
Meet the personalities driving plant-based innovation and NPD
The Table Talk Podcast has had the pleasure of talking to passionate innovators from across the world of food, drink and nutrition. With plant-based food achieving significant growth in the past few years, the producers, platforms and personalities in the plant-based sector are among the biggest drivers of innovation and NPD in food. In this collection, we look back at three guests who've been doing their part to impact the way we view compassionate eating, and to offer tasty, healthy alternatives to traditional animal proteins. Meet Derek Sarno, co-founder of Wicked Healthy, LLC, and Executive Chef & Director of Plant-Based Innovation for Tesco PLC, to hear about his journey supporting plant-based innovation at Tesco, Chris Kerr, Founding Partner, CIO, Unovis Partners; CIO New Crop Capital; Co-Founder, Gathered Foods (US), to find out how he's helping to promote seafood alternatives to reduce the impact on our oceans, and Ria Rehberg, CEO of Veganuary to hear how the annual vegan pledge has managed to help save the carbon equivalent of driving around the world 15 times. Join the conversation on Table Talk. About our guests Derek Sarno Derek Sarno is the co-founder of Wicked Healthy, LLC, and also serves as Executive Chef & Director of Plant-Based Innovation for Tesco PLC, where he is leading the company’s efforts to bring delicious, unpretentious vegan foods to market. Prior to co-founding Wicked Healthy and partnering with Tesco, Derek served as the Senior Global Executive Chef for Whole Foods Market, where he oversaw global research and development for the company’s prepared foods department, worked with suppliers and leadership to develop and promote plant-based foods across the organisation, and served as Culinary Director for the WFM Academy for Conscious Leadership. Ria Rehberg Ria Rehberg is the CEO of Veganuary, a UK based charity that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond. Since 2014, Veganuary has inspired and supported more than one million people in 192 countries to try vegan. Additionally Veganuary works with hundreds of businesses to drive up vegan food provision in shops and restaurants, and have made veganism more visible and accessible through their work with national and international media. Chris Kerr With almost thirty years of leadership experience with start-ups and venture capital investing, Chris Kerr has spent the last decade focused on impact investing in the plant-based foods sector. Chris is a co-founder of Gathered Foods and its Good Catch plant-based seafood brand and has worked with and helped launch many game changing companies in the plant-based sector, including Beyond Meat, Daiya, Alpha Foods, NUMU and many others. He is the Chief Investment Officer for Unovis Partners, which is the asset manager for New Crop Capital, one of the world’s most active investors in the plant-based foods and cellular ag technology sectors.
Consumers need inspiration and indulgence. How will food brands and CPGs respond?
The pandemic has changed our day-to-day behaviours and following a year of lockdowns and restrictions consumers have adapted to new routines that have seen them spend more days and nights at home. With food at the heart of these new rituals, brands and manufacturers have tapped into the need for their customers to have indulgent experiences to break the monotony, with meal kits, subscription services, and delivery on demand taking the place of restaurants as consumers seek out indulgence and new experiences. With lockdown easing, what's next for brands and retailers who are providing these at-home indulgent experiences? Will people rush back to their previous habits of eating out, or will a new hybrid model take over? Joining Table Talk to discuss this fascinating subject is Suzanne Robinson, Director for Innovation in Consumer Goods and Retail at ?WhatIf!, an innovation agency that’s part of Accenture. She'll explain how consumer rituals have changed, what trends are developing and will continue to grow over the year ahead, and what opportunities there are for food brands and CPGs to get ahead of consumer demand for new indulgences. Join the conversation on Table Talk. About Suzanne Robinson Former UK MD for Happen Innovation, Suzanne is now Director for Innovation (CG&S) in Accenture’s Innovation Practice ?What If!, exploring emerging growth opportunities in the complex and yet exciting Future of Food world for CPG and Retail clients. Having worked with clients such as Nestle, M&S, Tesco she unites her commercially proven foresight and insight expertise with the extensive Accenture resources to help accelerate innovation in this mature, competitive & fascinating food and beverage space.
