Nearly half of us have changed our diets in the past year because of environmental or animal welfare concerns. The public is increasingly interested in the narrative of food - its provenance and traceability - creating opportunities for entrepreneurs. Building sustainable food companies is not only one of the most essential challenges of our time, but also a great business opportunity.
Ten years ago, Brighton & Hove was one of the first cities in the UK to take a citywide, strategic approach to food issues. Now there is an opportunity to take the lead again, in building a food system that is fit for the 21st century, through farming, wholesale production and labelling, the service industry and more.
Brought to you by the University of Brighton's Green Growth Platform, this event is a must for any SME who wants to offer original and affordable food that is produced, processed, and distributed in ways that are good for nature, good for human health, good for animal welfare, and good for local businesses.
Understand how SMEs in the food and drink industry can improve their sustainable credentials for business success.
- Craig Sams is best known as the co-founder of British chocolate company Green & Blacks, an award-winning organic and fair trade confectionery brand. In partnership with his brother Gregory, Craig also set up the pioneering organic food company, Whole Earth Foods. He chaired the Soil Association Certification from 2007-2009 and Slow Food UK from 2008 to 2015. He is now co-founder and Executive Chairman of Carbon Gold Ltd, a carbon sequestration business based on the use of biochar as a soil improver. Biochar is emerging as a major tool for mitigating climate change and restoring our planet’s degraded soils.
The Sussex area is well placed to achieve this as Craig will show with his examples of how land use and agriculture is changing to fight climate change and regenerate soils.
Sustainable Restaurant Association - The Sustainable Restaurants Association helps food service businesses to make smart, sustainable decisions to reduce their food waste, improve energy efficiency, and improve their supply chain. CEO Andrew Stephen's mission is to challenge its members to be even bolder, inspire diners to turn their passion for good food into action and lead the whole UK hospitality sector to be the most sustainable in the world. At the event, Andrew will describe the desirable and delicious future that the food service sector in Sussex and across the UK should be aiming for by 2030 and set out the milestones needed to achieve these goals.
This event is part of the Green Growth Platform events programme, to grow the green economy across Sussex. The Green Growth Platform
is a green business network that offers its members a unique package of business support, advice, grants, training and events delivered by a team of industry experts, business advisors and leading academics. The platform is free to join - the aim is to work closely with SMEs to support them in reducing their environmental impact, whilst creating opportunities for them to supply the emerging green economy and
grow their business to the next level.
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