Programme 2023

07:45 - 08:35

Registration & Refreshments

08:35 - 08:45

08:45 - 09:30 - Panel Discussion

R&D & Formulation

What Are the Current Food Science Breakthroughs and Solutions for Feeding the World?

Vincenzo Fogliano, Chair of the Food Quality & Design Group , Wageningen University

Stefania De Pascale, Professor of Horticulture, University of Naples Federico II

In the last decades, scientists have studied the bioresources available for food production and designed strategies to reduce food waste. These new scientific approaches demonstrate how applying new ingredients and technologies can solve problems associated with the current food system.

In this session, academic experts will discuss the food chain and the current and future solutions to feed the growing global population.

09:35 - 10:05 - Keynote

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Role of Technology and Data Driven Marketing For Food Retail (1)

Mayank Singh, Chief Digital Officer , Domino's Pizza Indonesia

This session will explore the use of the 3E framework for Data utilization.

10:10 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

R&D & Formulation

Solution Spotlight by Califonia Almond Board

Abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Solution Spotlight by HowGood

Abstract TBC

10:40 - 11:30

Networking Break & 1-2-1 Meetings

11:30 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Building a Global Community of Agile Innovators

Nicole Umana, Global Agile Innovation Human Intelligence Leaders, Mars Wrigley

Join this session to hear how the Innovation team at Mars Wrigley have built an Agile Innovation Community of Practice.  This is allowing them to fuel their future 5-year Innovation pipeline.  Discover what they have learned along the way and what is next on their list to keep building a culture that ensures that the community of Innovators are at their creative best.

R&D & Formulation

Session title TBC (Zuegg)

Danilo Iorio, Head of R&D - Global B2C Division, Zuegg

Abstract TBC

12:05 - 12:35 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Solution Spotlight By NutriFusion

Abstract TBC.

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Solution Spotlight by Evaluserve

Abstract TBC

12:40 - 13:10 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Why Waste? The Solution at Our Fingertips

Jamie Crummie, Co-Founder, Too Good To Go

40% of the food we produce is wasted. Wasting food contributes to climate change, costs us money while too many people go hungry.

Understand a solution-based approach to the world of food waste across retail, manufacturing and food service. How technology is proving to create a positive impact for business, people and planet.

Innovation & Technology

On the Positive Nexus Between Food (Ultra)Processing and Food Quality

Vincenzo Fogliano, Chair of the Food Quality & Design Group , Wageningen University

Food processing is the means through which humankind, throughout its history, has treated raw materials to obtain more digestible and safer (e.g. to remove toxins) food products. Through the ages, humans have treated raw commodities they have hunted, gathered, grown or derived through domestication of animals to reduce spoilage and extend shelf life, improve their palatability and create safer food products. It is abundantly evident that human survival and evolution were unquestionably aided by the ability to process foods.

The modern food industry also exploited two other obvious advantages of food processing: the mass production of long-shelf life products makes food affordable also to people with limited economic possibilities, and a striking reduction of perishable food waste was achieved. To further improving the sustainability of food processing is an ongoing challenge and the shift from a linear to a circular food production system is still at its infancy. In this presentation, some examples will be provided showing how playing with texture at macro-meso and micro-scale can be a smart way to use processing strategies to get foods having the quality characteristics desired by consumers.

13:10 - 14:10

Networking Lunch

14:10 - 14:40 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Space Tech for Net Zero Food Supply Chain

Diana Mathew, Space Application Engineer, ESA

ESA Business Applications & Space Solutions (BASS) is the go-to place for great business ideas involving space in all areas of society and the economy.

  • How using Space assets can help improve the efficiency of food production and supply chain, helping the industry to move towards a carbon-neutral future.
  • Innovation programmes and funding schemes by ESA BASS to support companies to commercialise sustainable products and services.

Innovation & Technology

Food Robotics: A Recession Victor or Victim?

Glenn Mathijssen, CEO & Co-Founder , Alberts

The food robotics market has matured over the last five years, with a continuous flow of new projects and products entering the market. We're happy to report on our progress towards making a healthy life the easiest option with Alberts' Stations that serve personalised and fresh blends. We'll share our insights on how the current recession climate hits hard for our sector, as well as on our milestones: our co-branding deal with Alpro/Danone, our production centre going live, adding a Frappé line, and how we see the future for Food Robotic and Alberts in particular. Transparent and open as always, we're looking forward to meeting each other again soon!