Meet the race car driver who founded a nootropics brand
Oliver Bennett is a 28-year-old British driver who made his debut in the British Rallycross Championship in 2016 and fought for the title in the following season. Oliver is also the co-founder of Xite Energy, a brand bringing nootropic energy drinks to the mass market. Popular among Gen Z and E-sports athletes, nootropics support healthy brain function and mental ability. This podcast looks at the growing world of nootropics, as we chat to Oliver about why Xite entered the market and how the sector has developed, and will continue to grow. Why are so many E-sports athletes and Gen Z consumers embracing nootropics for cognitive health, and what can we expect from brands like Xite in the future? Join the conversation on Table Talk. About Oliver Bennett Oliver Bennett is a 28-year-old British driver with experience in rallycross competitions. In 2016 he made his debut in the British Rallycross Championship and the following season he fought for the title. He also made his debut in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, where he has competed in recent seasons. Bennett has also participated in a number of Americas Rallycross events and the Gymkhana GRID in Cape Town in 2018, where he put on a great performance. About Xite XITE Energy, which was born in Bristol UK, is only two years old but has already made huge waves in the highly competitive energy drinks market. The brainchild of university graduate and rally driver Oliver Bennett - who is racing in Extreme E for the Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team - and co-founder Megan Jones. The product is designed to resonate with fellow Gen Z’ers by using nootropics (Cognitive amino acids that aid concentration and focus) natural caffeine (green coffee bean), natural flavours, pansax ginseng, L-tyrosine and L-carnitine – all designed to keep energy levels constant without the ‘highs and lows’ associated with most other energy drinks. The brand is also proud that 1p for every can sold goes to mental health charities.
Will food advertising bans help improve public health?
The UK government is looking to ban all TV and online advertising for food and drink that are categorised as high in fat, sugar, or salt in an attempt to reduce obesity. What will this ban mean for the food industry, and will it have the impact that the government hopes it will? To explore this question we bring together two experts in the field, Stephen Woodford, Chief Executive, Advertising Association and Phil Smith, Director General, ISBA. We discuss what the implications of the band are for manufacturers and brands, and we investigate the facts around advertising and obesity in order to determine how effective the ban might be. Join the conversation on Table Talk. About our panel Stephen Woodford, Chief Executive, Advertising Association Stephen was appointed CEO of the Advertising Association in 2016. The AA promotes the role and rights of responsible advertising and its value to people, society, businesses and the economy, and all the key trade bodies, commercial media owners and tech platforms are members of the AA. Prior to joining, Stephen held management roles in four agency groups (Leo Burnett, WCRS/Engine and DDB/adam&eveDDB, Next 15). He also chairs youth marketing agency Livity, a social purpose-driven business that seeks to transform young peoples’ lives, especially from BAME backgrounds. He is a Governor of Ravensbourne University in London, the UK’s newest creative and technology university. Stephen is a past President of NABS and serves on the board of the History of Advertising Trust. He was IPA President (2003-05) where he led both their first ethnic diversity initiative and transformed its professional qualifications for new industry entrants, which over 20,000 people have now sat and passed in the UK and around the world. Phil Smith, Director General, ISBA Phil joined ISBA in January, 2017 and heads up the organisation. He’s responsible for ISBA’s strategic direction and its advocacy agenda. He leads the team of ISBA directors and looks after the day to day operation of the business. Before ISBA, Phil’s career in the UK and Europe has been in marketing, sales and general management, spanning a wide range of industry sectors, from consumer goods to grocery retail and from marketing technology to lottery and games. Phil holds a BA in Classics from Jesus College, Oxford. He is a keen runner, skier, year-round open water swimmer and is married with five children.
What do the best brands of the future have in common?
What are the key ingredients that the best future brands share as they carve their path to success? Are there ways aspiring young brands can tap into their success as they are starting out? This episode of the Table Talk Podcast will ask the industry experts who judged the Future Brands competition at Food Matters Live to get their perspective on the recipe that helps fuel success. Joining our panel are Emma Williams, head of Future Brands Origination and investing at Sainsbury's, and returning for the third time on the podcast is Andy Wardlaw Chief Ideas Officer at MMR Research. We'll also be hearing from some of the winners of the Future Brands competition to see what advice they have for aspiring young brands. Join us!
Grocery: what's the recipe for future success?
