Plant-Based Proteins & Foods Summit Americas


26-27 April 2023, Chicago, USA

Join us at Summit Americas to position yourself amongst the top plant-based foods and proteins industry thought leaders and disruptors in North America, and the world. The Summit will provide invaluable networking opportunities and experts will share the latest findings and insights of the entire value chain.

Summit Americas will focus on the market, current trends, investments, and collaboration opportunities. Themes of affordability, accessibility, healthy diets & nutrition, and sustainability will be central, which are focal points of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Summit is targeted towards the plant-based food formulation sector for those working in innovative ingredients manufacturers, alternative proteins suppliers, food brands, retailers & foodservice, equipment & processing providers, and more.


Register by 28 February and save $700


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Optimizing Value Chains

We are the bridge between food professionals, by providing forums to build purposeful partnerships, generating new business opportunities, and ultimately unlocking potential that can achieve real impact. Join us for two days to learn the latest innovations and research, find solutions and strategies, grow your network, and discover where the plant-based sector is heading next. An event not to be missed!


Why Attend

The Largest Plant-Based Foods & Proteins Industry Summit

The demand for plant-based foods is increasing fast. There are many opportunities for retailers, food-service operators, and brands to develop better and inspiring foods for consumers. This Summit is a key and unique chance to build your network and make long-lasting partnerships.

  • 400+ delegates
  • Top ratings: Insights 8.0 – Networking 8.8 – Bridge2Food 8.8
  • Access to a unique group of startups in plant-based foods
  • Unique 1-to-1 networking meetings throughout the event
  • 35+ speakers
  • 25+ exhibitors

A fantastic opportunity to work with fellow leaders on future global strategies!


Bridge2Food COVID-19 Policy

As the COVID-19 situation changes daily, we want you to feel confident about booking to attend our events. If an official travel ban is imposed at the time of the summit you will be able to:

  • Transfer the ticket to a colleague to attend in your place, or
  • Transfer your ticket to an alternative Bridge2Food event, or
  • Receive a full refund.

The Bridge2Food team remains fully committed to delivering the best possible event and we look forward to welcoming you.


Venue

Hilton | Chicago, USA

Overlooking Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and Museum Campus, the Hilton situated on Michigan Avenue, is in the heart of downtown Chicago. The Summit will take place in the beautiful International Ballroom.


Program

Welcome Day

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Great 1-to-1 Business Meetings

The 1-to-1 Business Meetings will allow delegates to have short meetings of 10 minutes with potential business, technology, and research partners during pre-scheduled meetings.

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Welcome Reception

An informal meet & greet with your fellow delegates, friends, and colleagues. A great way to catch up and have fun.

Day 1

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Plenary – Welcome & Keynote Presentations

This is a plenary part of the program. The aim is to sketch the bigger picture of the plant-based space, including:

  • Current Trends 
  • The Market 
  • Investments 
  • Collaboration Opportunities & EcoSystems

These tie into the themes of affordability, healthy diets & nutrition, delicious foods, & sustainability, which are focal points of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The two Tracks will be introduced: 

  • Track I: Consumer & Industry Challenges 
  • Track II: Delicious Food & Sustainable Processing Innovations
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Lunch Break

Lunch time! There will be a range of plant-based food tastings waiting for you to tickle your taste buds – you have the chance to network with other delegates whilst connecting over food! If you please, you may also be matched 1-on-1 for some speed meetings. Enough options to choose from – enjoy and see you in the next round!

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Track I: Consumer & Industry Challenges

The Aims of the Consumer & Industry Track are to create shared visions on:

  1. What are the key industry trends moving forward to 2024?
  2. How relevant are themes like Affordability, Healthy Diets & Nutrition, Delicious Foods, and Sustainability.
  3. What will drive consumers to buy more plant-based foods? How relevant is the climate when shopping for food? 
  4. What is the perspective of retail and food service? More importantly, what can we learn from data? What do the numbers teach us?
  5. What is needed to crack the nuts for consumers when we talk vegan cheese, meat-free, fish-free and egg-free?
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Track II Delicious Food & Sustainable Processing Innovations

The Aims of the Delicious Foods & Processing Innovations Track are to create shared visions on:

  1. How relevant for developing new foods & process technologies are themes like Affordability, Healthy Diets & Nutrition, Delicious Foods, and Sustainability? 
  2. How does the world of novel food ingredients & processing technologies look like? What can we expect in the coming years?
  3. Which key new categories & technologies will emerge and how can the value chain tap into these opportunities? 
  4. Which new crops will be relevant?
  5. Which new EcoSystems can contribute?
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Summit Networking Dinner

A highlight event of the Summit! Each year partners and delegates have the opportunity to attend the Summit Dinner. This presents an opportunity to mingle and network, enjoy a meal, and relax!

