Better Plant-Based Foods &
A Healthier Planet


The growth of the future business is related to the quality and depth of the EcoSystems of each organisation, and the involvement of leaders from research, development, quality, sustainability, and also innovation. This EcoSystem is building scale with experts from global food brands, ingredient & processing technology companies, research institutes, universities, grower associations, and breeders. 

Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem
1. What is the aim of the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem?
2. What are the topics the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem is working on?
3. Which partners have joined the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem?
4. My organisation has specific needs because of our position. How do you handle this?
5. What‘s the legal structure?
6. How does the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem handle IP?
7. What are the results of the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem so far?
8. Experiences of partners / which can be used for testimonials
9. What are the partnership benefits of joining Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem?
10. How do you operate the EcoSystem?
11. Who at Bridge2Food are actively supporting and working in EcoSystem?
12. What is the relationship between the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem & Bridge2Food?
13. What are the plant-based food activities of Bridge2Food in 2021?
14. Experiences of partners

Ad 1. What is the aim of the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem?
The Global Plant-Based Foods Ecosystem aims to accelerate the transition towards a more plant-based diet, with better foods produced sustainably, and increase food security with an abundant supply of proteins for food, feed, and pet food markets. An important aim of the EcoSystem is to initiate a global budget for public-private partnerships of €1 Billion by 2025.

Plant-based foods require sustainable and nutritionally-sound ingredients, meal components, and meal solutions which enable citizens to shift and stick to a plant-based diet (a diet based on products from plants, excluding animal-based products like meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and insects and including algae/ fungi/microorganisms-based products).

The partnership is on an invitation-basis.

The Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem is a platform for food manufacturers, food ingredient suppliers, process technology companies, universities, associations, research organizations, breeders, and other agri-food value chain players active in plant-based food ingredients, raw materials, and processing.

Ad 2. What are the topics the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem is working on?
The EcoSystem has defined 6 challenges. This is still our compass.
Product Quality: Taste (off-flavor mitigation, bitterness) & Texture
Nutritional Value of pulses (incl. safety)
Product Conformity: Align methods of analysis in applications plus standardization methods for ingredients, calibration measurements
Life-cycle analysis development (LCA) incl, sustainability alignment of criteria
Valorization of the full pulse, waste stream reduction (creating additional value and lowering cost)
Value chain connectivity and alignment of needs and wants

3. Which partners have joined the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem?
> Food Brands
Nestle, Unilever, KraftHeinz, Maple Leaf, Simply V, General Mills, Bonduelle, Amidori, Danone, Bush Brothers, Quorn, Upfield, Kelloggs, Ruggenwalder, Chobani, Sabra, Nutrition & Sante, Sofine Foods, Nomad Foods, Sabra, HainDaniels, Conagra, FrieslandCampina, Fonterra, Tyson, Prolupin, Hilcona
> Food Ingredients
Avebe, Avena, Cosucra, Ruitenberg, Bunge, Cargill, Novozymes, Fuji Oil, Loryma, Corbion, ICL, BioSpringer, Roquette, Emsland, Hebra Ingredients, Iff, AM Nutrition, Mane, Ingredion, Cosun, Botaneco, Doehler, Wilmar, DSM, AmanoEnzyme, Nutris, GradOil, Calysta, CJ, Nutris
> Food Processing Technology
Buhler, Wenger, ST Equipment, Hosokawa, Pall, Wafilin Systems, Poittemil, Flottweg, Andritz, Neumann & Esser, GEA
> Research Institutes
Improve, CSIRO, VTT, INRAE, RISE
> Universities
Wageningen University, University Manitoba, University Saskatchewan, University Alberta, Maastricht University, Reading University, LeMan University
> Research Institutes
Improve, CSIRO, VTT, INRAE
> Pulse Growers
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
> AgBiotech
Keygene
> Associations
Protein Industries Canada, Donau Soja, Pulse Canada

4. My organisation has specific needs because of our position. How do you handle this?
Once you register via the website, you will be asked important questions on what your organization is doing, your goals, and why you like to join, which other organizations you think would be valuable in the ecosystem. After your registration, we will organize a video call meeting (we call this the intake) with you to:
– discuss your goals
– set a precise goal for the next 6 months
– plan a meeting 6 and 12 months later for a review and full-year evaluation
– explain the modus operandi- introduce you to some key partner for networking and possibly business development, based on the partner list
– explain the ongoing projects and introduce you to the project leaders- agree on some communication activities related to your partnership (see above)
– plan a short video introduction of yourself to the ecosystem- other important things for you …

5. What is the legal structure?
Legal Framework

The Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem is a non-competitive partnership organization. The Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem does neither represent individual partners nor an industry. The Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem is not an Association. As a partner of the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem, you will agree, via your partnership, to respect and comply with the EU and North-American anti-trust rules as well as the Chatham House Rule and those rules of conduct. The organizers of the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem will use the following guidance rules to ensure a non-competitive environment further:
– The agenda of the meetings is known in advance
– There is a list of attendants
– Each of them is aware of the anti-competition rules before starting the meeting
– Minutes or a summary is available

The EcoSystem is an active and living workplace to collaborate. To ensure this, it is important to have each other’s contact details and names. Therefore, we will share your contact details with the other partners within the Global Plant-Based Foods Eco-system.

