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The future potential and implications of innovative powdered food products

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Sackville Street Building

University of Manchester

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This event is being led by Laurence Stamford and is supported by N8 AgriFood in Manchester. Please direct any queries to N8AgriFood@manchester.ac.uk or laurence.stamford@manchester.ac.uk.

A free lunch will be included from 12-1pm.

The workshop aims to explore the implications of powdered food products via four themes. These are outlined below with some example questions:

  1. Environmental impacts: To what extent might powdered products reduce the carbon footprint of food? Are benefits likely in reduced food waste? What are the environmental impacts of manufacturing common ingredients such as vitamin blends and protein powders?

  2. Health: Is it possible to replace conventional meals completely without health risks? Are health benefits likely, and under what circumstances? What are the key challenges in this area?

  3. Technology and supply chain: How might these products be distributed, and how could current supply chain actors be affected? Is a move to central storage/distribution via online ordering the most beneficial outcome? How can these products enable innovation via new food production technologies such as 3D printing?

  4. Consumer behaviour: To what extent are consumers likely to be open to such a shift in diet? Is consumer adoption of these products sustainable in the long term, or is it linked to shorter term goals such as weight loss? What are the key challenges in consumer perception?

The above is not an exhaustive list, but is intended to stimulate constructive discussion. Reccomendations for other topics of relevance are most welcome.

The intended outcome is to envisage a coherent outline of a multi-disciplinary research project to be submitted to an appropriate funding body.

Our Provisional agenda is as follows:

  • 12pm - Lunch
  • 1pm - Introductory talk - Laurence Stamford
  • 1:20pm - Overview of Industry Perspective – James Collier (Huel)
  • 1:30pm - Breakout sessions to discuss four themes above
  • 2pm - Presentation of outcomes from each breakout table
  • 2:20pm - Coffee
  • 2:40pm - Rotation of breakout groups followed by second session
  • 3:10pm - Presentation of outcomes from each breakout table
  • 3:30pm - Whole group discussion/brainstorm of key challenges and themes to be tackled by a larger research project
  • 4pm - Wrap up

This will be held in room F41 in the Sackville Street Building at the University of Manchester (building number 1 on our campus map).

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