Food & Drink Futures Forum 2018
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Food & Drink Futures Forum

London - 21 November

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Our Food and Drink Futures Forum will examine the latest trends, ingredients and serves that represent consumers’ changing tastes and behaviour when it comes to what they eat. From how restaurants are combatting closures to the popularisation of moderation over teetotalism, our forum will explore the short-term and long-term trends that will enable your brand to plan successfully for 2019 and beyond.

Guest speakers will include industry leaders and innovators who will deliver key insights in a rapid-fire Q&A session. We will also host short bespoke clinics with our team of strategists who will aim to address your current consumer concerns

: Top: Farm.One, New York
: Right: The Orchard List by Hakkasan, London


Why Attend?

Fast changing flavour profiles and constant new product launches make it harder than ever to discern fleeting fads from true mindset shifts. Our Futures Forum will help identify the key trends that will take over the food and drink conversation in 2019.

Martin Raymond, co-founder, The Future Laboratory 

As well as gaining key consumer and industry insights, attendees will have direct access to our research and strategy teams, who will be on hand to answer questions on how best to apply and tailor these insights to your specific business needs. There will also be ample opportunities to network with your peers, industry influencers and the keynote speakers.

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Tickets can now be purchased at our Innovator rate.

For bulk-booking and member discounts, please contact directly.

Currency: GBP


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until 27 September 2018


until 25 October






A detailed global market overview highlights the key obstacles and opportunities in the sector.

We explore new flavours, new innovators and the latest trends that will define food and drink in the years ahead. We hear from leading industry innovators, present inspiring best-in-class case studies, and examine the attitudes and motivations of the latest food and drink consumer tribes. Guests will also enjoy a set lunch on arrival.

Please complete your details on the following form to download the agenda.


Daniela Walker Insight Editor, LS:N Global

Daniela joined LS:N Global in 2013, and she now oversees the Micro Trend, Safari and Tribe sections of the website. She is also one of the lead writers for our annual macrotrends. Writing across the consumer lifestyle sectors, Daniela has a fondness for food and drink, advertising and all things gender-related. Before working at LS:N Global, Daniela was a freelance journalist, writing in-depth profile pieces on creatives such as chef Fergus Henderson and choreographer Akram Khan.

Chris Sanderson,
Co-Founder, The Future Laboratory

Christopher Sanderson is co-founder of The Future Laboratory, where he is responsible for delivering the company’s extensive global roster of conferences, media events and LS:N Global Trend Briefings, which he co-presents with the team in London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Stockholm and Helsinki. Clients who have booked one of his inspirational keynotes include Gucci Group, the European Travel Commission, Retail Week, Selfridges, M&S, Chanel, Harrods, Aldo and H&M.

Aleksandra Szymanska,
Art Director, The Future Laboratory

With a background in critical design and a penchant for experimental art, Aleksandra is our go-to source for avant-garde concepts and speculative scenarios. Having started as a freelance contributor, she joined LS:N Global in 2014. Aleksandra charts current developments in art direction, design and 2D and 3D visual arts, building detailed analysis of the aesthetic directions emerging across lifestyle sectors. She has a wide personal network of curators, artists and designers, and enjoys acting as a connector between creative practitioners and the industry.

Tom Savigar, Senior Partner, The Future Laboratory

Tom has guided many of The Future Laboratory’s clients through some of the most challenging market shifts and global recessions of the past 10 years. With a much-expanded team, and offices in the US and Australia, he continues to do this, working with clients as diverse as Absolut, Cadillac, The Body Shop, Lamborghini, HSBC, Courvoisier, UBS, BMW, British Gas and Marks & Spencer.

Meredith Smith, Strategy Director, The Future Laboratory

Meredith Smith is a Strategy Director at The Future Laboratory, working with clients across retail, beauty, FMCG, conviviality and hospitality to make insights actionable, working with brands like VF Corp, Chanel, P&G, Pernod Ricard, L’Oreal and Hilton Worldwide’s Luxury Division. Meredith is obsessed with consumer behaviour, from mundane acts to guilty pleasures. Her specialist areas are also her passions – strategic foresight and innovation. 


Paul Mathew, bar owner and consultant

Paul has been working in the drinks industry for almost 25 years, the last 12 as a bar owner. His venues include The Hide and The Arbitrager, both of which serve exclusively London-only drinks. He is a regular competition judge for the sector, and writes about trends for industry publications such as DRiNK Magazine (Asia) and the Diageo Bar Academy. Paul is based in London, but has recently come back from seven years in Asia working with drinks companies from small start-ups to Diageo and China’s Moutai. 

Simon Rucker, CEO, NINE ELMS

Simon has more than 18 years’ experience in the FMCG innovation sector, conceiving and delivering major design and innovation initiatives for clients including Ford, Dr Martens, Samsung, Unilever and PepsiCo. For the past eight years he has worked on innovations in next-generation harm-reducing tobacco and nicotine products for Nicoventures/British American Tobacco, and on the strategy and innovation behind NINE ELMS.

Leo Campbell, co-founder, Modern Baker

After a stint as a sales rep for DIY products and a start-up wallpaper business, Leo’s first break came selling double glazing. Property development and a manufacturing business followed. He then became an equity partner in an era-defining London agency, successfully sold to global ad network Omnicom. A string of start-ups and investments ensued, mainly in creative technology. In 2015, he co-founded the purpose-driven, life sciences and healthy baking brand Modern Baker with a mission to improve the quality of dietary carbohydrates.

Neil Bennett – head of strategy @ Love

Neil is a highly experienced brand strategist who has worked at some of the UK’s most revered creative agencies. After a decade in London working at the likes of Mother and AnalogFolk, Neil relocated north to join Love as head of strategy in 2016. Based in Manchester, Love has an outstanding track record in solving major business challenges for global brands. Recent Love brands include Häagen-Dazs, Haig Club, Penfolds, Barclays, BrewDog and Vogue. As LOVE’s head of strategy, Neil, with his team, blends consumer and cultural insight with brand and business expertise to create standout, effective ideas for clients.



The Future Laboratory’s home at Elder Street has its own story to tell. The Grade II-listed property is built on the site of a Roman cemetery and in the precincts of the medieval Priory and Hospital of St Mary Spital.

Located between London’s creative capital of Shoreditch and the financial heart of the city, it’s a short walk from Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street stations.

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