Message to thefoodpeople community

First and foremost, everyone at thefoodpeople hopes you are – and remain – as healthy as possible over the coming weeks and months.

For 15 years we've been serving our great industry. We're at the forefront of food and drink trend foresight but, like us all, this one even we couldn't see coming. We send our deepest wishes to those food and beverage businesses, including some close friends of thefoodpeople, that are hardest hit by the impact of this crisis.

Our team - all of you, your businesses and brands - our fellow 'champions of change', remain at the heart of what we do. We'd like to reassure you that, in this era of uncertainty, trendhub will continue to function entirely as normal to bring you the essential food and drink foresight that you need. As a virtual global business, we're well placed to deal with the current and oncoming governmental measures, therefore all of the content, articles, reports and summaries will continue to be produced as they always have.

It's too early to say how this will shift our industry and consumers' behaviour with regard to food and drink, but as a leading source of trends foresight we remain relentlessly focussed on providing you with the latest foresight and trend manifestations as soon as we see them; how the 'new normal' is emerging across the spectrum of industry.

Difficult times also spark human ingenuity and innovation, and this is what will drive our industry forward. As part of developing our own 'new norms' next week we're delivering our first completely Virtual Ideation Workshop. Just because we're having to work differently doesn't mean we can't generate amazing ideas and develop opportunities – we can! There is perhaps a new, more sustainable way of working together?

Additionally, our Client Team will continue to be on hand to provide advice, support and training. We completely appreciate that, certainly in the immediate future, your focus will most likely be on establishing your own 'new normal', but rest assured that we remain at your service however and whenever you need us. We have a wealth of screenshare options suitable for presentations or one-to-one/group training to ensure your team is optimised to thrive wherever they are working from.

It goes without saying that we, like you, are following strictly the advice from the WHO regarding travel, social distancing and hygiene practices. So rather than meeting with you in person, we'll be with you on a call, video conference or webinar.

Should you have any questions or queries – not only about trends, how to get the most out of trendhub but also about virtual working (we've been doing it for 15 years!) - please don't hesitate to be in touch with myself or any of our team, we'd be delighted to support you.

We wish you all the best personally and professionally and looking forward to speaking to you soon.

Stay safe, look after each other, particularly the vulnerable.

Charles, Wayne, Sarah and everyone at thefoodpeople.