The Future for Vegan & Plant-Based Diets – Has The Bubble Burst? – IFE Manufacturing 2024 – Wednesday 27th March

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IFE Manufacturing is the ultimate product sourcing platform for food & drink manufacturers to do business. It returns to Excel from 25-27th March. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, is delighted to be chairing a session at the Trends & Innovation Platform on 27th March called What’s the Future for Vegan & Plant Based Diets – Has the Bubble Burst? Read on to find out about the women in the plant-based food industry who are on the panel and what you will takeaway from the panel and the event.

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More younger people and Gen Z are vegan than ever before, with Statista estimating that around 4% of people in younger age groups are vegan.

As a society we are eating less meat. Data from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs showed that in 2023, meat consumption had fallen to its lowest level since records began in the 70s. The cost of living crisis is leading many to choose cheaper vegetarian options, yet only 1% of the population are ethical vegans and there is talk of the vegan bubble having burst.

We speak to a panel of women at the heart of the vegan movement to discuss these issues and look at the future of vegan & plant based diets.

Who’s on our panel:

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Emilia A Leese – Author & Podcaster – Think Like a Vegan

Emilia A. Leese is the co-author of Think Like a Vegan: What everyone can learn from vegan ethics, and host of the podcast titled Think Like a Vegan. Emi is also involved in a rewilding project in the Scottish Highlands – She’s also a public speaker, magazine editor and developed life skills and ethics workshops for underserved youth. Emi’s been a corporate finance lawyer for over twenty years. She and her husband, who is also vegan, live in London and the Highlands. Find her writing on Substack or on her website,; her rewilding project on; and her podcast, Think Like a Vegan, is streaming on all platforms. More information about the book and podcast is on

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Indy Kaur – Founder Plant Futures

Indy Kaur is the Founder and CEO of Plant Futures, mission-driven consultancy for plant-based businesses. She and the team of ex-industry experts bring a deep understanding of the plant-based market, providing businesses with practical market intelligence and strategic insights, giving businesses a cutting edge and driving the plant-based food sector forward.

Claire Ogley Vegan Society Head of Campaigns

Claire Ogley – Head of Campaigns, Policy and Research, The Vegan Society

Claire is an experienced public affairs, policy and communications professional, working as the Head of Campaigns, Policy and Research for The Vegan Society in order to accelerate the vegan movement and achieve its strategic goals. She has been in the post for two years. Prior to this role she worked in a political and comms consultancy for nearly five years where she provided strategic advice, stakeholder engagement, project management and analysis of politics and media to a number of clients, specialising in the health, FMCG, charity and tech sectors.

Listen to Claire Ogley, Head of Campaigns at The Vegan Society : Podcast with Women In the Food Industry

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Roshni Shah Partnerships Manager – Made in Hackney

Roshni has worked at Made in Hackney since 2020. She is the Partnerships Manager and heads up their Plant Prospects Programme, a nationwide plant based mentoring and influencing scheme. Plant Prospects works with organisations, supporting them to evolve their plant based offer. Their consultancy includes workshops, chef training, recipe development and menu consultation.  To date the team has run 20+ interactive workshops across the UK, positively influencing the diets of over 4500 people, and launched an award winning partnership with Fuller’s pubs.

Roshni has 10 years of experience working and volunteering in Community and Food Settings. She is a passionate (sustainable) foodie and pre-pandemic she ran a veggie and vegan supper club, 8 Plates.

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Our panel takes place on  Wednesday 27 March from 11.45am – 12.30pm at the Trends & Innovation Platform at IFE Manufacturing  2024.

You can register for free for both the fair and the panel here.

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