Important notice:
– The EcoSystem meetings will be recorded. You can find the recordings together with the minutes on the EcoSystem community platform- It is not allowed to share any of the presentations, recordings, or documents with people outside your organization without the prior consent of the presenter Bridge2Food.

Ad 6. How does the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem handle IP?
There are no activities in the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem, which are related to IP development. Public-private partnerships have been developed in the past years, and IP was handled between the consortium contract partners, like all other contractual arrangements.

Ad 7. What are the results of the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem so far?
– Great engagement of all partners
– Development of Global Road Maps for meat-free and dairy-free initiated
– 2 Public-Private Partnerships involving 30 partners
– Standardization of specifications and analytical methods (publication Q1 2021)
– Sustainability Database under development for pulses from farm to fork
– Research & Development Investment Agenda 2025 under development- Partnership with European Plant-Based Foods Alliance
– Many bi-lateral business and research partnerships developed between the various partners

Ad 8. Experiences of partners / which can be used for testimonials
Why being a partner?
> Luis-Angel Fernandez, Vice President Strategic Development Flavors, Mane: It creates momentum around key stakeholders (industry B2B, B2C, academia, government, research institutes …) to accelerate alignment and to anticipate the best way to communicate on this critical topic. Sharing the same opportunities, potential road blockers, and creating a network cohesive ecosystem is a powerful and inspiring tool.
> Heidi Jacobs, R&D Director, Cosucra: Plant-based foods and Protein transition is a major trend that will last in time and one of the strategic pillars of Cosucra
> Denis Chereau, CEO, Improve: Because of a long-term relationship with Bridge2Food, because of the worldwide visibility if Bridge2Food, and the role IMPROVE wants to play in the world plant-based protein community
> Stacy Pyett, Program Manager Proteins for Life, Wageningen University: This is by far the best networking organization in this field. Nothing comes close in terms of the focus and quality of participants.
> Stuart Carrico, Technical Sales, Wenger USA: I am a partner to expand and increase my networking within the general industry. Second, learn and gather more experience for this niche industry and learn specifically how better to serve our customers. Thirdly to more firmly establish Wenger as a solutions provider within this particular niche within the food industry.

What is your benefit?
> Luis-Angel Fernandez, Vice President Strategic Development Flavors, Mane: Making the right decisions with the best in class inputs from golden stakeholders. Feeling part of a consortium makes us stronger and powered that working on our own. I strongly believe in the value of affiliations and associations. This is the case with the Plant-Based Ecosystem.
> Heidi Jacobs, R&D Director, Cosucra: Linking to other actors across the value chain for better understanding of needs and constraints on different levels – setting up consortia horizontally (ex different protein producers) and vertically (across the value chain) and join forces on topics of common interest
> Denis Chereau, CEO, Improve: It is good to be part of this plant-based community to generate contacts and detect trends early. It is also imperative to know who is doing what, where the real competencies are and include some of them in our projects.
> Stacy Pyett, Program Manager Proteins for Life, Wageningen University: It’s a very efficient and effective way to align our research to industry needs.
> Stuart Carrico, Technical Sales, Wenger USA: My benefits are to meet and become introduced to exceptionally connected and interested people within a very focused marketplace. The B2F summits and meetings are incredibly focused compared to other more general industry-based summits, seminars, and expositions. No matter who you are speaking with, you are talking to someone interested in this specific industry somehow.

Partners explain …: How to raise the bar for plant-based foods?
>
Luis-Angel Fernandez, Vice President Strategic Development Flavors, Mane: Making sure we delight consumers fitting or exceeding their needs (taste, texture, nutrition, sustainability, affordability, consistent quality, clear label ….) Through many, we are better qualified to drive the offer to consumers and bring innovation fast to the market.
> Heidi Jacobs, R&D Director, Cosucra: Major ax = More sustainable and nutritionally balanced plant-based foods.
> Denis Chereau, CEO, Improve: At least, we can expect, and we must speed up the process of developing plant-based foods.
> Stacy Pyett, Program Manager Proteins for Life, Wageningen University: Everywhere! Better texture, reduced off-flavors, indulgent quality, cleaner labels, and lower-energy processing, to name a few.
> Stuart Carrico, Technical Sales, Wenger USA: As Wenger recognizes/views the marketplace, the best and the most room for improvement is the continuous and rapid improvement of the sources of protein outside of soy. The expansion of those ingredients to match the variety and functionality of the soy-based products that have been developed over the last 50-60 years.

