Food businesses and the public were given an insight into the research capabilities of the University of Reading in agriculture, nutrition and health at the Food Matters Live 2016 exhibition.

The exhibition took place at ExCel, London, from 22 to 24 November last year.

The event showed Reading’s world-class food science facilities and research capability, while the University asked visitors to their stand to share their future food challenges.

The University of Reading stand showcased real-world examples of its interaction with food businesses, highlighting how its research is helping to make food:

  • Healthier – by applying the latest nutritional science to real food and diets
  • Safer – by reducing risks to consumers
  • More economical – by streamlining processes and increasing revenues
  • Better for the environment – by understanding the impacts of the whole food chain, from farm to fork and beyond.

Professor Richard Bennett, Research Dean for Food at the University of Reading, said: “Reading offers truly world-leading food science research. Our work is helping to produce sufficient healthy and nutritious food to feed a growing world population whilst safeguarding the environment.

“The best research often requires the close involvement of business. We have an excellent track record of working with the food industry, and can provide the knowhow, facilities and evidence to make food that’s healthier, tastier and better for the environment.”

Reading’s food experts also contributed to the event’s seminars and conference, including

  • Professor Julian Cooper
  • Dr Vimal Karani
  • Dr Gunter Kuhnle
  • Dr Anna Macready
  • Professor Bob Rastall
  • Dr Orla Kennedy
  • Dr Rosalind Fallaize

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