Bridge2Food North America 2024 Program

October 8-10, 2024, Minneapolis, MN

By co-locating the two events, you will benefit from the renowned program, theory, and practice of Course Americas, alongside access to increased idea exchange, networking, and partnership potential at Summit Americas. Plus, hear the latest developments in R&D, academia, ingredients, product development, innovation, and retail.

Please see below our full program for the Course, followed by the Summit program.

Course Day

Below, you will find the program overview for Course Americas 2024. More details are coming soon.

Please note: This program is subject to amendments.

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Networking Breakfast: Light Refreshments and Coffee

A light breakfast is served, where the Course attendees can join for additional networking.

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Welcome & Introduction
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Outlook on the Different Types of Alternative Protein
Speaker
Professor & Founder and Director of the Plant Protein Innovation Center
University of Minnesota
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Plant Protein Functionality Introduction
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Networking Break
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Computational Biology: How Computer Science and Nature Meet and Create Innovative Ingredients
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Food protection, Colors & Flavors
Speaker
Alternate Protein Platform Leader
Kalsec

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Partner Presentation

More information coming soon!

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Networking Lunch
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Partner Presentation

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Partner Presentation

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Partner Presentation

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The Secrets of Product Development Using AI

More information coming soon!

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Networking Break
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Workshops

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Welcome Reception

Join us for a Networking Reception to meet fellow peers, colleagues, and speakers at Bridge2Food North America!

Summit Americas 2024

Below, you will find the program overview for Bridge2Food Summit North America 2024. More details are coming soon.

Please note: This program is subject to amendments.

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Registration
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Networking with 1-on-1 Business Meetings & Breakfast
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Welcome Address
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Fireside Chat: The State of The Industry

A candid talk with one of the most prominent personalities in the global food industry sets the tone for the Summit. The conversation delves into the current landscape of the sustainable protein sector, exploring market trends, consumer behaviors, and regulatory shifts shaping the industry's trajectory.

Speaker
CEO
Schwan's
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Panel: Forging the Path: Breakthroughs and Hurdles in the Alternative Protein Sector

Leaders from the driving sectors of the sustainable protein and plant-based food industry meet to discuss key innovations driving the sector forward and look back to their first hand experience. Other topics discussed include challenges such as scalability, production costs, and consumer acceptance. The panelist then offer insights into overcoming these hurdles.

Speakers
Founder & CEO
Jellatech
CEO
Wicked Kitchen
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Networking Break
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Unpacking the Economic Impact of Inflation and Market Trends on the Alternative Protein Industry

Analyzing the effects of inflation and market dynamics on the alternative protein sector in North America, highlighting strategies for resilience and growth amid economic fluctuations.

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Panel: Ultra-Processed Foods & Clean Label: Consumers' Attitudes, Nutrition Considerations & Innovation

In an era where consumers are increasingly conscious of the health ramifications associated with ultra-processed foods (UPFs), the market has witnessed an unprecedented surge in demand for clean-label alternatives. Delving into this paradigm shift, our panel delves into the intricate tapestry of consumer perceptions surrounding UPFs versus clean-label options, while also addressing pivotal nutritional considerations. Furthermore, we spotlight innovative strategies adopted by plant-based brands in reformulating existing products to cater to this burgeoning demand for healthier choices. Additionally, we explore the pivotal role of cutting-edge technologies in facilitating the provision of nutritious offerings to consumers. Finally, our discussion delves into the nuanced discourse surrounding the term UPF, unpacking its inherent strengths and limitations in the context of contemporary dietary landscapes.

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Retailer's Perspective on Affordability & Product Placement

Aligning with the 2023 retail trends, consumers are scaling back grocery expenditures and seeking cost-saving options like private label purchases. This presentation delves into retail strategies, focusing on pricing tactics, product positioning, and consumer interaction methods vital for boosting accessibility and exposure of alternative protein offerings. Retailers provide valuable insights into maximizing the appeal and availability of these products amid evolving consumer preferences and economic considerations.

