Live Blog

Demonstrating Sustainability in the Food Supply Chain

Friday 8th April 2016: 9:30am to 2:30pm

M&S Conference Centre, 5 Merchant Square, London, W2 1AS

The LEAF Marque Summit will bring together some of the industry's finest thinkers, technologists and farmers to debate the adoption and demonstration of more sustainable farming and discuss how the industry can most effectively work together to address the sustainability challenge at every point along the food supply chain.

07/04/16 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Sustainable food supply chains:the way forward. #LEAFMarque summit follow live here  http://bit.ly/1RDMo9o  pic.twitter.com/qFnZYRLqHo
  2. Sustainable food supply chains:the way forward. #LEAFMarque summit follow live here  http://bit.ly/1RDMo9o  pic.twitter.com/S9g6u9XbCS
  3. On your Marques! #LEAFMarque Summit exploring sustainable food supply chains. Join in here  http://bit.ly/1RDMo9o  pic.twitter.com/BLh8vB8uGo
  4. Its here! #LEAFMarque Summit sustainable food supply chains&what they look like. Follow live  http://bit.ly/1MVcAvV  pic.twitter.com/0Km4Okibqq
  5. Grt line up of speakers exploring sustainable food supply chains. Follow the live blog here  http://bit.ly/1MVcAvV   https://twitter.com/guythallon/status/718332500280483840 
  6. Super exciting! #LEAFMarque Summit today exploring sustainable supply chains. Follow live  http://bit.ly/1MVcAvV  pic.twitter.com/mPuhGw5QAq
  7. From small seeds. #WestfaliaFruit first overseas business become @LEAFMarque certified in 2004.#LEAFMarque summit pic.twitter.com/RjVEefI56p
  8. Our planet. Its in our hands. Sustainable food production is key.#LEAFMarque Summit.  http://bit.ly/1MVcAvV  pic.twitter.com/ejv5qeQ7mK
  9. @LEAFchief inaugural #LEAFMarque summit. Celebrating 25years of delivering more sustainable farming pic.twitter.com/Fq0M0BhMWk
  10. From small acorns.Since 2002 @LEAFMarque grown to be leading global system delivering sust farming#LEAFMarque Summit pic.twitter.com/T1DOOrkcpq
  11. "We want people to love appreciate and trust food and farming" #LEAFMarque @LEAFChief

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  12. The rising tide raises all boats is phrase that really applies to our organisation #LEAFMarque @LEAFChief

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  13. Launch of @LEAF_Farming global impacts report.Strong growth in delivery of more sust farming #LEAFMarque Summit pic.twitter.com/27C7G0P2JC
  14. Another year of significant progress @LEAF_Farming mission delivering more sust food&farming  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/hLEnqS6B5q
  15. Cedric Porter "good increase of LEAF Marque certified businesses devoting at least 5% of land to habitat management to 490 farms #LEAFMarque

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  16. LEAF’s Global Impacts Report unveiled.28% increase in land area growing @LEAF Marque crops  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/mxBR71eSsw
  17. Cedric Porter "the results in this impacts report show the next 25 years are looking very rosy indeed for LEAF" #LEAFmarque

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  18. A global impact. 37 countries across the globe with @LEAFMarque certified businesses  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/GEFhSOGxB6
  19. Q&A session now started with Cedric and Caroline. Cedric "a benefit of LEAF and something we are very proud of is how responsible our farmers are." #LEAFMarque

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  20. Johnathan Sutton "so much information is available at our finger tips, the next 25 years is very exciting. We are all on a journey." #LEAFMarque

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  21. Johnathan Sutton "raw materials are so important to Marks and Spencer" #LEAFMarque

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  22. "Food waste is big on the agenda, it's going to get bigger" Johnathan Sutton from Marks and Spencer

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  23. Johnathan Sutton from Marks and Spencer "The global community programme is so important, and it is vital to look at the whole supply chain"

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  24. Johnathan Sutton "for Marks and Spencer people, energy, water, businesses, technology are all vital to growing produce"

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  25. Johnathan Sutton from Marks and Spencer "Integrated Farm Management can make a real difference. It is a standard we can all get behind. It really works."

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  26. 12% increase since 2014 in @LEAFMarque businesses with min 5% land for habitat management  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/QjilMZX8AM
  27. And the crunching of seriously interesting numbers from @LEAF_Farming keeps going this morning. Now tasty watercress  https://twitter.com/LEAF_Farming/status/718372598170718209 
  28. Sue Dibb "we need to address the issues of food waste throughout the food chain." #LEAFMarque

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  29. Sue Dibb, Eating Better "food pyramids show foods that are good for your health and the environment" #LEAFMarque

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  30. Sue Dibb, Eating Better "you need to make it easy for people to do the right thing."

