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The City Food Lecture is organised by the seven City livery companies whose roots are in the food industry – namely the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters.

A Letter from John Giles,

Chair of the City Food Lecture

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Welcome to the 2022 City Food Lecture

The last 18 months are not ones we will forget in a hurry due to the global pandemic and all this has bought our individual and collective way

Last year, for obvious reasons, we had to hold the City Food Lecture on a virtual basis. This was done with some reluctance, as we know that many people who normally attend the CFL really enjoy the ambience of the Guildhall.

I am pleased to say that in February 2022, we will be back at the Guildhall.

At the same time, going “on line” did allow us to do several things differently from in the past. Not least, guests were able to join us from a much wider part of the UK than maybe is normal. We also had people listen in from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, South Africa, the US, Chile, Russia and Ireland too. At one stage, we had well over 1,000 people join us on line.

As a result, we will also be able to allow those who cannot, for whatever reason, make it to the Guildhall, view the evening via a live stream.

I am delighted that our Key Note Speaker for the CFL in 2022 is Liam Condon, a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division.  The panel is made up of Richard Clothier, the Managing Director of Wyke Farms, Frazer McKevitt, the Head of Retail and Consumer Insight at Kantar World Panel and Kate Nicholls, the Chief Executive of UK Hospitality.

On the evening, this will all be chaired by Charlotte Smith, Presenter on BBC’s Farming Today

One of the aims of the City Food Lecture has always been to hear from leading players in the UK and international agricultural and food supply chain and hear what they are thinking about as to how this will develop in the future. With the quality of our Key Note Speaker and the panel, I am sure we will all go away with a much better idea of how this might look.

May I also take this opportunity to thank all supporters of the City Food Lecture. These include the seven livery companies and the City of London Corporation, as well as our much valued sponsors. This event is very much a team effort. I would like to record my thanks to the hard work put in by all the Committee.

Finally - we are always keen to get your feedback on the event. If we are doing it well - we like to hear this, of course, but if we can do things better – tell us that too. We want to make sure that the City Food Lecture is a memorable and enjoyable occasion for everyone involved. Be assured, this is our aim.

I very much hope you enjoy the 2022 CFL. Plans are already under way for the CFL 2023. We will of course let you know the details of this as they become available.

Thank you too for your support to this event over the years.

We have great sponsors and we have, we like to think, great speakers/panel members.

We do need, however, our livery colleagues, their guests and our VIP guests to attend to. The fact that you do, each year, is very much appreciated.

John Giles

Chair of the City Food Lecture, 2022

The Seven Food Livery Companies

The Company is the City’s second-oldest recorded trade guild, being first mentioned in the ‘Pipe-Rolls’ of Henry II in 1155. Often blamed for the Great Fire of London, in which it lost its Hall, the Company has been in residence at Harp Lane since 1506. Its modern raison d’etre is its links to support the baking industry, particularly at the grassroots level of bakery education.

The Butchers’ Company can trace its history as far back as 975 AD when, in the Ward of Farringdon Without, a Butchers’ Hall existed. Today, the Company is a vibrant organisation supporting an active trade by way of training, education and charitable work. Almost all its members are involved in the meat industry and thus share a common value in good fellowship.

Receiving its first Royal Charter in 1482, the Cooks’ Company supports apprentice chefs training at Westminster Kingsway College and sponsors catering competitions across the industry and in the armed services. It also funds major charitable projects related to education and catering, through the ‘Adopt a Chef’ programme for schools and by making grants to charities such as Crisis UK, The Clink and the Treloar Trust.

The Worshipful Company of Farmers is the City of London Livery Company dedicated to the positive promotion, better understanding, visibility, management and development of UK agriculture.

Its principal charitable purpose is agricultural education, delivered through its portfolio of highly respected courses and the provision of training, grants, bursaries and educational awards to inspire, drive and recognise excellence.

One of the UK’s largest, environmental, philanthropic organisations, the Fishmongers’ Company works through its Fisheries Trust to build and safeguard a prosperous and sustainable fish and fisheries sector, thriving coastal communities and healthy marine and freshwater environments.

The Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust role, forging new collaboration with seafood businesses, government, scientists and third sector organisations, and delivering regional and national projects of benefit to the UK…

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 In tandem, the Company’s Charitable Trust supports a range of programmes focused on health and nutrition, transforming lives through food.

The Fishmongers' Company champion the Master Fishmongers Standard -

and Discover Seafood hub

Over the 700 years of its history, the Company has assumed different roles. Today the Company promotes excellence across all sectors of the fruit industry, as well as supporting education and research. It is active in raising funds and giving to charity. Half of its members are involved in the fresh produce industry.

The Poulters’ Company, in common with other livery companies, was founded in the Middle Ages to control the provision of services and the manufacture and the selling of goods and food. The Company’s charitable role is increasing and it is active in promoting research and education in the trade through its charitable trusts, with a strong nucleus of members from the various branches of the poultry industry.