The future of food – trust and transparency

Rathbones continues its support of the Livery Companies with the sponsorship of the City Food Lecture 2019

Since Rathbones’ move into the City of London in 2016, we have maintained our commitment to support the work of the Livery Companies and the invaluable contributionthey make to the city.

Rathbones proudly sponsored the City Food Lecture again this year, held at London’s Guildhall on 26 February. The lecture is one of the most prestigious and important events in the food industry’s calendar, attracting thought leaders in the industry and academia. The event is organised by seven city Livery Companies, namely the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters.

Dominic Blakemore, group chief executive of Compass Group, delivered the 2019 City Food Lecture on the topic of ‘Trust & Tech - the Future of Food’ to an audience of some 650 industry leaders, academics and liverymen. Visit to view a video of the event, Dominic Blakemore’s speech and the panel discussion. Philip Howell, Rathbones’ chief executive, introduced the panel discussion featuring Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers Union; Professor Corinna Hawkes, director, Centre for Food Policy School of Arts and Social Sciences, City University; and Tamira Treffers-Herrera, regional head Europe at Rabobank.

Complementing the future-looking theme of the evening, we showcased our Rathbones Look forward series at an exhibition in the Guildhall Library. In a series of future-shaping, films, podcasts and essays, we have brought together some of the world’s leading political, cultural and philosophical thinkers, sharing their ideas on the world of tomorrow. Available to watch, listen or download, you can access each episode at Series two will start broadcasting on Jazz FM from May. 

The City Food Lecture 2019 was concluded with a closing address from HRH The Princess Royal, who was optimistic that we’d still be able to grow our own food in 2050.

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