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Lime Venue Portfolio Launches Chapter V of Beyond Food

Lime Venue Portfolio has shared some early insights of the effects of Covid-19, on the UK meetings and events market, as it launches Chapter V of Beyond Food.  The report includes contributions from both within and outside of the industry, including leading brands and commentators, as well as a survey that looks at changes in the buying behaviours of meeting planners.

The survey, which covered the opinions of over 60 meeting and event planners, showed that hygiene and operations around Covid-19 had risen up the priority list ahead of content and price, as event planners look to organise live experiences in a post-pandemic world. However, it also showed that sustainability had been one of the main casualties of the pandemic, with the subject falling down the pecking order.

“It’s predictable that sustainability has had to take a back seat in the face of the pandemic, and safety and health needs to take priority,” commented Jo Austin, Sales Director, Lime Venue Portfolio. “However, we do think the industry needs to continue to make progress in terms of its commitments to the planet. Our customers, and their delegates, won’t forgive us if we don’t and we, as an industry, need to meet the challenge.”

The Beyond Food Report series launched with the aim of taking a detailed look at the evolution of events and specifically, the role food will play in experiences. Previous Chapters have covered the importance of food waste, the creation of the hashtag #FORO (Fear of Running Out), Food & Mental Health and The Plant Menu. The latest Chapter seeks to understand the effect of the pandemic on the event industry, through the prism of food.

As well as empirical data, the chapter also has opinion, and includes an insightful blog from experience creative Robert Dunsmore on how event planners can re-boot, re-energise and re-store events, and their delegates, following such a long period without face-to-face events. Part of the theme for recovery throughout the report is the need to return to home comforts, safe environments and familiar experiences; an area where food can play a specific role.

“Clearly food isn’t the top of the agenda right now, when it comes to bringing the events industry back into recovery,” continues Jo. “What we are saying though is that it can play a small part in the experience of every delegate as they navigate through what will, at first, be a new and disconcerting world of events. We can be the comforting Chicken Soup if you like.”

Beyond Food Chapter V is out now and available for download here. To access the previous three chapters, visit www.limevenueportfolio.com/content-hub/beyond-food-reports/.