‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ is the theme of the lecture from Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer of the Food & Drink Federation to be delivered at this year’s Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) ‘Summer Soirée’.
Now in its second year, the Soirée, taking place in July, is an afternoon and evening conference and exhibition, giving food industry colleagues the opportunity to network, hear insights from industry experts and find out about new products and services.

Helen Munday’s lecture will focus on how, despite the abundance of food available, we need to face some of the uncomfortable truths about the sustainability of food and packaging waste.

This focus on waste prevention is playing a significant role in SOFHT’s activity this year. The Society recently signed up to become an ‘engagement partner’ for Courtauld 2025, the a 10-year initiative signed to provide a framework for collaboration between businesses in the food supply chain to make food and drink consumption more sustainable.
A conference is also planned for October 2018, which will feature speakers from industry bodies, retail, manufacturing, foodservice and distribution organisations to look at the scale of food waste, how businesses can and have acted to reduce it and how food waste prevention can be embedded in industry practice.

SOFHT’s Summer Soirée will also see the presentation of its prestigious Student Awards, developed to find the next budding star of the food industry, drawn from undergraduate or part time students and apprentices.

Taking place at Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire, tickets to the SOFHT Summer Soirée are available to both members and non-members at £40 and £60 respectively.