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Foodservice Network
A creative commons for foodservice professionals


The Foodservice Network was conceived as a support tool for foodservice innovators. Recognising the challenges that foodservice professionals face when researching, developing and launching new foodservice concepts, we looked for a way of simplifying and streamlining communications so that innovators can get on with the project in hand.

The Foodservice Network has been designed to help foodservice professionals rapidly create and develop networks of co-innovators working in similar innovation contexts. When you have identified suitable professionals, you will want to begin your journey of co-creation and collaboration by setting up groups, sharing ideas, publishing events and launching your project. By creating a collaborative commons, we aim to make the process of innovation as simple, straightforward and beneficial as possible.

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Mark McGlinn

A strong believer in the power of collaboration, Mark launched Foodservice Network in 2017 to embolden dynamic creativity in the foodservice sector.

The Foodservice sector is undergoing radical transformation that will bring great benefits to consumers and producers alike. From the introduction of sensor-based technologies that help restaurants and providers track and eliminate excessive waste to crowdfunding platforms that help kick-start artisan food businesses, from the creation of open distribution platforms that aid local delivery services to the profusion of apps that help consumers make more informed choices, the proliferation of highly skilled new business and cooperative models has never been so evident.

Join the Foodservice Network

The Foodservice Network welcomes all Foodservice Professionals. With a principle focus upon foodservice innovation, we aim to help foodservice professionals interact with individuals, businesses and organisations from across the foodservice sector by providing a platform and the communication tools to learn, innovate and create new foodservice solutions for the 21st century.

  • Join one of the many open innovation groups.
  • Keep updated on breakthrough foodservice innovation projects.
  • Meet up with professionals working in your area of expertise.
  • Broaden your knowledge base of the changes occurring across the sector.
  • Learn about Technological Innovations that are now leading foodservice trends.
  • Participate in the development of new standards for the foodservice industry.

Registered Foodservice Professionals may search the platform’s directory for new contacts, arrange to meet fellow members at networking events, share best practice, join one of the many innovation groups or get feedback on new ideas in a safe and secure setting. The Foodservice Network is an exclusive Foodservice Professionals network which helps its members expand their professional network.

If you are a Foodservice Professional and are interested in joining the Foodservice Network, please Contact Us and we'll start the registration process for you.

Expert Resources & Information

Being a Foodservice Professional does not mean that you have all of the answers.  Our network allows members to broaden their knowledge base by seeking guidance and support from other foodservice professionals. We also provide information and regular updates on foodservice trends and emerging issues. Our bank of information will keep our members updated on everything from changes in Food Regulations, Health & Safety Law, Food Standards development and Foodservice Innovation pathways. Membership in the Foodservice Network provides you with access to some of the best advisors in the industry.

Open Innovation Projects & New Trends

It is often difficult to bridge the gap between developing innovation in-house and working across multiple businesses on open innovation projects with leading specialists. The Foodservice Network aims to make this transition much simpler by helping interested professionals cross the divide.  Our network allows members to create and search innovation groups, publish calls for support, ask questions, enhance their knowledge base and secure their project's success. We aim to be the premier platform for advancing the development of foodservice innovation.

In exploring new paths to market, Food Service Companies are increasingly looking to external providers to acquire the scientific and technological knowledge that will allow them to improve the performance of their own innovation teams....

Exploring and Innovating the Future of Food

The Foodservice Network is supported by Ideaspeak International, a global innovation network that fosters creativity and innovation with a principle focus upon transforming the food and energy systems. Ideaspeak International provides assistance and support to organisations working in both the private and public sector in devising sustainable strategies, building innovation capabilities and fostering the creation of new products and services for a sustainable world.

The Foodservice Network, a new member of the growing food innovation community, providing foodservice professionals with the communication tools and resources that will help them explore and innovate the future of food.

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