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October 17 Morning

8:55
Welcome Remarks
9:00
Keynote: Sustainability and Consumer Consciousness – How Can the Food Industry Harness this Opportunity?

– How do we define sustainability when it comes to food, and, more importantly, how does the consumer define it?

– How can food brands ensure that we are defining it ‘correctly’, and earning the trust of the consumer?

– To what extent is sustainability impacting purchasing patterns, and how will this evolve over the next 5-10 years? What opportunities does this create for the industry?

– What are the greatest challenges for food brands in ensuring greater sustainability throughout their supply chains? Is this an opportunity for start-ups to differentiate themselves?

9:15
Transforming Health Outcomes through Ingredient Innovation

– What solutions are available to reduce, or replace, sugar in beverages and foods without losing taste or texture?

– What are the potential medicinal benefits of CBD as an ingredient? What scientific data is there to back these up and what can currently be claimed?

– How can we continue to offer indulgent treats whilst reducing the health risks associated with consuming them? How will this transform the snacks we know?

– With consumers looking for clean label products, how can food manufacturers balance the need to reduce sugars, salts and fats with delivering a cleaner label?

– What new innovations in biotechnology are paving the way forward and allowing companies to deliver exciting, healthier products?

10:00
Fireside Chat: Communicating the Value of Food-Tech to the Consumer

– How should food companies communicate with consumers, and the ecosystem, about new technology?

– How do you create a compelling story when talking about sustainable technology?

– Is there a best practice for introducing future tech to consumers?

– What can we learn from company approaches outside of the food sector about building trust with consumers through new-age technology and mitigating PR disasters?

10:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
How the Words We Use Influence the Foods We Eat
11:15
Building Sustainability, Affordability and Desirability in Plant-Based Protein Products

– As the demand for plant-based proteins grows, how can we ensure that supply chains are sustainable?

– What novel plant-protein ingredients are being used to diversify the range of products available and spread the weight of demand? Are we seeing signs of saturation?

– What is the consumer profile for plant-based proteins, and what nutritional value are they looking for?

– What technology is being used to drive down the cost of today’s plant-based protein products and make them accessible to all?

– How has the science behind replicating the texture of meat in plant products developed?

12:00
Overcoming Obstacles to Scale for Cellular Agriculture

– How has the science behind structuring cultured meat, fish and dairy developed?

– What are the latest innovations in texture, taste and new product development?

– How far away are we from achieving a similar cost to the production of their natural counterparts?

– What collaborations are needed in achieving sustainable scalability?

– What regions are ahead of the game in this field, and what can we learn from their processes?

– When will investors be ready to take the next step in financing cellular agriculture development?

12:45
Networking Lunch Break

October 17 Afternoon

13:45
Deep Dive: The State of European Food-Tech in 2019
14:00
Fireside Chat: Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Health

– What are the opportunities for food and big pharma to work together?

– As the food industry experiences stronger regulations, what can we learn from big pharma on managing complex control processes, best practices and compliance?

– What advancements have been made in delivering personalised ‘medical foods’ to critically ill or infirm populations?

– What consumer technology is being used successfully to drive habit change?

– What other paths are being explored to work with hospitals and medical clinics to help shift our focus from treatment to prevention?

– Where can food companies not only help, but capitalise on, reducing the unsustainable healthcare costs currently being experienced by governments?

14:30
Technology Showcase: Early-Mid Stage Technology Entrepreneurs Present Seven Minute Snapshots of their Solutions
15:15
Networking Coffee Break
15:45
Blockchain in Action: Towards Traceability Across the Food Supply Chain

– With major food brands and retailers utilising blockchain technology, what have been the principal benefits and hurdles experienced to date?

– How helpful has blockchain been in identifying contaminated products and, in turn, reducing the fallout?

– In practice, what percentage of consumers is using it to make more informed decisions about sustainably-sourced food?

16:30
Crystal Ball Session: What Will Retail Look Like in 2030?

– How is AI changing the retail landscape, in terms of customer interaction, retail strategy and supply chain innovation?

– How can retailers exploit the vast amounts of data they collect into valuable opportunities?

– How do we envisage customer interaction over the next decade?

– What will the role of D2C brands be?

– How much investment is actually going back into transforming physical retail spaces?

– What technology is proving to be most successful to understand, and meet, customer expectations?

17:15
Roundtable Discussion Groups

One of the most interactive sessions of the programme. The roundtable discussion groups are hosted by an industry expert and offer you a valuable opportunity to network, brainstorm solutions and share ideas with your peers on similar topics and issues.

18:00
Close of Summit and Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — October 18 Morning

9:00
How Are Consumption Habits Changing Our Food System?

– Who is leading the way in innovative, new snacking technology?

– How are organisations responding to changes in consumption occasions?

– How are retailers setting up to work with brands, big or small, and test concepts more efficiently?

– How are start-ups approaching this market, and what can food brands learn from them?

– How are companies successfully ‘demystifying’ millennials, and generation Z? What new food trends and communication channels are driving these generations?

– What will a ‘normal’ diet look like in 10 years’ time?

9:45
Personalised Nutrition: In Science and Adoption, Have We Reached a Tipping Point?

– How are we accelerating the adoption of personalised nutrition and moving towards a world where it is a fundamental part of health and diet?

– Which diagnostic technologies are best at identifying individual dietary requirements, and how is this information being translated into products and services?

– How are companies offering personalised advice and products based upon differing individual goals such as performance or weight loss?

– How can food retailers, restaurants and delivery services utilise personalised nutrition solutions to attract and retain customers?

– How are AI and machine learning being employed to deal with the big data derived from the diagnostic tools?

10:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
Our Gut Feeling: The Link Between Microbiome and the Brain

– Can probiotics help with preventing, or improving, mental health?

– What other alternative treatments are currently being studied? How close are we to knowing if these are viable?

– What level of investment is required to speed up this research?

– How can large corporations help to encourage innovation in this field?

– Can altering the bacteria in patients’ guts change the course of their disease?

11:45
Technology Showcase: Early-Mid Stage Technology Entrepreneurs Present Seven Minute Snapshots of their Solutions
12:30
Networking Lunch Break

Day Two — October 18 Afternoon

13:30
Fireside Chat: What Can We Call ‘Meat’?

– How do you define ‘meat’?

– What is the impact associated to calling unconventional products ‘meat’?

– Is there a situation whereby we can create a level playing field or ‘fair’ competition?

– Who are the parties that need to be included in this discussion to ensure the terms are agreeable?

– How does the process in Europe compare to that of the rest of the world?

14:15
New Models for Value-Driven Innovation in Big Corporates

– What is the best method to allow innovators to not only thrive in the workplace, but also deliver results?

– How much control is necessary to achieve favourable results?

– When pursing innovative technologies, how does your management of risk differ to standard practices?

15:00
Investor Debate: Mapping the Future of Food

To conclude the summit, leading corporate and VC food-tech investors will review the most exciting ideas to emerge throughout the summit and answer the following questions:

– Looking back over the last two days, what are your takeaways? What are the avenues in food technology you most excited about?

– What conversations challenged your stance on a particular issue or idea? Were they successful?

– How can we ensure innovation continues to thrive in Europe and it doesn’t get left behind by a lack of investment ‘firepower’? What can we learn from other regions?

– Where do you see the biggest opportunities for market growth within the global food system over the next year? What will be the ‘hot topics’ next year’s Future Food-Tech Summit will be exploring?

15:45
Closing Remarks and Close of Summit


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