Food sponsors for thought

NEW SPONSORS have been found to boost the 2007 City Food Lecture - an annual event that attracts an audience of 600 of the top food and drink figures from all over the UK to the Guildhall in the City of London.

The Food Standards Agency will sponsor the lecture on 23 January, and The Real Good Food Company will provide the post-lecture buffet supper for delegates with Nestlé UK looking after wines and soft drinks.

The seven City Livery Companies involved in the food industry initiated the annual lecture six years ago (i.e. the bakers, butchers, cooks, farmers, fishmongers, fruiterers and poulters.)

The format of the lecture will consist of a guest speaker (to be announced shortly) addressing a topical food-related theme.

A panel of industry experts will then respond to questions from the floor. The Chair of the Food Standards Agency, Dame Deirdre Hutton, will chair the evening's proceedings.

Dame Hutton said: "The Food Standards Agency is pleased to be supporting this event, which has been such a key date in the food and drink calendar. The City Food Lecture is an excellent opportunity to bring together all those with an interest in the production and quality of food - such as producers, retailers, consumers and campaigners - for a lively and challenging debate. We look forward to working with the City Livery companies to ensure that the lecture is a success."

Laurence Olins, chairman of the 2007 organising committee and the architect of the event, said: "We are delighted to have gained the support of three prominent sponsors, and are particularly pleased to welcome the FSA's involvement.

"The good and the great of the food world always attend this occasion and we now look forward to welcoming the widest possible representative audience to the Guildhall," he added.

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