Future food tech brings industry heavyweights when it comes to sustainable nutrition to one table

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The upcoming Future Food-Tech Summit will bring together more than 700 executives and stakeholders from the food industry and will showcase the latest in sustainable nutrition. The conference producer Oliver Katz, which will take place from September 30th to October 1st, will focus on the greatest innovation trends from “Food as Medicine” to personalized nutrition with a series of panel discussions, fireside chats, networking workshops and more.

Future Food-Tech takes place this month and brings together more than 700 industry experts, from investors to C-suite executives from food giants and startups. The interactive virtual conference, organized by Rethink Events, focuses on scaling solutions in personal health and food security and also features live in-person sessions in London.

Big trends: sustainability, food as medicine, personal nutrition

Speaking to Green Queen Media about the upcoming two-day event, conference producer Oliver Katz says the high-level delegation in attendance will have thought-provoking conversations and insight into some of the biggest trends in personal health and food security.

“Food as Medicine” will be a big trend that adopts sustainable nutrition and health. (Image: Unsplash)

“Sustainable nutrition is probably the biggest trend at the moment,” says Katz. “Foods that not only offer health benefits, but also have positive – or shall we say not negative – effects on the environment.”

Another “massive” issue that Katz expects from the delegates is food as medicine. “It is attracting industry attention – the idea of ​​using food as a means of preventing or even reversing disease. Our understanding of inflammation, obesity and the human microbiome enables us to develop solutions that were unknown a decade ago. ”

And as personalized nutrition continues to grow in various industries, affecting everything from sleep technology to exercise, Katz says it will also penetrate the food world in new technology-driven ways. “As technology has improved over the years for both monitoring key biomarkers and processing huge amounts of data, the discussion has shifted from development to delivery,” he explains.

“It’s about how we can scale this solution to the masses and what important partnerships are essential for companies to bring their products into the mainstream.”

Companies and innovators present themselves at the summit. (Image: Future Food-Tech)

World famous speakers

Just like previous Future Food Tech conferences hosted by Rethink Events, the upcoming Summit on Scaling Solutions in Personal Health and Nutrition Security will feature an impressive list of speakers including top executives from major food companies as well as CEOs and founders of leading startup companies. ups of the industry. Protein room.

Those names include Marc Coloma, co-founder and CEO of Europe’s fastest growing plant-based meat brand, Heura, and Sofia Elizondo, co-founder and COO of Brightseed, the California-based biotech company behind an AI system that monitors the health of plant-based compounds that Danone is now uses.

Image: Brightseed

For Katz, one of the many speakers he’s excited to learn from is from Lloyd Mann, global chef at catering giant Sodexo, who will share more about the company’s efforts to use nutritious ingredients. “It’s always a breath of fresh air to hear from a chef who has so much passion and practical advice when it comes to food that everyone really shines through when they talk.”

With regard to the panels, Katz announced that the opening session will be attended by a number of “Industry Heavyweights from across the Value Chain” including Danone’s Chief Growth Officer Nigyar Makhmudova, Ismael Roig, EMEA President of ADM, and Daniel Salvadori, EPP for nutritional products at Abbott. They are joined by what Katz called a “real disruptor in the sustainable diet”, James Collier, the man behind the viral vegan protein and meal replacement brand Huel.

Bringing all these heavyweights to the table was not an easy task, the producer said, praising the entire Rethink team for “spending a lot of time researching” and “identifying the right topics and speakers for one To write a compelling story that these “A-listers absolutely want to be part of”.

Image: Future Food-Tech

Personal studio meetings in London

The special thing about the Future Food Summit are the live personalities on the first day of the conference in London. One of them is a workshop on personalized nutrition and human performance that Katz referred to as a “Scorcher”.

“Brilliant on-stage speakers from leading brands interviewed by McLaren’s director of human performance, Mike Collier, will make for a fantastic return to physical conversation, especially with our live studio audience,” he shares with Green Queen Media.

“It will be one of the first, if not the first, opportunities to meet in person in two years,” Katz continued. “We look forward to the dynamic of a personal panel discussion, a unique energy that we will share with a global audience via the livestream.”

The in-person events follow Future Food-Tech’s other conferences around the world, including the Middle East Agri-Food Briefing, which follows Eat Just’s plan to build the MENA region’s first beef factory in Qatar. The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit takes place the same week as the London event and focuses on low carbon food solutions.

The startup showcase is being revised

The innovation challenge is about bean-based sustainable food solutions. (Image: Unsplash)

Katz shares more details with us and says that Scaling Solutions in Personal Health and Nutrition Security will offer a brand new format for its flagship startup pitch competition. This year Future Food-Tech is working with the food giant Kraft Heinz for its innovation challenge around the “Power of Beanz”.

“We are hosting a refreshed format for our start-up showcase; Gone in 60 seconds ”, Katz tells Green Queen. “On the second day, the audience can vote on four start-ups to take part in a pitching session with our kites.”

With the list of finalists for the Challenge “to be announced soon”, Katz added that delegates should “watch out” for the three companies selected for their unique use of beans to produce novel, healthy and affordable ready-to-eat meals became.

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