The Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0JF Show Map

July 17th 2018, 01:00 pm-09:00 pm

The Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0JF Show Map

July 4th 2018, 01:00 pm-09:00 pm

YFOOD INSIGHT & INNOVATION DAY
FOOD & RETAIL INNOVATION

For our second signature YFood Insight & Innovation Day of the year we’ll be exploring Food and Retail Innovation. Unearth how experience, personalisation and optimisation are driving an ever changing and exciting food and retail landscape. Discover new manufacturing methods and some of the most innovative ‘alterna-products’ that are making waves in the industry. You’ll also experience first hand how disruptors are creating game-changing products and creating compelling new retail environments.

This action packed one day event brings you cutting edge insight, straight from the mouths of the ones to watch. Hear from and meet the trailblazers changing the food and retail sectors. You’ll meet and hear from the Founders of leading Food Tech startups, industry investors and the innovative brands who are revolutionising the industry.

This event is NOT a conference, nor a trade show. There’s no walking for hours or choosing which talk to go to out of hundreds. It's a high energy, fun, dynamic event designed to deliver real business value. We do the hard work for you, using YFood’s experience and expertise to navigate through the complex world of technology and innovation and curate the most exciting, cutting edge and commercial solutions for your business.

A must attend if you want new insights to apply to your own business and the connections to build new partnerships, meet new clients, and find investment opportunities.

1pm - 9pm - Main Event (all ticket holders)
Please plan to spend the whole time with us so you don't miss out!
8am - 12pm - Investor Drop-Ins (for investors & startup premium ticket holders)
8am - 12pm - Expert Drop-Ins (for startup ticket holders, very limited quantity)

FIRST ANNOUNCED SPEAKERS



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Andrew Steele
DNAFit

Founding Team & Head of Product


Andrew is a British Olympic athlete in Track & Field, running the 400m and 4x400m for Great Britain. Alongside his athletic career, Andrew is also a founding member and Head of Product Development for personal genetics company DNAFit, who were recently acquired by Prenetics, specialising in DNA testing for both fitness and nutrition response, to allow better personalised exercise and nutrition advice.
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Mikela Eskenazi
Blippar

CCO


Mikela is CCO at Blippar, the tech company specializing in Augmented Reality. Her work with clients has been recognised as ground-breaking, including “Best campaign of the year 2017” by The DRUM. In her role, she leads a global team which builds partnerships with major consumer brands, retailers and agencies.
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Erik Wallim
Northfork

Co-founder & CMO


Erik is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-founder of Northfork. Erik leads the international roll-out of Northfork Shop by Recipe platform, which includes building networks with retailers, kitchen appliance manufacturers and technology providers to add value for grocery shoppers. Prior to being part of the founding team at Northfork, Erik was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of BagHitch a P2P transportation service, where he was responsible for POC including market entry, he was also awarded the status of spokesperson for the sharing economy in Scandinavia.
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Athena Simpson
YFood

Partner & CMO


Athena has over 17 years of working in entertainment sponsorship, licensing, marketing, and events. Her past clients include top global blue chip companies and she counts Live Nation, Linkin Park, Guinness World Records, and award winning Youth Marketing Agency, Livity as former employers. She joined YFood in early 2016 to look after commercial partnerships and marketing. In 2017, after 4 years of running her vegan dessert brand, HEAVEN + HELLTHY, she became a partner and took on the role of CMO at YFood.

INVESTOR & EXPERTS DROP-INS



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Archie Mason
John Lewis Partnership

Head of Business Development


With a huge passion for how technology and science are coming together to define the future of Food, Archie is a Head of Business Development at the John Lewis Partnership. He leads the Food, Health & Wellbeing theme within JLP Ventures, focused on exploring, developing and scaling new digitally led growth opportunities across the Partnership, including Cook Well from Waitrose. Archie joined the Partnership from PwC where he was a strategy consultant leading growth advisory and projects for a broad range of consumer facing clients.