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  31. Sue Dibb, Eating Better looks at behaviour change regarding healthy diets and eating better #LEAFMarque

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  32. Sue Dibb, Eating Better "we would like to see a European healthy eating policy"

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  33. Sue Dibb, Eating Better "we are now seeing top chefs putting veg as the main focus of the plate" LEAFMarque

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  34. Sue Dibb, Eating Better "we want to work closer with LEAF and here onscreen is our takeaway message" LEAFMarque

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  35. Next up at the #LEAFMarque Summit is Sarah-Jane Thompson, Head of Communication at Fresh Direct

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  36. Sarah-Jane Thompson from Fresh Direct gives an explanation of how Fresh Direct operate

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  37. Sarah-Jane Thompson from Fresh Direct "Responsible procurement is key to us at Fresh Direct, most of our produce is LEAF Marque certified." #LEAFMarque

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  38. Sustainable supply chains. Key is partnerships throughout food service sector @FreshDirectUK #LEAFMarque Summit pic.twitter.com/IqhjN1MGIu
  39. Sarah-Jane Thompson from Fresh Direct "more consumers are keen to buy sustainable produce in food service and are willing to pay more for it." #LEAFMarque

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  40. Sarah-Jane Thompson from Fresh Direct "Total transparency is very important in food service marketing. More messaging coming from Social Media from suppliers and food chain." #LEAFMarque

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  41. @Fresh Direct Sarah-Jane Thompson consumers keen to buy sustainable produce @LEAFMarque #LEAFMarque Summit pic.twitter.com/HbwVE7HJ9v
  42. Sarah-Jane Thompson from Fresh Direct talks about being a sustainable supplier and what it involves

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  43. The morning speakers are now answering the questions of attendees in a Q&A session

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  44. Questions from our wonderful audience at the LEAF Marque Summit #LEAFMarque

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  45. Johnathan Sutton "the education around value is what is needed for consumers"

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  46. Valuing our food.Engaging consumers with how food is grown is starting point #LEAFMarque Summit @OpenFarmSunday pic.twitter.com/pKM51xDDOG
  47. Sue Dibb from Eating Better "see meat as a treat, we believe red meat has an important part to play in a well balanced diet"

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  48. Johnathan Sutton from Marks and Spencer "we will support innovative growing methods from farmers"

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  49. The new LEAF Global Impacts Report was launched earlier, here is a link to the launch story http://www.leafuk.org/resources/001/220/633/LEAF_Global_Impacts_Report_2016_FINAL.pdf

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  50. For anyone wanting to read LEAF's new Global Impacts Report, here is a link - http://www.leafuk.org/resources/001/220/618/Global_Impacts_Report_2016_Web.pdf

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  51. Sara Eppel, LEAF Board Member is now providing a useful overview of the complexities of putting together a food and farming plan #LEAFMarque

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  52. Ideas. Innovation. Inspiration is what sustainable farming all about #LEAFMarque Summit  http://bit.ly/1dYSDnI  pic.twitter.com/TYJlbXGMr9
  53. Caroline Dummond, LEAF Chief showcasing the huge proportion of the fruit and veg market that is #LEAFMarque all the info can be found in the LEAF Global Impacts Report on the LEAF website www.leafuk.org

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  54. Time for refreshments at the LEAF Marque Summit too #LEAFMarque

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  55. Anthony Snell, from A.J & C.I Snell announcing the Open Farm Sunday event for Marks and Spencer staff to learn about his farm and Integrated Farm Management. #LEAFMarque

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  56. Anthony Snell, from A.J & C.I Snell "I would like to congratulate LEAF on a wonderful 25 years, and especially Caroline and Justine Hards who have even a huge part of the organisation's success since day 1. What an achievement, and here is to another exciting 25 years."

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  57. Anthony Snell, from A.J & C.I Snell talks about the success of polytunnels, and how in Portugal, even with a warmer climate their berries are grown in polytunnels with huge success

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  58. Check out our head of comms nailing a talk about the eating out market! Sustainability is king chefs! @LEAF_Farming  https://twitter.com/kathrynm48/status/718382598167392256 
  59. Anthony Snell, from A.J & C.I Snell talks through Frozen... not the Disney film, an explanation about the delicious frozen produce grown for Marks and Spencer #LEAFMarque

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  60. Hot off the press! Take a look at our latest Global Impacts Report  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  #LEAFMarque Summit pic.twitter.com/BppH19uSb5
  61. Anthony Snell, from A.J & C.I Snell discussing seasonal labour and how vital it is to the business

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  62. To a round of applause from the audience Anthony Snell says "We are so concerned about how much litter we see in the countryside. All members of our team at the farm went out and cleared rubbish from the local areas. We believe this came from passing cars. We think everyone should care about the countryside, as LEAF do."

