Programme

We're working on the programme for 2023 and will release more details soon.

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2022 Programme

DAY ONE - Wednesday 5th October 2022

State of the Nation - What's happening in sports nutrition and how is the industry changing? Key industry players and academics  discussed the latest trends, challenges and opportunities facing the industry, and its impact both now and in the future.

  • Garyth Stone, Managing Director of Consumer Food & Retail at Houlihan Lokey, will give an investors view of the sports nutrition looking ahead to 2023.
  • Sonja Matthews, Senior Manager Strategic Insights EMEA & ASPAC at Glanbia Performance Nutrition, will present on Navigating the EU landscape.
  • Kristin Lundanes Jonvik, Researcher at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, will enlighten delegates on the New opportunities to advance Sports Nutrition.
  • Lee Boakes, Head of NPD & Innovation at Huel, will give us insights on Product launch longevity – meeting the customers unmet needs!
  • Juliet Barratt, Co-founder of Grenade, will be in conversation with our chairman to discuss building a disruptive category leader.

Day one panellists included:

The first day ended with networking over drinks and canapes.


DAY TWO - Thursday 6th October 2022

Day two kicked off  with a 5k walk or run hosted by Gencor Pharmako.

Fuelling Performance and Recovery - Many factors impact performance and recovery, both of which are recognised as of equal importance for active individuals.  Delegates heard from the experts about the most important factors, including immunity, mind, mood and sleep (amongst others).

  • Prof Benjamin Wall, Professor of Nutritional Physiology of the Nutritional Physiology Research Group (NPG) at the University of Exeter, will discuss the role and relevance of sustainable protein sources in sports and exercise nutrition
  • Simon Jurkiw, Product Director at Bulk, will present on Active Nutrition – Consumer evolution and economic challenges for growth.
  • Lou Antonio Matera, Founder and CEO of Youth Sport Nutrition, will go over whether young athletes should be use supplements.
  • Adam Leyland, Editor of The Grocer.

Day two's morning panellists included:

  • Donato Colangelo
  • Marc Geenen, Head of Science, Perform2Achieve
  • Prof Benjamin Wall, Professor of Nutritional Physiology, Nutritional Physiology Research Group (NPG); University of Exeter
The Opportunity for Sports Nutrition in Retail - Sports nutrition has always found its home in specialist retail, but what is its role in grocery and convenience? Is it only for certain brands and/or products? In the session to provide their opinion on the best approach to mainstream retail and what needs to be done in order to maximise the opportunity. Adam Leyland, Editor of The Grocer joined our Summit chair Nick Morgan to discuss the opportunity for sports nutrition in retail.

Roundtable Lunch – Delegates discussed the issues that mattered most to them over lunch. Tables were hosted by an industry or academia expert who led an informal discussion.

Start-up Stars - The landscape for all nutrition categories will continually be disrupted by start-ups. So what does that look like for sports nutrition? NutraIngredients recently announced their 2022 Start-up Stars who are challenging the stereotype of sports nutrition. During this session we  heard from this years three winners:

  • Fitporn
  • HMN24
  • Pura Collagen

Sports Nutrition in a digital Age - Technology is evolving, consumers are changing, and sports nutrition is becoming more digital. This can mean many things, but it starts with the growth of online DTC ecommerce, an increased focus on personalisation, and the inevitable fascination with the world of gaming and esports.

  • Mariette Abrahams, Founder and CEO of Qina, will tell us about Getting ahead in nutrition, tech and health – the recipe for success.
  • Zarina Kanji, Head of Health and Wellness Business Development at the Alibaba Group, will present on The digital enigma of China.
  • Dr Brendan Egan Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology at Dublin City University will discuss A deserter covers his tracks: confessions from an academic working in applied sports nutrition practice.
  • Dr David Lipman , Director of Applied Science and Content from Supersapiens will tell us all about th e Supersapiens - Insight generation platform.

Day two panellists included:

Day two closed with a journey down the canals of Amsterdam to our evening venue for our networking dinner.


DAY THREE - Friday 7th October 2022

Biological based nutrition, The Female Athlete - Female athletes face a range of challenges that vary widely from those of their male counterparts. We will identify what we know (or don’t know) about the female athlete, and what implications this has on product development.

  • Dr Sam Moss, Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Sciences at Chester University  and Performance Nutritionist, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, will present on Physiological and nutritional challenges for the female athlete – can science inform product development?
  • Dr M. Gulrez Zariwala, Director of the Centre for Nutraceuticals at the University of Westminster  will tell us the secret to supplementing iron in active individuals.

Our female athlete panellists included:

  • Dr Sam Moss, Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Sciences, Chester University  and Performance Nutritionist, Gatorade Sports Science Institute
  • Klaudia Buczek, CEO and Founder, Made By Diet® Nutrition Clinic

Keeping People Active - If you are not healthy, you can’t perform. Keeping athletes training and consumers exercising is one of the most important areas for innovation. Our experts consider the primary reasons that prevent from exercising (e.g. injury) and how we can reduce this.

  • George Kruis, Co-founder of fourfive, will present on Challenging the status quo from sport to active.

Our final panellists who took to the stage included:

IN ADDITION to all these speakers there were panel discussions with lots of opportunities for delegates to get involved with live questions along with interactive networking sessions throughout the three days.