The upcoming Sustainable Foods Summit will be hosted in San Francisco on 22-23 January 2014. Like the prior three editions, it will bring together key stake-holders (food manufacturers & retailers, ingredient suppliers, industry organizations & certification agencies, investors, packaging companies, etc.) and create a forum to debate and discuss key issues in a high-level forum. Please contact us to download the conference program.
The Sustainable Foods Summit comprises four key sessions...
The premier session highlights best-practices in sustainability and
associated marketing activities. Case studies will be given of
operators that are pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the
food industry. To kick off the summit, the keynote speaker
describes the various ecological dimensions of food products and
how they are adding to the growing complexity of sustainability.
In light of growing incidents of food fraud, an update is given on food authenticity and how modern analytical tools can strengthen food supply chains. A case study is given of a leading organic food private label, whilst another paper showcases green initiatives in foodservice. With growing pressure on food companies to reduce their packaging impacts, success stories are given of innovative sustainable packaging solutions. The session adjourns with featured speakers discussing various ways the food industry can improve its ecological footprint.
Biodiversity loss has been described as one of the major
environmental challenges faced by our planet. Although there is
heightened awareness, relatively few steps have been taken to
conserve or promote biodiversity. This session outlines practical
methods the food industry can take to encourage biodiversity in
relation to ethical sourcing.
The first speaker highlights the adverse affect modern supply chains have on biodiversity in terms of agricultural crops, plant species, aquaculture and other wildlife. Case studies are given of ethical sourcing programs that are successful in reducing their biodiversity impact and / or encouraging biodiversity. Details are given of the positive social impact that can be created by ethical sourcing programs, followed by a discussion on the role of sustainability roundtables like RSPO and RTS for agricultural commodities. The session ends with a panel discussion on biodiversity: what is the way forward, if not sustainability roundtables or charters, what else?
This session discusses the growing use of sustainability metrics in
the food industry. After an opening keynote on assessing the
holistic value of food products, proceeding papers look at some of
the common ways of measuring environmental footprints. Methods to
measure and reduce carbon and water footprints are discussed, as
well as the use of scorecards to measure sustainability across
A multinational shares its experiences in implementing a sustainability program across a number of geographic regions. Another paper explores the use of mobile technology to gather metric data for sustainability. The session ends with featured speakers discussing the challenges and opportunities provided by sustainability metrics. How can metric data be translated into actionable practical steps? Are they essential for food and beverage companies on the green journey?
There is a growing consensus that intensive agricultural practices
can have adverse implications on ecosystems. As well as changes in
food production methods, there is a call for a wider pool of food
crops, especially those that have lower environmental impacts. This
session looks at food ingredients that encourage sustainability.
The use of traditional knowledge in modern agriculture is explored. With growing concern about monoculture in agriculture, another paper discusses the re-emergence of ancient grains. Other topics include emerging natural sweeteners, new flavours for sustainability, and novel sustainable ingredient case studies. After an update on the pro-GM labeling movement, featured speakers will discuss whether the way forward is new food ingredients or changes to existing production methods: how can the food industry raise production levels whilst encouraging sustainability?
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