Sep 1st, 2021
4 mins

Last week the Young Leaders Forum were finally able to hold their first face to face meeting since the group was launched in March 2020, having previously only met over Zoom.

The group met in London, where they were joined by Charles Banks, Co-Founder of thefoodpeople, who gave the group an insight into the world of food trends. Charles explained how they spot trends, validate them and how they create the strategic frameworks that make ‘sense of trends’ to apply to industry strategy.

Thefoodpeople (TFP) are a united team of trend spotters and innovators, a team of psychologists, chefs, marketeers, product developers, academics, flavourists, historians and anthropologists.  But more than that, TFP are ‘champions of change’ that bring their inherent experience, as well as an obsession for food and drink, natural curiosity, intuition and tenacity.

This is underpinned by their intent ‘shifting the future of food and drink, to shape a better future for all, by harnessing the power of trends’. They are here to Stimulate to Inform, Interpret to Impact & Enable to Grow

We would like to thank Charles for meeting with the group and for giving such an interesting presentation.


Interested in joining the Young Leaders Forum?

The BFFF are looking for passionate young individuals to join an established group of 15 like-minded members. The group holds six meetings a year, going forward, these will now be a mix of virtual and face-to-face meetings/site visits.

If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact Holly ( and Harry ( for more information.

Would you like to host a Young Leaders Forum meeting?

Would you like to invite the Young Leaders Forum to your site for a tour? Or would you be interested in giving a talk to the group? If you have any ideas of ways you can be involved with the YLF in 2022, please contact Holly ( and Harry (



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