The UEA's Food Innovation Cluster is a dynamic new project with the aim to make a bold difference to Norfolk and Suffolk food and drink producers by supporting and nurturing with people, services and funding that will enable them to flourish.

NOURISH is their inaugural food and drink conference taking place at the luxury resort Barnham Broom – the one-day event is an exciting opportunity for SMEs and start-ups to come together and celebrate the success of food and drink businesses in the region, be part of a collaborative and innovative think tank event and to shape the future of food and drink in the East of England.

Hosted by the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Food Innovation Cluster, there will be the opportunity to meet the buyers, learn about social food security, exhibit your products, hear from inspirational speakers and enjoy food and drink from local manufacturers.

The event is open to all either in attending person* or joining virtually online. Aimed at local food and drink producers, as well any organisation or individuals engaged with the food supply chain both locally and nationally.  The conference will end with a drinks reception which everyone is welcome to attend.

This event is an exceptional opportunity for food or drink businesses to accelerate their success and turn potential into thriving commerce. The organisers’ say it will become an annual event.

Conference Highlights:

Keynote speakers sharing their wisdom, ideas, insights and motivation into how to flourish in the current market: 

  • Cassandra Stavrou, Founder of PROPER Snacks
  • James Averdieck, Founder of Gü & Coconut Collaborative
  • Hannah Springham, Founder of Farmyard Frozen
  • Joseph Cordy, Head of Commercial at Paddy & Scott’s
  • Professor Andrew Fearne, Value Chain Management, UEA


  • Alex Larter, UEA – Shaping the Cluster and its membership to suit your needs
  • Fergus Fitzgerald, Adnams – How to innovate and develop your food and drink products
  • Gemma Crane, Mindset HR – How to get your first employee and create a positive work culture
  • National Institute for Healthy Ageing – How to make your products healthier and more nutritious
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