Meetings and Events

November 2016

Food Matters Live, ExCel London, 22-24 November

NIS will be at Food Matters Live again this year, we look forward to seeing you there!






Food Producer Business Bootcamp, Norwich City Football Club Legends Lounge, November 16

NIS are proud to join ABC Food Law in hosting this interesting event. What is the boot camp? This is an excellent opportunity for food manufacturers of all sizes to network and speak to experts on a range of topics relating to food.

How does it work? The day is divided into two sessions:

Morning (10:00 – 13:00) – A series of short presentations from experts on topics as diverse as the new nutrition labelling rules to recovering money from HMRC for product development.

Lunch (provided)

Afternoon (13:45 – 16:00) – Some more short presentations and an opportunity to discuss your queries on an individual basis with the experts of your choice.

Click here to go to ABC Food Law’s website and register


September 2016Speciality Fine Food Fair Logo

Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2016, 4-6 September, Olympia London

Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS), our Nutritional Labelling company had a stand at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair last September.



Speciality & Fine Food Fair provided an unrivalled opportunity for independent retailers, delicatessens, chefs, hoteliers, restaurateurs and importers, distributors & wholesalers to:
•Meet UK and international producers and suppliers of new, artisan food and drink
•Keep up with trends: from the latest menu ideas and flavour advancements to sustainability, health issues, provenance and much morespeciality-2016-2
•Source new and innovative products: from over 850 UK and international suppliers
•Make new contacts and meet old ones: it’s the event for the fine food trade
•Learn from industry professionals in the live visitor attractions


June 2016

Best practice in health claims – BACCHUS Workshop

Pentahotel City Centre in Brussels was the host of the Best practice in health claims – BACCHUS Workshop on 10th of June 2016 and was a real success. FDNC team member Jenny Plumb delivered a talk entitled “eBASIS: Database on bioactive composition and beneficial bio-effects ”. The workshop was supported by an international audience comprising of industry experts, SME’s and members of the public. Please see the BACCHUS Website for more information


January 2016


Youth STEMM Award mid-year conference, featuring ethnobotanist James Wong, 15 January 2016, John Innes Centre Norwich

FDNC team members Jenny Plumb and Hannah Pinchen exhibited a stand and talked about nutrition and food to over 100 students from local schools. Developed by JIC scientist Samantha Fox and Dr Simon Fox, the YSA is a new initiative to support and encourage young people in Norfolk to explore STEMM:

Science – Technology – Engineering – Maths – Medicine

The brand new scheme has gained the support of 21 schools across Norfolk, and its popularity is growing.


November 2015FoodMattersLive

Food Matters Live 17th – 19th November 2015 ExCel, London FDNC along with other members of IFR were at Food Matters Live highlighting our work on the composition of foods and our nutrition information (labelling) service

11th International Food Data Conference
National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad India, November 2015 Paul Finglas attended the 11th International Food Data Conference, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad India, November 2015, and gave a presentation “QuaLiFY: using scientifically credible data to underpin connected Health”. Paul then led a Post 11th IFDC workshop at the conference on “EuroFIR – Food Data and Tools: their application in Food and Nutrition Research”


June 2015

Trading Standards Institute Conference 2015 29th June – 2nd July 2015, Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth FDNC will be exhibiting our new nutrition information (labelling) service. Come along and find out more information about this service and what we do.

Past events

April 2015 Natural & Organic Products 2015 19th & 20th April 2015, ExCel, London FDNC Paul Finglas, Jenny Plumb and Nicola Woodward attended the show and exhibited FDNC & FHN.

April 2014 The Natural Food Show: The home of organic, natural & speciality food 13th & 14th April 2014, Grand Hall, Olympia, London Paul Finglas and Jenny Plumb attended the show exhibiting FDNC & FHN.

March 2014 Paul Finglas was invited to attend the International Conference of the Joint Programming Initiative a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life “Crowne Plaza Hotel Le Palace” Ginestestraat 3, Brussels Belgium – 28th March 2014

February 2014 Total Diet Studies: Better Data – Better Decisions Workshop Thon Hotel, Brussels, Belgium5th February 2014

October 2013 Mark Roe presented “Food Databanks National Capability and the 7th edition of McCance and Widdowson’s Composition of Foods” to The British Nutrition Foundation joint meeting of the Scientific Advisory and Industrial Scientists Committees at Bloomsbury House, London WC1A 2RL – 23rd October 2013.

