First speakers announced! Hear from Tony’s Chocolonely, FAO, Mintel and more

By Flora Southey

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Join us at Climate Smart Food 24-26 September 2024. Registration now open.
Join us at Climate Smart Food 24-26 September 2024. Registration now open.

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Climate Smart Food is returning for its fourth year, and we’re thrilled to announce the first round of speakers…

FoodNavigator is pleased to announce its Climate Smart Food​ digital summit is returning in 2024, to be broadcast 24 – 26 September 2024​. The free-to-attend event is open for registrations now.

Over three days, from 2pm-5pm CEST, we’ll be asking how the food industry can not just survive​, but also thrive​, in the face of the climate challenge.

Today, we’re announcing our first round of speakers, which include representatives from Tony’s Chocolonely​, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization​, and Mintel​.

  • Katie Sims​, 5 Sourcing Principles Lead at Tony’s Chocoloney, ​will be sharing insights on how best to futureproof the cocoa supply chain in the face of climate change;
  • Mphumuzi Sukati​, Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer at the FAO, ​will be discussing the potential for orphan crops – or forgotten foods – to feed populations;
  • Alice Pilkington​, Senior Global Food and Drink Analyst at Mintel​, will be weighing up whether the hybrid meat and dairy categories have legs;
  • Romain Zanna-Bellegarde​, Head of Loop ​France, will delve into the ‘reuse’ element of packaging sustainability;
  • And we’ll be asking The Consumer Goods Forum ​how the food industry can reduce food waste across the supply chain.

What’s on the programme?

24 September: Decarbonising supply chains at the source

Food majors are under increasing pressure to stamp out irresponsible practices from ingredient supply chains. But voluntary measures have only got the sector so far, and policymakers are stepping in. While Europe races to comply with incoming regulations, rising global temperatures are plaguing production of key commodities cocoa, coffee and sugar. Can decarbonisation practices be embedded at the source before it’s too late?

Day 1 of Climate Smart Food will cover:

  • Preparing for EUDR: Is Europe ready for incoming deforestation regulation?
  • Futureproofing cocoa, coffee and sugar against climate change
  • Sowing biodiversity into food supply chains: Challenges and opportunities

25 September: Eco-friendly production from farm to fork

Ensuring sustainable nutrition from farm to fork requires significant change. In a bid to champion resource efficiency, the agricultural sector is rethinking farming practices for the 21st​ century. And it’s not just agtech promising to deliver; food waste and upcycling are also on food makers’ radar, with valorisation the aim of the game. But improving sustainability can come with a hefty price tag and someone’s got to foot the bill. Amid a cost-of-living crisis, can consumers afford to eat ‘green’?

  • Upcycling ingredients: Risks and opportunities of turning trash into treasure
  • How can brands help promote sustainable consumption choices?
  • Agtech solutions promising to boost resilience of food production – hosted by

26 September: New tech and novel ingredients for a sustainable future

Technological innovations, including those tackling packaging waste, promise to move the needle on carbon emissions. So too do novel ingredients, which have the power to significantly improve the sustainability of everyday products. But not all innovations are on the market, and tight investor budgets could see trailblazers struggle to reach the regulatory stage. Which new ingredients and technologies will go the distance to truly transform what and how we eat?

Day 3 of Climate Smart Food will cover:

  • Packaging solutions for the circular economy
  • The hybrid potential in meat and dairy
  • Building a market for new ingredients: From stem cells to microbes and ‘food from air’

Is 24-26 September ​blocked out in your diary? The event is free to attend​ and registration is now open​. We look forward to welcoming you to our digital stage!

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