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Track Introductions

Introduction to:

  • Track I: Consumer & Market Insights 
  • Track II: New Product Development & Processing Innovations 
Speaker
Associate Partner
McKinsey & Co.
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Networking Lunch

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Track I: Market & Consumer Insights
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Track II: New Product Development & Processing Innovations
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Opening


Speaker
Associate Partner
McKinsey & Co.
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Opening


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Panel: Where Will Investments Go in 2025 Amid a Challenging Funding Environment?

This panel offers valuable insights and strategies for navigating funding challenges and identifying emerging opportunities. Key points include:

  • Exploring the significance of resilience, innovation, and scalability in developing robust business models to meet evolving investor priorities.
  • Discussing the utilization of diverse funding sources such as venture capital, corporate investments, and government grants to foster success in this rapidly expanding sector.
  • Examining emerging trends like crowdfunding and the role of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in facilitating funding and growth.
  • Identifying the hottest categories for investors in 2024 and beyond, such as fat alternatives and functional ingredients.
  • Addressing the implications of market shifts, including the departure of heavily funded startups in 2023 and the resulting opportunities for remaining players and the alternative protein sector.
Speakers
Partner
BERA
Managing Director
301 INC (General Mill's Venture Capital Arm)
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New Product Development Advantages using Fungi

Exploring the potential of fungi-based ingredients in new product development, highlighting their versatility, sustainability, and nutritional benefits for creating innovative alternative protein products.

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Harmonization of International Plant-Based Food Regulations

Providing insights into regulatory compliance and marketing strategies tailored to navigate legal frameworks and consumer expectations in the alternative protein sector in different geographies.

Speaker
Director of International Programs
The Plant-Based Foods Association & Plant-Based Foods Institute
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Revolutionizing Fat: Exploring Seed Oil Substitutes and Cultivated Alternatives
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Networking Break

Networking time - take the opportunity to network with other delegates whilst connecting over a coffee and a snack!

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Panel: Bridging The Gap Between The Industry and Consumer Mind

A panel discussion focused on the evolving landscape of plant-based and alternative protein products. With consumer preferences shifting towards clean labels and increased demand for functional ingredients and transparency, the industry faces the challenge of meeting these demands while ensuring taste, affordability, and accessibility. This panel discussion explores strategies to bridge this gap, focusing on innovation, marketing, and education. Experts will delve into the latest trends, technological advancements, and consumer perceptions shaping the future of this sector.

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Panel: Nutritional & Functional Challenges & Solutions for Alternative Dairy

Discussing nutritional and functional considerations in alternative dairy products, exploring formulation strategies and ingredient innovations to enhance taste, texture, and nutritional profile.

Speakers
Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Community Health and Associate Director of the Nutrition Coordinating Center
University of Minnesota
Senior Director of Product Development
Califia Farms
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AI-Generated Insights: Revolutionizing Product Development and Capturing Consumer Attitudes

Demonstrating the transformative power of AI in product development, market analysis, and consumer insights to drive innovation and market success in alternative protein products.

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Partner Presentation

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Bold Growth

MBOLD's Bold Growth Program 2025

Food is Medicine: Plant-Based Tailored for Progressive HealthCare and Dietary Restrictions

Speaker
Founder & CMO
Clo Clo Vegan Foods
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Tech-Driven Product Development using AI

Showcasing the application of AI and technology in accelerating product development processes, optimizing formulations, and meeting consumer preferences in the alternative protein sector.

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Networking Dinner
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Registration
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Networking with 1-on-1 Business Meetings + Breakfast
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Track I: Market & Consumer Insights
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Track II: New Product Development & Processing Innovations
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What's The Positioning of Alternative Seafood to Consumers?


Navigating consumer perceptions and market positioning strategies for alternative seafood products, addressing challenges and opportunities.

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Better cell lines for cultivated meat and strains for precision fermentation
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Navigating Anti-Dumping Duties for North American Companies

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Current Developments in Bioreactor Designs
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Panel: How Can Public Policies Foster The Production and Consumption of Pulses?

