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At Bridge2Food, we take pride in contributing to the business and personal development of professionals in the food industry, and in petfood and feed industries in relation to protein ingredients. Contributing to the industry and society by creating an optimal environment for business development, innovation and project creation as well as to assist in international network development. The positive feedback on what we do, how we operate in a personal yet professional manner, makes it all very worthwhile.

Platforms are opportunities to exhange information on specific topics between industry peers. We develop with the industry on-line channels (digital media, webinars) and off-line ways (summits, conferences, seminars, courses) to communicate and grow: ‘Building bridges between food professionals’. Next to running specific platforms Bridge2Food is providing research & consultancy, often related to the platforms in which we operate, due to the fact that we work with global experts and leaders and our experience and contacts in the whole value chain, from retail, back to brand, ingredients, processing and raw materials. At Bridge2Food, we run three international platforms, which are conveniently connected to each other.

How do we connect and bridge industries online? We offer open innovation opportunities and facilitate network developments via social media like Linkedin, where Bridge2Food is hosting groups on Food Proteins, Sports & Performance Nutrition, Healthy Ageing, Confectionery, Bakery & Snacks, Coated Foods, Food Technology Professionals and via our own Bridge2Food company group.

Bridge2Food also offers a regular newsletter service on new developments on the Trends, Ingredients foucssing on proteins and Technology platforms that we host and which are close to our heart. Our estimated reach is an average of 25,000 specialists globally.

3 Interconnecting platforms

The Trends platforms on Sports & Performance Nutrition, Healthy Ageing, Healthy & Nutritional Bars focus on consumer, retail, market and category developments in different countries in Europe. Food manufacturers and food protein ingredient and processing companies will find their interests in new developments in health & nutrition and taste & texture also covered at the Ingredient focussing on proteins platforms and the Food Technology platforms.

A wide range of food industry summits, conferences, courses and seminars for senior managers in Europe, the USA, and Asia have and will be organised by Bridge2Food. The objectives of the meetings are to bring the know-how and know-why in particular fast moving food business categories together and to discuss the future challenges and developments from a global, regional and local perspective.

Trends Platform

The platforms on trends and developments in the food industry, which are related to the fast moving consumer categories of Sports & Performance Nutrition, Healthy Ageing and Healthy & Nutritional Bars & Grain Snacks, are being organised together with and for the different industries. Often proteins are used in adding extra value to these categories, which is a good link to the Ingredients platform.

Sports & Performance   
Healthy Ageing
Healthy Bars & Grain Snacks


Ingredients Platform

The Ingredient platform has a focus on proteins. A lot of innovation in happening in the protein world: be it on raw materials level via breeding and seed development, processing, "downstream" valorisation, extraction, new sources, nutritionally, textural and also application-wise. And proteins play an important role in fast moving categories like Sports & Performance Nutrition, Healthy Ageing and Healthy & Nutritional Bars & Grain Snacks, which are important connecting dots to the Trends and Food Technology platforms.


Protein Summit
Food Proteins Course
Top Class Protein Nutrition


Food Technology Platform

Food Technology Professionals Platform
We enjoy making it easy for food Professionals to connect. The network which Bridge2Food has developed over the past years is open to various food industry experts who are interested in being part of a platform in which they can grow their network and gain valuable insights in the latest market developments.
At Bridge2Food we work a lot with food technologists and nutritionists via the Trends and Ingredient platforms, so it is easy and convenient for food technologists to bridge industries via Bridge2Food.


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Trends, Ingredients & Food Technology platform activities


Past platform activities

  • 3rd Healthy Ageing 2014
    Trends Platform, 4 & 5 December 2014, Amsterdam - Connected to Hi Europe

  • 4rd Food Technology Professionals Platform
    Food Technology Platform, 9 & 10 October 2014, Gent
  • 7th Protein Summit 2014
    Ingredients Platform, 18 & 19 September 2014, Rotterdam

  • Top Class Protein Nutrition 2014
    Ingredients Platform, 12 & 13 June 2014, Amsterdam

  • 3rd Food Technology Professionals Platform
    Food Technology Platform, 15 & 16 May 2014, Brussels
  • 4th Sports & Performance Nutrition 2014
    Trends Platform, 1 & 2 April 2014, Cologne
  • 8th Food Proteins Course 2013
    Ingredients Platform, 26 - 28 November 2013, Amsterdam

  • 2nd Food Technology Professionals Platform 2013
    Food Technology Platform, 21 & 22 November 2013, Frankfurt
  • 6th Protein Summit 2013
    Ingredients Platform, 24 & 25 September 2013, Rotterdam
  • 7th Food Proteins Course 2013
    Ingredients Platform, 17 - 19 July 2013, Chicago
  • 1st Food Technology Professionals 2013
    Food Technology Platform, 18 & 19 June 2013, Rotterdam
  • 2nd Healthy Ageing 2012
    Trends Platform, 15 & 16 November 2012, Frankfurt
  • 3rd Sports & Performance Nutrition 2012
    Trends Platform, 4 & 5 October 2012, Düsseldorf
  • 3rd Food Protein innovation 2012
    Ingredients Platform, 13 & 14 June 2012, Amsterdam
  • 6th Food Proteins Course 2012
    Ingredients Platform, 17 - 19 April 2012, Amsterdam
  • 4th Healthy Bars & Grain Snacks 2012
    Trends Platform, 2 & 3 February 2012, Cologne
  • 1st Healthy Ageing 2011
    Trends Platform, 12 & 13 October 2011, Amsterdam
  • 1st Protein Technology innovation 2011
    Ingredients Platform, 28 & 29 September 2011, Amsterdam
  • 5th Food Proteins Course 2011
    Ingredients Platform, 15 - 17 June 2011, New Orleans
  • 2nd Sports & Performance Nutrition 2011
    Trends Platform, 26 & 27 May 2011, Amsterdam

