Foodvalley Summit: The Protein Plan(et)

    A global "return" to balance in protein consumption; less animal and more vegetable. During the third international edition of the Foodvalley Summit: The Protein Plan(et) 17 October 2019, food producers, growers, breeders, investors, research institutes and the government came together, in Wageningen (NL) to share solutions, to strengthen the connections between meat, fish, dairy and vegetable and to find new business partners. This edition was an initiative of Foodvalley NL in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research, KeyGene and The Protein Cluster.


    The Summit took place at Hotel and Congress centre the Wageningsche Berg, a 4-star hotel situated on the edge of Wageningen in The Netherlands.


    Most of the presentations have been made available to the public. Click here to see the presentations.


    Find below the full program of the Foodvalley Summit: The Protein Plan(et) as well as the list of speakers.

    08.30 Registration


    09.30 – 11.00 Official opening, The Protein Puzzle
    A holistic view on the global protein challenge, addressing the current state of the transition and global best practices.


    Moderator: Jeroen Willemsen | The Protein Cluster

    • Stacy Pyett | Wageningen University & Research
    • Chris Kerr | Good Catch (USA)
    • Chris Anderson | Protein Industries Canada (Canada)
    • Ruud Zanders | Kipster

    With a company pitch from Brad Vanstone | Plant Based Cheese


    11.00 – 11.30 Break


    11.30 – 12.30 The Soil for Transition
    On the urgency of investing in local plant protein breeding programs, soil fertility and biodiversity, to ensure a future-proof protein match between supply and demand.


    Moderator: Jeroen Willemsen | The Protein Cluster

    • Ken Giller | Wageningen University & Research
    • Anker Sørensen | KeyGene
    • William Pillinger & Ton Wouda| Limagrain
    • Ingrid van der Meer | Wageningen University & Research


    12.30 – 14.00 Interactive Lunch Break

    Taste | with chef Erik te Velthuis | Olympic Training Centre Papendal

    Experience  | Meet and interact with interesting protein experts

    Connect  | Matchmaking by Enterprise Europe Network


    14.00 – 15.00 Parallel Sessions


    The Best of Both Worlds
    How do animals fit in the protein puzzle? Towards a new, healthy and sustainable balance in which plant and animal sources fit in.


    Moderator: Jeroen Willemsen | The Protein Cluster

    • Fred van de Velde | NIZO
    • Evelien de Olde | Wageningen University & Research
    • Ruud Tijssens | Agrifirm

    With company pitches from Sander Peltenburg | De Krekerij, Fabiola Neitzel & Anjani Nayak | SWAP


    Towards the New Normal
    Reaching out to all consumers, respecting their routines and habits, is key in changing consumer habits and creating a new (or old?) normal.


    Moderator: Stacy Pyett | Wageningen University & Research

    • Michiel de Krom | PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
    • Emely de Vet | Wageningen University & Research
    • Nicolas Hartmann | VlyFoods (Germany)

    With company pitches from Cornelis Mijnders | Dutch DNA Biotech, Corjan van den Berg | FUMI Ingredients, Bo Schipper & Gorbi Logeswaranathan | GrainGain

    15.00-15.30 Break


    15.30 – 17.00 Moving Up Gears
    Globally operating organizations reveal how they contribute to the rapidly accelerating protein transition.


    Moderator: Jeroen Willemsen | The Protein Cluster

    • Victor Friedberg | FoodShot Global (USA)
    • Laurent Genet | Nutreco
    • Annemarie Swijtink & Jeroen Dekkers | McDonald's
    • Harry Aiking | VU University

    With company pitches from Mathijs Huis in 't Veld | Jack Bean, Mattèo Piano | Innogusto


    17.00 Netwerk Reception 


    18.00 End of program

    B2B Match

    During the summit, Enterprise Europe Network provided an international B2B Matchmaking Service to find business/R&D/technology cooperation partners. Summit visitors had the opportunity to create a free-of-charge ‘search’ account which enabled them to make appointments (with other companies), via both the website and the app, before and during the summit.