14:45 - 15:10 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Solution Spotlight by Tracegains

Abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Robotics and Automated Intelligence, Understanding Their Way Into the Food Supply Chain

  • How does automating the food or beverage-making process help companies save money and human resources costs?
  • Robotics can help to enrich menus, make fewer mistakes and reduce food waste, but at what price?

15:20 - 15:50 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

EIT Food Accelerates Innovation to Build a Future-Fit Food System

Georg Schirrmacher, Managing Director, EIT Food CLC Central GmbH

EIT Food is the world’s largest and most dynamic agri-food innovation community. We accelerate innovation to build a future-fit agri-food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all.

Supported by the EU, we invest in projects, organisations, and individuals that share our goals for a healthy and sustainable food system. We unlock innovation potential in businesses and universities and create and scale agri-food startups to bring new technologies and products to market. We equip entrepreneurs and professionals with the skills needed to transform the food system and put consumers at the heart of our work, helping build trust by reconnecting them to the origins of their food.

We are one of 9 innovation communities established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Young Generation is Losing Its Interest in Traditional Wine. CBD Infusion Into Wine Helps to Reinvent the Category and Attract New Customers

Mark Grazhul, CEO, Nature Force Technologies AG

Values of the brand and product will reflect the values of millennials and generation Z:
  • Sustainability is vital to make the product more appealing to the young and environmentally conscious generation.
  • Flavour, as the young generation is more open to experimenting with flavours.
  • Marketing - We love you as you are, and everyone is invited to the party.

15:50 - 16:40

Networking Break & Meetings

16:40 - 17:10 - Keynote

Innovation & Technology

A New Era For E-commerce: Winning in Grocery’s Fastest-Growing Channel

David Hardiman-Evans, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, Ocado Solutions

For many years, grocery has been steadily migrating online. The Covid-19pandemic radically accelerated this transition. This growth in demand is driving grocery retailers worldwide to think about how they fulfil online and build an e-commerce channel that can continue to scale sustainably over time. In a world where
online spending will continue to rise in the coming years, e-commerce profitability is no longer just desirable, it’s essential. David Hardiman-Evans discusses the global trends in online grocery, the top considerations for grocers and where Ocado sees potential for the future.

17:10 - 17:15

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

17:15 - 18:15

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

Registration & Refreshments

08:40 - 08:45

08:45 - 09:15 - Keynote

Innovation & Technology

The Power of Purpose-Driven Innovation

Royce Van Der Zwan, Global Head of Operations & Commercial, Nandos FMCG

Nando's restaurants and FMCG has enjoyed accelerated growth over the last two decades. From humble beginnings, at the foot of Africa, the business has built a global brand renowned for its unique positioning, identity and offering.  However, behind this lies a deeply-rooted social purpose embedded into the brand's commercials and operations. It is this value-set that is the driving force behind the customer proposition and innovation agenda. This presentation will showcase how Nando's marries innovation and social purpose to truly Change Lives - for customers, employees, partners and communities.

09:20 - 09:50 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

The Increased Price in Energy and Raw Materials Affects the Supply Chain Costs: What Are the Possible Cost Reduction Solutions?

  • Understand how food innovations can help to mitigate production cost increases.
  • How can we improve the processes and techniques involved in product development? 
  • What are the current raw material costs, and how to survive the fluctuation? 

Innovation & Technology

When a Small Spin Off – Technologically Driven – Tries to Scale Up

laria Pietrogrande, New Business Models Marketing Director , Barilla

BLURAPHSODY is a 3D-printed pasta start-up. Born inside the large Barilla Group we are on the path to finding the right business model to express its potential in the luxury food segment.

09:55 - 10:25 - Solution Spotlights

Consumer Insights & Marketing

From Local to Global How These Two Realities Impact the Food and Drink System?

  • What are the significant differences between local foods and global foods?
  • Are both realities equally environmentally challenging? 
  • What are the current greener alternatives available for your company and products? 

Innovation & Technology

Personalised Nutrition Industry: How the Market Has Shifted From Daily Classic Meals Model to Weekly Planning?

