University to showcase cutting-edge support for the food industry at Food Matters Live

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15 Aug 2016 14:08:20.937

The University of Nottingham will be showcasing some of its world-leading food and drink research this autumn at the annual Food Matters Live exhibition which is taking place between 22 – 24 November at ExCel in London.

Food Matters Live is a vast cross-sector networking event bringing together over 600 organisations and leading professionals in a range of fields spanning from retail to nutrition and manufacturing to healthcare.

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Health and nutrition sciences academics from University of Nottingham will be sharing their expertise and research findings on pressing issues ranging from the obesity crisis to allergy and intolerance awareness.

Focusing specifically on soil to shelf processes, the University’s exhibition will illustrate the journey from primary production through to consumer health and clinical applications of academic findings.

Insects for animal feed
Many of the event’s seminars are focused on alternative methods of manufacturing food. At the expo, the University will reveal its latest developments in a resource efficient food manufacturing supply chain. This involves developing a safe and secure food manufacturing supply chain and establishing an innovative, resilient food supply chain for 21st century populations.

In addition to the return of the tremendously popular Sensory Science food tasting stand which offers interactive sessions in understanding the science behind taste, University academics will be showcasing recent developments and latest research in offering connections between food, health and sustainable nutrition for the future.

Tackling age related diseases through diet
It is widely accepted that diet needs to be adapted to changing population demographics. The University's Professor Andrew Murton will be discussing ageing and its related diseases, and how dietary change can significantly reduce the onset of these conditions.

Sustainable food production is also an issue of increasing importance to the world, and Professor Andy Salter, Head of Nutritional Sciences, will present his alternatives to current food production methods, including introducing the possibility of using insects for food and animal feed.

Other insights into the benefits of changes to nutrition include a seminar by Professor Ian Macdonald, who will be delivering a seminar on motivating dietary change by exploring the research and development in advancing nutrition for heart health.

Pioneering research
Dr George Baxter, Director of Research Enterprise and Graduate Services explained: “The University of Nottingham has long been a pioneer of research in the food and drink sector, providing a wide range of expertise across the industry, from farm through to fork. We are always interested in meeting businesses that are keen to partner with us and look forward to hopefully meeting many of them at Food Matters Live.”

The 2016 conference promises a wealth of new research, innovative materials and documentation in the field of health science bringing pressing health issues to the forefront of public discussion and initiating a much needed movement towards the improved nutritional health of the nation.

To find out more about the services that The University of Nottingham can offer to food and drink businesses, contact Amreesh Mishra in the Corporate Partnerships Team, on 0115 748 4359, or email

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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For more details about this story, email Lucia Loffreda, Marketing and Communications intern, Research, Enterprise and Graduate Services, or tel: 0115 748 4555
Nick King  

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