FoodNiche Summit

Agenda

Time (EST)

Location

Topic

8:30 am

Lobby

Registration | Networking | Breakfast

9:15 am

Main Stage

Welcome Remarks

9:30 am

Main Stage

Opening Keynote

To achieve global sustainability goals, it is critical to transform the food system. An effort that is reported to require an investment of $350 billion by 2030. Prioritizing sustainability in food innovation is important for several reasons. Apart from ensuring the long-term availability of resources by conserving natural ecosystems, reducing waste, and mitigating environmental degradation. Sustainability in food innovation fosters innovation and economic growth, driving demand for more efficient and environmentally friendly technologies and processes. Overall, prioritizing sustainability in food innovation is essential for safeguarding both the planet and future generations’ access to nutritious and affordable food.

9:45 am

Main Stage

Alternative Protein Innovation: Fostering Consumer Education and Adoption

This session is focused on discussing strategies for effective communication and consumer education that are crucial for driving acceptance of alternative protein products. Highlighting the importance of accurate information about their health benefits, environmental impact, taste, ethical considerations, and dispelling misconceptions. The session will highlight effective strategies that are working and producing desirable outcomes while critically highlighting the roadmap for future success across generations. 

10:45 am

Main Stage

Navigating the Regulatory Hurdles in Food Innovation

This session is focused on helping innovators understand how to navigate the different frameworks and expectations of US regulatory agencies. The alternative protein market is projected to reach $423 billion by 2033. Food innovators in this market face a complex regulatory landscape that requires a comprehensive understanding of regulatory hurdles. Navigating intricate legal frameworks governing food safety and novel food product approval necessitates meticulous compliance measures to ensure adherence to stringent regulatory standards. By proactively addressing regulatory concerns and demonstrating compliance with established guidelines, cultivated meat innovators can increase the likelihood of gaining regulatory approval and successfully introducing their novel products into the market. A nuanced understanding of regulatory requirements enables innovators to effectively communicate with regulatory agencies, fostering transparency and collaboration to facilitate the advancement of cultivated meat innovation within the regulatory framework.

11:35 pm

Auditorium

Breakout Session

12:30 pm

Lobby

Lunch | Exhibition | Networking

1:30 pm

Main Stage

Investing in Sustainable Food Innovation

This panel will provide an overview of the current state of capital raising in the food innovation sector and weigh in on future trends and shifts in the investment landscape. Panelists will discuss the unique challenges faced by startups in food innovation when seeking funding and opportunities presented by global challenges such as climate change, sustainability, and health concerns. They will also delve into case studies of successful fundraising in the food tech space, lessons learned, and how they can be applied more broadly.

2:15 pm

Main Stage

Solution Spotlight

2:35 pm

Main Stage

Role of Technology in Promoting Food Security, Reducing Food Waste and Enhancing Sustainability

The panel discussion will examine the pivotal role of technology in advancing food security, reducing food waste, and enhancing food systems globally. Through innovative solutions such as precision agriculture, blockchain traceability, and AI-driven predictive analytics, technology offers unprecedented opportunities. By fostering collaboration among stakeholders, leveraging data-driven insights, and promoting sustainable practices, technology can empower communities to address food insecurity, achieve greater resilience in the face of climate change, and build more inclusive and equitable food systems that ensure access to nutritious food for all.

3:25 pm

Audotorium

Breakout Session

4:15 pm

Main Stage

Leveraging AI and Other Emerging Technologies to Build Robust Supply Chain Processes

The panel discussion will delve into the transformative potential of AI and other technological innovations within the food industry’s supply chain processes. By harnessing AI-driven analytics, automation, blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, food industry stakeholders can optimize inventory management, traceability, and quality control while minimizing waste and ensuring food safety. The discussion will explore practical applications, success stories, and emerging trends, highlighting how these innovations can revolutionize food production, distribution, and retailing to meet the evolving demands of consumers and regulatory standards in an increasingly complex and competitive market landscape

4:55 pm

Main Stage

Closing Remarks