• A truly fantastic thought provoking event with presentations of the highest order, that gave me personally a huge amount of inspiration. Not only were the presentations first class but the creation of a potential new brand on the day of an innovation workshop was something pretty special as well.

    A very big thumbs up to all involved.

    • Steve Kearns

    • Managing Director
    • Cawston Press
  • I really enjoyed the FDIN conference. The connections made really support me connecting with industry standards and trends, coming from a family business – Every visit is an education – Fab!

    • Claire Gallagher

    • Head of Food & Drink Innovation
    • Bettys
  • Excellent day – very balanced and factual opinions given by the speakers. This gave my company and I the industry knowledge we need to keep relevant in a fast changing market. Meeting with other FDIN members was also a valuable aspect of the day.

    • Caleb Simpson

    • Managing Director
    • Simpson Beverages
  • Relevant and up to date information. Good venue. Very much enjoyed the event and meeting new contacts

    • Amanda Gillies

    • Food Development Technologist
    • FBDC
  • Always find these events very topical and informative

    • Kawther Hashem

    • Researcher and Nutritionist
    • Action on Sugar
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  • A truly fantastic thought provoking event with presentations of the highest order, that gave me personally a huge amount of inspiration. Not only were the presentations first class but the creation of a potential new brand on the day of an innovation workshop was something pretty special as well.

    A very big thumbs up to all involved.

    • Steve Kearns

    • Managing Director
    • Cawston Press
  • I really enjoyed the FDIN conference. The connections made really support me connecting with industry standards and trends, coming from a family business – Every visit is an education – Fab!

    • Claire Gallagher

    • Head of Food & Drink Innovation
    • Bettys
  • Excellent day – very balanced and factual opinions given by the speakers. This gave my company and I the industry knowledge we need to keep relevant in a fast changing market. Meeting with other FDIN members was also a valuable aspect of the day.

    • Caleb Simpson

    • Managing Director
    • Simpson Beverages
  • Relevant and up to date information. Good venue. Very much enjoyed the event and meeting new contacts

    • Amanda Gillies

    • Food Development Technologist
    • FBDC
  • Always find these events very topical and informative

    • Kawther Hashem

    • Researcher and Nutritionist
    • Action on Sugar
  • Very informative, well organised and interesting day. It was also nice to meet some new people!

    • Sally Crewe

    • Development Technologist
    • Handmade Cake Company
  • Excellent nutritional summit. High calibre speakers and solid information. Lots of good contacts, very well run and chaired.

    • Elaine Underwood

    • Director
    • Underwood Brand Consulting
  • Current, informative, great for networking. Overall a good event!

    • Max Harland

    • Nutrition Intern
    • Asda
  • Thoroughly enjoyable and informative day, well done! Great networking and I hope to attend more events

    • Deborah David

    • Dietitian - Freelance
    • Independent
  • Lively and diverse day. Wide variety of topics covered by experts in their fields. Friendly and warm atmosphere, great for networking with like-minded people

    • Niamh Byrne

    • R & D Project Manager
    • Kerry Foods
  • Great for networking. Highly informative event.

    • James Byrne

    • Technical Account Manager
    • CSM Bakery Solutions
  • It was a really valuable day yesterday; I enjoyed all the speakers and found it really inspirational talking to other people in the industry

    • Natalie Slack

    • Head of Product
    • Propercorn
  • An inspirational & pertinent selection of speakers offering clear insights on NPD

    • Keith James

    • Special Advisor - Environmental Research
    • WRAP
  • A great way to keep ahead of the trends!

    • Sian Hackett

    • Innovation Manager
    • Provenance Partners
  • FDIN events make my head hurt! So many ideas and so much stimulation, it prohibits sleep for a couple of nights afterwards!

    • Gary Barr

    • MD
    • Arden Fine Foods
  • Being encouraged to interact with other delegates between sessions in a way you can’t refuse adds another dimension to events like no other events

    • Jamie Robinson

    • Product Innovation Manager
    • Weight Watchers
  • FDIN Seminars bring the latest consumer, retail and category insights and distil them into edible bits that are so very “more-ish”!

