Program

The 2022 FoodNavigator-USA Digital Summit will consist of three category focused events.
Each session will include dynamic presentations, fireside chats and panel discussions with stakeholders from across the supply chain.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

FOOD TECH IN FOCUS: Sustainable Sourcing for Colors, Flavors, and Sweeteners; and plotting a future for dairy… without cows

Time: 11am CT, Chicago - 12.45pm CT, Chicago

Our opening ‘ biosynthesis ’ panel will explore where it makes sense to extract flavors, colors, sweeteners and bioactives from plants and where it might be more efficient - and sustainable – to use microbial fermentation, new cell-free approaches, or plant cell culture.

Our second panel – ‘ Dairy 2.0 ’ - will explore developments in plant-based dairy and delve into the next generation of ‘animal-free dairy products.

FOOD TECH IN FOCUS: The Future of Meat

Time: 1.30pm CT, Chicago - 3.00pm CT, Chicago

Meat 2.0: With weaker than expected retail sales in the US alt-meat segment prompting some serious soul-searching, what does the future hold for meat alternatives, what will distinguish the winners from the losers in the category, and how do consumers feel about the next generation of meat, from fungi-based steaks to plant-based bacon? We’ll also delve into the science and economics of cultivated (cell-cultured) meat

View the Agenda for Day 1


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

FOOD AS MEDICINE: Upgrading the Western Diet

Time: 11am CT, Chicago - 12.30pm CT, Chicago

The western diet is wreaking havoc with our microbiome and our metabolic system, so how can we shift consumption patterns in a healthier direction, from produce prescriptions and personalized nutrition to integrating nutrition into the healthcare system?

FOOD AS MEDICINE: Hot & Emerging Functional Ingredients

Time: 1.30pm CT, Chicago - 3.00pm CT, Chicago

COVID-19 has accelerated interest in foods and beverages that support the immune system, with scores of brands now seeking to fortify their shots, beverages, and snacks with medicinal mushrooms, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, botanicals, and other functional ingredients claimed to support the body’s natural defenses. We explore what consumers are looking for, which ingredients brands are looking to, and which are fads vs sustainable trends.

View the Agenda for Day 2


Thursday, November 17, 2022

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: What does Sustainable Sourcing Really Mean?

Time: 11am CT, Chicago - 12.45pm CT, Chicago

Our first panel - the Climate Smart Roadmap - explores everything from ‘carbon-neutral’ and ‘sustainably-sourced’ claims to ‘climate-friendly,’ ‘regeneratively-farmed’ and ‘zero-waste.’ But how do industry buyers – and consumers – assess these claims, make meaningful comparisons between products in the same category, and stay alert to the ever-present threat of greenwashing?

Our second panel – on sustainable packaging – explores the progress the industry is making on reducing the environmental impact of food packaging.

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: Food Waste & Upcycling in Focus

Time: 1.30pm CT, Chicago - 3.00pm CT, Chicago

Our first session – on food waste – looks at how waste is generated at every level of the food supply chain, from produce that never makes it off the farm to byproducts of industrial food production and asks how food companies can reduce the waste they produce and divert waste from landfill to be reused, recycled, or composted.

Our final session explores the latest developments in upcycled foods and ingredients.

View the Agenda for Day 3