JLAB will be hosting Investor Drop-ins exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders on the Insight & Innovation Day, allowing Food Tech startups to book to meet investors one-on-one. Investor Drop-ins are extremely limited and booked on a first-come-first-served basis so get your Premium Startup ticket now to avoid missing out when registration opens!
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Faye Wilson
John Lewis Partnership

Go to Market Lead


Faye is a Go to Market Lead at the John Lewis Partnership, part of JLP Ventures. Faye's role is to take a commercial concept or opportunity to market, shaping all aspects of the fledgling business, in effect working as a 'mini CEO'. She is also responsible for delivering the output of JLAB, and ensuring the invested businesses are able to deliver mutually beneficial commercial advantage. Prior to JLP Ventures, Faye worked in buying and merchandising, with experience at a number of UK retailers; Next, Tesco and John Lewis. Faye also spent time in Europe setting up and leading an offshore business unit.

JLAB will be hosting Investor Drop-ins exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders on the Insight & Innovation Day, allowing Food Tech startups to book to meet investors one-on-one. Investor Drop-ins are extremely limited and booked on a first-come-first-served basis so get your Premium Startup ticket now to avoid missing out when registration opens!
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Alexia Arts
MMC Ventures

Associate


Alexia joined MMC in 2018 as an Associate from Santander InnoVentures, Santander’s Venture Capital Fund. At Santander, Alexia was responsible for screening and evaluating inbound financial technology leads, continuous tracking of the market and relevant trends across the financial service sector to identify start-ups that best fit their funds criteria. Alexia has a BA (Hons) in History and Spanish from University of Durham.

MMC Ventures will be hosting Investor Drop-ins exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders on the Insight & Innovation Day, allowing Food Tech startups to book to meet investors one-on-one. Investor Drop-ins are extremely limited and booked on a first-come-first-served basis so get your Premium Startup ticket now to avoid missing out when registration opens!
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Kirsty Macdonald
JamJar Investments

Investment Manager


Kirsty is a Investment Manager at JamJar Investments and will be hosting free Investor Drop-ins exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders on the Insight & Innovation Day.

JamJar Investments is run by the innocent founders; Adam, Rich and Jon to use their cash, experience, advice and network to help committed entrepreneurs build their own successful businesses and have a net positive effect on the world around them.

JamJar looks to invest in seed/round A of high growth consumer brand businesses in both digital and non-tech. Thier combination of operational, commercial and brand experience was honed over 14 years taking innocent from scratch to sale to Coca Cola for north of half a billion £. That journey means they understand the journey of entrepreneurs, the highs the lows, the challenges and some of the solutions. They want to help disruptive businesses that can transform or dominate an industry. Their most recent investment was in Propercorn.

Investor Drop-ins are extremely limited and booked on a first-come-first-served basis exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders so get your ticket now to avoid missing out when registration opens!

WHATS'S INCLUDED?

INSPIRING TALKS, PANELS & CASE STUDIES

  • Hear industry leading keynote speakers give depth to the Food & Retail landscape - expect your mind to be pushed to new limits.
  • ‘Meet the Disruptors’ series of YFood talks, which feature short talks from innovators and startups who are the trailblazers leading the way in Food and Retail Innovation.
  • ‘Pitch the Startup’ series, which sees pitching turned on its head. Investors will ‘pitch’ a startup they’ve invested in where you’ll find out the what, how and why that made them invest.
  • ‘A Marriage made in Food Tech Heaven’ showcasing successful and mutually beneficial startup/corporate collaborations to give the audience inspiration and tangible learnings to apply in their own businesses.

NETWORKING OVER INCREDIBLE FOOD AND DRINK

  • Meet the Founders of the latest technologies and the influencers shaking up the industry.
  • Taste and experience the latest in Food & Drink and meet the producers behind the magic.
  • Create meaningful connections with investors, decision makers from global brands in a dynamic and relaxed setting.
  • Evening Reception - discover new innovations, connections and solutions over interactive drinks, food & networking. A must attend.

FOR INVESTORS & STARTUPS LOOKING TO RAISE

  • We'll be running our successful drop-ins for startups to meet face to face with Food Tech Investors (Premium-Only).

