2023 Metropolis Meals and Drink Lecture panel introduced

For its twenty second lecture and first yr re-branded because the Metropolis Meals and Drink Lecture round 600 livery members, VIP company and trade consultants will talk about the difficulty of foods and drinks sustainability all through the provision chain.

The panel becoming a member of this yr’s speaker, Sir Charles Godfray are:

  • Wilfred Emmanuel Jones, Founding father of The Black Farmer
  • Panel chair Charlotte Smith, who’s well-known for her position as presenter on BBC1’s Countryfile and on Radio 4’s Farming In the present day
  • Sophie Lawrence, Stewardship and Engagement Lead at Rathbones Greenbank
  • Sue Davies, Head of Client Rights and Meals Coverage at Which?
L-R: Charlotte Smith, Sophie Lawrence, Sue Davies, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones.

Sir Charles Godfray, director of Oxford College’s Oxford Martin College and its Way forward for Meals Programme is about to debate the resilience of the foods and drinks system, the influence of de-globalisation, the challenges of internet zero and the artistic and disruption potential of recent applied sciences, amongst different points.

Panel chair for the third yr operating, Charlotte Smith, mentioned: “This yr’s lecture offers a difficult topic for meals, drink and farming. I look ahead to listening to from Sir Charles and discussing the prevalent points with the panel.”

Commenting on this yr’s theme, Sophie Lawrence, Stewardship and Engagement Lead at Rathbones Greenbank says: “There are a large number of dangers dealing with the foods and drinks system right this moment linked to points equivalent to diet, biodiversity loss and local weather change. How firms reply to those points and to the altering regulatory, client and different stakeholder calls for surrounding them will affect not solely their social licence to function but additionally the long-term resilience of their working fashions and provide chains. I’m excited to symbolize the investor perspective on the Metropolis Meals & Drink lecture and discover with my fellow panellists how we will work collectively to construct a wholesome, sustainable and reasonably priced foods and drinks system.”

Sue Davies, head of Client Rights and Meals Coverage at Which? mentioned: “I’m actually trying ahead to this essential dialogue. Customers are being hit very arduous by relentless meals value inflation and persons are more and more having to commerce down and store round. Hundreds of thousands are telling us that they’re having to take drastic steps equivalent to skipping meals, and in consequence persons are discovering consuming healthily far more difficult.

“The Authorities has a vital position in creating and delivering a meals technique that ensures a extra resilient meals system that helps folks in making reasonably priced, wholesome and sustainable selections. However the meals trade and notably the primary supermarkets must step up and do extra to make sure folks can entry reasonably priced, wholesome ranges and depend on clear pricing to match greatest worth.”

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, founding father of The Black Farmer added: “I’m actually trying ahead to Sir Charles’ lecture and collaborating on the panel.  I firmly consider that constructing a simply, wholesome, and sustainable foods and drinks system just isn’t solely a problem, however an crucial for our collective future. Allow us to embrace the alternatives that lie forward and work collectively to create a meals system that nourishes each our our bodies and the planet.”

The interactive panel dialogue will contact upon and debate key takeaways from the lecture, offering perception into each the challenges we face within the meals & drink system, in addition to the alternatives that come from this.

John Giles, the chair of the Metropolis Meals & Drink Lecture mentioned: “We put a great deal of thought into the composition of the panel for the Metropolis Meals & Drink Lecture and this can be a crucial a part of the general occasion itself. This yr now we have once more 3 wonderful folks on the panel, every from totally different components of the provision chain. We’re very a lot trying ahead to listening to their ideas and views from the questions acquired from the viewers after which their response to the Keynote speech delivered by Sir Charles Godfray. This may cowl points equivalent to de-globalisation, weight loss program, transferring in the direction of real internet zero carbon commitments, anti-obesity medication and the necessity to stress check our foods and drinks system by way of a collection of giant provide chain shocks over the previous couple of years”.

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