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After a few weeks setting up the business, Anecdote UK emerged wide-eyed and innocent to the world this week, with our first official engagement – a trip to Food Matters Live at ExCel London.

Our friends at the California Prune Board were kind enough to invite us along for the day. And we’re glad they did, because FML really is a fascinating show. It’s a chance for manufacturers, ingredient providers, nutrition professionals, chefs and more to get together to talk about the latest issues in the industry.

As well as a great chance to make contacts in the industry, it was a fabulous opportunity to taste-test the latest recipes and ingredients. Particularly impressive – or memorable, at least – were the various alternative proteins on offer, especially the piri-piri crickets and garlic mealworm. This certainly seems to be a growing area in the industry and typified the importance placed on environmental considerations at the show.

We also enjoyed California Prunes chef ambassador Peter Sidwell’s cooking demo, took in a seminar on the economics of obesity and found out how umami enhances flavour, among other highlights too numerous to mention.

We’re looking to get out and about much more over the next few months, so keep an eye out for more blogs soon. And if you’d like to find out more about us, visit our website.