Partners explain …What should we do together in this EcoSystem?
>
Luis-Angel Fernandez, Vice President Strategic Development Flavors, Mane: What should be doing together in this ecosystem? Finding the time to invest and contribute to maintaining the ecosystem current and engaged. Capturing the contributions from the highest qualified key players from the different sectors is key (industry, suppliers, academia, research, retailers?, foodservice? Government?)
> Heidi Jacobs, R&D Director, Cosucra: Exchanging information to understand better needs and constraints on different levels of the value chain – exchange on other international and national initiatives and platforms on plant-based foods – initiate consortia for joint development (e.g., on Sustainability)
> Denis Chereau, CEO, Improve: Tackle pre-competitive issues, define standards, become a relevant contact with authorities.
> Stacy Pyett, Program Manager Proteins for Life, Wageningen University: This is the place to address collective needs and define win-win research programs.
> Stuart Carrico, Technical Sales, Wenger USA: 1) Listen to the consumer and the marketplace. 2) Continue to explore/develop methods, processes, and ingredients to meet the marketplace’s demands. 3) Work together to provide the market with products that taste good and are at least as good or better for you than the animal meat in the marketplace. 4) Continue to explore the available product and formulations, and 5) Improve the existing processes for process quality and efficiency gains.

Ad 9. What are the partnership benefits of joining Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem?
The partnership of the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem entitles you to a wide scope of benefits, including:

Goal & Result Driven

– Personal intake of desired results and outcomes
Each partnership starts with setting the personal and organizational goals, challenges, and requirements (the intake). Each year, there will be a review with the partner organization’s prime contact and evaluation at the end of the year.
– Your contribution & Commitment
– The outcomes of the EcoSystem rely on the following factors:
– Leadership from all participants
– A pro-active approach
– A budget responsibility
– Common and individual action to grow the EcoSystem with more partners.

Ecosystem Growth & Development
One of the purposes of this EcoSystem is that there will be many connections between the various partners as organizations, as well as at function level:
– Research leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Research leaders via this EcoSystem
– Development leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Development leaders via this EcoSystem
– Nutrition leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Nutrition leaders via this EcoSystem
– Sustainability leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Sustainability leaders via this EcoSystem
– Quality Control leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Quality Control leaders via this EcoSystem
– Innovation/Strategy leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Innovation/Strategy leaders via this EcoSystemEach new person who wants to join the EcoSystem meetings will have her/his own EcoSystem with organizations inside, more importantly outside the EcoSystem. The idea of the EcoSystem is that it will grow with new partners to have more impact and that it will grow with new expertise in the above-mentioned management fields. Each new member has his own EcoSystem based on her/his management field. The principle of the EcoSystem is that each member will pro-actively assist in growing the EcoSystem, for the benefit of the EcoSystem as a whole, as well as for her/himself as being together with fellow leaders, whom you know will accelerate collaboration and impact. Therefore there must already be a connection with three other potential partners if your colleague wishes to join the EcoSystem. Hence, you will see which organizations can you invite to the EcoSystem (List 3)? We will connect with you and discuss how these organizations can fit into the EcoSystem and what the leadership position is of the person you have in mind. We will then discuss how to approach these organizations (via you and or via us), as the partnership of the EcoSystem is on an invitation basis. Confidentiality is key, so please let us know if this is not clear for you. And we are asking you to add information on:
– Purpose to join the EcoSystem
– Which expertise to bring to Ecosystem
– Which topic would you like to bring to the table? What is a major challenge you would like to talk about and work on- I want to be actively involved in which Challenge(s): > Taste & Texture, > Nutrition, > Conformity, > LCA/Sustainability, > Pulse Value Chain
As you will understand, the EcoSystem will have more impact when we, as managers, learn more about you via the questions above, and you can also get more out of it by sharing this with us.

Unlimited Access
– Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem meetings
Two face2face Ecosystem meetings in Europe or North-America per year (Duration 1-2 days)
– Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem online meetings and webinars
Shaping new EcoSystems. 25+ online meetings with key leaders of various regional plant-based foods ecosystems.
– All global partners of the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem
Partners can access the online community on the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem website. Please note that it is not allowed to share any documents or recordings with anybody outside your organization.

