The Grocer and its sister titles Meat Trades Journal, British Baker and Food Manufacture have combined their market insight and expertise to launch innovation conference New Frontiers in Food and Drink.

Developed for those working in the food manufacturing and food retail industries, the event will include presentations, roundtable discussions and taste testings.

The keynote speaker will be food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye, director of food trend research compendium Bellwether: Food Trends. Gaye studies food and eating from a social, cultural, economic, trend, branding and geo-political perspective. Her work involves consulting to food companies and conducting research on elements of the eating experience from mouth-feel to olfactory perception.

Other speakers include:

Elizabeth Jones, founder of ready meals brand On the Menu, who will lead a session on the Health Needs of the Older Generation.

Julian Coleman, global business director at crowdsourcing platform Eyeka, who will lead a discussion on Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing ideas.

Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology, University of Oxford, on How Neuroscience is Changing Food Design.

Professor Judith Buttriss, director general of the British Nutrition Foundation, on Product Fortification.

Dr Jo Goossens of market research and business development organisation Bio-Sense on Personalised Nutrition – Nutrigenomics, the Potential in Perspective.

Roundtable discussions will include:

Insects as Food, led by Professor Arnold van Huis, tropical entomologist at the laboratory of entomology at Wageningen University

Functional Foods: Hype or Happening?, led by Dr Roberta Re, nutrition research manager at Leatherhead Food Research.

Innovating to Safely Reduce Salt, Fat and Sugar, led by Peter Wareing, principle food safety advisor at Leatherhead Food Research

New Frontiers in Food and Drink will be held on Friday 26 June 2015 at Etc Venues St Pauls, 200 Aldersgate, London. Attendance will cost £425 per person, with an Early-bird discount price of £361 valid until 30 April 2015.

To book your tickets, and for more information, including a full programme, visit the event’s website.