Food Matters Live Unveils New Matchmaking Service

Meet buyers, make collaborative partnerships and keep innovating with Match: the new matchmaking service from Food Matters Live – taking place at London’s ExCeL on 21-23 November 2017

Are you looking to meet buyers from retail and foodservice? Perhaps you want to build business relationships with UK food and drink manufacturers, or research partnerships with academia? Maybe you are eager to take your emerging brand to the next stage - or keen to find a new export market? For access to these and many other business connections, take advantage of Match – a new matchmaking service being offered to visitors and exhibitors at this year’s Food Matters Live.

Operating from London’s ExCeL during Food Matters Live on 21-23 November, Match provides an opportunity for professionals across the food and drink industry to use the three-day event to identify potential partners and pre- arrange meetings with them. Food and drink manufacturers, ingredients suppliers, retailers, distributors, importers, exporters, packaging experts, health professionals, innovative start- ups, high street names and many others from the UK and internationally are expected to take advantage of the service.

A dedicated Meet the Buyer programme is also available connecting buyers from retailers and foodservice providers with innovative companies. Buyers from the likes of Planet Organic, Marks and Spencer, Superdrug, EAT, Planet Organic, Tree of Life, Protein World, Ramsden International, Buckley and Beale, Greencore and Delicatezza are among the first to confirm their participation. Food Matters Live is also working with the Department of International Trade to curate an international buyer programme and will be bringing buyers from European retailers to be part of Match.

The matchmaking service is built around key themes, from better-for- you food and drink manufacturing, healthy snacking and natural and functional ingredients, to future food technology, new business models, packaging design, marketing and brand management. In addition, a Premium Business Base offers visitors their own private meeting area that can be used to arrange meetings with new and existing contacts.

To find out more and book a place, go to b2match.eu/foodmatterslive-match/participants

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Food Matters Live Director, said: “We are very pleased to offer Match at this year’s Food Matters Live, which presents a fantastic opportunity to meet thousands of business professionals from across the food and drink industry. We look forward to facilitating positive business relationships between buyers and innovative producers.

"We are also delighted to be working with the Department for International Trade and look forward to welcoming international buyers to Food Matters Live looking to make new business partnerships.”

Food Matters Live is the UK’s only cross-sector event to bring together government ministers, business leaders, industry and health experts to address the increasingly critical relationship between food, health and nutrition. In addition to a multi-stream seminar programme and main stage conference featuring 400 influential speakers, Food Matters Live offers an extensive exhibition, highlighting 800 organisations at the cutting edge of innovation – from innovative start-up food producers, ingredients suppliers and food and drink manufacturers, to high street names, foodservice providers, retailers, distributors and wholesalers worldwide.

Food Matters Live is free to attend, including entry to the conference, seminars and all visitor attractions. Simply register at foodmatterslive.com

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