By and large, consumers perceive that supermarkets have come out of the pandemic relatively well. After initial problems, they’ve been expanding delivery services, working to ensure the elderly and vulnerable receive provisions and sourced enough produce to ensure the nation is fed. Indeed, as one of the few permissible reasons to leave the home under lockdown, the weekly grocery shop became a source of relative normality. As we ease out of lockdown, what comes next for grocery retailers? To find out we speak to global professional services company and technology leader Accenture. How can grocers hold onto and build on the sense of mission developed over the last 12 months? Will shopping continue to be an experience that people look forward to, as we move to a more normal way of living? And how do they capture the attention of those consumers who wish to stay and shop local? All this and more is in focus in this fascinating chat with Suzanne Robinson, Director of Innovation, Accenture and Matt Jeffers, Director, Javelin Group, Accenture Strategy. Join us! About our guests Suzanne Robinson Former UK MD for Happen Innovation, Suzanne is now Director for Innovation in Consumer Goods and Retail at ?WhatIf!, an innovation agency that’s part of Accenture. Suzanne explores emerging growth opportunities in the complex and yet exciting area of food for CPG and Retail clients. She unites her commercially proven foresight and insight expertise with the extensive Accenture resources to help accelerate innovation in this mature, competitive & fascinating food and beverage space. Matt Jeffers Matt Jeffers runs the Digital Retail Strategy team for Javelin Group, part of Accenture Strategy. He has led projects covering omni-channel strategy and ecommerce performance improvement for multiple retailers across grocery, DIY/building materials, apparel and luxury goods sectors. Prior to this, Matt led Tesco.com’s international development, launched it in China and oversaw the internal strategic growth plan for the Group. He also planned Tesco.com’s strategic development in Central and Eastern Europe and across Asia-Pacific.
Meat and dairy off the menu? How the government plans to meet climate targets
The UK Government has committed to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, and it has been specifically recommended by the Committee on Climate Change that meat and dairy consumption are reduced by 20% by 2030, rising to 35% by 2050 for meat only. What role do our eating habits have on the environment, and will cutting meat and dairy consumption help the environment? Joining us to discuss these targets, and what change needs to happen for us to achieve them are Chris Venables, Head of Politics, Green Alliance and Dr Michael Clark, Researcher, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. We find out the state of the challenge the government has to meet climate change goals, and what behaviour change needs to be encouraged in order for it to happen. About our guests Chris Venables, Head of Politics, Green Alliance Chris runs Green Alliance’s Political Leadership theme. He works to build the political momentum for bold and ambitious political action on the climate and nature crises. He manages the Climate leadership programme for MPs and joint UK-focused advocacy work with business and civil society. He previously worked in the Houses of Parliament as the campaigns and political lead for Green Party MP Caroline Lucas on environmental issues. Before that, he led the work for the global health charity Medact on social and economic justice and worked in Brussels for a foreign policy think tank. He has been involved in grassroots organising and campaigning for over a decade. He has a BA in politics from the University of York. Dr Michael Clark, Researcher, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford Mike's research interests include the environmental, economic, and health impacts of food systems. He uses models to provide quantitative estimates on the current and projected impacts of the food system, as well as the potential benefits of changing the food system (e.g. by changing diets, or the rate at which yields increases). Mike joined the Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention in August 2018, and is working on expanding the Centre's food system model to incorporate biodiversity and economic outcomes in collaboration with the Wellcome funded projected "Livestock, Environment and People", as well as with researchers from other departments across Oxford and international collaborators. Mike holds a PhD in Natural Resources Science and Management from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and studied biology and ecology at undergraduate level.
