The food industry is changing in front of our very eyes. Retail and restaurant chains along with food producers discovered business potential in the growing plant-forward trend. Flexitarianism, meat alternatives - these terms are changed by all the cases in the industry media. Plant-Powered Perspectives is a space for discussion about the future of the food industry in Poland, but also on a global scale.
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The first edition of Plant-Powered Perspectives has proven a strong need for expertise, experience sharing and deepened discussion on new product solutions for consumers of today, and those from the future. The Plant-Powered Perspectives conference is an event for:
FMCG and HoReCa industry representatives
meat industry representatives looking for new solutions
food and foodtech startups
investors and everyone involved in food industry innovation eco-systems
trend observers and innovators
institutions that want to stay up to date with the latest trends
everyone interested in food industry and the growing popularity of plant-based products
Cook, plant-based eating ambassador and author. Marta is known as the author of the blog Jadłonomia.com and the author two books under the same title. Her books have been sold in over half a million copies. She runs her own culinary program "Zielona Rewolucja" at Kuchnia+ and cooperates with the press. On a daily basis, he is involved in all activities that can help spread vegan and vegetarian message, especially among those not yet fully convinced.
Co-owns Dobra Kaloria brand and Kubara sp. z o.o - a family-run business. She is responsible for brand communication and takes part in the implementation of new products. She put so much heart into the introduction of plant-based meatballs and burgers to the market that she wonders whether they are still vegan. Privately, a mother of three sons and a vegetarian for 6 years, cooking veggies in industrial quantities for her large family.
Weronika coordinates RoślinnieJemy, a nationwide social-business campaign which enables individuals and organisations to discover the potential of plant-based diets and products. Together with her creative team, she cooperates with food industry brands, non-profits and media in order to increase the availability of plant-based offerings in Poland. Prior to RoślinnieJemy She’s been working at Food Brand marketing agency as a marketing manager and Mediadem Consulting as social media content executive.
Partner and co-founder at the Food Law Centre. He advises food industry entrepreneurs on food law, specializing in legal services for trade relations on the food market and in regulatory issues of Polish and European food law. He completed legal training at the Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw, graduated from the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics at University of Wrocław, PhD studies at the Faculty of National Economy, University of Economics in Wrocław and Board of Continuing Education Faculty of Law - Center for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge.
Founder of the Szkoła Na Widelcu Foundation, owner of Food Lab Studio, cook, host of the Top Chef Poland, #RoslinnePoniedziałki (Plant-based Mondays) ambassador.
Elliot is a Senior Scientist with The Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit organization accelerating innovative strategies toward creating a healthy, humane, and sustainable food supply via plant-based and cell-based meat, egg, and dairy technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA where he worked with induced pluripotent stem cells to model neuromuscular disease and has experience consulting start-ups in the biotech industry involved in drug discovery for neurodegenerative disease. Elliot's work at GFI focuses on analyzing core technology areas and driving key GFI-sponsored research projects in cell-based meat.
Jerome has more than 20 years of experience in the food and hospitality business and has worked in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Dubai and Singapore. Over two years ago now, he made the conscious decision to adopt a vegan lifestyle. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to change the landscape in the hotel and restaurant industry. In the capacity of Director of Food & Beverage for Grand Hyatt Singapore, he was the first to successfully launch the Beyond Burger, JUST Egg, Omnipork and Beyond Sausage in South East Asia. Since May 2019, he has been leading International Business Development for Foods For Tomorrow. Jerome will launch the startup’s star product, Heura, in Singapore, Hong Kong, the Benelux, the UK, Italy, Chile and Mexico before the end of the year.
Angel investor, advisor and entrepreneur with background in consumer internet and ecommerce. Founder of FFN Ventures, which is investing in plant-based food companies in Asia Pacific and helping startups grow and expand in the region. Author of Future Food Now, a digital newsletter covering plant-based and cell-based industries in APAC.
She defines herself as 98% plant-based. She’s a vegan chef with a deep affair for Polish, Arabic and Asian cuisine. She’s currently a head chef at Warsaw’s Cafe Havana. Maria did her internship at Noma and acts as Roślinne Poniedziałki (Plant-powered Mondays) ambassador.
Brian Wyrwas is the Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of Finless Foods. His background encompasses Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. At Weil Cornell Medical College his scientific research was based in the field of endocrine oncology, with a focus in the primary culture of cells that experience uncontrolled growth for therapeutic interventions. These interventions included small molecule inhibitors, combinatory therapeutics, as well as CART therapy. Brian’s passion at Finless Foods stems from systematically tackling one of the most unique and perplexing scientific puzzles he has ever encountered.
Co-founder and Board President at Polsoja. She knows practically everything about the plant-based meat alternatives category, since she has started building it when hardly anyone in Poland has ever heard of veganism. Thanks to her determination was it possible to develop and market now legendary soy sausages. She's been vegetarian for over 20 years and since two years has turned vegan. Lover of Asian culture and cuisine.
We will announce the rest of the speakers in the near future
Chefs for Change dinner with the lecturers of the Plant-Powered Perspectives conference.
During the opening session session we will undertake a review of the latest trends in the plant-based food and future food production - from business and investment perspective, but also taking marketing or social aspects into account
During this session we will explore food industry and its reactions to the growing interest in meat alternatives. Based on our recent public opinion survey, we know that the most important for consumers in Poland are the health benefits of their consumption, taste similar or better than meat, competitive price, nutritional value, including protein content. 73% of Poles are ready to limit meat consumption in favour of plant-based alternatives if such products meet the above criteria. What does the food industry have to say about this?
Session on the wider future of food, food security, mainly focused on clean meat (meat obtained from cell culture). The aim of the session is to indicate possible scenarios for the future and to draw the attention of Polish innovators to issues related to mobile agriculture.
Restaurant panel, in which we will summarize the last year in the restaurant industry, we will draw attention to the most interesting solutions and the change in the attitude of gastronomy to plant cuisine. We will also talk about numbers - does the plant trend pay off?
In the panel on Food Service we will discuss issues related to the implementation of systemic changes on a large scale - we invited the largest operators from the Food Service sector to share their reflections, attempts to relate global trends to the Polish market.
Here comes the second edition of Plant-Powered Pitching - a space for young entrepreneurs full of innovative ideas for solving the most pressing problems of the global food production system. This year's pitching is organized with support from Foodtech.ac. Five selected start-ups that will present their ideas on stage. Registration starts soon!
Plant-Powered Perspectives is an event that not only stimulates discussion about changes in the food industry, but also aims to provide participants with specific tools and skills to better respond to them. The second day of the conference is a workshop / seminar day. We have planned the following activities:
We treat the subject of the future of food as a priority - that is why we address the plenary session on the subject of cellular meat to representatives of the world of science. The invited speakers will present the topic/opportunities/potential challenges in the process of work on the so-called clean meat. Together we will try to answer the question: will cellular meat change the image of the food production system?
The event will be translated simultaneously.
Roślinniejemy is a business & social campaign working both at industry and consumer level. We are serving as experts in plant-based diet and business for companies and amplifying the vegan trend in Poland. Cooperation with major food industry brands, lifestyle and professional media as well as major Polish food influencers is our main focus.
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