British Food Journal’s 120th anniversary coincides with World Food Day

16th October 2018

Bingley, UK Tuesday 16 October 2018The British Food Journal (BFJ) has chosen World Food Day, 16 October - with its theme of 'Our actions are our Future: a zero hunger world is possible by 2030’ - to mark its 120th year of publishing worldwide, broad and diverse interdisciplinary coverage of the latest food related research.  

BFJ has attracted 500,000 downloads from across the globe, and links all sectors of this dynamic industry, keeping abreast of emerging trends, topical and controversial issues.

The journal is also welcoming a brand new editorial team to the board: Wayne Martindale, University of Lincoln, UK; Rob Hamlin, University of Otago, New Zealand; Stefano Bresciani, University of Turin, Italy; and Louise Manning, Harper Adams University, UK.

Each of them brings their varied knowledge and expertise to the journal, with their specialisms corresponding to a number of diverse and interdisciplinary fields that BFJ publishes. 

World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October by 150 countries across the world in support of the FAO's (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) mission to use the event to raise awareness and to gather greater support and understanding to the approaches that can help to end world hunger.

FAO collects, analyses and disseminates data that aids development and works with countries both to devise and implement policies that take into account the multifaceted elements of Zero Hunger.

Rob Hamlin said: “Over the years, many journals have appeared with the promise to act as a forum for discussion between academics and practitioners. Regrettably, nearly all of these have ended up as purely academic journals with limited real world relevance. 

“The British Food Journal is a notable exception to this pattern, and after 120 tumultuous years, which has seen Britain pass from a global to a local power, it continues to reach and deliver innovative and applicable insights to a global audience of all participants across the food industry. It is a privilege to be part of this tradition.”   

Stefano Bresciani said: “The food industry is a global mix of diverse businesses that supplies most of the food consumed by the world's population. 

“In a so complex scenario, the British Food Journal - after 120 incredible years - is continuously trying to bridge food science and business, combining business practice and industry and market analysis with the science of food safety, processing and food composition.”

Wayne Martindale said: "World Food Day stands for many of the reasons why scientists like me have joined our food industry - to enable access to affordable and assured foods. 

“We must now communicate how to do these things more sustainably, and this is why I am very excited to work with the British Food Journal and help to build on its amazing 120-year legacy of publishing applied food research."

To mark World Food Day and also celebrate its 120th anniversary, BFJ has made a series of highly impactful articles free for everyone to access, on topics such as:

  • reducing the USD 2.6 trillion per year cost of food waste to as close to zero as possible
  • by 2050, the global food system must produce almost 50% more food, feed and biofuel than it did in 2012 to meet demand
  • 1.9 billion people are overweight. 600 million of these are obese. Adult over-consumption of food must be moderated if we wish to have a sustainable food system 

Do you think you could help us make a difference?  Why not submit your next article to the British Food Journal - submissions to the journal can be made here but before submitting please refer to the Author Guidelines. Articles can be submitted at any time.

If you have any queries about the journal, proposals for special issues, , or have a new idea for a book on the topic of food, please contact the Publisher, Emma Leverton [email protected]