“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”.  

AC Goatham & Sons

“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 both listen and interact with leaders from across our sector on thought provoking issues that are important to the future of our industry.  

Dean Holyrod, ABP

Our Valued Sponsors

We are delighted to introduce our much-valued sponsors for the City Food Lecture 2021 and thank them for their continued support.

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

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

The City Food Lecture 2021, in its virtual format presents an interactive and appetising menu of enticing opportunities for our sponsors. This includes a strong brand presence, engagement and connections with the audience, pre – recorded videos, a dedicated sponsor section and much more.

We are delighted to introduce our much-valued sponsors for the City Food Lecture 2021 and thank them for their continued support.

Premium Sponsor


Rathbones provides individual investment and wealth management services for private clients, charities, trustees and professional partners. Our tradition of investing and acting responsibly has been with us from the beginning and continues to lead us forward. Looking beyond the short term for the most sustainable outcome. This is how we build enduring value for our clients, make a wider contribution to society and create a lasting legacy.

Contact louise.willows@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 47 processing sites in eight countries.

Contact info@abp.com

Compass Group

We are made up of tens of thousands of talented people that provide expert catering, cleaning, and facilities management services to a range of clients and sectors across the country. From outstanding restaurant and dining experiences in amazing venues and stadiums to feeding thousands of students, patients, workers, and military personnel, we deliver warm welcomes, clean buildings and safe environments.

 “We’re the people behind the food, hospitality and support services that power your day, make you smile and put a spring in your step. Just one of the reasons why we’re the UK and Ireland’s No.1 catering and support services provider.”

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: alison@coastcommunications.co.uk


We have a long history supporting businesses across the Agrifoods sector, helping them to achieve their growth ambitions. Our team helps established brands and newcomers alike to become more dominant in their existing space, bring new technology into practice, or capture new markets. Our customers at home and abroad are increasingly influenced by global factors so by using our sector expertise we are able to help them adapt to demographics, buying patterns and eating habits in a rapidly changing macro-environment.

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banks. We support around 1 million UK businesses, among 37 million customers worldwide. Our international banking network covers 64 countries and territories and gives us access to around 90% of world trade flows. Our relationship managers 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 mergers and acquisitions (M&A), syndication financing, and access to high-yield bonds and treasury. Our Commercial Banking Origination service facilitates and advises on sophisticated corporate financing in the UK and Europe.

We are privileged to support many business in the diverse and dynamic UK food chain, if you would like to find out more about our work in this sector please visit THIS LINK  or email Allan Wilkinson, Head of Agrifoods Sector: allanwilkinson@hsbc.com


Established and trusted for over 30 years, OrchardWorld is one of the UK’s foremost specialist tree fruit companies. We are working with some of the best producers and packers in the world, bringing the finest produce to our customers.

Contact info@theorchardfruitcompany.com

Gold Sponsors


In this highly competitive, constantly evolving industry, a legal team that understands your business is a powerful asset. At Roythornes, we have been serving the food community for over 80 years, advising food and drink businesses and helping them achieve profitable relationships with their customers.

Our field-to-fork understanding has given us an exceptional reputation across the industry. We understand the pressures our clients face, so we go beyond pure legal advice, sharing our expertise and drawing on our contacts to help you go from strength to strength.

From crisis management and contract disputes to negotiating corporate transactions, our Food and Drink team focuses on the key issues to help clients achieve their objectives.

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.

Bronze Sponsors

Saffrey Champness

Saffery Champness advises a range of entrepreneurial food and drink businesses across the UK. We offer advisory and compliance services for audit and tax that ensure our clients affairs, whether in their businesses or when looking at their private and family situation, is planned and structured to be as tax efficient as possible.  We ensure that they do not lose sight of the commercial and personal objectives of our clients, especially during these difficult times.

Thanks to our distinctive, partner-led approach we get to know our clients well and can advise them according to their individual aspirations, whether that be to prepare for sale, provide for their families or create an environment that allows them to continue working in the business for many years to come.

Contact info@saffery.com.

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Berry Gardens

Founded 48 years ago, Berry Gardens is the UK’s largest soft and stone fruit grower-owned co-operative supplying a large proportion of the nation’s premium quality berries and cherries.

We are specialists – this means that we supply premium quality berries and cherries all year.

We have a genuine passion and pride in our product, clearly seen through our commitment to quality, investment into the future of soft fruit farming and our year round offering of the very best tasting premium fruit.

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

Sponsorship Opportunities

The City Food Lecture 2021, in its virtual format presents an interactive and appetising menu of enticing opportunities for our sponsors. This includes a strong brand presence, engagement and connections with the audience, pre – recorded videos, a dedicated sponsor section and much more.

To find out more please contact Fiona Patrick at fiona.patrick1@btinternet.com

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