Day 2

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Great 1-on-1 Business Meetings

The 1-on-1 Business Meetings will allow delegates to have short meetings of 10 minutes with potential business, technology, and research partners during pre-scheduled meetings.

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Track I: Consumer & Industry Challenges

The Aims of the Consumer & Industry Track are to create shared visions on:

  1. What are the key industry trends moving forward to 2024?
  2. How relevant are themes like Affordability, Healthy Diets & Nutrition, Delicious Foods, and Sustainability.
  3. What will drive consumers to buy more plant-based foods? How relevant is the climate when shopping for food? 
  4. What is the perspective of retail and food service? More importantly, what can we learn from data? What do the numbers teach us?
  5. What is needed to crack the nuts for consumers when we talk vegan cheese, meat-free, fish-free and egg-free?
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Track II Delicious Food & Sustainable Processing Innovations

The Aims of the Delicious Foods & Processing Innovations Track are to create shared visions on:

  1. How relevant for developing new foods & process technologies are themes like Affordability, Healthy Diets & Nutrition, Delicious Foods, and Sustainability? 
  2. How does the world of novel food ingredients & processing technologies look like? What can we expect in the coming years?
  3. Which key new categories & technologies will emerge and how can the value chain tap into these opportunities? 
  4. Which new crops will be relevant?
  5. Which new EcoSystems can contribute?
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Plenary – Track Outcomes & Finalizing Keynote

The focus of the plant-based foods & proteins ecosystems will need to move to an acceleration of connectivity between value chains. How to connect more consumers, retailers, food-service operators, brands, ingredient & technology suppliers, research institutes, universities, growers, breeders, finance and venture capital providers, and other key stakeholders such as regional, national, and international (N)GO’s? All actors are ready to play a part in the protein transition. So, what is needed to accelerate? A joint mission, a shared vision, a working plan? The UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 are the end goals.

The protein transition can have a major impact on the following goals:

  • Zero Hunger: Great impact can be achieved globally, in the developed and lesser-developed world, when plant-based foods become more affordable.
  • Good Health and Well-Being: A transition to a plant-based foods diet and nutrition will contribute to better health and well-being
  • Responsible Consumption and Production: Sustainable plant-based food production systems and diets can contribute to a healthier planet
  • Climate Action: Shifting animal-based consumption and production system to plant-based have a much higher impact on climate compared to the currently used tools to mitigate the temperature increase on our planet
  • Life on Land: A higher consumption of plant-based foods can free up valuable land for nature

The 2023 Americas Summit Goals are:

  1. Providing key insights on how to accelerate connectivity in the plant-based foods & protein value chains 
  2. Defining the Global Research Investment Agenda
  3. Bringing together the key value chain leaders to share visions and define a joint mission 
  4. Connecting all stakeholders
  5. Driving collaboration efforts

The Summit will contribute to the SDG’s by focusing on the following themes:

  • Affordability 
  • Healthy Diets & Nutrition
  • Delicious Foods
  • Sustainability

These themes will be part of focused Summit Tracks: 

  • Track I: Consumer & Industry Challenges
  • Track II: Delicious Food & Sustainable Processing Innovations
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Networking Lunch Break

Pricing

Register early & save 


Early Bird Rate (ends 28 February)

Official Registration Rate

Retail & food manufacturers, Ingredient manufacturers, Technology suppliers, Research institutes, Financial institutions & VCs, (Trade) associations, (Regional) innovation networks (standard ticket)

$1,295

$1,995

Start-ups*

$595

$795

Universities

$595

$795

*This rate is only available to startups who have a turnover or balance sheet of less than EUR/USD 2 Million and fewer than 10 people, and who are not part of a multinational company.