How sleep, and sleep loss, can impact your health
We all feel better when we've had a good nights sleep, right? However, many people are finding it harder than ever to sleep, especially due to stress and anxiety which has been heightened due to the pandemic. The number of people suffering from sleep loss due to stress has risen from one in six to one in four, how is this sleep loss impacting physical and mental health? Joining us today to delve into the subject are Alanna Hare, Consultant in Sleep and Ventilation, Royal Brompton Hospitals Trust and Dr Neil Stanley, Director of Sleep Science at Sleepstation.org.uk. They'll explain the role sleep plays in our overall health, the impact of the pandemic and the latest developments in our understanding of how to improve sleep. About our panel Alanna Hare, Consultant in Sleep and Ventilation, Royal Brompton Hospitals Trust Dr Alanna Hare is a consultant in sleep and ventilation at Royal Brompton Hospital with responsibility for specialist clinics in sleep disorders and domiciliary ventilation Dr Neil Stanley, Director of Sleep Science at Sleepstation.org.uk Dr Neil Stanley is Director of Sleep Science at Sleepstation.org.uk. He has been involved in sleep research for 39 years starting his career at the Neurosciences Division of the R.A.F. Institute of Aviation Medicine. In the early 1990s, he moved to the Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit, part of the University of Surrey, where as Director of Sleep Research he created and ran a 24-bed sleep laboratory for clinical trials. He is past Chairman of the British Sleep Society (2000-2004) and a member of the European Sleep Research Society; the American Academy of Sleep. He has published 38 peer-review papers on various aspects of sleep research and psychopharmacology and is widely quoted by the media as a sleep expert.
Could food waste fuel your next flight?
Researchers in the US have discovered a way of turning food waste into a type of paraffin that can be used in jet engines. Now, the concept of bio fuels is not new, but normally biofuels have to come from ‘virgin’ vegetables that are grown especially for fuel. This alternative method is able to turn food waste, animal manure and waste water into a competitive, cleaner jet fuel. Could this solve two issues at once? Simultaneously reducing food waste and creating a cleaner jet fuel? Joining the Table Talk Podcast this week is Derek Vardon, Research Scientist and Project Team Leader, NREL to explain their research, how it will help, and how the first flights will be taking the air with Southwest Airlines in the US in 2023. About our panel Derek Vardon, Research Scientist and Project Team Leader, NREL Derek Vardon is a Research Scientist and Project Team Leader working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, USA) to decarbonize aviation and heavy-duty ground transportation with low-cost, low-net carbon fuels produced from biomass and waste. He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications on biofuels and biobased chemicals, inventor on multiple pending and issued U.S. patents, and affiliate faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. He is most passionate when working to get technology out of the lab and into the marketplace with interdisciplinary teams that leverage national laboratory, academic, and industry capabilities to address critical technical barriers for sustainable transportation. Derek gained a hands-on appreciation for energy technology while serving 6 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear power Electrician's Mate following high school. Afterwards, he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. About NREL NREL is the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory which looks to advance the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and renewable power technologies, providing knowledge to integrate and optimise energy systems helping to shape a highly efficient and resilient energy future.
How ZOE is increasing our understanding of personal nutrition with Tim Spector, Jonathan Wolf and Dr. Sarah Berry
ZOE has been the source of some of the most groundbreaking research around nutrition and how the food we eat affects us individually. Formed three years ago when Tim Spector joined forces with Jonathan Wolf and George Hadjigeorgiou, ZOE was founded on the belief that new technologies could enable scientific research at an unprecedented scale, allowing us to understand individual responses in the real world. ZOE has given us a greater understanding of our highly individual responses to nutrients and stimulus, thanks to their pioneering studies. In this Table Talk we look back to the discussions we've had with Tim Spector, Jonathan Wolf and PREDICT 2 research lead Dr. Sarah Berry, and highlight the insight they've uncovered through their research. About our guests Jonathan Wolf, Co-Founder & CEO, ZOE Jonathan is a cofounder and CEO of ZOE, a nutritional science company on a mission to help people eat with confidence. Previously he was Chief Product Officer for machine learning company Criteo, helping take the business in 7 years from start-up to NASDAQ IPO, 2,000 employees and over $1Bn revenue. Prior to this Jonathan worked at Yahoo, Atlas Venture and Boston Consulting Group. Jonathan attended Oxford University where he received the Gibbs prize for Physics and was President of the Oxford Union, and was then at Harvard doing a non-degree program. He has been a Foundation Fellow at Corpus Christi College Oxford since 2015. Dr. Sarah Berry, Senior Lecturer, Kings College London, and Research Lead, Predict 2 Dr Sarah Berry’s research interests relate to the influence of dietary components on cardiometabolic disease risk; with particular focus on postprandial metabolism and vascular dysfunction. Since commencing her research career at King’s College London in 2000, she has been the academic leader for more than 30 human nutrition studies in cardio-metabolic health. Sarah’s ongoing research involves human and mechanistic studies to elucidate how markers of cardiometabolic health can be modulated following acute and chronic intakes of different fatty acids and interesterified fats, as well as studies to investigate the influence of cell wall integrity on macronutrient and micronutrient release from different plant-based foods. Sarah is also the lead nutritional scientist on the world’s largest ongoing programme of postprandial metabolic studies (the PREDICT studies), assessing the genetic, metabolic, metagenomic, and meal-dependent effects on postprandial metabolic responses. Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at Kings College, London, and Co-founder, ZOE 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.