Global Innovation Opportunities & Advice
– Innovation & Business Projects
As a partner, you can join and participate in national, European, or global projects with different durations. By invitation.
– Innovation scan
On request, a partner can put forward an idea for an innovation project, which will be shared with a certain number of partners or all partners.
– Build your own EcoSystem
As a partner, is it easy to develop and grow a new Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem
– Guidance & Business Support
Partners can receive advice in networking, ecosystem development, partnerships, development, upscaling, or marketing to expand their business and research activities to make better plant-based foods and to meet consumer demands towards a more plant-based diet (see below more information about the unique Bridge2Food expertise)
– Promotion of new food product, ingredient, technology, or service
Once per year, partners can showcase their innovation to the community.

Global Exposure
– Exposure Plant-Based Foods and Solutions
International exposure of your business and proposition via various media channels, including the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem website, Linkedin groups, platforms, and media partners.
– Use of the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem brand
As a partner, you have the right to use the partnership logo on your website and your marketing and communications resources.
– Global Plant-Based Foods Ecosystem Update
Your company will receive on weekly basis updates on new partnerships, trends, and developments. When applicable, your company’s article can also be published in the Global Plant-Based Foods Ecosystem Update.

Organization-wide participation
The partnership of an organisation is not limited to one person. Various leaders from one organization can participate in challenges and projects (e.g., leaders who wish to work on nutrition, sustainability, product quality and taste, value chain, etc.

EcoSystem Growth & Development
One of the purposes of this EcoSystem is that there will be many connections between the various partners as organizations, as well as at function level:
– Research leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Research leaders via this EcoSystem
– Development leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Development leaders via this EcoSystem
– Nutrition leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Nutrition leaders via this EcoSystem
– Sustainability leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Sustainability leaders via this EcoSystem
– Quality Control leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Quality Control leaders via this EcoSystem
– Innovation/Strategy leaders making their own Ecosystem with other Innovation/Strategy leaders via this EcoSystem

Each new person who wants to join the EcoSystem meetings will have her/his own EcoSystem with organizations inside but, more importantly, outside the EcoSystem. The idea of the EcoSystem is that it will grow with new partners to have more impact and that it will grow with new expertise in the above-mentioned management fields. Each new member has his own EcoSystem based on her/his management field.

The principle of the EcoSystem is that each member will pro-actively assist in growing the EcoSystem, for the benefit of the EcoSystem as a whole, as well as for her/himself as being together with fellow leaders, whom you know will accelerate collaboration and impact. Therefore it is important to know that there is already a connection with three other potential partners if a colleague wishes to join the EcoSystem. When you go to our website to sign-up, then you will see the question “Which organizations can you invite to the EcoSystem (List 3)”? We will connect with you and discuss how these organizations can fit into the EcoSystem and what the leadership position is of the person you have in mind. We will then discuss how to approach these organizations (via you and or via us), as the partnership of the EcoSystem is on an invitation basis. Confidentiality is key, so please let us know if this is not clear for you.

Ad 10. How do you operate the EcoSystem?
The EcoSystem offers many different ways to operate:
1. Bi-Monthly Virtual Meetings (20-24 per year) in two time zones (Asia/EMEA and EMEA/Americas) on:
> New Project Ideas from Business & Research
> New Ingredient & Technologies
> Project Updates
> The Global Agenda
2. Specific Online Project Meetings
3. Face2Face Meetings

Ad 11. Who at Bridge2Food is actively supporting and working in EcoSystem?
Gerard Klein Essink MSc in Food Technology and an MBA in Strategic Marketing. Gerard is the founder & CEO of Bridge2Food. He has an extensive career in leading networks in the plant and animal-based protein industry. He had published many leading market research reports, organized more than 40 key leading industry & research meetings, written over 50 articles in different food industry magazines. He has also written strategic innovation reports and research grant proposals for the Dutch and other governments, and he has been involved in many industry consultancy projects across the globe. Klein Essink is often a frequent speaker at international food and Agri forums. He was also involved in the EU Metaphor project. He has over 30 years of international food industry experience working in research, food ingredient manufacturers, and food manufacturers. Gerard is also a project evaluator at Teagasc Ireland
– Russell Ward Ph.D. is an Associate Partner at Bridge2Food. Russell founded RW INNOVATION in 2008 to provide ingredient suppliers and consumer goods producers with the technical expertise and market insight necessary for successful product innovation. After post-doctoral research at the CNRS in France, Russell has occupied leading roles in innovation and R&D with major multinational food/beverage and household product manufacturers: Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Danone, and Jacob Douwe Egberts. In his consulting work, Russell has delivered significant gains in the effectiveness of new product development for food and food ingredient manufacturers. He has developed extensive experience in food ingredients market research. He has spoken on innovation at numerous events, including Vitafoods, Food Matters Live, Bridge2Food summits, and conferences. Russell acts as a mentor to start-ups in the ToasterLab accelerator and is an evaluator for EIT Food and EIT Mass Challenge. He has over 30 years’ experience in the consumer packaged goods industry and has worked on projects throughout Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Middle-East, and China. He works in English, French, and Dutch.

