Copenhagen – Food Proteins Europe 2019

Dear readers,

On 17th – 18th October you will find me in Copenhagen for this really interesting sectoral meeting (Food Proteins Europe 2019), organized by CMT Events at Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, and run in parallel with 4th Starch World Europe conference.

CMT is a company based in Singapore and with more than 35 years of experience in the sector. I have been their guests in Vienna for the 2nd Starch World Europe and I can tell you that the organization was 100% perfect and I never saw an entire sector at the same table discussing so proficiently.

Alternative proteins are experiencing significant growth with even the meat, dairy industry jumping into the bandwagon. But as companies like Tyson Food, Fonterra make investments into the alternative protein space, they recognize the reality is that overtime culinary expertise, the ability to make great-tasting food, matters more than science. Consumers are looking for ingredients with great texture and taste that meat brings, but also with no compromise.

This and may other topics will be touched during this 2 days conference.  I will have the honor to chair the afternoon session in day 1, and I will present on day 2 about “Meat Sounding and Regulatory Developments in Labeling of Plant Based Food”.

Some of the speakers/topics listed:

  • Jorgen Larsson, CEO, G. Larsson Starch Technology AB
  • Jamie Fortescue, Managing Director Starch Europe, “Challenging Times for EU Starch Producers But Opportunities in the EU Bioeconomy and Protein Plans”
  • Dirk Michael Fleck, Senior Advisor Biorefinery, Bühler AG, “How to close the protein gap by 2050 – Solutions in texturized vegetable protein (TVP), insect technology and pulses processing”
  • Petr Mensik, Manager – EU Affairs, ECCO – The European Consulting Company, “EU Novel Food Regulation in Connection with New Protein Ingredients”
  • Guillaume Daoulas, Head of Strategic Marketing, Ynsects, “Ÿnsect & insects : innovative and premium ingredients”
  • Benjamina Bollag, Co-founder and CEO, HigherSteaks, “Growing Meat Products with State-of-the-Art Cell Culture Techniques”
  • Susan L. Holdt, Secretary General, International Seaweed Association, “Extracting Proteins from Seaweed & Commercialising it for Food Applications”
  • Christian Bartsch, CEO / Founder, Essento, “Establishing insect as a food – our success in Switzerland”

You can see the full program and register at the following LINK.

Meet you in Denmark!

Vienna 24th-25th October – Clean Label speech at Starch World Europe

On 24th and 25th October I will be in Vienna for Starch World Europe, a conference organised by CMT and endorsed by Starch Europe, leading trade association for the starch sector in EU.

I will be honored to chair the morning of October 24th and to give my speech about clean labeling meaning and legal issue in the same afternoon.

Here you can see the full program and register. The venue will be the charming NH Hotel Danube city, in the heart of Vienna.

Here below a short description of the main issues discussed, directly from the website.

“With the talks on TTIP still ongoing, EU negotiators have been warned of the potentially damaging impact of increased market access for US maize, starch and ethanol industry. For EU agriculture and those facing additional competition what could be done to improve the EU position and more relevantly, how will this affect EU Starch Industry ?

With EU sweetener production quotas due to be abolished in October 2017, the key question that is being asked is which sweetener will be best placed to meet EU demand. 

Lifting of quotas will also mean more opportunities for starch-based sweeteners with more competition from isoglucose made from corn or wheat.

It is predicted that isoglucose’s share of the EU sweetener market will rise from about 3.5 per cent to more than 10 per cent after 2017. 

With current trends focused on health and wellness, Clean Label Starches are gaining traction on a global level, More food manufacturers are increasingly swapping out chemical modified starches for label friendly alternatives.

Recently Beneo launched their native rice starch – Remypure with no chemical modifications. In June, Avebe also launched their clean label potato starch for meat applications while Ingredion continues to offer its broadest range of clean label starches to the market.

Still there is no clear definition on what constitutes clean label as it can mean different things to different consumers and food manufacturers.

GMO free? No chemical modification? organic certification and sourcing?”