Recovering from COVID-19: what role does nutrition play?
Covid-19 patients suffer a deterioration of overall health and weight loss, and while nutrition can be integrated into their treatment to aid recovery it is often overlooked. In this week’s podcast we talk to Dr Riccardo Caccialanza and Shane McAuliffe to explore the role nutrition can play in aiding COVID-19 recovery. Is there any practical, clinical guidance that can be shared to help those who have been affected? What specific nutritional needs do those who are impacted by COVID have? We find out. About our panel Dr Riccardo Caccialanza, Head of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Unit at Policlinico San Matteo Medical Doctor specialized in Clinical Nutrition. Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Unit of the Research Hospital Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia (Italy). Author of more than 100 scientific papers in the field of Clinical Nutrition. Contract Professor at the University of Pavia (Degree Course in Dietetics; Specialization Schools of Gastroenterology and Oncology). Secretary of the Survivorship Care and Nutritional Support Working Group of Alleanza Contro il Cancro (ACC); past Secretary of the Italian Society of Artificial Nutrition and Metabolism (SINPE), current Representative of the Oncology area for SINPE. Teacher of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition ESPEN (Elsevier) and BMC Cancer (Springer Nature). Editorial Advisory Board Member of Nutrition (Elsevier), Supportive Care in Cancer (Springer Nature) and Nutrients (MDPI). Shane McAuliffe MSc, RD, ANutr Originally from Cork, Ireland, I hold a BSc in Nutritional Sciences from University College Cork. Further to this I am an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN). I have also completed an MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in the University of Chester, UK. I am a Registered Dietitian (RD) with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) in the UK and currently working clinically in the NHS, in Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, I am working with the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, where my primary role is as Science and Digital Communications Lead, BMJ Nutrition Prevention and Health Liaison and Deputy Co-Chair for our COVID19 Taskforce.
How can we succeed in reducing household food waste?
UK households still waste 4.5m tonnes of food a year that could be eaten, in fact the majority (71%) of edible food waste in the UK happens in the home. To succeed in reducing food waste, the public need to be engaged and motivated to reduce their own waste. Could encouraging behavioural change and providing access to pioneering apps like Olio be essential tools to create this social movement? Joining host Stefan Gates are David Hall, Founder & Executive Director, Behaviour Change, and Tessa Clarke, Co-founder & CEO, Olio to share their viewpoints on what needs to happen for consumers to reduce the amount of food they waste. About our panel David Hall, Founder & Executive Director, Behaviour Change During a thirteen-year career in advertising, David created a series of step-changing campaigns; his multi award-winning strategy for Skoda helped transform perceptions of a car that had long been the butt of jokes. In 2006, David became International Campaign Director at The Climate Group, working with the likes of M&S, O2 and Tesco to develop their consumer engagement strategies on sustainability. Since setting up Behaviour Change he has gained a reputation as a leading strategic thinker and researcher on tackling challenging behaviours. Tessa Clarke, Co-founder & CEO, Olio Tessa is Co-Founder & CEO of OLIO, a free app tackling the problem of food waste by connecting neighbours with each other, and volunteers with local businesses, so that surplus food can be given away, not thrown away. OLIO has grown to over 3 million users in 5 years, and its impact has been widely recognised, most notably by the United Nations who highlighted OLIO as a "beacon” for the world, and by Vivatech who awarded OLIO "Next European Unicorn". Prior to OLIO Tessa had a 15 year corporate career as a digital Managing Director in the media, retail and financial services sectors, and she met her co-founder Saasha whilst they were studying for their MBAs at Stanford University. Tessa is passionate about the sharing economy as a solution for a sustainable world, and about ‘profit with purpose’ as the next business paradigm.