    • Sophia Nadur

    • Chief Innovator
    • Ideas2launch
  • Jam-packed with fresh perspectives and industry insights, the FDIN provides the BEST seminars

    • Lawrence Bowley

    • Business Development Manager
    • Ming Foods
  • A thought-provoking day with a good variety of topics covered. Unlike lots of events I have been to, I felt that the speakers were imparting wisdom rather than selling a product

    • Rose Black

    • Innovation Manager
    • Fever-Tree
  • A very well organised seminar, great networking opportunity. Variety of speakers gives a broad overview on food & drink innovation

    • Suzanne Zimny

    • Innovation Controller
    • Vimto
  • A fantastic choice of subject, knowledgeable speakers from diverse backgrounds to showcase different angles on the topic and enthusiastic attendees from various areas of the business rounding out a great day! Looking forward to the next one.

    • Natalia Chrusny

    • Research Director
    • MMR Research
  • A great way to keep up to date with what is going on in the industry – especially for new information and developments that you otherwise might not be aware of

    • Erica Barron

    • Technical Assistant
    • Winterbotham Darby
  • I enjoyed the day and it was nice to get out of the office, disrupt the to-do list and take time to think and reflect in a stimulating environment.

    • Beth Stirling - Jones

    • Technical Manager - Operations
    • Innocent Drinks
  • The Global Trends Summit is a wonderful event both in terms of validating my current thinking on trends and bringing some new emerging ones to the forefront

    • Ciara McCabe

    • Insight Manager
    • Kerry
  • Fantastic insights from diverse businesses and expert individuals that really give you a sense of what’s happening home and abroad

    • Claire Gallagher

    • Head of food & drink Innovation
    • Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate
  • FDIN is a fantastic source of inspiration, not to mention a thoroughly stimulating and enjoyable day spent with a lot of very intelligent food and drink experts

    • Richard Savage

    • Director
    • The Shopper Experience Company
  • FDIN events provide a varied yet focussed forum for an industry that is never found wanting for passion, energy or innovation

    • Morgan Griffiths

    • Business Development Manager
    • The Food People
  • The Global Trends Summit was a thought-provoking and fascinating day. Now I need to apply it to the day job!

    • Sophie Bambridge

    • Business Development Manager
    • Barfoots of Botley
  • A fabulous menu of of a broad range of topics and speakers which allowed us to explore and understand aspects of our industry which were new to us

    • Eddie Stableford

    • Innovation Director
    • BRYT
  • This event has added innovation to our innovation in a surprisingly innovative way!

    • John Foster

    • Managing Director
    • Foster Bakery
  • Fascinating & stimulating

    • Elizabeth Lovius

    • Founder
    • KSC - leadership consultancy
  • Really fantastic day; great speakers, great hosts, and some really good and thought provoking insight.

    • Stuart Say

    • Account Manager
    • Barfoots of Botley
  • Genuinely interesting… and really friendly

    • Nick Gadsby

    • Founder
    • The Answer
  • Thank you for bringing together a great variety of speakers with really varying backgrounds. Very interesting!

    • Charlotte Bourne

    • Brand Manager
    • Kerry Foods
  • One of the best seminars I have been to – very interesting talks on a wide range of topics, by knowledgeable speakers.

    • Aisling Syme

    • Brand Manager
    • Dorset Cereals
  • Thank you Michelle and Jeffrey for a very dynamic and informative seminar.

    • Yann Salaun

    • Product & Technical Director
    • Genius Foods
  • Excellent day  – all speakers were informative, lots of insight and minimal overlap or duplication. Lots of food for thought. Thanks so much – I will definitely be back for next year!

    • Robert Jordan

    • Category Director
    • Valeo Foods - Ireland
  • The (Freefrom) event has been excellent; stimulating and thought-provoking. Excellent speakers, with great variety, all consolidated into an impactful day. Thank you so much.

    • Janina Schendel

    • Innovations Manager
    • Weetabix
  • Brilliant! Just the right mix of presentations, networking and debate.