Ad 12. What is the relationship between the Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem & Bridge2Food?
The vision of Bridge2Food is to advance & accelerate for a better world with a focus on plant-based foods & ingredients. Since 2002, Bridge2Food has been actively developing networking in the food and plant-based foods industry. More than 10,000 food experts and 1,250 speakers have joined Bridge2Food platform meetings since 2002. Bridge2Food has worked with more than 200 global ingredient companies to build awareness and recognition of innovation. As a result, the following channels and partnership relationships have been developed. Partners of the Global Plant-Based Foods Industry can benefit from these networks:
Email database: 25,000 globally
Social media channels (owned by Bridge2Food): LinkedIn Bridge2Food (3,000+ followers), Gerard Klein Essink (10,000+ followers), Bridge2Food Group (1,000+ members), Proteins for Food, Petfood & Feed Group (4,500+ members), Plant-Based Foods Group (1,500+ members), Active & Sports Nutrition Group (8,500+ members), Confectionery, Bakery & Snacks (23,000+ members), Healthy Ageing Group (500+ members), International Food Business Network (4,000+ members).
(Online) Media partners: Agfundernews.com, Vegconomist, Protein Report, Live Kindly, Plant-Based News, Vegan Business News, Meat Management, FoodBev, New Food Magazine, Dairy Industries International, Food and Drink International, Food and Drink Network UK, Big Idea Ventures, Bits x Bites, Food Business News, Meat & Poultry, Prepared Foods, Food & Beverage Magazine, Village by CA, ShakeUpFactory, V-Entrepreneur, Nutrikeo, Beyond Animal, Fairr. The following programs have been developed since the inception of Bridge2Food:
Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem for R&D Leaders Industry (100 leading organizations are working together) (since 2018)
Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem for Researchers at University (since 2020)
Plant-Based Foods/Protein Summits for senior decision makers in food, feed and pet food industries (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Protein Nutrition Top Class for nutritionist with leading scientists of major European Universities (2014)
Protein Courses for food product developers (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

In 2020 Bridge2Food has organized the following network activities:
> Virtual 1st Global Plant-Based Foods & Proteins Research Conference 2020 | 7 & 8 October
> Virtual 16th Plant-Based Foods & Proteins Summit Europe 2020 | 13 & 14 October
> Virtual 15th Plant-Based Foods & Proteins North America 2020 | 22 – 26 June
> Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem

Bridge2Food has also been a partner in research projects since 2005:
– Profuture (2019-2023, BBI): https://www.pro-future.eu/
– Plenitude (2019-2024, Horizon): https://www.plenitude-bbi.com/
– Prominent (2014-2018, BBI-JI): https://www.prominent-protein.eu/
– Metaphor (2007, Horizon): http://www.meta-phor.eu/

Proven Roles/Qualities in Projects:
– WP Leader for Dissemination, Communication, Valorisation
– Exploitation Plan and Activities
– Communication Plan and Activities
– Dissemination Plan & Activities
– Market Update Plan & Activities
– Valorisation / Commercialisation
– Chacterisation/Functionality/Application/Market value & research
– Website, Video’s, Leaflets
– Strategic Advisory Board
– Training
– Seminar/Conference

Ad 13. What are the plant-based food activities of Bridge2Food in 2021?
– 3 Virtual Exhibitions on Plant-Based Foods & Ingredients in Europe, the Americas, and Asia
– 2 Virtual Global Plant-Based Foods Summits in Europe and the Americas
– 2 Research Conference on Plant-Based Foods & Ingredients
– 20 Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem Meetings

14. Contact information
Analia Gottig
Online Marketing Manager
Bridge2Food
agottig@bridge2food.com
M: +54 911 5026 8062 (Argentina office)

Gerard Klein Essink
Founder & CEO Bridge2Food
gkleinessink@bridge2food.com
M: +31 620039196 (Netherlands office)
Book a meeting via https://calendly.com/gkleinessink

Russell Ward
Associate Partner Bridge2Food
rward@bridge2food.com
M: +33 6 15574384 (France Office)