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The Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will be hosted in Singapore on 28-30th November 2017. The summit comprises four dedicated sessions and a training workshop...

Session One: Sustainability Developments

There is a growing realisation that food & agriculture are linked to many of the environmental and social issues faced by the planet. The opening session gives an update on sustainability, highlighting some of the common ways the food industry can address its various impacts.

After an introduction to the summit agenda, the role of soil fertility in maintaining sustainable food systems is described. With growing concerns about seafood supply, an update is given on sustainable seafood and adoption rates in Asia. The use of life-cycle analysis to measure and reduce environmental impacts of food products is described. A government official from Bhutan will show why the country is portrayed as the 'poster child' for sustainability. The country is leading in terms of sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation, as well as food security and clean water.

A leading supermarket chain in South-East Asia gives insights into how it is meeting the challenges of sustainability. The session concludes with featured speakers discussing the major obstacles to sustainable development in the food industry.

Session Two: Organic Market Potential

Although Asia houses 60 percent of the world population and has some of its richest consumers, its share of international organic food sales is paltry. This session looks at the potential of the organic food market in Asia, as well as opportunities in export markets. Industry pioneers will share their experiences in developing successful enterprises in this emerging market.

An update is given on the Chinese market, the largest and fastest growing in Asia. The challenges of setting up an organic food enterprise in Asia are highlighted, followed by a case study of building internal markets. Another speaker will present some research on the organic consumer. The session adjourns with a debate on how to encourage organic food production and consumption in the Asian region.

Session Three: Marketing Best-Practices

Some argue the success of sustainable foods in Asia hinges on marketing. Unless brands and retailers become more effective in marketing these products, demand will continue to lag behind other regions like Europe and North America. This session discusses marketing issues associated with sustainable foods, showcasing trendsetters in the sustainable food arena.

A success story is given of an international organic brand. The packaging impact of food & beverage products is described, followed by some fresh research on ethical consumerism in Asia. Approaches to encourage purchases of sustainable food products and responsible consumption will be highlighted.

Session Four: Ingredients for Sustainability

This session covers important developments in sustainable ingredients. The use of ancient grains in modern food products is highlighted, followed by an update on natural flavourings for sustainability. Details are given of the fairtrade ingredients that can be used in food and beverage applications. With palm oil coming under scrutiny because of its link to deforestation in South-East Asia, an update is given on sustainable sourcing. A case study is given of a company creating plant-based seafood products using novel ingredients. To conclude, featured speakers will discuss the evolution of sustainable ingredients: what is on the horizon?

Workshop: Food Fraud & Authenticity

The beef scandal in Brazil is the latest in a series of growing scandals involving falsely labelled food products. It is estimated that one in ten foods are adulterated or falsely mislabeled because of vulnerabilities in global supply chains. This new workshop has been designed to help companies mitigate food fraud risks and provide greater controls and traceability in their supply chains.

The workshop begins with an introduction to the various types of food fraud and their impacts on human health, consumer confidence, the environment, and commerce. The supply chain for modern food products is described, including vulnerability spots for food fraud. Existing control methods in food supply chains are outlined, as well as their limitations. Using case studies of recent food fraud scandals, measures to improve traceability in supply chains will be discussed. 

A detailed account will be given of food authentication methods. Practical advice will be given to operators on what analytical techniques and methods are most suitable for specific tests and product groups. Recommendations will also be given to strengthen supply chains and improve transparency.


Please contact us to get the detailed summit agenda.

Organised by:

Ecovia Intelligence

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Supporting Organisations:

OFDC Australian Organic
FIA Fairtrade Asia Pacific

Media Partners:

Asia Food & Beverage Report
Asia Pacific Food Industry
Food and Beverage Asia
Asia Food Journal
Organic Wellness News
World Press Online