Summit + Expo
Plant-Based Foods & Proteins
Americas 2021

27-29 September 2021, starts at 9:00 am CDT (Chicago Time)

1,000+ Participants | 100+ Exhibitors | > 3,500 1-on-1 Business Meetings | 30+ Speakers & Panels

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Programme

September 27 – Day I – Plant-Based Foods Industry

The Agenda:
1. Consumer First: What is happening? What are the weak signals impacting society & industry
2. Enabling stakeholders: What does the government think, what do they need and how can this impact the drivers?
3. Industry Outlook: Trends, Opportunities & challenges
4. Category & formats outlook: Which segments are hot and popping and what can we expect from an availability & point of view?
5. Channel outlook: What is happening at the retail and foodservice levels?
6. Value Chain future: Where is the power? Suppliers, buyers, new entrants, substitution?
7. Raising the product bar: Where are the gaps, where is the white space, and what does the value chain have in common in terms of health, taste, and also sustainability?
8. VC & Investors: What is key for now and for the near future?
9. Innovation, Innovation, Innovation! New options from Ingredient Brands, Crops, and start-ups!
10. EcoSystems: What are the enablers & qualifiers? What is needed to create new platforms for collaboration and inspiration?

07:50 - 08:00
Welcome & Opening Summit Chair
Gerard Klein Essink, Founder & CEO, Bridge2Food, NL
08:00 - 08:25
The Plant-Based Foods Industry Perspective: Opportunities & Challenges
Nicole Negowetti, Senior Director of Policy, Plant Based Foods Association, US
08:30 - 09:10
The Plant-Based Foods & Protein Consumer in the Retail & Online World - Panel Discussion
Dr. Shelley Balanko, Senior Vice President, The Hartman Group, Inc., US
Hillary Gelfman, Director, Global Category Innovation, Kellogg’s, US
Elena Devis, Senior Account Manager | Vegan Category Lead, Deliveroo, GB
Leslie Ewing, Executive Director, Plant-Based Foods of Canada, CA
09:15 - 10:00
The Market, Category & Precision Investment Outlook - Panel Discussion & Presentation
Brandon Ng, Vice President, Houlihan Lokey, US
Madlen Karnatz, Senior Associate, SPINS, US
10:00 - 11:00
Networking Break Meeting with 1-on-1 Video Chat Business Meetings & Speed Dating Carrousel
11:00 - 11:55
The Food Service View on Plant-Based - Panel Discussion
Davide del Brocco, CSR Sustainability Manager/Chef, Sodexo, CA
Marie Molde RD, Account Manager, Registered Dietitian, Food Industry Expert, Datassentials, US
Mr. Andrew Infantino, Marketing Director, Cooper Branch, CA
12:00 - 12:45
Networking Break Meeting with 1-on-1 Video Chat Business Meetings & Speed Dating Carrousel
12:45 - 13:15
The Future of Plant Based: A Brand View
Nicole Sopko, Vice President, Upton’s Naturals, US
13:20 - 13:50
Shaping New American Plant-Based Foods & Protein EcoSystems - Panel Discussion
Scott May, Head of MISTA, Givaudan, US
Dr. Julie Simonson, Vice-President Technology Development, Schwan’s Company, US
Tiffany Stephenson, Chief Marketing Officer, Protein Industries Canada, CA
13:50 - 14:45
Networking Break Meeting with 1-on-1 Video Chat Business Meetings & Speed Dating Carrousel
14:45 - 15:30
Moonshot 2030 Plant-Based Foods: Panel Discussion
Michael Natale, Global Leader of Plant Based Proteins, Ingredion, US
Nicole Negowetti, Senior Director of Policy, Plant Based Foods Association, US
Prof. Dr. David Julian McClements, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US
Jo Raven, , FAIRR, GB
Sara Eckhouse, Executive Director, FoodShot Global, US
15:30 - 16:00
Food for Thought: The Protein Transformation
Przemek Obloj, Managing Partner Growth, Blue Horizon Corporation, GB
16:00 - 16:20
The Road Map for Research & Development 2025: Global Plant-Based Foods EcoSystem
Gerard Klein Essink, Founder & CEO, Bridge2Food, NL
16:20 - 16:30
Summary & Closing
Gerard Klein Essink, Founder & CEO, Bridge2Food, NL
16:30 - 17:00
The Last Networking Break Meeting