FOR STARTUPS LOOKING FOR BUSINESS ADVICE

  • Our expert drop-ins are back! Super limited and open to startups only, book into meet our handpicked Food Tech advisors who can answer your burning business questions.

WHAT WILL YOU DISCOVER?

TRENDS, INNOVATIONS AND SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES

Our understanding of our bodies and our want to master them is moving at a frenetic pace and people expect the brands they buy from to keep up. Get up to speed with the lingo, trends and movements behind the changing landscape. Find out what they are, why they are important and how you can future-proof your business for:

  • BIOHACKING, PERSONALISATION & OPTIMISATION

ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS

On the heels of the new trends and people's quest to optimise find out what products and new production methods we are seeing to support the conscious eater? Find out why some of these trends are worth exploring and scalable:

  • ALTERNA-PRODUCTS (Meat alternatives, algae, insects, superfoods)
  • NEW MANUFACTURING METHODS - Fermentation, 3D Printing and more

THE CHANGING FACE OF RETAIL

The high street has long been in trouble - but some businesses are not only surviving but thriving! Find out what YFood thinks of these innovations and their potential in the fiercely competitive retail landscape.

  • ENGAGEMENT - how can utilising non-traditional forms of engagement such as experiential tools and mixed realities help you keep your customers delighted?

WHO'S THIS EVENT FOR?

Our events are relevant for brands, startups, investors and anyone interested in the future of food. This event is a must attend for:

  • Food Manufacturers, Producers and FMCG brands of all sizes
  • Retail Operators & Land Owners
  • New Product Development, Innovation, Trend, R&D teams that have any dealings in or interest in the Food Industry
  • Anyone in Hospitality industry interested in new food trends or different sales channels that can be utilised to diversify their offering.
  • Customer Experience or Marketing Professionals who want to understand the changing landscape and expectations of consumers.
  • Anyone interested in the future of food!

INVESTORS



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John Lewis Partnership



JLAB will be hosting free Investor Drop-ins exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders on the Insight & Innovation Day.

JLAB is one of the largest retail tech innovation programmes in the UK and the John Lewis Partnership is famous for innovative products, services and their unique employee ownership model. 2018 will be the first time that JLAB will be run as an all year-round programme, looking to invest in and partner with exciting early stage companies that are shaping retail experiences of the future.

They are currently inviting startups with disruptive tech in the food space to join their JLAB journey. They are interested in any businesses that can bring exciting innovation to one of Britain’s most iconic food companies - be it store of the future, online, food service or through the supply chain. In return they will help businesses build relationships with Waitrose, one of the UK’s leading retail brands.

Recent investments made through JLAB include the new social eating platform WeFiFo and the delivery addressing system Exaactly.

Investor Drop-ins are extremely limited and booked on a first-come-first-served basis exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders so get your ticket now to avoid missing out!
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MMC Ventures



MMC Ventures will be hosting free Investor Drop-ins exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders on the Insight & Innovation Day.

MMC Ventures is a research-led venture capital firm. Founded in 2000 the firm has backed more than 50 high-growth technology companies from the Seed and Series A stage. MMC focuses on scaling enterprise software and consumer internet companies with the potential to disrupt huge markets. Based in London, the firm has over £200 million under management and is investing c. £40 million annually. Companies MMC has backed include; Gousto, Pact, APEXX, Bloom & Wild, DigitalGenius, Echo, Elder, Interactive Investor, NewVoiceMedia, Masabi, Opal, Peak, Signal Media, SafeGuard, Senseye and Sky-Futures. Their current focus is on Series A stage UK B2B and B2C companies but are also interested to meet early stage startups to trend spot and build relationships for future investment opportunities.

Investor Drop-ins are extremely limited and booked on a first-come-first-served basis exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders so get your ticket now to avoid missing out!
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JamJar Investments



JamJar Investments will be hosting free Investor Drop-ins exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders on the Insight & Innovation Day.

JamJar Investments is run by the innocent founders; Adam, Rich and Jon to use their cash, experience, advice and network to help committed entrepreneurs build their own successful businesses and have a net positive effect on the world around them.