Paul Finglas was invited to give a talk on the “Role of EuroFIR in supporting a healthy diet for healthy life” at the Third Scientific and Practical Conference on “Safety and Legal Support of Medicinal Products: from Development to Medical Use” in memory of Oleksii Viktorov, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine – 23rd & 24th October 2013

September 2013 Paul Finglas presented “What precisely does my dinner contain? How EuroFIR harmonises food composition data”. At CommNet, 2nd Bioeconomy Forum, Science, Industry and Communication, Brussels ( At the same meeting Alejandro Rodarte from Hylobates presented “Health information on botanicals: plant extracts, pills, capsules and herbal supplements and ePlantLIBRA”. ePlantLIBRA is the bioactives database being set up by FDNC and EU partners on the composition, beneficial and adverse effects of Plant Food Supplements 30th September 2013.

September 2013 10th International Food Data Conference, Granada, Spain Paul Finglas was invited to give the Greenfield Southgate Lecture “Advances in food composition research and new applications for food composition data in Europe and future trends”. Jenny Plumb also attended and presented a talk entitled “The PlantLIBRA Database: Plant Food Supplements – Bioactive Composition, Benefit and Adverse Effects” – 12th-14th September 2013.

May 2013 PlantLIBRA 4th Project Meeting, Norwich, UK FDNC hosted and co-organised the PlantLIBRA 4th Project meeting, 54 people from 26 countries attended the meeting. (PlantLIBRA: PLANT food supplements: Levels of Intake, Benefit and Risk Assessment) is a project co-financed in the context of the 7th EU Framework Programme – 21st-24th May 2013.

April 2013 IFST Spring Conference, Norwich, UK Mark Roe and Jenny Plumb presented details of FDNC during the session entitled “Food Research for the 21st Century” – 17th April 2013.

March 2013 Total Diet Study Exposure Steering Committee & General Assembly Meeting hosted at IFR, Norwich, UK FDNC hosted and co-organised the TDS meeting 53 people from 19 countries attended the meeting. TDS-Exposure is co-financed in the context of the 7th EU Framework Programme – 19th-21st March 2013.

Training activities

November 2014 EU Project Management & Science Communication Workshop 17th November – 20th November, Brussels, Belgium Rachel Berry attended the course as part of her new role as Project Manager for the FDNC. EuroFIR AISBL is hosting a workshop that takes individuals through EU-funded project management, from contract negotiations to final reporting, explaining the reasons behind many of the activities as well the requirements for successful and cost-effective project management. Designed to support those responsible for EU-funded projects, the programme puts EU-funding opportunities in context and explores the project cycle.

May 2014 Sugars & Sweetners Masterclass 8th May 2014, Bloomsbury, London Hannah Pinchen attended the masterclass to find out more regarding the real evidence behind claims that sugar influences health. Why sugar has suddenly become a big issue and what food and drink companies can do about it.  What alternatives exist for replacing sugar in products. Consumers’ views about sugar – do they really care?  What leading manufacturers are doing and can do to counter some of the extreme opinions.

April 2014 Total Diet Studies (TDS) Food Coding Workshop 30th April 2014, FERA, York, UK Mark Roe attended the workshop to give training on food description and classification using LanguaL and the EFSA FoodEx2 classification systems.

October 2013 Dawn Wright attended a 1 Day Getting ready for Horizon 2020 workshop in Vienna, Austria. The workshop was aimed at project managers to understand the current position with the new Horizon 2020 Financial Rules – 31st October 2013.

October 2013 Mark Roe participated as a trainer at the 12th International Postgraduate Course on the Production and Use of Food Composition Data in Nutrition, Wageningen, The Netherlands. The course was organised by Wageningen University & Graduate School (VLAG). The aim of this course, FoodComp 2013 was to demonstrate how to produce, manage and use good quality food composition data in a standardised way, using harmonised procedures, so that the requirements of the multiple users of food composition data can be met – 13th-25th October 2013.

September – October 2013 During September and October Jenny Plumb has presented online training and demonstrations of the eBASIS and ePlantLIBRA databases to Industry, PlantLIBRA beneficiaries and Policy Advisory Board Members.

July 2013 Rachel Berry participated in the BBSRC Public Engagement Course held at RIBA, London, UK – 2nd July 2013.

April 2013 Jenny Plumb participated in the BBSRC Public Engagement course held at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK – 3rd April 2013.

March – June 2013 FDNC have hosted two Erasmus placements from KAHO Sint-Lieven University, Gent, Brussels over the past two years and again will take another in 2014. The students join us for 12 weeks working on eBASIS bioactives database. The students benefit from training in the use, structure and function of the database and are fully trained as database evaluators. They also have the ability to attend all lectures and events at IFR. This year the 2 students participated in outreach events for IFR.