Bangkok – Leadership in Food Innovation Conference at THAIFEX

Also this year I would be guest of this amazing event, hosted in one of the biggest food fair in Asia, Thaifex (28th May – 1st June), organized by Koelnmesse.

Innofood Asia Conference explores how the intersection of technology, food and design is revolutionizing the way people view and interact with food. The conference aims to catalyze the spread of ideas and solutions, so as to create a thriving food and beverage industry landscape with innovative business concepts and experiences. In 2019, it returns bigger and better as part of a new and exciting Leadership in Food Innovation Conference Series! Co-hosted with The Thai Chamber of Commerce, the series also comprises the all-new Thailand Food Innovation Forum, and runs from 29th to 30th May.

The topic of my speech on 29th May will be:

The New Nutrition Labels – Challenges and Opportunities

  • Impact of changing customer demands, technology innovations, and regulations
  • Industry compliance in Europe and beyond
  • Impact on the market and on food manufacturing

I will examine how the lack of harmonization on this piece of information might hinder the smooth trade of food through different regulatory “blocks”, as well as the good and bad of each solution, the impact for businesses and new emerging schemes (e.g. traffic lights, Nutri-Score, physical activity equivalent labeling…).

Feel free to drop me a message in case you’re in Bangkok from 28th May to 1st June and meet me there.

You can download the still updating program here and contact Ms. Ira Iskandar (+65 6500 6743; for more info.

Other confirmed speakers (still adding up to the roster):

  • Matt Kovac, Executive Director, Food Industry Asia (FIA)
  • Yves Rey, Danone Group
  • Anthony Chien, Research Analyst, Euromonitor International
  • Assoc. Prof. Klanarong Sriroth, Head of Innovation and Research Development Institute, Mitr Phol Group
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Akkharawit Kanjana-Opas, Deputy Secretary General, National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (NSTDA)
  • Gerard Chia, Partner, VisVires New Protein
  • Massimo Reverberi, Founder, Bugsolutely
  • Meenawat Tonyoopaiboon, Director, Client Engagement Management, SGK Inc
  • Deepak Gunvante, Expert Consultant, The Healthy Marketing Team
  • Dr. Sandhya Sriram, CEO & Co-Founder, Shiok Meats Pte Ltd
  • Yinghui Ang, General Manager, Octorocket Asia Inc
  • Magnus Bergkvist, Head of Science & Research, Global Innovation, Thai Union Group
  • Dr. Tipvon Parinyasiri, Director of Bureau of Food, Thailand FDA
  • Mr. Supanat Ratanadib, Marketing Director, Tetra Pak (Thailand) Limited
  • Apichapon Jaikutti, Analyst, Innova Market Insights





Food Allergy Forum Report and New Youtube Channel

On 1st-3rd April 2019 the 2nd Food Allergy Forum was held in Amsterdam. The conference hosted speakers coming from Europe, North-America and Australia and offered a mixed approach to the topic: regulatory, clinical and scientific.

It was the perfect occasion to launch our new YouTube Channel and start with Bert Popping and FOCOS our new editorial project: 100” Food News.  Huge thanks to Bert and Carmen Diaz Amigo for the stunning graphics. Subscribe our YouTube channels and stay tuned for more news!

During the first day the most discussed issue was the opportunity to finally define thresholds for the use of precautionary allergen statements on the labels. Some regulators were pretty shy on the topic, explaining how we do not have conclusive data for all the food allergens and for all subjects’ categories. Very true, as well as the fact that the industry is taking responsibility every day in managing such situations and deciding how to protect consumers: after 20 years of discussions I think it’s time for the regulators to step in, Codex Alimentarius included. Maybe we would not have the best thresholds/action levels possible, but at least we will have something to work on and an instrument to standardized the approach. Today many countries are defining their own thresholds through soft law and non-binding guidance, and the outputs might differ greatly.

Would we really think that a jungle of different numbers would help the industry to adopt a more rationale approach to the precautionary allergen labeling? And what about consumers understanding of such indications?

This and much more in the first 100” Food News and in Bert’s full report about the conference.