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According to non-profit think tank the Good Food Institute’s State of the Industry 2021 report, over $5 billion was invested into alternative protein startup last year, up from over $3 billion the year before. As huge challenges continue to plague the global food supply chain, alternatives to industrially produced animal proteins derived from industrial agriculture are in high demand. Returning for its second year, Future Food-Tech’s dedicated Alternative Proteins Summit on June 21-22 looks to connect the movers and shakers across the global ecosystem, reuniting entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, corporates and more.
The conference, which will take place in New York City, looks to explore new approaches to scaling novel food technologies via panels, debates and presentations, offer attendees unparalleled networking opportunities and give attendees the chance to taste the future of food.
Below, we roundup our favorite highlights of Future Food-Tech’s sophomore event:
NotCo’s Opening Panel and Keynote
NotCo’s CEO and Founder, Matias Muchnick will give an opening keynote to present ‘Offering Cleaner, Greener, and More Delicious Products for Consumers’ to set the scene over the two days at the summit.
Bloomberg’s Deena Shanker will then moderate the opening panel discussion ‘From R&D to Commercial: Turning the Science Project into a Business’. She will be joined by Thomas Jonas, Co-Founder and CEO at Nature’s Fynd, Lisa Dyson, Founder and CEO at Air Protein, Arturo Elizondo, CEO at The EVERY Company and Stephen Chambers, Managing Director at IndieBio NY. The Founders and CEOs will take the spotlight to share their perspectives on stage to a global audience of food-tech innovators, brands, technology companies and investors.
Experience The Magic: Taste Lab and Food-Tech Experiences
Delegates will be able to join small tasting sessions hosted by Founders to introduce novel foods. Product launches, experiences and tastings include Bee-io’s bee-free cultivated honey, Brevel’s high-functionality and novel microalgae in plant-based cheese, Thimus’ new hardware and software platform for quick evaluation of human response to food experiences and v2food’s plant-based chicken nuggets and sausage rolls.
PIP International will debut its Ultimate Pea Protein (UP.P™) at the summit’s first networking coffee break. Meati Foods will host a lunch break to serve Meati Chicken shawarma pita and grilled za’atar Meati Steak and vegetable kabobs and Nowadays will also host a lunch break to serve its plant-based chicken nuggets.
Also on the summit menu: Eclipse Foods plant-based ice cream, Brave Robot cake, ENOUGH chicken, Beyond Meat and Triton Algae Innovations’ algae-based dumplings
Ultimate Pitch Competition: Gone in 60 seconds
Six early stage innovators will reveal their technology’s ground-breaking potential in just 60 seconds. It will then be up to you the audience to vote for three start-ups to present later the same day and take questions from the audience and the judges: Costa Yiannoulis, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Synthesis Capital and Hadar Sutovsky, VP External Innovation, ICL Planet.
Who will be crowned the winner out of these six pioneering start-ups?
- Cella Farms uses breakthrough technologies to transform agricultural crops into complete nutritional products for consumers.
- New School Foods focuses on whole-muscle seafood, made from plants.
- SeaSpire is developing fresh, whole-muscle seafood alternatives with clean label plant and synthetic biology biomass coupled with proprietary additive manufacturing technology.
- Sudhin Biopharma uses high-intensity cell culture and harvesting technologies via BioSettlers to achieve and maintain high cell densities and viabilities.
- Vertage combines deep culinary expertise with breakthrough ingredient technologies to create cultured and fermented cheese that delivers excellent taste, superior nutrition, and great value.
- Wanda Fish Technologies has developed a disruptive platform that produces delicious, nutritious cultivated whole-cut fillets using native fish fat and muscle cells.
Breakfast Briefing: Canadian Innovation
Protein Industries Canada will host a breakfast briefing at the summit (open to all in-person delegates) to spotlighting collaboration with Canada’s innovative ecosystem to create the next generation of products. Protein Industries Canada’s CEO, Bill Greuel will invite the Presidents and Founders of Canadian start-ups Big Mountain Foods, New School Foods, Wamame Foods and by investor Blair Knippel of T Base 4 Investments to showcase the country’s integrated food-tech community.
Designed For Knowledge-Sharing, Networking and Debating the Future of Food
750 of the world’s most influential and renowned decision makers are set to attend the summit in New York (and online). Delegates will be able to meet and network one-to-one with the sector’s changemakers through networking breaks, small group roundtable discussions, dedicated meetings hub, the exhibition and at the summit’s evening cocktail hour.
Delegates will explore how the industry can cultivate new partnerships to achieve scale in plant-based, fermentation and cell-culturing technologies and address investment opportunities, regulatory approval and consumer adoption.
Moderated by Forbes’ Head of Food, Chloe Sorvino, this new interactive session will see on-stage speakers engage directly with the audience of food-tech leaders to debate whether plant-based will still have shelf space once novel foods achieve global scale.
They’ll also hear future focused perspectives as Allyson Fish (ADM) gives a keynote on supporting the next generation of food leaders and the summit will explore the future of protein in 2050 with Elysabeth Alfano, (VegTech Invest), Aylon Steinhart (Eclipse Foods), Matt Gibson, (New Culture), Miller Tran, (Triton Algae Innovations), Lalana Thiranusornkij (CPF Food), Thomas Couteaudier, (Louise Dreyfus Company).
Future Food-Tech takes place June 21-22 2022 in New York City; get tickets.
Lead image courtesy of Future Food-Tech.
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