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Charles Banks
Charles Banks
Director & Co Founder
The Food People

Charles is a true foodie and food trendologist and he is passionate about staying ahead of the curve when it comes to food trends!

Charles has spent the past 20 years in the food industry, starting out as a chef, then various development roles in restaurants and food manufacturing. In 2004, having spent 4 years in NPD and Innovation for Grampian Country Food Group, Charles co-founded thefoodpeople with Wayne Edwards.

Now 8 years on thefoodpeople with their expertise in global food trend spotting, reporting and predicting services – foodwatching. thefoodpeople work with brands, retailers, manufacturers, restaurant chains food industry service providers across the world to make sense of food trends and what they mean to their business.

Outside of work Charles loves what he loves at work (!) food, cooking, chefs, food anthropology, travel, trying to keep fit and spending good quality time with his family.

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