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The Latin American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will be hosted in São Paulo on 18-20th September 2017. The summit comprises four dedicated sessions and a training workshop...

Session One: Sustainability Developments

The opening session gives an update on sustainability, focusing on impacts. Details are given on the various ways food and ingredient companies are addressing their environmental footprints. The latest life-cycle analysis will be presented, followed by a success story of a food brand that has become carbon-neutral. Other papers discuss water impacts, true cost of food products, and a sustainability case study. The session adjourns with featured speakers discussing the practical use of metrics in the food industry.

Session Two: Ethical Sourcing & Biodiversity

After climate change, biodiversity loss is described as the greatest environmental challenge faced by the planet. Each year, over 2,000 species are estimated to become extinct because of loss of habitat or related environmental issues. This session looks at practical approaches to encourage biodiversity in relation to ethical sourcing of foods (ingredients).

The importance of the biodiversity problem is highlighted, whilst a legal professional gives an update on regulations for access and benefit sharing. With the use of a case study, the challenges associated with implementing ethical sourcing projects are highlighted. Success stories are given of brands creating positive biodiversity impacts, followed by an update on consumer behaviour towards biodiversity. How do Brazilian consumers compare with those in other regions when it comes to biodiversity awareness?

Session Three: Marketing Best-Practices

Marketing has come to the fore as sustainable foods have become mainstream. This session covers important developments, placing emphasis on consumer issues. A green brand gives a keynote on brand building, followed by an industry pioneer sharing his experiences in developing a network of ethical retailers. A large food retailer gives insights into how it is meeting the sustainability challenge, whilst other speakers cover digital marketing and responsible consumption. The session adjourns with panelists discussing marketing communications: what is the best way to get the green message across to consumers?

Session Four: Sustainable Ingredients

This session gives an update on the growing palette of sustainable ingredients for food and beverage applications. Details are given of ingredients that are becoming popular because of their sustainability credentials. An update is given on natural flavourings and colours, whilst another paper looks at the possibilities provided by novel grains. The clean label trend is leading to new ingredients to emerge for gluten-free and dairy-free products. The role of sustainability roundtables is discussed, followed by the panel discussion. Featured speakers will discuss ways to encourage the take up rate of sustainable ingredients. How can brands be encouraged to add value to their products by the use of sustainable ingredients?

Workshop: Food Fraud & Authenticity

The recent meat scandal has highlighted the vulnerabilities in supply chains to food  fraud. It is estimated that one in ten foods are adulterated or falsely mislabeled. This new workshop has been designed to help companies mitigate food fraud risks and provide greater controls and traceability in their supply chains.

The workshop begins with an introduction to the various types of food fraud and their impacts on human health, consumer confidence, the environment, and commerce. The supply chain for modern food products is described, including vulnerability spots for food fraud. Existing control methods in food supply chains are outlined, as well as their limitations. Using case studies of recent food fraud scandals, measures to improve traceability in supply chains will be discussed.

A detailed account will be given of food authentication methods. Practical advice will be given to operators on what analytical techniques and methods are most suitable for specific tests and product groups. Recommendations will also be given to strengthen supply chains and improve transparency.


Please contact us to get the detailed summit agenda.

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Ecovia Intelligence

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Silver Sponsors:

Cargill I'm Green

Supporting Organizations:

IBD Food Design
OIA Argencert
Ecocert imaflora

Media Partners:

CI Organicos Planeta Organico
World Press Online