Our Valued Sponsors

This prestigious and important event must be of interest to any organisation that is involved in or associated with shaping the way food is produced, distributed, marketed, sold and consumed – and all associated.

The invited audience comprise a wealth of industry leaders from across the food and agri sectors and the evening provides many opportunities for our sponsors to invite their own clients and guests, be introduced to potential clients and networking to great effect. 

Sponsorship opportunities include a menu of benefits to ensure our much-valued sponsors make the most of the event.  Our sponsors, with their wealth of expertise and knowledge. are also encouraged to contribute to the event.

“The City Food Lecture is a superbly well organised and fantastic evening and something that AC Goatham & Son are proud to participate in. This will be the jewel in our crown for many a year to come. I really cannot thank you and the team enough”.  

Carol Ford, Commercial Director, AC Goatham & Sons

With Thanks to Our Valued 2020 Sponsors

Premium Sponsor

Rathbone Investment Management

Rathbones provides individual investment and wealth management services for private clients, charities and trustees. We have been trusted for generations to manage and preserve our clients’ wealth. Our tradition of investing and acting responsibly has been with us from the beginning and continues to lead us forward. Our ambition is to be recognised as the UK’s most responsible wealth manager. Rathbones operates from 15 UK offices and Jersey.

Contact natalie.yapp@rathbones.com

Gold Plus Sponsors


ABP is one of Europe’s leading privately owned integrated agrifood companies. The principal division focuses on beef and lamb processing with co products feeding into our sizeable Pet Food (C&D), Protein and Renewable Energy (Olleco) divisions. We are a pan-European business employing 11,000 people across 51 processing sites in eight countries.

Contact info@abp.com.

Compass Group

Compass Group UK & Ireland is the UK’s leading food and support services provider: the people behind the food, hospitality and services that brighten your day, make you smile and put a spring in your step. Part of Compass Group Plc, we operate across the UK and Ireland, bringing you all of the great-tasting food, memorable experiences and vital support services that can transform every day into a great day. We’re here to inspire, protect, nourish and energise.

Contact Michael.Hickman@compass-group. co.uk

AC Goatham & Son

From our orchards across Kent, we grow the best-quality British apples and pears, supplying supermarkets across the whole of the UK. As demand for our delicious fruit has increased, so too has the size of our business operation. We now have 25 farms with 2,830 acres of orchards, equivalent to 1,698 football pitches.

Our fantastic award-winning team are constantly looking to push the boundaries for top-fruit growing here in Britain, by using innovative new growing techniques, growing new varieties and utilising the latest in packing and cold storage technology. In the 2018/19 season we supplied the market with British Royal Gala apples for 48 weeks of the year. @ACGoatham. #GrabAGoathams.

Contact carol.ford@acgoatham.com


HSBC is delighted to be associated with CFL2020. We are privileged to support many businesses in the dynamic UK food chain. HSBC is one of the world’s largest banks. We support around 1m UK businesses, among 39m customers worldwide. In 2018, we won the title of ‘The World’s Best Bank for Corporates’ in Euromoney’s Awards for Excellence. Our international banking network covers 66 markets and gives us access to around 90% of world trade flows. Our regional heads work with experts in markets, liquidity and cash management to design sophisticated, cross- border solutions. Alongside our specialist sector teams, two further teams offer core financing support. Our Leverage Finance service facilitates M&As, syndication financing, and access to high-yield bonds and treasury. Our Commercial Banking Origination service facilitates and advises on sophisticated corporate financing.


As legal experts in the food and drink sector, we have been advising leading food businesses for over 80 years. From crisis management and contract disputes to negotiating corporate transactions, we focus on key issues to help you meet the challenges and opportunities to streamline your business. Working as a team, we bring together a range of corporate, litigation, tax and property lawyers with extensive experience, focused on delivering results.

Contact petercusick@roythornes.co.uk

Silver Sponsors

Davy’s Wine Merchant

As family wine merchants established in 1870, our unique relationships with the world’s finest winemakers and châteaux go back five generations, and we still select, ship and store our own wines. Totally independent, we have the freedom to be very selective about the wines we offer.
We expect them to be well made and good value, but also look for something special; an indefinable quality that, in our view, lifts them out of the ordinary. You can enjoy our wines in our Wine Bars or at one of the many tastings we arrange throughout the year. Wines can be purchased for home delivery online or from our Wine Shop in Greenwich. We also create and manage customers’ private cellars and offer storage in our own Victorian cellars.

More People

MorePeople is a specialist recruitment business providing permanent and interim recruitment solutions for businesses operating in the food retail supply chain. We work with supermarkets, food manufacturers, growers and agribusinesses on professional recruitment assignments. Our team work on appointments ranging from graduate recruitment to main board directors and non-execs. We operate across the UK and internationally.

Contact Andrew Fitzmaurice or Guy Moreton, andrew@morepeople.co.uk or guy@morepeople.co.uk.


Pelican is a marketing communications and PR consultancy operating at the intersection of food, packaging and the environment. From farm to fork to fertiliser to feedstock, we’ll bring our unique 360 degree perspective to bear to enable you to effectively engage customers and stakeholders. Our depth of knowledge and skill comes from decades of sector-specific experience, which allows us to get to the powerful insights that deliver results sooner for our clients. Because we believe that food and the environment really matter to all of us.

Contact michael.bennett@pelicomms.co.uk.

Bronze Sponsors

Saffrey Champness

Saffery Champness is a firm of chartered accountants with offices across the UK. We provide advice to entrepreneurial and owner- managed businesses in the agribusiness, food and drink sectors, helping them to thrive and grow by providing timely, sound advice and building solid long-term relationships. From accounting and audit services through to strategic tax advice and corporate finance, we help businesses and their owners overcome the challenges that life throws at them.

Contact info@saffery.com.


Glasgows is delighted to provide audio-visual production and filming of the City Food Lecture for the 12th year running. With over 30 years’ experience, Glasgows has earned an excellent reputation for quality, reliability and creativity. Our experience is wide and diverse, and we bring this to every project we undertake.

Media Partner

Fresh Produce Journal

Published since 1895, FPJ is the leading monthly newspaper and daily online resource for the UK fruit and vegetable trade. Our journalistic output is complemented with a series of market- leading events, including our flagship UK Fruit & Vegetable Congress and UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards.

Contact info@fpj.co.uk

“ABP Food Group is proud to sponsor the Annual City Food Lecture which continues to attract a star cast of keynote speakers, discussion panel members and delegates.  We find it a fantastic opportunity to congregate and network with invited guests and peers informally in such an historic venue and to both listen and interact with leaders from across our sector on thought provoking issues that are likely to the future of our industry”

Dean Holyrod, ABP

Sponsorship Opportunities

To enquire about our unique and very rewarding sponsorship opportunities for 2021, please contact

Fiona Patrick, Sponsorship Director, fiona.patrick1@btinternet.com

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