Our mission is to empower women, shine a spotlight on what they are doing for the UK food industry and build a community of women who give each other support, confidence and strength.
We believe you can’t be what you can’t see. Sharing stories, championing and celebrating women in the UK food industry is at the heart of what we do. This is a place for conversation, insight, stories, information and community support.
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Together we can:
• Increase the awareness of all the roles women play in the industry
• Show the wide range of roles and opportunities for women
• Connect women across all sectors for conversation and support
• Be a resource and a place where women can get the help they need
We do all of this because we want to see a world in which the food industry treats women as equal, champions inclusion and diversity and actively supports young women to fulfil their dreams and ambitions to work in food.
Our co-founders are friends and food lovers, Janie Ash, Mex Ibrahim and Lynda Caine and our Ambassadors are Irini Tzortzoglou, Antonia Lloyd, Shelley Sofier and Emma White. We all share the heart-felt belief that positive collaboration is a beautiful—and delicious—thing.
Women in the Food Industry became a Community Interest Company (CIC) on 18th July 2023 and doesn’t exist to make a profit – we work towards a purpose, reinvesting any surplus money into achieving our goal.
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Join us for a lively evening of thought-provoking discussions, a festive fair, and a celebration of sustainability, heritage, and equality. Our panel features five remarkable women who have made their mark in the culinary world, breaking down gender barriers and championing sustainability, mindful cooking, and food heritage.
Tuesday, 12th December 2023
The Conduit, 6 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA
Our co-founder Mex Ibrahim, will be part of a panel for an upcoming SODA Social event, where we delve into how we can make a purposeful impact in the FoodTech space. We will explore cutting-edge innovations, such as autonomous robots and AI, vertical farming, food waste reduction, and resource management technologies.
Thursday, 12th October 2023
Trinnovo Group, 16 Saint John's Lane, London, EC1M 4BS
On International Women’s Day 8th March 2020 discover how women with a love of hospitality have worked in London to bring their food and drink visions into a delicious reality. On a day when the world focuses on the achievements of women, you can hear from a number of women chefs, producers, writers, supper club hosts, drinks innovators and more.
Sunday, 8th March 2020
Fourpure Brewing Co
25 Bermondsey Trading Estate
Rotherhithe New Road
Our event on Sustainable Gastronomy Day 2019 was one of our most popular. Building on this appetite we wanted to continue the conversation around the future of sustainable food with our hosts at Cookery School. So join us on the evening of the 6th March 2020, for another insightful and delicious night.
Friday, 6th March 2020
Cookery School at Little Portland Street,15b Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BW
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women in the Food Industry and Forward Fooding are bringing you a new panel talk, Women in FoodTech. On the evening of 3rd March 2020 you’ll hear from an inspiring all female panel who will share their journeys, experiences and advice to give a great insight on what it means to be a woman in FoodTech.
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
Huckletree West - Food Innovation Hub
The MediaWorks, White City Place,
191 Wood Lane,
Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 7TP
Join us at the Royal Society of Arts to discuss gender-specific barriers in the food and farming industry. When world is focusing on the contribution of women for International Women’s Day on March 8th and its theme of #EachForEqual, what can we do to help make the food & farming industry more equal for the whole year?
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
The Steps, Rawthmells, RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ
We are delighted to announce that Women in the Food Industry’s first Northern event will be hosted by Lancaster University. Lancaster excels at understanding and teaching entrepreneurship and is currently ranked 4th out of 50 MBA programmes across the world for entrepreneurship.
Thursday, 30th January 2020
As the December elections are currently front of mind, we’re holding an event at City Hall on the evening of 16th December on the politics of food. Our panel of women will cover subjects such as food poverty, slave-free food, food waste, gender politics in professional kitchens, sustainability and more.
Monday, 16th December 2019
City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London, London, SE1 2AA
On November 18th 2023 our co-founder, Mex Ibrahim attended an event by City Harvest which showed how surplus food was given another life. Together with their friends at London’s Community Kitchen they co-hosted a Covent Garden Supper Club at The Conduit. The supper acted as a great introduction to see how London’s first surplus food distribution charity are making positive changes in their efforts to reduce London’s food waste.
In this episode, Mex, co-founder of Women in The Food Industry talks to Bethan Thomas, co-founder & CEO of HotTea Mama, an award-winning women’s wellness tea company (including several Nourish Awards), making teas to support better periods, pregnancy, motherhood and menopause. HotTea Mama was founded by Bethan and Kate Achilles following fertility struggles, subsequent pregnancies, and parenthood experiences. Bethan worked as a tea buyer for some of the UK’s biggest tea brands before setting up the sustainable tea business.
Calling all FoodTech innovators! Inspired by the Fortune 500, our supporter Forward Fooding is proud to present the FoodTech 500, the world’s first definitive list of the global entrepreneurial talent at the intersection between food, technology and sustainability. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the ‘Fortune 500’ of the FoodTech sector, applications close on November 15th!
Congratulations to Lily Morris who became Young Cheesemonger of the Year 2023. The 21 year old from Morris’ of Usk Garden & Food Centre in Usk, Monmouthshire, south Wales picked up her honour at the World Cheese Awards held at the Trondheim Spektrum, Norway. The Academy of Cheese run the contest which champions new talented cheesemongers under the age of 30.
Women in The Food Industry member and award-winning chef, Amber Francis, hailed as one to watch on Great British Menu, is taking on a new challenge – cooking incredible food in a school as she joins Chefs In Schools. The pioneering non profit, Chefs in Schools recently won a BBC Food and Farming Award – the Derek Cooper Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Congratulations to the winners of the BBC Food and Farming Awards which took place on 25th October 2023 at the ICCW in Newport. The awards were judged and hosted by great presenters including Radio 4’s The Food Programme host, Sheila Dillon, Thomasina Miers, cook, television presenter and co-founder of the Wahaca chain of Mexican restaurants, drinks writer Jaega Wise, food presenter Leyla Kazim and presenters Sam and Shauna from Hangfire BBQ. We were delighted to see so many women win awards at the ceremony.
The Biskery create bespoke, to order, handmade, artisan biscuits for businesses and consumers. Saskia Roskam shares the story with Women In The Food Industry of how she and Lisa Shepherd (a fellow digital marketeer), came to set up the company, which now offers other mothers flexible work at their award-winning sustainable business.
In this episode, Mex co-founder of Women in the Food Industry, talks to Amanda Ross, CEO & Co-Founder of Cactus TV, who amongst other shows have produced the multi-award winning show, Saturday Kitchen, for 17 years. Amanda is strong champion of women and discusses why this is important, plus she candidly explores her experience of working as woman in the TV world.
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