Seminar: New Food Regulations - is your business ready?

Date: Monday 19th May 2014

Time: 18:00 to 21:30

Venue: The Desoutter Suite, Hotel Sofitel, North Terminal, London Gatwick RH6 0PH

Cost: Members £30 Non-Members £35

On 13th December 2014 new food labelling regulations come into force across Europe which for the first time will require the caterer to provide information to customers about food allergens present in the food they serve - whether packaged or not, whether sold or not. The planned changes have significant impact for all Food Service and Hospitality businesses, owners, staff and customers.

Do you want to win new customers and their friends or face the consequences of non-compliance?

The seminar will provide an opportunity to examine the facts around the new Food Information Regulations, what is required to comply, penalties for non-compliance, the consequences of food allergies and to consider the implications and responses for Food Service and Hospitality businesses. It will present practical ideas and tools to help prepare, explain issues from the food allergy customer's viewpoint and suggest that handled properly there is an opportunity to win new food allergy customers with friends and colleagues.     

You will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of our array of expert speakers.

Please register your place here and please be aware that places at this event are limited and attendance will be confirmed by email. 

Full Agenda:

17:15 Registration and Refreshments
18:00 Welcome and Introduction
18:10 Allergen aspects of the Food Information Regulation - Steve Pugh, Head of Labelling, DEFRA
18:30 Legal consequences of getting Food Labelling wrong - Nicola Hutchins, Blake Lapthorn
18:50 Impact of the Allergy requirements of FIR on the Hospitality Industry- John Dyson, MD CoComs and Food and Technical Affairs Advisor BHA
19:10 Frightening truths about food allergies - Lynne Regent, Chief Executive, Anaphylaxis Campaign
19:30 Do you want my business?  - Alexa Baracaia, Journalist and mother of children with multiple allergies
19:50 A Practical approach and Lessons learnt behind the scenes - Wan Mak, Sodexo UK & Ireland
20:10 Saffron - Allergen Management - Andrew Pond, Fretwell Downing Hospitality
20:30 Delight me as an allergen sufferer and I'll tell the World! - Karen Fewell, Digital Blonde
20:50 Any questions and closing remarks - Peter Ducker FIH, Chief Executive, Institute of Hospitality
21:00 Networking, Dinner and exhibition

For a full listing of speaker bios please click here.

An allergen friendly buffet dinner will be included and be available to all delegates and exhibitors

Enquiries to: Jane Geering, Branch Secretary, Phone 07771 862 582 Email: