Gain insights and inspiration at Food & Drink Expo this July

Registration is now open for Food & Drink Expo, the UK’s flagship event for retail, wholesale and foodservice audiences focusing on finished products, which returns next month (NEC Birmingham 5-7th July), revitalised and ready to tackle the key challenges affecting the industry in the new normal.


Visitors should make a date and register now for a free show pass to 2021’s most comprehensive programme of demonstrations, interactive live debates and tastings, all focused on improving the bottom line.


With July fast approaching, here’s a glimpse of some of the session highlights.


Hungry for knowledge: The Dynamic Meal Equation (10:15, 5th July 2021)

Three meals a day means 90 chances per month to conquer consumers’ plates. Gavin Kelly runs through what that means with Lumina Intelligence’s Dynamic Meal Equation. He’ll be analysing where those meals come from post-pandemic, from Deliveroo to meal boxes, and how different demographics and lockdown trends stand to shape the plates of the future.

(Venue: The Grocer Talking Shop Live)


What a Waste: Spotlight on single-use plastic (11:00, 5th July 2021)

Single-use plastic may have made a comeback during Covid-19 – but research shows the public still care deeply about the scandal of plastic waste. The market is now moving to reusable solutions. Led by Dr Gabrielle Walker, our expert panel outline what this means for the sector, with best practice and tips on investing in the circular economy.

(Venue: The Grocer Talking Shop Live)


This Way Up: Where are we now? (12:00, 5th July 2021)

What matters most to the food and drink industry right now? BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin asks our panel of industry heads plus a top retail economist, for their insights on pressing issues and key trends across the landscape.

(Venue: The Grocer Talking Shop Live)


Word on the Street: The Future of Street Food (16:00, 6th July)

Street food turns spaces into destinations; from market halls to upmarket malls, festivals, exhibitions, events, stadia and more. Before the pandemic it’s growth was exponential and despite the huge challenges still at play, Street Food continues to attract new blood and grow its reach. So what’s next? Find out at this lively panel session on the future of the sector, including Mark Laurie, Director, NCASS.

(Venue: The Grocer Talking Shop Live)


Take a look at the full live events programme here and the speaker line-up here.


The UK Food & Drink Shows are an opportunity to celebrate the return of our exhibitions across food development, grocery, manufacturing, specialist retail, wholesale and foodservice at the NEC Birmingham from 5-7 July 2021. Food & Drink Expo will run alongside Foodex, The Ingredients Show, National Convenience Show, Farm Shop & Deli Show and The Forecourt Show and your badge will provide free access to all six shows.




Now more than ever, you can trust us to bring the whole industry back together and furnish you with the information, insight and connections you need to navigate the future in the best way possible. Find out more and register free via the website.


Food & Drink Expo is part of the UK Food & Drink Shows which have ‘Visit Britain’ ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation. This confirms they meet Government and public health guidance on Covid-19 and have health and safety processes in place for safe July opening.

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