Program

The European edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will take place in Amsterdam on 13-14th June 2019. The summit comprises four sessions.

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Session One: Sustainability Update

The premier session gives an update on some of the pressing sustainability issues facing the food industry. What are some of the common ways food and beverage companies are addressing their impacts? What developments are happening at the retail sector? How can food companies prepare for a circular economy? How are foods related to sustainable healthcare? With growing interest in plant-based foods, what innovations are occurring? The opening session will address such questions.

Following the opening keynote, an introduction will be given to the summit agenda in terms of sustainability and eco-labels. Learn about the role of foods in developing a sustainable healthcare system. As veganism and plant-based foods continue to gain popularity in Europe, details are given of a novel butcher that specialises in meatless products. Case studies are also given of a leading food company and retailer on how they are tackling their impacts. The session adjourns with featured speakers discussing the obstacles when taking the green path. What are the major issues and how could they be possibly overcome?

Session Three: New Technologies

New technologies are having a disruptive influence on the food industry. This session looks at how new technologies are impacting sustainable foods, especially on supply chains and marketing.

Each year, about 6 billion male chicks are culled because they are the wrong gender. Details are given of a new technology that is preventing the killing of male chicks.  With food authenticity and traceability gaining prominence, an update is given on analytical tools and techniques. How can new technologies mitigate risks of food fraud and safety? Other topics include digital marketing trends, innovations, mobile apps, and artificial intelligence.

The session closes with featured speakers discussing the implications of new technologies. Although the opportunities are clear, there are also risks. What are the risks and how can they be reduced?

Session Two: Food Ingredients

The range of food ingredients with sustainability credentials is expanding. Initially, such ingredients had a lower environment impact either in terms of production method or application. However, many types of sustainable ingredients are now available, having ethical attributes, social impacts, and / or environmental aspects. This session looks at how such ingredients are adding sustainable value to food and beverage products.

To begin, details are given of a new sustainable cereal that has been created by the combination of durum wheat and a wild barley by traditional breeding techniques. A case study is given of a new organic chocolate brand that has set up sustainable sourcing and production in West Africa. Other papers cover plant-based proteins, ethical sourcing, novel sustainable ingredients, and success studies. To conclude, the panel will discuss the growing complexity of impacts. Is it better to address environmental and / or social impacts? What about the health and nutritional qualities?

Session Four: Green Packaging Solutions

Growing consumer awareness of the negative impact of plastic pollution has put packaging on the top of the agenda for many food and beverage companies. Although the food industry is heavily reliant on plastics, many sustainable packaging solutions are now emerging. This session looks at practical approaches to reduce the packaging impact of food and beverage products.

An update is given on how to measure the packaging footprint of foods. Using life-cycle analysis, insights will be given on how impacts vary according to materials and design. The following speaker shows how the eco-design approach is commonly used to reduce impacts. Biopolymers are making headway as sustainable alternatives to plastic materials; details are given on their application in flexible packaging. Other speakers will cover smart packaging, closing packaging loops and case studies of novel sustainable packaging approaches to sustainable packaging. Featured speakers will discuss ways to encourage the use of green packaging solutions.