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Feeding the Future: How you can make a difference

Thursday 30 October 2014, 12.00 - 14.00, Stage@Leeds

Environmental and business sustainability is becoming an increasingly pertinent topic; for most of us recycling household waste is now part of our daily routines. But what about our food waste?

Steps are being taken to raise our awareness of food sustainability, but we need to do more. The University of Leeds, together with M&S and IGD warmly invite you to explore how we can all make a difference. Keynote speakers from IGD, the University of Leeds and Marks & Spencer, will each give an insight into the impact of food waste and future solutions.

Topics include:

  • Packaging Innovation
  • Consumer perceptions: attitudes and habits surrounding food waste
  • The role of science in helping to reduce food waste


11:45  Event opens, registration
12:00  Welcome and opening address

Keynote: Toby Pickard, IGD
Keynote: Dr Caroline Orfila, University of Leeds
Keynote: Simon Oxley, Marks & Spencer
Panel question & answer

13:00  Refreshments and networking reception

Admission is free* but places are limited and you will need to register your attendance. Please email Michelle Ridge 

The Love Food, Hate Waste initiative from WRAP (a not-for-profit organisation with government funding), has been working with communities, businesses, local authorities and individuals to raise awareness of the impact of food waste; through recipe-sharing, providing practical advice and tips on storing and labelling food and creative meal planners to help minimise food waste.

IGD are a leading research and training charity working across the food and consumer goods industry providing services around market intelligence, supply chain expertise and customer insight, to tackle sustainability, nutrition, health, and other key issues. In collaboration with WRAP, IGD has launched a 'Working on Waste' initiative bringing together companies from the food and grocery industry throughout October, running events giving employees and consumers insight and ideas about how to reduce household food waste. 

Marks & Spencer and the University of Leeds have both signed up to this campaign.
As part of Working on Waste, we welcome your suggestions, ideas or top tips for minimising food waste.  Do you have any fantastic recipes for using up leftovers that we can share, for example? 

We would love to hear your ideas so please write them down and bring them with you – there will be a box you can put them in and we will share the best ideas after the event!

Speaker biographies

Toby Pickard – Senior Sustainability Analyst, IGD

Toby is a Senior Sustainability Analyst at IGD. He is IGD's specialist on sustainability developments and strategies of grocery retailers and manufacturers. Toby also manages IGD's on-line sustainability information service. This resource provides information to help food and grocery companies understand and meet the challenges posed by the ever changing and evolving sustainability agenda.

Toby is involved in managing IGD's Industry Sustainability Group (a group of 30 sustainability professionals from major food retailers, foodservice and manufacturing companies). He oversees delivery of IGD sustainability themed conferences and in researching and delivering bespoke customer projects.
Toby is also responsible for developing and delivering a number of IGD's internal Corporate Responsibility initiatives.

Toby joined IGD in 2007. He holds a BA (Hons) in Environmental Management from the University of Leeds in 2004. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Dr Caroline Orfila
Director of Research and Innovation, School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds

Caroline is also Associate Professor of Nutrition in the School of Food Science and Nutrition.

The School has a strong research culture based on the application of fundamental scientific principles to addressing issues of food quality of ongoing concern to consumers, government and industry. The School is recognised
internationally in terms of research quality, attracting world-class academics and researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Caroline will present research highlights from the School and the University on the issue of food waste, and how science can provide innovative solutions for industry and consumers.

Caroline’s own research group is carrying out research to increase understanding of postharvest deterioration of food crops.

Simon Oxley – Packaging Manager, Marks & Spencer

A Mechanical Engineer by trade and a packaging enthusiast by nature, Simon’s career encompassed roles at Britvic and innocent drinks before a move to M&S in 2012. In his current position as Packaging Manager he is responsible for bringing
innovation to market and developing packaging that is sustainable, stands out, and is easy to use and dispose of.