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Roythornes announce new partnership with City Food Lecture

Leading food industry law firm, Roythornes, have announced a partnership with one of Britain’s most prestigious food events, the City Food Lecture.

Having been keen supporters for a number of years, Roythornes have now confirmed a deal to sponsor the event in 2016.

This year’s City Food Lecture, which takes place within the Great Hall at London’s prestigious Guildhall on February 16, features what promises to be a fascinating keynote speech by Christophe Jouan, Chief Executive Officer of the Future Foundation.

Christophe’s address, entitled “What, When and How will we be eating in 2025?” will provide cutting edge insight into future food trends and promises to stimulate significant debate across the industry.

Other speakers include former star of the BBC’s “The Apprentice”, Margaret Mountford, who will chair a panel discussion featuring Judith Batchelar, director of brands at Sainsbury’s, Chris Elliot, a Professor of Food Safety at the University of Belfast and food writer and futurologist, Lyndon Gee.

The Lord Mayor of London is also set to be in attendance and will provide a welcome address.

Peter Seary, from Roythornes’ specialist food and drink team, said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce this key partnership with the City Food Lecture, one of our industry’s most prestigious events.

“We’ve been keen supporters of the City Food Lecture for a number of years so it seems a natural progression, given the leadership role we try to take within the food industry, to get behind it.

“This year’s event promises to create significant debate around the future of food and we’re really looking forward to hearing what Christophe and the panel have to say.”

An annual, invitation-only fixture in the City of London and international food industry calendars, the City Food Lecture is delivered every year by a leading figure in the British food business who is invited to speak about the issues they regard as most important in shaping the way food is produced, distributed, marketed, sold and consumed.

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

Previous keynote speakers include Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King, Unilever chief executive Paul Polman, former Cadbury Schweppes chairman, John Sunderland, and former Tesco chief executive, Sir Terry Leahy.