Record audiences join Table Talk podcast as new line-up is announced

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With more than 55,000 listeners in 60 countries around the world, Table Talk, the Food Matters Live podcast, announces it will be launching a host of new shows, including interviews with the best thinkers in the food industry and exclusive location reports.

Launched in March 2019, Table Talk quickly became the podcast to get the inside track on the game-changers who are making real changes to improve health, sustainability, and nutrition.

Presented by broadcaster Stefan Gates the popular podcast investigates the issues shaping the food, drink and nutrition industry. It is essential listening for audiences looking to go behind the headlines and explore the trends, innovations and stories that matter.

With topics ranging from Tim Spector’s research on health and obesity to lab-grown meat to the scientists unlocking the mysteries of our gut microbiome, Stefan leads his guests and audience on an entertaining and insightful journey to explore the trends of tomorrow and the science of the future.

After 100 episodes of Table Talk, Stefan says the audience appetite for more shows is growing: “I’m enormously excited that we’re about to expand the scope of our podcasts with plans for some hugely exciting new mini-series and stellar guests.

“We’ve been bringing the food industry in all its multifaceted glory to your ears for well over a year now, unpacking its opportunities, explaining its frustrations and exploring its future, finances, trends, politics, jobs and sheer energy. But our greatest achievement is to have hosted excellent guests and industry leaders who’ve torn apart extraordinarily complex issues and made them entertaining and informative.

“The year ahead is going to be a roller-coaster for the food industry, but we’ll be doing our damnedest to make it fascinating rather than terrifying for you.”

Brands and institutions like Kellogg’s, Givaudan, Olam, Tetra Pak, Siemens, Sopheon, GS1, Clasado Biosciences, Cargill, Loughborough University, Glanbia Nutritionals and more have partnered with the Table Talk podcast to tell their stories of innovation and NPD successes to a global audience.

Sophie Caplan, Taste & Wellbeing Communications Specialist at Givaudan Europe, spotted the potential of Table Talk to develop their brand: “After attending the Food Matters Live events, we decided to take part in their Table Talk podcast series as the topic and demographic fit nicely with our own; we were also impressed by their listener statistics.

“We have found the team to be very helpful and responsive; they were there every step of the way to help us with speaker briefing, technical issues, topic advice, and more. We have now done four partner podcast episodes, and we are happy to see that several of them are some of the most popular episodes. With Stefan as the moderator and the great production quality, the podcasts are very professional and sound great.”

As Table Talk continues to grow its audience, executive producer Emma Weatherill joins the team to drive the news agenda forward and develop its new shows and formats. With a broadcast background specialising in food, drink and nutrition, Emma has worked on industry heavyweights, including BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme and Farming Today.

Working alongside Stefan, Emma will build on the growing success of Table Talk: “The show already has such a loyal following, and I’m keen to spread the word to new listeners who want to find out more about the ideas behind what’s put on our plate.

“The past year has shone a light on our food system – from shortages on shelves to the need for good food for all – and, as we move on from the pandemic, we need to find sustainable solutions for our future global food challenges.

“Table Talk is the perfect guide to help you discover the amazing innovations in food, drink and nutrition, from the creativity of lab-grown meat to the science of tailormade supplements. We will chat with the greatest minds in the industry, and we want our listeners to be part of the conversation.”

Listen to Table Talk’s latest podcasts, exclusive interviews and exciting debates on Apple and Spotify.