Time is running short to register for The Grocer’s exclusive webinar on the future of CBD in grocery.
Due to broadcast on 22 September at 11am, the webinar will pull together top experts in retail, food safety and manufacturing to discuss the opportunities, threats and challenges surrounding this complex but exciting area.
It comes as the fast-growing edible CBD trend is set for a sea change - with products given until 31 March to attain novel food status or risk being pulled from retailers’ shelves. Achieving the status can be a lengthy and costly process, further complicated by the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our panel will look at how legislation is changing, which products will be affected, how brands and retailers are getting ready for next March, and what the future will look like for CBD food and drink.
You’ll get a chance to submit a question to the panel when you register your interest here.
So who are they?
Leila Simpson, head of external affairs, Association for the Cannabinoid Industry
Leila joined the ACI in 2020 after developing advocacy and support provisions for medical cannabis patients as the chair of a national campaign group, the United Patients Alliance, in 2019. She previously led high-profile social and political change campaigns in the UK and abroad and worked in cause-related roles in social enterprise and citizen science.
Rosemary Mazanet, Chief Scientific Officer, Columbia Care
Rosemary has served as a C-suite executive at several biopharma and investment companies and has led multiple successful drug development initiatives. Rosemary is a Charter Trustee at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Chair the Leonard Davis Institute Executive Advisory Board at Wharton.
Al Overton, buying director, Planet Organic
Al qualified as a herbalist in 1999 and has been involved in natural health retail ever since. Over his 19 year career at Planet Organic he has done almost every job possible, and now as buying director looks after a dynamic and industry leading buying team.
Paul Tossell, head of novel foods, Food Standards Agency
Paul has been head of the FSA’s radiological, genetically modified (GM), novel foods and feed additives team since January 2019. He has overseen policy development on CBD compliance with novel food regulations. Paul has been with the FSA since its formation in 2000, having previously worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF).