The Tyto Tech 500 Power List went live at the end of 2018, and for the first time, we can reveal the 10 most influential people in UK FoodTech, as we dive into the data sector by sector.
2018 was the year of the plant. With widespread growth and interest in plant-based foods (half of UK shoppers showed interest in a plant-based diet), the UK launch of the Beyond Burger and international innovators, such as Just, eyeing markets for soon to be available lab-grown meat. Something the UK may be able to capitalise on. In fact, the cost of manufacturing a ‘clean’ meat burger patty fell to about £8 in 2018, down from an estimated £215,000 in 2013 (ASI report).
Of course, it wasn’t all good news for food tech giants, after a landmark ruling against Monsanto, but 2019 looks set to be another exciting year in food innovation, especially when linked to environmental targets and wider consumer interest in alternatives.
Which brings us back to this list of 10 people in the UK helping to drive and influence this space and the trends we are seeing in the shape and content of this list of influencers.
William Shu of Deliveroo holds the top spot, thanks to regular speaking engagements and media appearances. It’s not just how our food is delivered, of course, as seen by James Collier of Huel, one of many companies reimagining how we package and consume our nutrition. While Professor Charles Spence, the sole academic, specialises in Experimental Psychology. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the future design of everything from household products to the food we eat.
Tyto Tech 500: Top 10 Influencers in FoodTech
|4||Professor Charles Spence||Oxford University|
|5||Arthur Kay||Skyroom Ltd and bio-bean|
|6||Jamie Bolding||Jungle Creations|
|8||Nadia El Hadery||YFood & London Food Tech Week|
|9||Darren Goldsby||The Jamie Oliver Group|
|10||Stuart Mainwaring||Just Eat|