Tuesday 25 June

18:30 – 20.30 Early arrivals registration with networking drinks


Wednesday 26 June

8:45 – 9:15  Networking/registration with tea & coffee

09:15            Welcome address
Aidan Fortune, deputy editor, Global Meat News

The State of the Sector

09:20            The European market for plant-based proteins
Vinciane Patelou, director, European Plant-based Food Association

Vinciane of the European Plant-based Food Association will be giving their perspective on the European plant-based protein market, including regulatory issues.

09:45            The growing European meat substitutes market: challenges and opportunities
Karine Chartier, associate analyst, Rabobank

Karine will be examining the European meat substitutes market, looking at why this sector is booming, what opportunities and challenges it faces as well as analysing potential future trends.

10:10             The science behind plant-based proteins
David Welch, director of science and technology, The Good Food Institute

David Welch will be travelling from Baltimore, USA to Amsterdam to discuss the scientific aspects of creating a plant-based protein product. Welch oversees The Good Food Institute’s team of scientists and combines his background in plant biology and regenerative medicine to help companies and academic research institutions accelerate the development of plant-based and clean meat alternatives to animal products.

10:35             Refreshment break

Successes of the plant-based protein industry

11:05              Manufacturing of plant-based proteins
Morten Toft Bech, founder, The Meatless Farm Co.

Morten Toft Bech founded the UK-based meat alternatives start-up business in 2016 and has quickly developed the business into one of the most well-known meat alternatives firms in the UK. He will discuss the manufacturing elements of plant-based protein and will talk about his global ambitions for the business.

11:30              Why international companies are targeting UK supermarkets?
Kevin White, fresh foods editor, The Grocer Magazine

Kevin White has closely followed the development of the plant-based protein sector for the UK’s biggest food and drink trade title. He will be talking about the retail opportunities for the sector and will speak about why international plant-based protein companies are targeting UK supermarkets.

11:55              The development of jackfruit
Nicole Sopko, vice president, Upton’s Naturals

Nicole Sopko manages the development, marketing, sales, and production of its meat alternatives, meals, and other plant-based products. She will be talking about how using jackfruit as a meat alternative has grown in popularity in recent years and how it is driving sales in the sector.

12:20             Panel Q&A featuring our morning speakers

13:00              Lunch

Market barriers and how to overcome them?

14:00              How to get it right
Luisa Gibbons & Mike Faers, co-founders, Cubo Innovation

Luisa Gibbons and Mike Faers, who recently formed Cubo Innovation – a joint venture with MMR Research and Food Innovation Solutions, will share their views on how to tick the ‘vegan boxes’ in order to engage consumers. They will also explore the different drivers and expectations of plant-based options across international markets, as well as offer tips for brands to become competitive and compelling in the plant-based playing field.

14:25               The transition from traditional meats to plant-based
Jago Pearson, communications director, Finnebrogue

Northern Irish bacon and sausage producer Finnebrogue has recently stepped into the plant-based protein market for the first time by constructing a £3m vegan and vegetarian factory. Jago Pearson will explain the reasons why the business has merged into a ‘meat-less’ sector and how traditional meat processors are now accepting the plant-based sector movement.

14:50              Making Plant Proteins Mainstream
Laith Wahbi, global technical director savoury business, Firmenich

Laith Wahbi will discuss how they are helping to bring plant-based proteins to the mainstream market by improving flavour, the authenticity of texture, as well as mouthfeel.

15:15               Refreshment break

15:40              KEYNOTE ADDRESS: How plant-based diets can change lives
Heather Mills, founder, VBites

Well-known public figure and visionary Heather Mills will talk about how her tragic accident in 1993, which left her with an amputation of the left lower leg, influenced herself and many others to adopt a plant-based diet. Heather will also talk about how her accident pioneered her to create her intonational UK-based business VBites. VBites manufactures a wide range of plant-based protein alternatives and is stocked in worldwide retailers. Her business exports its 130 plant-based products to 24 countries and has won 80 awards.

16:10               Panel Q&A: Innovation Showcase
Opened by Benjamin Voiry, global marketing manager, Roquette

Benjamin Voiry will present his view on how the meat analogues offer is benefiting from numerous innovations.

To be joined by speakers from the afternoon session

16:35               Closing remarks
Aidan Fortune, deputy editorGlobal Meat News

16:45-17:30    Drinks and Networking