Aldeburgh Food Festival Conference 28th September 2018

Collison and Associates are pleased to be involved in the Aldeburgh Food Festival Conference on 28th September 2018 to represent the SKIN Thematic Network on short food chains:

Conference, 28 September 2018 Snape Maltings Suffolk An Appetite for Change: Eating Wisely & Well

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is delighted to present an important conference, ‘An Appetite for Change: Eating Wisely Well’ at Snape Maltings in Suffolk on 28 September. The food festival conference will address pressing issues about the nation’s food choices, identifying areas where change is needed. This year at the festival’s fourth conference the topic under discussion is the impact of diet on health and the advantages of short food chains. Problems associated with obesity and diet-related disease have become a serious concern for us all. Speakers will share the latest findings in consumer and medical research to provide a clear picture of the current situation and how change could be possible with local producers and Suffolk businesses helping to lead the way. Speakers will be assisted by panellists and will discuss with the audience the issues outlined in their talks, including the role of regional food from short supply chains in delivering multiple benefits including a vibrant rural economy, enhanced food traceability and healthy food culture, while offering suggestions for encouraging consumer interest – now and after Brexit.

The conference will be chaired by the former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull and speakers include:

• Professor Andrew Fearne from Norwich Business School, who has been studying the buying habits of consumers for over 15 years will explain the challenges of encouraging behavioural change

• Doug Field, Chief Executive of the East of England Co-op and also Chair of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership will talk about the Co-op’s highly successful local food sourcing policy

• Professor Alastair Forbes, medical doctor, scientist and gastroenterologist from the Norwich Research Park and the University of East Anglia will discuss the connection between food, diet and gut health;

• Bee Wilson, acclaimed British author, food writer and historian, will tell us why and how she believes change is possible;

• Oliver Paul from the renowned Suffolk Food Hall will talk about the advantages of local food;

• Martin Collison, representing the EU Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network (SKIN) will share the European experience on developing shorter food chains.

Our panellists are cook, food writer and television producer Thomasina Miers and Jonathan Crickmore, David Eagle, Gerard King, Joannah Metcalfe, Nick Saltmarsh and Mike Smith, all representing inspiring and entrepreneurial food businesses and organisations. They will join our speakers to debate the issues and answer questions from the audience Thanks to the support of our sponsors and the EU Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network (the SKIN project ), we have been able to keep the ticket price to just £35, which 1 includes a wonderful seasonal two-course lunch featuring local produce.

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The SKIN project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement N.728055