  • The Protein Summit 2010- Creating Sustainable Opportunities
    Ingredients Platform, 25 & 26 November 2010, Amsterdam

  • Pulses & Health Conference 2010 - for Health, Functionality & Sustainability
    Ingredients Platform, 9 & 10 November 2010, Amsterdam

  • 4th Food Proteins Course 2010
    Ingredients Platform, 28 - 30 September 2010, Soesterberg

  • 2nd Food Protein innovation 2010
    Ingredients Platform, 16 & 17 June 2010, Rotterdam

  • 3rd Healthy & Nutritional Bars 2010
    Trends Platform, 3 & 4 February 2010, Cologne

  • 1st Sports & Performance Nutrition 2009
    Trends Platform, 19 & 20 November 2009, Frankfurt

  • Coated Foods: Trends & Developments and Efficiency Control
    Trends Platform, 17 & 18 June 2009, Bakel

  • 3rd Food Proteins Course 2009
    Ingredients Platform, 9 - 11 June 2009, Anaheim

  • 2nd Food Proteins Course 2008
    Ingredients Platform, 12 - 14 November 2008, Utrecht

  • 4th Soy Beverage Innovations Asia
    Trends Platform, 23 - 24 September 2008, Bangkok

  • 1st Food Protein innovation 2008
    Ingredients Platform, 12 - 13 June 2008, Rotterdam

  • 2nd Healthy & Nutritional Bars 2008
    Trends Platform, 31 January & 1 February 2008, Cologne

  • Foods for School Children Seminar
    Trends Platform, 28 November 2007, Venlo

  • Foods for the Elderly Seminar
    Trends Platform, 12 June 2007, Venlo

  • International Dairy-Free Conference
    Trends Platform, 1 & 2 November 2007, London

  • International Meat-Free Conference
    Trends Platform, 11 & 12 October 2007, Cologne

  • 1st Soya Drinks & Desserts Course
    Trends Platform, 23 - 25 May 2007, Wageningen

  • 1st Food Proteins Course 2007
    Ingredients Platform, 25 - 27 April 2007, Den Bosch

  • 3rd European Soya Drinks & Desserts 2006
    Trends Platform, 19 & 20 October 2006, Paris

  • 2nd Asian Soy Beverages Innovations 2006
    Trends Platform, 11 & 12 September 2006, Bangkok

  • 1st Healthy & Nutritional Bars Conference 2006
    Trends Platform, 18 & 19 May 2006, Amsterdam

  • 1st European Soya Drinks & Desserts 2005
    Trends Platform, 6 & 7 October 2005, Cologne


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Research & Consultancy

Bridge2Food is offering various research and consultancy opportunities to clients, who are active in trend, protein ingredients and technology markets as a result of our activities in these different platforms, such as:

  • Regional or National Food market developments
  • Specific Food Categories
  • Innovations
  • Technology
  • Sourcing
  • Industry contacts and reviews
  • Market information         

For individual clients we carry out a market update service on specific food categories in different markets.


We have carried out projects for FMCG companies and food ingredient companies, as well for national authorities. And we have facilitated innovation in food chains.

Business to Consumer - Project examples

  • Market assessments
    • Indicate market drivers and dynamics
    • Logistic and distribution opportunities and constraints
    • Players
    • Retail store checks analysis

  • Category analysis
    • Analyse market shares
    • Pricings and costs
    • Innovations
    • Brand positioning

  • Consumer product tests
    • Organize focus groups
    • Consumer analysis
    • In-home tests of existing products
    • New products or concepts

Such tests are suitable to test your product vs. competition, to test suitability for a foreign market or to assist you in further category development.

Business to Business - Project examples

  • Industry and customer analysis
  • Monitor trends and developments in new ingredients and to find right customers which fit the suppliers' profile, the required ingredient functionality and positioning.
  • Product tests
  • Test ingredients in various end products to establish the functionality and pricing.
  • Product improvements
  • Assist in tailoring formulation cost, to improve product processes and or product qualities.

Research must be carried out by specialists. We will discuss in detail with the client the input of own specialists or external partners for specific jobs.

More information

Please contact Gerard Klein Essink or call him at +31 302252060 for specific inquiries and to learn more about how Bridge2Food can assist you in achieving your goals.

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Strategic co-operations

Bridge2Food has an extensive network of partners in the food value chain and in particular with food manufacturers and food ingredients and food processing companies, market analysis service companies, financial institutions, national and European trade associations, food technology associations, Chambers of Commerce and various international print and online media and magazines.

These networks enables Bridge2Food to get to the bottom things in a short period of time and in many cases to reach information and contacts, which are not easy to get close by other companies.

Bridge2Food has worked with the below partners during the past years (this information will be added shortly).