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The Latin American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will be hosted in São Paulo on 29-30th November 2018. The summit comprises four dedicated sessions...

Session One: Sustainability Update

The premier session gives an update on some of the key sustainability issues in the Latin American food industry. As Brazil continues to grapple with political and economic crises, food poverty and security are becoming a major concern. A case study is given of an international initiative that aims to tackle hunger and malnutrition. Details are given on how the foodservice operator is working with local organizations to help feed sections of the population.

Beef and seafood are under the spotlight because of their high environmental impacts. An update is given on sustainable beef production and how new traceability schemes can prevent deforestation. Details are given of sustainable seafood production and marketing. Another speaker highlights the environmental damage caused by plastic packaging, especially to marine life. Approaches to close packaging loops for food and beverage packaging will be explored. The session adjourns with featured speakers discussing sustainability hurdles. What are the major barriers to sustainable development of the food industry? What more should be done to overcome the environmental and societal issues?

Session Two: Food Ingredients for Sustainability

A growing number of food and beverage companies are looking for sustainable ingredients. Some are turning to such ingredients to improve the environmental and / or social credentials of their finished products, whilst others are looking to create new sustainable products. This session covers important developments in this area.

To begin, a large food company shares its experiences in developing a sustainable wheat program. How does the sustainable wheat compare with conventional varieties, and how does it communicate the differences? Details are given of a sustainability certification scheme for sugarcane, a widely grown crop in Brazil. Palm oil continues to come under scrutiny for its link to deforestation in South-East Asia; an update is given on sustainable palm oil. Other papers cover plant-based proteins and ingredients for clean label products. A case study is given of a food company that has created innovative products with sustainable ingredients. To conclude, the panel will discuss the evolution of sustainable ingredients. Will we see more ingredients with lower environmental impacts, or is the way forward with new innovative materials?

Session Three: Organic & Eco-Labels Outlook

Eco-labels are now a feature of the food industry, with over 200 labels representing some sustainability attributes. This session gives an update on eco-labels and questions the future evolution. Organic is the most established and successful eco-label in the food industry, with global sales now reaching USD 90 billion. An update is given on the Latin American and global market for organic products, followed by developments in the Brazilian market. Details are given of related schemes for agricultural commodities.

With growing concerns about genetically modified (GM) organisms in food supply chains, an update is given on GM labeling. Will we see more countries develop mandatory labeling, or is the future with voluntary schemes? Two companies in the supply chain share their experiences with eco-labels, stating the merits and drawbacks of the most popular schemes. The session ends with a discussion on the future direction of eco-labels: will we see growing proliferation or is some consolidation on the horizon? What are the risks of companies adopting in-house sustainability schemes, rather than going for third party standards?

Session Four: Marketing Developments

Some argue the success of sustainable foods hinges on marketing. Brands able to communicate their green credentials to consumers are likely to be successful, whilst those that cannot build relationships will not succeed. This session covers important marketing developments for sustainable foods in Latin America. With growing interest in the vegan lifestyle, many new sustainable products are coming into the marketplace. An update is given on the Vegan label, as well as some of the innovative products being introduced. Clean label is another major trend, with a growing number of products making free-from claims. A case study is given of a gluten-free brand that has made inroads in mainstream retailers.

Another speaker gives some insights into the organic consumer in Brazil: who are they, and what do they look for in organic foods? Approaches to encourage sustainable product purchases and responsible consumption are discussed. The subject is further explored in the panel discussion: what can be done to raise awareness (and purchases) of sustainable foods in Latin America? How can consumers be encouraged to make wiser choices for their health and the environment? What are the barriers to sustainable consumption?


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