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  63. Anthony Snell "Open Farm Sunday is a huge triumph. We believe it is the most successful and innovative activity LEAF does. We feel it is a privilege to talk to the consumers of the present and the future."

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  64. Guy Thallon, Head of Research, Development and Innovation from Produce World Group explains the work carried out by Produce World Group

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  65. Guy Thallon, Head of Research, Development and Innovation from Produce World Group looking at how a model farm works and all the farm systems working in tandem on a sustainable farm using Integrated Farm Management #LEAFMarque

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  66. Local soil systems in practice. Guy Thallon comments "DNA profiling is developing so quickly to look at the local soil systems. We at Produce World Group are fascinated by this analysis of the soils."

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  67. Guy Thallon, Head of Research, Development and Innovation from Produce World Group "The global systems are providing a huge challenge. Climate change and Biodiversity loss are big challenges in this. We have had above average global temperatures every year since LEAF's inception 25 years ago."

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  68. Guy Thallon, Head of Research, Development and Innovation from Produce World Group announces "we need to think globally and act locally."

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  69. Guy Thallon, Head of Research, Development and Innovation from Produce World Group "We need to move quickly and act fast and embrace complexity in addressing the global environmental challenges."

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  70. Amy Jackson from ISEAL Alliance is now providing an overview of the ISEAL Alliance and credible practices #LEAFMarque

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  71. Amy Jackson from ISEAL Alliance explains the Theory of Change of the ISEAL Alliance and the four goals of ISEAL

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  72. Amy Jackson from ISEAL Alliance explains standard systems, providing a useful and detailed overview


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  73. Amy encourages us all to "visit www.challengethelabel.org and think about the sustainability claims on items we purchase. As a full member of the ISEAL Alliance #LEAFMarque is an example of a transparent and robust label to look for."

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  74. Kathryn Mitchell, LEAF Sustainabilty Manager closes the conference with a summary of the #LEAFMarque Summit. "Thank you so much to everyone for attending and being a part of this sustainability success story. Everyone has a part to play and it is an exciting challenge for us all."

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  75. Caroline ends the conference with a presentation to Robin Hobson for all his tremendous achievements and work over the years. "Robin is a shining example of the ISEAL principles and standards we have discussed today."


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  76. @guythallon we need to think globally&act locally to deliver sustainable supply chains #LEAFMarque Summit pic.twitter.com/2YcjV9m92M
  77. Massive thanks @mandspress for supporting #LEAFMarque summit. Looking ahead to next 25yrs #LEAFMarque Summit pic.twitter.com/pBHQGnmTnd
  78. Check this out! Our latest global impacts report show progress to more sustainable farming  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/dhmUSd8Mc2
  79. Masstive thanks to all our wonderful speakers for an inspirational day #LEAFMarque Summit. #Proud pic.twitter.com/R09xKSke3Q
  80. @LEAFMarque growers across the world delivering more sustainable food&farming. Read more  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/ojV9K7np7W
  81. We've crunched the numbers! Take a look at our latest global impacts report here.  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/xqjv0zwPBj
  82. Significant progress to more sust farming. Massive thank you to all our @LEAFMarque growers  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/g5BkYr7jZ3
  83. Delivering more sustainable farming across the globe.Our global impacts report is out now  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/Pay02yKobO
  84. 33% of UK fruit&vegetables being grown by @LEAFMarque certified businesses up 25% since 2014  http://bit.ly/1qblhYH  pic.twitter.com/7mgQpsuy8E
  85. Delivering #sustainable intensification 2 yrs in.Our SIP Scientific Mtg @BangorUni this week#SIPScience #SIPBangor pic.twitter.com/9jkwdJWPJY
  86. Thanks to all our wonderful @LEAFMarque growers for another year of progress. Read more here  http://bit.ly/1S4GBZu  pic.twitter.com/ZcvWn1QTWJ
  87. Well done all at LEAF too. All producers should use LEAFmarque. Sustainable Ag is now essential.  https://twitter.com/leaf_farming/status/719814216224489472 
  88. Children experiencing where their food comes from& how its produced. Visit a farm near you @OpenFarmSunday 5 June  https://twitter.com/No1FarmerJake/status/719862945384108032