The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will feature new technologies, food ingredients, and green packaging. For the first time, the executive summit will discuss the disruptive influence of new technologies on sustainable food production and marketing. The programme comprises four sessions with distinct themes.
New Technologies Toby Pickard, Head of Insight, Innovation and Futures at IGD, kicks off this session with a keynote on digital trends and innovation. He will explain how technology is creating radical and rapid change in the food retail industry. Insights will be given into how customer datasets, artificial intelligence, and in-store machine learning can be deployed.
Each year, about 6 billion male chicks are culled because they are the wrong gender. Martijn Haarman from Seleggt will introduce its new gender identification technique that is preventing the killing of male chicks. Details will be given of the technology and its current and future applications for ethical eggs. With rising concerns about food fraud, an update will also be given on analytical tools for food authenticity and safety. Wayne Johnson from OAL Connected will explore the prospects for artificial intelligence in the food industry. Other topics include blockchain for traceability, mobile apps for sustainable foods, digital marketing success stories, and big data implications & risks.
Sustainable Value of Ingredients This session showcases new ingredients that are adding sustainable value to food & beverage products. Veronica Guerra, Marketing and Communication Manager at Agrasys, will explain how it has created a new sustainable cereal. Produced by traditional breeding techniques, Tritordeum has lower environmental impact and greater nutritional value than comparable cereals. Since its launch in 2017, it has received much accolade (including Sustainable Ingredient at 2018 Sustainable Food Awards).
As plant-based foods continue to make headway in the food industry, an update will be given on novel plant proteins. The nutritional benefits and applications of hemp ingredients will also be explored. Other speakers will cover supply chains for organic ingredients, ethical sourcing of flavourings, and emerging sustainable ingredients.
Green Packaging Solutions Growing consumer awareness of plastic pollution has put packaging top of the sustainability agenda for many food and beverage companies. The use of life-cycle analysis to measure the environmental impact of packaging will be discussed, followed by papers on eco-design approach and sustainable materials. Andy Sweetman, EMEA Sales & Marketing Manager at Futamura, will show how its cellulose-based materials can be used in flexible packaging.
TerraCycle will give details of its new Loop shopping and recycling platform. Launched in January, the new system enables food and beverage firms to move away from singleuse plastics. Paul Hendriks from EOSTA will share its Natural Branding concept. Used on organic fruits and vegetables, the laser mark has saved 6.3 million plastic units and 396 metric tonnes of carbon emissions in its first 18 months.
Sustainability & Eco-labels Update Amarjit Sahota, Founder and President of Ecovia Intelligence (event organiser) will give an update on the organic & eco-labelled food market. Although organic is the dominant eco-label, he will show how the number of labelling schemes is proliferating. Robert Verkerk, Founder and Executive Director of Alliance for Natural Health International, will make the link between sustainable foods and healthcare. He will call for a paradigm shift in sustainable healthcare thinking, presenting the Health Sustainability Blueprint.
Other speakers will cover the advent of plant-based butchers, foods in a circular economy, sustainability challenges, and retailing case study. Sustainability is often linked to ‘doing the right thing’, however one could argue that such greater good is rooted in ancient wisdom. Julian Baggini, Philosopher and Author, will draw key sustainability lessons from Aristotle and Confucius. For more visit sustainablefoodssummit.com/europe/
Source: Sustainable Foods SummitAuthor: COX