Innovation in partnership: how to get ahead of the game for consumer demand
“Innovation is often the result of partnerships.” A unique standing relationship with partner brands and the newest cutting-edge technology with Cambridge Commodities and Gencor. This podcast will have you wanting more. Cambridge Commodities (CC) have joined their very first table talk podcast with Food Matters Live to bring you a deeper insight into the latest trends and innovation in the food & beverage, health & wellbeing, and sports nutrition sectors. Mariko Hill, Product Development Executive from CC’s partner brand Gencor, and CC Innovation Specialist Zeke Stevens, join host Stefan Gates to delve further into this partnership. In the podcast we explore how manufacturers can benefit with their new AquaCelle® delivery system from Gencor combined with CCs’ sustainably sourced fish oil while expanding product applications to help meet consumer demand, amongst an array of insights. What partnership means to CC With 22 years of experience, it is this knowledge that has allowed CC to join many successful partnerships over the years. They have over 6 partner brands and over 14 exclusive ingredients in their portfolio. This range of partner branded ingredients enables them to supply research-backed, clinically proven products every day to consumers. As supplementation continues to be an increasingly prevalent part of modern healthy lifestyle, they have broadened the growing selection of softgel offerings in the form of Omega 3 50/25 TG with Lemon Oil & AquaCelle® softgel. The first 50/25 strength softgel to implement Gencor’s unique AquaCelle® aqueous delivery system, it provides a robust solution to a variety of consumer need states and effectively allows for smaller doses. Listeners can hear all about the process in this podcast. Discussions to also look out for: · Key milestones for Cambridge Commodities · Ingredient diversity that includes finished products · Technological solutions from AquaCelle® to LipiSperse® · How CC source innovative suppliers · Partnership in corporate social responsibility (CSR) Grab a hot drink and listen to the full podcast to learn all about this unique relationship with their partners now
Will bioplastics be the sustainable plastic solution?
In this episode of Table Talk we explore the development of bio based plastics, the latest innovations in the space and their true potential as viable alternatives to plastic. Are they the sustainable plastic solution we need to save the planet? Joining us to explain what bioplastics are, and to shed light on the impact they could have are two experts in the field, David Newman, Executive Director, BBIA and Constance Isbrucker, Head of Environmental Affairs, European Bioplastics. Join us in a fascinating look into the world of bioplastics. About our panel David Newman, Executive Director, BBIA David Newman lived in Europe and the Middle East until 2014 when he returned to the UK. He was the Executive Director of Greenpeace Italy 1994-1997; from 1999 until 2014 he led the Italian composting and biogas association CIC and he led the Italian Bioplastics Association from 2011 to 2015. From 2012 to 2016 he was President of the International Solid Waste Association in Vienna and initiated the 2015 Global Waste Management Outlook report written by ISWA and UNEP. During this time (2012-13) he was personal advisor to the Italian Minister of Environment, Andrea Orlando. David founded and leads the Bio Based and Biodegradable Industries Association UK since 2015 which works to promote the bioeconomy in the UK. He is President of the World Biogas Association since November 2016, co-author of the report Global Food Waste Management, an Implementation Guide for Cities, published in May 2018 by the WBA with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He also worked on the 2019 report published by WBA “The Global Potential of Biogas”. He is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group at DEFRA and a chartered member of the CIWM. His book “Everything is Connected “ is due to be published in the autumn of 2020. Constance Ißbrucker, Head of Environmental Affairs, European Bioplastics Constance Ißbrücker holds a degree from the University of Jena, Germany, specialized in macromolecular and bioorganic chemistry. Before joining European Bioplastics in 2013, she worked in different research groups at universities in Berlin and Jena where she gained valuable experience in the modification and analysis of polysaccharide derivatives and the synthesis of chiral amines by biocatalytic processes. In 2016, she has been promoted to Head of Environmental Affairs at European Bioplastics and is, among other things, responsible for the Product Groups Biobased and Biodegradables, standardisation of bioplastics, and the Seedling trademark.