  • How food planning and nutritional trends are disrupting the market?
  • Is the meal planning model the best solution for a healthy lifestyle? 

10:25 - 11:15

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

11:15 - 11:45 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Investing In The Technologies That Will Transform The Food System

José Luis Cabañero, Founder & CEO, Eatable Adventures

The life science revolution is entering the agrifood space, introducing applied technologies that will transform it by creating more sustainable supply chains that will reduce greenhouse gases emission, introducing new ingredients and protein sources with reduced carbon footprint, evolving agriculture, promoting biodiversity, increasing convenience and facilitate access to food ensuring affordable healthy food and quality nutrition for everyone.

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Transparency as Key Unique Selling Point (USP): It Is Not About What You Sell, Rather How You Sell It

Valeria Osti Guerrazzi, Country Manager, KoRo

Alice Tarditi, Country Manager, KoRo

Offering top high-quality products at fair prices while being receptive to new food trends is not enough to beat your competitors. In KoRo's cases, transparency is key to offering our customers the best service and building a strong community around our brand!

11:50 - 12:20 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Amadori)

Eda Fetahu, Open Innovation Expert, Amadori

Abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

How Technology is Changing the Way We Shop

Helene Saurais, Co-founder, Inoqo

Amidst a sea of information overload and misinformation, it's challenging for consumers to understand the true sustainability of their grocery purchases. Fortunately, technology is coming to the rescue. An innovative consumer app enables shoppers to access their grocery basket's impact easily. Join us in this keynote to explore how this game-changing technology is revolutionizing the way we shop, empowering us to make more conscious choices. From gaining insights into the true impact of any product to discovering new sustainable options, we'll delve into how climate technologies are creating a more sustainable future for all.

12:25 - 12:55 - Solution Spotlights

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Solution Spotlight TBC

Abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

How to Improve Product Development Through Life-Changing Technologies

The shift in responsibilities from human contribution to artificial intelligence is marking this era as one of the most technological. Are the latest scientific discoveries in the food industry the best solution for R&D?

12:55 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:15 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Winelivery, From a Delivery Business to a Customer Data Platform

Francesco Magro, Founder & CEO, Winelivery

We started Winelivery in 2016 with the dream of being able to change the way people consume beverages. We were successful on the market during these years, but with a very different value proposition from what we had in mind at the beginning.

During this session, we would like to present how we evolved Winelivery into a tech company that can support brands and producers in communicating and delivering their products and making better decisions.

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Onego Bio)

Laura Toppinen, Head of Brand & Communications , Onego Bio

Abstract TBC

14:20 - 14:50 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Ready Meal: A New Life Comes

Omar Campise, Founder and CEO, Palatò Milano

Our startup has been active since 2020 on the Milano market with a gourmet food-ready meal box format ( We have produced and sold through our e-commerce site more than 1000 boxes with high quality dishes inside. The R&D team in 2021 produced an innovative concept ready meal pasta with a long shelf life to be taken back to the pan at home in just 3 minutes. This concept is the killer application that will revolutionize the ready meal concept in the food world.

Consumer Insights & Marketing

How Marmite Used Insights to Drive Innovation and Communication to Invite Consumers to Re-Evaluate the Brand

Jonathan Roberts, Senior Brand Manager - Snacks Innovation, General Mills

Discussing the insights that inspired the 7 Cannes Lions award-winning Marmite Gene campaign and how concurrently this drove innovation on the brand and inspired a whole new generation of Marmite lovers. In this session, we will discuss why Marmite needed to adjust its strategy despite the fantastic long-term success of “Love it or Hate it”.

14:55 - 15:40 - Panel Discussion

Consumer Insights & Marketing

How are Women in Leadership Promoting Equality Among Workers in the Food Industry?

Claudia Vasquez, CEO and Director, Origenal Story 

Sharon Cittone, Founder and CEO, Edible Planet Ventures

Less than 20% of senior leadership roles in the food and beverage business are held by women, even though women make 80% of the world's food purchasing decisions. What steps are businesses taking to be more inclusive?

Examining the causes of the underrepresentation of women, the measures that companies may take to encourage gender parity, and the steps that can be taken to increase the effectiveness of efforts for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 Does corporate policy have a role in shaping a more inclusive company culture, and if so, what role is that?

15:45 - 15:55

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit