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The next Latin American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will take place in in São Paulo on 25-26th November 2020. The summit will give an update on sustainability developments in the regional food industry. Contact us to stay updated about the summit agenda.

The 2019 summit comprised four dedicated sessions...

Session One: Sustainability Best-Practices

The premier session summit covered some of the broader sustainability issues in the Latin American food industry. What are the pressing issues facing food companies and retailers? How are operators addressing their environmental and social impacts? How can the food industry be encouraged to move from linear models to circular models?

The opening keynote speaker highlighted the role of sustainable foods in a circular economy. How can food and beverage companies design products so that nutrient loops are closed? What are key lessons from other industries? An update was given on sustainability and eco-labels in the food industry, followed by details of new labelling schemes for sustainable livestock products. Case studies were given of a leading food company and retailer on how they are addressing their impacts.

Session Two: Food Ingredients

This session gave an update on sustainable ingredients that are used in food & beverage applications. With growing questions about ingredient origins and provenance, details were given of new technologies that provide traceability. How are new technologies providing transparency and traceability in ingredient supply chains?

With the burning of the Amazon causing alarm, a speaker re-enforces the importance of traceability and transparency in agricultural supply chains. Soya, a widely used ingredient, is associated with deforestation in Brazil. An update was given on sustainable soya bean production. Details were given of novel plant proteins making their way into meat alternatives, as well as flavorings. An international food retailer shared its experiences in setting up supply chains for organic ingredients. To close, featured speakers discussed the growing complexity of impacts. With sustainability now having many facets, which impacts are becoming most important?

Session Three: Marketing Update

There is a growing realization that marketing plays a pivotal role in the success of sustainable foods. With the use of case studies, this session covered important marketing developments. Some argue the future of sustainable foods is with plant-based foods. Advocates say a plant-based diet provides health and ecological benefits. The keynote and subsequent speakers discussed the merits and prospects for plant-based foods in Latin America.

Success stories were given of product innovations involving sustainability, followed by an update of the organic food market in Brazil. To conclude, the panel discussed the future of sustainable foods.

Session Four: Green Packaging Solutions

Growing consumer awareness of plastic pollution has put packaging on the top of the agenda for many companies. It is estimated that over 7 million tonnes of plastics enter the ocean each year, severely disrupting marine ecosystems. One study predicts that the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050. This session looked at practical approaches to reduce the packaging impact of food and beverage products.

Biopolymers are making headway as sustainable alternatives to plastic materials; details were given on their application in various packaging formats. Other seminars covered product design, closing packaging loops, and a case study of an international brewery that is lowering its packaging impacts. To conclude, industry experts discussed the packaging needs for a circular economy.

Please contact us to stay updated about the 2020 summit agenda.

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