Fresh Montgomery, an organiser of B2B exhibitions for the food, drink, and hospitality sector, has acquired Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN).
The company said the acquisition adds value to its business and creates ‘vortex’ of industry innovation through an enhanced FDIN offering.
FDIN, a community and a source of information and events for professionals in the food industry, was founded in 2002 by Jeffrey Hyman, who established Prêt à Manger in 1983. The success of the sandwich shop chain has been largely driven by Hyman’s reputation, his magnetism and encyclopaedic industry knowledge.
Building on his legacy, Fresh Montgomery said it will ensure FDIN continues to be at the forefront of industry innovation and influence.
Jane Milton, food industry expert and one of Jeffrey Hyman’s close contacts, will lead FDIN forward as chief inspiration officer.
“FDIN is built on a generous attitude of sharing best practice, strong industry relationships and providing invaluable industry insight. From working very closely with Jeffrey, we are looking forward to continuing his legacy and ensuring insight continues to be made accessible to all industry levels,” Milton explained.
In her new role, Milton will provide the FDIN community with a unique perspective on food, from innovation to new product development through her strong global network industry-wide.
Food industry champion
A champion of food and drink industry insight, and the main driver behind shaping industry opinion, FDIN is deemed a ‘go-to’ resource for food and drink professionals worldwide. Company members include Nestle, Ryvita, Hovis, Product Chain, Brand Genetics and Thorntons.
Fresh Montgomery has said the acquisition will increase its reach across the industry with many more events throughout the year and a much larger community of food and drink professionals.
“Our mission is to enhance the food and drink industry and provide the high-level insight professionals are craving and require to develop and innovate,” commented Soraya Gadelrab (pictured), portfolio director at Fresh Montgomery. Following the acquisition, Gadelrab will take on the role of chief experience officer.
Gadelrab added: “This exciting acquisition means greater market-leading content, quality news and networking to ensure the UK’s food & drink industry has access to the tools and contacts needed to stand-out and propel the industry forward.”
Fresh Montgomery has also revealed that other acquisitions and organic launches are in consideration as part of an “ambitious growth plans both in the UK and overseas over the next two years”.