    • Jo Simmons

    • Senior Product Manager
    • McCain Foods
  • Cracking content, great focus on our next challenge. As it was my first event it was also great to mix with an array of industry experts!

    • Matt McAuliffe

    • Head of Product & Inspiration
    • Winterbotham Darby
  • The FDIN brings together a great wealth of industry bodies. Hugely exciting to learn about a wide range of industry experiences and evaluate next steps. The journey continues…

    • Sam Cook

    • Marketing Business Partner
    • AB Mauri UK & Ireland
  • It’s the networking aspect of the FDIN conferences that I really value – they always attract a really interesting bunch of delegates

    • Simon Wright

    • Founder
    • OF+ Consulting
  • Excellent content and engaging speakers. The Freefrom event was a well-spent day.

    • Richard Easey

    • Sales Director
    • Bowman Ingredients
  • Great insight into a new fast moving area of the food industry

    • Thomas Shaw

    • Innovations Manager
    • Real Good Food PLC
  • The diversity of speakers throughout the (freefrom) day made the seminar very interesting. The YouGov presentation was excellent.

    • Emma Broughton

    • Product developer
    • Marks & Spencer
  • I’ve had the pleasure of joining FDIN events many times, both as an audience member and a speaker. What sets their events apart is their warm & informal tone, an audience of curious practitioners and speakers who are there to share, not sell. On every occasion, I walked away energized and with something to think about, which is exactly what you want from an innovation network!

    • Costas Papaikonomou

    • Founder
    • Happen
  • Great event. Strongly recommend it!

    • Wojtek Jedryka

    • Business Development Manager
    • Leatherhead Research Ltd
  • The FDIN’s facilitated table-swapping is a fantastic way to enliven an event and get the most out of it.

    • Richard Cottingham

    • Regulatory Compliance Officer
    • Weetabix
  • An excellent conference – very thought-provoking with a great selection of speakers. Very useful to hear different perspectives from both presenters and fellow attendees.

    • Natalie Forkin

    • Marketing Controller
    • Cereal Partners
  • Great post SACN briefing day held by the FDIN. The range of speakers and topics made it really informative. Learning about the reformulation of sugary products and how to achieve < 5% free sugar recommendations were particularly helpful. Looking forward to the next one!

    • Jenny Rosborough

    • Campaign Manager
    • Action on Sugar
  • “Well organised, flowing presentations, excellent networking and an innovative style for Q & A.”

    • Duncan Evanson

    • Technical Services Manager
    • Cargill
  • “This is the fourth FDIN event that I have attended and I have found them all to be extremely well organized, excellent opportunities to network and meet interesting people in other segments of the food and drink industry, a lot of fun and good value for the money. I look forward to my next opportunity to attend one.”

    • Peter M. Salmon

    • Managing Director
    • International Food Network
  • “Jeffrey and the FDIN seemed to have the recipe for great inspiration just right last week. Some theory, not too much – a core of interesting cases that go beyond the “look at me being successful’ and the right amount of networking time. If you haven’t gotten to know something or someone new ,you should look in the mirror. The personal touch, the friendship feel and the Bolly make it all a very positive experience.”

    • Philip De Wulf

    • Senior VP
    • Synovate
  • “This event really had everything going for it – well organised, a great line up of knowledgeable, yet down to earth speakers & really useful interactive sessions where you could not only meet like-minded types, but also share in their real experiences. It was definitely worth taking a day out of the daily grind for & left me feeling raring to go.”

    • Joady Horsley

    • Group Innovation Manager
    • A G Barr
  • “Not only do FDIN provide a welcome weekly shot of innovation news – they also run some great events, bringing together inspirational speakers with interested practitioners, to create an informal, participative and highly engaging seminar.”