A thought-provoking panel discussion on elevating pulse consumption through a collective industry effort to develop and market targeted products to different settings and demographics. A particular spotlight will be given to the younger generations, and discussion on how to enhance palatability in school settings and uncover strategies for dismantling barriers to pulse consumption among Gen Z. The panelists will explore avenues for institutional alignment to foster pulse production and consumption, with a particular focus on 2025's USDA Dietary Guidelines and 2024's Farm Bill. The panelists will finally discuss the work that the Bean is How project has carried out in hospitality and explore opportunities for the industry to engage and reap benefits.

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How to Get Your Idea Developed Into a Tangible Product
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Networking Break
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Strategies for Fostering Brand Loyalty and Encouraging Repeat Purchases of Alternative Protein Products

Unveiling effective branding and marketing tactics to build customer loyalty and drive repeat purchases in the competitive alternative protein landscape.

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Scaling Strategies for Market Penetration​

Addressing the challenges in scaling production and distribution to meet growing consumer interest.

Speaker
Business Analyst
The Good Food Institute
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Panel: Are Snacks the No-Brainers of The Plant-Based Sector?

Discussing the rising popularity of plant-based snacks, analyzing consumer preferences, market trends, and opportunities for innovation in this rapidly expanding segment.

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Understanding Sustainable Dry Processing: Electrostatic Separation and Protein Enhanced End Products

Dry fractionation processes are gaining traction as a promising alternative to wet extraction methods due to their reduced environmental impacts and the quality of native proteins. Tribo-charging electrostatic separation is a well-established method of dry fractionation in fly ash and mineral processing but has been getting renewed interest in food and feed applications in recent years. Combined techniques such as dehulling, milling, and air classification followed by electrostatic separation have shown to be effective in enhancing protein purity of legume, cereal, and oilseed meal protein concentrates, yet products with increased protein have not been introduced to the market. Therefore, the functionality and nutritional quality of protein concentrate enriched by a tribo-electrostatic separator of yellow pea protein concentrates from two commercial sources and a defatted canola meal were investigated.

The optimized process condition yielded a pea fraction with a 9-11% increase in protein, 48% less fiber, and 34% less total starch compared to the starting protein. Triboelectric separation of defatted and milled canola meal with 43% protein and 32% fiber (dry-basis) produced a lighter color high protein fraction with 53% protein and 14% fiber.

This talk will provide useful insights on pea and canola protein concentrates with improved protein content and co-products for potential food, feed and other industrial applications. Furthermore, various examples of tribo-electrostatic separator-enriched protein concentrates from oil seed meal, cereals, brewers spent grain, and legume flours will be introduced.

Speaker
Senior Food Technologist
ST Equipment & Technology

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Formulation Spotlights and Successful Partnerships in the Alt Protein Sector: A Focus on Fine-Dining, Food Service, and Retail

Showcasing successful collaborations and formulation innovations catering to diverse culinary settings, from fine dining to food service and retail, driving adoption and acceptance of alternative proteins.

Speaker
Executive Chef
The Good Eating Company
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Start-Up Pitches

More information coming soon!

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Panel: What Role Do Chefs Play in the Uptake of Alt Protein?
Speakers
Executive Chef
The Good Eating Company
President American Culinary Federation Minneapolis Chefs Chapter & Chain Sales Team
CORE Foodservice
Corporate Executive Chef
Schwan's
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Networking Lunch
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Partner Presentation

More information coming soon!


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Partner Presentation

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Strategic Communication With Consumers To Foster Alt Protein Acceptance

Unveiling effective communication strategies to educate and engage consumers, fostering acceptance and adoption of alternative protein products amidst evolving dietary preferences and sustainability concerns.

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Partner Presentation

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Panel: Which Crops, Technologies, and Protein Strategies Should We Pursue for a More Sustainable Agrifood System?
More information coming soon!
Speakers
Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Executive Director
AURI - Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
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Outlook

Track I and Track II Wrap-Up

Closing Remarks

Speaker
Associate Partner
McKinsey & Co.
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Goodbye Coffee