JamJar looks to invest in seed/round A of high growth consumer brand businesses in both digital and non-tech. Thier combination of operational, commercial and brand experience was honed over 14 years taking innocent from scratch to sale to Coca Cola for north of half a billion £. That journey means they understand the journey of entrepreneurs, the highs the lows, the challenges and some of the solutions. They want to help disruptive businesses that can transform or dominate an industry. Their most recent investment was in Propercorn.

Investor Drop-ins are extremely limited and booked on a first-come-first-served basis exclusively for Premium Startup ticket holders so get your ticket now to avoid missing out!

FOOD TECH DISRUPTORS



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Provenance



Provenance is a platform that empowers brands & retailers to take steps toward greater transparency by tracing the origins and histories of products. With their technology, you can easily gather and verify stories, keep them connected to physical things and embed them anywhere online.
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Eat Grub



EAT GRUB is a boundary-breaking new sustainable food brand that aims to revolutionise Western food culture by introducing insects as a staple part of it.
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Blippar



Blippar is a leading technology company specialising in Augmented Reality and computer vision. Since 2011, Blippar has helped thousands of brands and agencies bring their campaigns to life with augmented reality. Blippar specialises in AR as applied to the shopper journey to deepen customer engagement, drive footfall and increase sales. The company gives access to an AR ecosystem with products and services to meet specific business needs – from consultancy to AR creation tools that publish AR content within a client's own app or rich media banners - no app required.
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Northfork



Northfork has developed the world's best platform for online retailers to sell groceries by recipes and meals. The technology is included as a value added layer in the regular shopping experience at retailers. Data shows that the disruption of grocery shopping will be through recipes!

STARTUP WANTING TO SHOWCASE?

Want to be one of our YFood selected ‘ones to watch’ startups at the YFood Insight & Innovation Day and connect with our audience on a really meaningful level?

We’ve got a super limited number of opportunities for Food Tech and Food & Beverage startups to showcase at the event and be seen by our highly engaged audience that’s actively on the lookout for innovative companies to work with. See what previous showcasers & attendees think:

“Thank you so much for allowing us to attend last week's YFood Insight & Innovation Day. It was a truly inspirational day and we met some really interesting people on the back of it. We're now speaking with Evogro to supply all our UK hotels, along with CityPantry for our staff food and Laura from Kaleidoscope for supply of her delicious handrolls. We've also signed up all sites to BioBean.”
Mark Fink, UK Food & Beverage Manager, citizenM Hotel

“I would do this event all the time. I stopped doing trade shows as they are not cost effective but this was different. A real highlight was getting my 60 second pitch on stage - I was inundated at my showcase area after that!”
Hiromi Stone, Founder Kinomi

Want to find out more? These spots sell out quickly so apply now to maximise your chances of securing a spot.

Food Tech startups APPLY HERE
Food & Beverage providers APPLY HERE

TICKETS

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70% OFF TICKETS FOR FOOD TECH STARTUPS

Driving innovation in the Food ecosystem is at the heart of what we do so if you’re a Food Tech startup we want to support you. If you have a registered Food Tech business, have been trading for 4 years or less, have a company website, with annual turnover of less than £5m per year and raised £10m or less, create a Food Tech startup account to take advantage of 70% off tickets and access to Premium tickets above and get access to investor drop-ins (super limited).*

70% OFF TICKETS FOR FOOD TECH STARTUPS

Congratulations, as a registered Food Tech Startup, you're able to take advantage of the discounted Standard tickets above as well as Premium tickets to meet with investors.*


It’s as simple as:

Step 1

Click Sign in and Register for a new YFood account

Step 2

In the registration form select Food Tech Startup. Enter your Company Name and if it doesn’t already exist in our system, Create a new one and enter your company details when prompted. Create your account.

Step 3

Come back to this page and your discount will automatically be applied above*



If you’ve already created a YFood account but have forgotten to set yourself up as a Food Tech Startup just send us an email at getintouch@yfood.com and we’ll be happy to help!

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*The YFood team reviews all Food Tech Startup applications so if we later see that you do not qualify as a Food Tech Startup, we reserve the right to cancel and refund your discounted tickets.

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