    • Andrew Christophers

    • Director
    • Brand Genetics
  • “I have to say this was one of the best events I have attended in some time – highly relevant, entertaining and stimulating. The ‘professional fun’ approach of all speakers and organizers was highly engaging. The balance of theory, with practical examples was appropriate. I found David Taylor’s presentation particularly inspiring. His no nonsense, straight-talking style is refreshing and the content, very thought-inducing. I will most certainly be checking out his blog for further insight around tackling innovation within our business. It’s so very easy within the context of every-day business pressures to find excuses not to take time out of the office. Last Thursday’s event helped demonstrate to me how sessions like this are invaluable. I left the session feeling highly energized, motivated and armed with a fresh approach to take back to my business. I wait with anticipation for FDIN’s next hot topic!”

    • Francesca Davies

    • Insight & Innovation Manager
    • Fox's Biscuits
  • “I found the event to be a truly inspiring and motivating forum of which I came away with many ideas to share with the team. A comfortable and open environment in which to network of which I met some fascinating people from all sorts of backgrounds and a great environment to share your ideas and get constructive feedback.”

    • Joanne Bishop

    • Shopper Marketing Manager
    • Warburtons
  • “An insightful and inspirational opportunity to learn from passionate brand champions.”

    • John Edwards

    • Marketing Director
    • Jygsaw Brands
  • “The FDIN events go from strength to strength. The Nutrition & Wellness Summit event in March 2015 had a great line up of speakers providing category and customer insight, case studies on healthy product development and stimulated future thinking. These events are now well established as places for industry members to network with like minded individuals and companies. The Bloomsbury venue is easily accessible and a great location.”

    • Moira Howie

    • Nutrition & Health Manager
    • Waitrose
  • “So often you come away from events feeling sold to, and patronised by speakers who are either selling their company or pitching their talk at too lower level. The speakers and chair were nutritionalists and not marketeers! I genuinely learnt a lot.”

    • Jayne Lilly

    • Founder
    • The Collaborators
  • “The FDIN events are a brilliant way to gain insight in the food and drinks industry, get an overview of current trends and movements and most importantly, to connect with people in the industry across many different segments incl. production, marketing and innovation. For networking, the FDIN events are one of the best forums I have come across over the past 5 years.”

    • Michala Techau

    • Director of Business Development
    • Systematic Innovation
  • “FDIN conferences always deliver. The Nutrition seminar brought together insight from consumers, manufacturers and nutritionists creating a solid platform for future thinking and strategy.”

    • Andrew Wardlaw

    • Global Marketing & Insight Director
    • MMR Research Worldwide
  • “By far the best event I have been to for networking, relevant content, high profile speakers, and good fun too!”

    • Sophie Enever

    • Company Nutritionist
    • The Good Whey Company
  • “Having access to more than 200 nutrition experts at the FDIN nutrition event was a big plus for attending the event. I came away knowing so much more about what the food and drink industry needed to pursue next and had the opportunity to meet some real ‘movers and shakers’.”

    • Nicholas Robinson

    • Deputy Editor
    • Food Manufacture Magazine
  • “I am always impressed with the quality of the speakers at FDIN events and the Nutrition and Wellness Seminar was no exception. The day was well structured, covering all of the relevant nutrition issues but in addition the round table working gives you the opportunity to network really effectively. An enjoyable and interesting day.”

    • Nicky Gillett

    • Nutrition & Health Development Manager
    • Allied Bakeries
  • Some conferences and seminars look great on the mail shot but often fail to live up to expectations on the day. But the recent FDIN seminar was an exception ! An excellent use of time – insightful, thought provoking and packed with relevant case studies. It also provided a great opportunity to discuss the content with like minded industry individuals in a less stuffy environment than conventional conferences! One can really appreciate the effort put in by Jeffrey to making the event a good use of time.

    • Carole Berry

    • Head of Category Development
    • Northern Foods
  • “I have been attending the FDIN seminars for 3 years and I must say they are the best value seminars in the UK. The networking opportunities are excellent, thanks to Jeffrey’s gentle way of setting the scene. The learning opportunities are great, due to excellent quality speakers. The brand day in January was the best I have attended so far.”

    • Saskia Galema

    • Marketing Manager
    • Healthcare Brands International
  • An insightful and inspirational opportunity to learn from passionate brand champions.

    • John Edwards

    • Marketing Director
    • Jygsaw Brands Ltd

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