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Day One — June 7 Morning

Welcome Remarks


Keynote: The Front Line In the New Food-Tech Revolution


Opening Debate: The Change Makers in the Global Food Industry

• What is the scale of the opportunity in food tech? How can we create systems that enable access to sustainable, safe and nutritious food for all?
• What are the challenges in identifying and catalyzing the wide-scale distribution of food innovation that deserves national and international attention?
• How are policies, regulations and consumers keeping up with the science? What role can governments have in ensuring that new technologies are pulled through the supply chain to bring benefit to society?
• How is the industry looking to reconcile the consumer distrust in science vs Food-Tech and the possibilities that new developments are opening up?

Technology Showcase: Close to Market Technology Companies Present Food-Tech Solutions in 7 minute snapshots


Networking Coffee Break


Presentation: Food-Tech & The Retailers Experience

• How are consumer preferences informing how retailers do business? Who they do business with and how it uses technology?
• What are customers buying decisions on alternative protein products? How popular are they?
• How are retailers partnering to create the right digital experience for customers? Are retailers positioned to provide the ultimate product personalization in nutrition diet & health?
• With major retailers increasing innovative product lines, how is this changing brand loyalty by customers?

Blazing a New Path for the Alternative Plant Based Proteins

• Catalyzing a shift towards greater inclusion of plant proteins in diets. What is the role of governments in producing dietary guidelines and supporting research and investment in alternative proteins?
• What will it take to scale plant proteins? What challenges remain, for example, around taste and texture? What barriers prevent alternatives competing on a level playing field with conventional proteins?
• Closing the loop in the protein system. What is the opportunity to divert protein waste streams to both consumers and sustainable animal feed systems?
• How are big meat businesses and major brands looking at the alternative protein sector? How far are they looking to diversify into plant based sources of protein? What do they need to see in plant based ingredients?
• What is the role of traditional crops such as soya, sunflowers and canola as well as indigenous crops in becoming the future of plant based proteins and food ingredients?
• Creating a pull through on demand. How do you get catering industry to embrace change as well as the customers?
• As the industry starts to consider new food concepts of plant based burgers and diary alternatives what will foods be able to call themselves as they become more mainstream? What does the Dairy Pride Act mean for new food and how important is it for the industry to clear a path for alternatives to meats, cheeses and seafood’s in order to scale?

Day One — June 7 Afternoon

Presentation: The Role of Chefs in Shaping Consumer Demand in New Foods


Networking Lunch Break


Presentation: Setting New Food Habits for Life: Re-Mapping Food Distribution & The Last Mile of Food Delivery

• How is technology disrupting food distribution? What impact is robotics and automation set to have on the industry?
• Is the trend towards decentralization set to continue and how will this impact the food supply chain?
• How are companies addressing sustainability concerns i.e. transportation, packaging & food waste?

Food Safety, Traceability & The Supply Chain Perspective

• What technology and systems innovation is needed to underpin the infrastructure for Food Safety and Traceability?
• How is the food industry collaborating across the supply chain and investing and leveraging technology to ensure safe food for consumers?

Technology Showcase: Early Stage Technology Companies Present Food-Tech Solutions in 7 minute snapshots


Networking Coffee Break


Food-Tech Insights: Big Tech Driving Forward Innovations & Food

From drone delivery, block chain, hyper-imaging, AI, intelligent packaging and small computing, what technology innovations are going to create the biggest impact on how food is packaged, delivered, traced and chosen by consumers. We hear from three technologies that will transform the food industry in the coming years.

Investor Panel: Beyond the Hype – Where is the Next Big Disrupter in the Food Industry

• How are corporate venture capital investing in startups? How will new technologies sit alongside their own core products & brands?
• How does Food-Tech investing compare with other industries? Why is it harder to see blockbuster Food-Tech ideas?
• What near to market technologies are creating interest and which will technologies will take over 10 years to become viable?

Networking drinks reception: Enjoy a drink with fellow delegates while sampling innovative new foods from some of our presenting companies and local start-ups


Day Two — June 8 Morning

Welcome Remarks


Who can Effect Rapid Change at Scale in the Global Food Revolution?

What can be learned from other industries such as Uber and Airbnb about the use of peer reviews, trust and effecting rapid change at scale?

Can Open Collaboration Solve Some of the World’s Biggest Food Challenges?

• Can open innovation models future-proof product innovation? What collaboration models and partnerships are needed and what are the biggest barriers to delivering innovation to the market?
• Food companies are targeting entrepreneurs to create a new path. Will big food companies be the biggest beneficiaries of the start up food movement?
• How do smaller companies benefit from open innovation and where are the opportunities to collaborate with larger companies?

Technology Showcase: Early Stage Technology Companies Present Food-Tech Solutions in 7 minute snapshots


Networking Coffee Break


Presentation: Optimizing the Self by Science – Can microbiomes impact our biological age & evolution?

• Beyond living longer, will we look younger, eat healthier and eliminate chronic diseases one day thanks to the human gut microbiome?

The Microbiome: Optimizing the ‘Self ‘ By Science

• What is the current state of the science? How close are we to making personalized medicine and nutrition accessible to all?
• How accurate is microbiome profiling in tailoring diet and nutritional needs of individuals?
• How is regulation and legislation impacting the commercialization of probiotics and prebiotic products? What can we learn from global markets for overcoming barriers and driving consumer adoption?
• What commercial products are available and how is this impacting consumer behavior? At what point will see the industry moving from well-being to real prevention and disease interception?
• How is diagnostic technology and our ability to translate data into actionable intelligent lifestyle changes keeping up with the science? What role will machine learning have in identifying and defining biomarkers that need to be acted upon? At what stage, will miniaturized and smart devices move from a clinical setting to a commercial scale?

Networking Lunch Break


Day Two — June 8 Afternoon

How Could Labelling Help Build Healthier & More Sustainable Eating Patterns?


Innovative Ingredients in Food & Health: Reshaping the Consumerization of Personalized Medicine and Diet

• What emerging functional foods and ingredients are set to disrupt the marketplace?
• What are the latest trends in health and wellbeing? How is the drive for ‘self optimization’ delivering innovation and playing out in the commercial market place?
• How is the food service and retail sector influencing consumer demand and uptake of healthier ingredients?
• How will an aging population drive the demand for personalized/customized supplements. How will 3D printing support the personalized health industry?
• As we acquire a dense and dynamic personal data set on our individual lifestyles, how important will data driven systems be in guiding consumers in real-time towards healthier lifestyle choices? What impact is this already having for pulling through new food brands into the market place?

Presentation: Agricultural Next-Gen Breeding Technologies & Food

How can predictive analytics and enabling technology such as breeding & gene editing service alternative protein and development of new food ingredients?

Investor Panel: Accelerating Market Adoption of Food Innovation

• How are investors supporting food tech entrepreneurs? What collaboration models and partnerships are being used to create the market pull through?
• How important are incubators and accelerators in bringing innovative solutions to the Food-Tech sector?
• What can be learned from successful hubs in translating ideas into applications?

Close of Summit