The FoodTalk Show

The FoodTalk Radio Show was founded by Sue Nelson, CEO of The Breakthrough Group, author of Foodtech UK and founder of TLA FoodTech. You can find out more about her here

Our programme was launched in March 2016 to showcase food tech, food innovation and to promote artisan producers. Food and drink experts from around the country also discuss the latest trends in everything from distribution and delivery, to taste profiles and tech innovation. 

Sue has appeared on nearly every national radio programme in the UK from Radio 1’s Newsbeat to the Today programme and from Jeremy Vine to Radio 4’s The Food Programme. She was formerly CEO of NW Fine Foods and has been a regular guest on television programmes as diverse as Trisha and The Culture Show

She is obsessed by great food and its provenance and has been a food writer for Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life. She is also author of the NW Fine Food Guide with Simon Rimmer of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and Tricks of the Restaurant Trade.

Her fellow presenter is Ollie Lloyd, Co-founder and CEO of Great British Chefs working with chefs such as Marcus Wareing, Michael Caines, Tom Aikens and Nathan Outlaw, his website has over 1 million visitors a month. He is a specialist in brand development working with clients such as Mars, Whittard, Pepsi, Currys and Boots. He was formerly Regional Brand Manager with Unilever working on their key brands across USA and South East Asia. 

FoodTalk aims

Sue wants to publicise and highlight the work of food tech and artisan food makers in the UK. Particularly to show growing trends in the food sector such as:

  • A general move to develop less industrialised food products.
  • A desire to produce healthier alternatives.
  • The search for ‘authentic’ foods with high quality ingredients.
  • The rise of ‘free from’ foods to counteract allergies and food intolerance and to accommodate ethical and religious constraints.
  • The desire to create more wholesome and healthy food at home, quickly and with the minimum amount of fuss and equipment.
  • The interest in food as a general topic, including its history and provenance.

There is a growing “foodtech” scene, where small producers are successfully gaining supermarket listings or delivering to retail/restaurant outlets and selling direct to consumers online. The FoodTalk Show wants to showcase these producers and the whole food tech infrastructure surrounding it and give food innovators the profile and ‘airtime’ they deserve.

The programme's reach

For our media details please email hello@foodtalk.co.uk for the latest listening figures and social media reach. As of July 2018 there were 16,950 PodBean/FoodTalk downloads per year, 50,850 iTunes/Podcast app downloads per year and 65,000 listeners per week via syndicated radio stations across the UK, in California, Michigan and Malta. Social media includes 95,800 FoodTalk and Great British Chefs followers and 218,000 Facebook fans via Great British Chefs. 


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