How FareShare help brands like Tesco redistribute surplus food to those in need
FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, with more than 30 Regional Centres across the country. It takes food from the food industry that can’t be sold in shops, either because of packaging errors or a short shelf life. FareShare has worked with Tesco since 2012 to help alleviate poverty in the UK by ensuring surplus food within its supply chain is used to feed people and doesn’t end up as waste. Joining host Stefan Gates for a fascinating look into how charities, brands and retailers are working together to alleviate food waste by distributing surplus food to those who need it are Helen Davies, Retail Partners Senior Manager, FareShare, Claire de Silva, Head of Community and Local Media, Tesco, Nicola Mackay, Community Food Programme Manager, Tesco and Dr Mansukh Morjoria, Trustee, Shree Jalaram Mandi. About our panel Helen Davies, Retail Partners Senior Manager, FareShare Helen Davies is a Senior Commercial Manager at FareShare. She manages relationships with some our key retail partners, particularly Tesco, and is also responsible for business development and management of new partners joining the FareShare Go programme. Helen moved into the charity sector five years ago after a long career in mobile communications where she has run CSR for EE and Orange, communications and engagement for UK R&D and far too many projects in retail to mention! Claire de Silva, Head of Community and Local Media, Tesco Claire de Silva is Head of Community and Local Media at Tesco where she leads a team delivering multi-million-pound programmes that support thousands of local communities across the UK and a number of core proactive media campaigns. She began her career as a journalist working for a number of weekly, daily and evening newspapers before moving into public and media relations leading communications at John Lewis, Merlin, Whitbread, Travis Perkins and Centrica and the Hospice of St Francis. Nicola Mackay, Community Food Programme Manager, Tesco Nicola (Nicki) Mackay is Community Food Programme Manager at Tesco where she plans and deliver Tesco's operational strategy on food redistribution and food poverty via the delivery of two key community programmes; Tesco Food Collection, the annual food collection in stores in support of the FareShare and The Trussell Trust, and Community Food Connection in partnership with FareShare and FoodCloud, which offers daily edible food surplus to charities to collect for free. Dr Mansukh Morjoria, Trustee, Shree Jalaram Mandi Mansukh Morjaria is a Trustee at Shree Jalaram Mandir, a temple situated in Greenford, London, supporting people with food in the local community. As a not for profit organisation, they collect food through Tesco via FareShare Go – the back of store programme where charities and community organisations can collect end of day surplus food. Shree Jalaram Mandir is linked with lots of Tesco stores in London and has been collecting food through the programme since 2017. Throughout the pandemic, they have been supporting a wide range of people in the area, as well as homeless people, through fresh cooked meals and food parcels.
Anthony Warner: "We need fundamental change to feed the world"
Anthony Warner is known as the Angry Chef who looks to ‘expose lies, pretensions and stupidity in the world of food.’ He has a new book out ‘Ending Hunger: The Quest to Feed the World without destroying it’. In the book he argues that we need significant fundamental change if we have any hope of being able to feed the world in 2050. ‘Without substantial reduction in the number of animal products that we consume, within the next few decades, agriculture will raise global temperatures by two degrees, destroy all of the world’s forests and drive a million species to extinction… we desperately need to change consumption, shrinking down the powerful meat and cattle industries, something that they will fight every step of the way… this is probably the most difficult battle we face.’ Stefan Gates joins Anthony for a fascinating, and often frightening, look at the challenges the food industry faces, and what changes in public policy and approaches could make a huge impact on our future on the planet. About Anthony Warner Anthony Warner is a professional chef and writer. His first book, The Angry Chef – Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating, was the Guardian Best Food Book of the Year and winner in the Health and Lifestyle category at the inaugural Hearst Big Book Awards. He graduated in Biochemistry from Manchester University before embarking on a career in professional kitchens. He spent many years working in hotels, restaurants and event catering in the North West and London before taking a job as a development chef in the food manufacturing industry where he worked for over a decade developing recipes for some of the country’s best-known brands and products. Frustrated by pseudoscience and misinformation in the food industry, in 2016 he started a blog, which led to the bestselling book, The Angry Chef and a career in journalism. Two more books and countless arguments have followed.