    The Foodvalley Summit offered food and agri companies with focus on protein an excellent platform to showcase their brand, launch new products, expand relationships and engage with food producers, growers, breeders, investors, research institutes and the government. Companies present at the Summit were:


    Global leader in the development of unique and unexpected scents, tastes, experiences and ingredients for products of every kind - from global icons, to boutique creations. Together we can pioneer beyond taste technologies; to develop innovative and sustainable plant-based food and drink products without compromising on taste, texture and protein content. 
    Rubisco Foods is a Dutch food company that develops new plant-based food ingredients, with a specialization in the production of water lentil protein gels and powders. Rubsico Foods have a unique patented technology to produce plant-based food ingredients that contain all original nutritional and functional benefits.
    NARO is the core institute in Japan for conducting research and development on agriculture and food. The overall mission is to contribute to the development of society through innovations in agriculture and food, by promoting pioneering and fundamental R&D. NARO and Wageningen University and Research have a strong relationship.
    A fast food restaurant with a difference. It aims to bring healthy plant-based food to a wider audience by making it tasty, convenient and affordable. Taste the ultimate the ultimate burger is Jack Bean’s circular masterpiece. The patty consists of leftover beans and grains that are still perfectly edible. It also contains the pulp of our fresh pressed juices.
    Bio-Connect supplies laboratory reagents in the Benelux. The portfolio includes assay kits, bio-chemicals, antibiotics, enzymes and qPCR mixes. Bio-Connect supplies products for food analysis, GMO and safety tests useful in any laboratory. Other focus area’s include metabolism, obesity and diabetes research. Foodvalley Members benefit from special discounts.
    TOP bv is a service provider specialized in practical innovation for the food industry. TOP bv works for and with food producers and equipment manufacturers from all over the world. For their clients and partners TOP bv designs and implements unique and useful innovations.
    Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is contract research organisation with focus on applied research for sustainable innovations in healthy food, fresh food chains and biobased products.
    The crop innovation company for higher crop yield & quality. With intellectual capital, solution driven approach and collaborative spirit, KeyGene works for the future of global agriculture with partners in the AgriFood sector.
    Innogusto is a startup founded in 2018 by Carola and Mattèo Piano with a particular focus on developing gastronomic dishes based on meat substitutes, intending to appeal to absolutely everyone (vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and meat lovers).
    GreenFood50 based in Wageningen, The Netherlands is the leading specialist in innovative quinoa ingredients for tasty, sustainable, affordable & healthy food for a growing world population. These quinoa ingredients are produced from locally cultivated quinoa seeds.
    Phycom is one of Europe’s largest and most innovative producers of algae. Based on decades of experience in the biotech sector, Phycom has developed a sustainable and completely closed production system. Phycom’s cultivation techniques and process technology are highly innovative on the international market. The result is high-quality, food-safe microalgae with superior purity and consistent quality.
    A startup with the mission to make crickets and grasshoppers part of our diet before 2030. Taste the Krekancini, a snack with the unique, savory taste of crickets.
    Vegafit has a large assortment of 100% plantbased products with for with for example nuggets, cordon bleu, burgers, falafel and minced meat. All products are palm oil free and rich in nutrients.
    Herba Ingredients is specialized in natural and gluten-free rice ingredients of the highest quality. Herba Ingredinents offers allergen-free pulse and cereal ingredients as well.
    Mitsubishi Corporation Life Sciences Europe offers innovative, safe, healthy, functional ingredients and flavourings that satisfy our customer’s needs.
    Would you like to expand your protein business in Foodvalley? Oost NL (East Netherlands Development Agency) as partner of Invest in Holland offers  ‘soft landing’ services for companies expanding their business into this ‘Silicon Valley of Food’. Free Information and Services | Tailored Fact-Finding and Introductions | Confidential Guidance and Counsel.
    Hammer provides market and competitive intelligence to support decision making. Hammer also conducts market research in the field of (alternatives for) dairy and vegetable proteins.
    Peas of Heaven is a new plant-based brand with 12 products based on pea-protein. We aim to make the transition from meat based products to plant based products easier for everyone by making our products´ taste, look and texture similar to ordinary meat based products.
    Creating sustainable 100% chemical free superfood products from wasted rice byproduct that is nutrient dense and has proven effects on some diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia.
    An Amsterdam-based vegan cheese maker producing a vegan ricotta, a vegan parm, a vegan blue cheese and a vegan goats' cheese.
    Vlyfoods is on mission to accelerate the transition from animal to plant proteins. The VLY milk has 50% more protein than cow’s milk, no saturated fats and no carbs or sugar. It’s the first milk that truly beats dairy milk in terms of macronutrients.
    BIC Protein produces vegetable flours for the food, pharma and feed industry. Besides soy flours in organic, defatted and full fat qualities BIC is extending the product portfolio with faba protein and other vegetable proteins. In partnership with our customers BIC produces tailored blends to meet specific needs.
    The global platform for ingredient suppliers, food manufacturers, retailers, caterers and other stakeholders seeking ready to use plant-based, vegan or vegetarian  solutions.
    With more than 25 years' experience in developing and producing plant-based protein food, Schouten delivers top quality in 50 countries. Schouten is the veggie food partner for major European retailers as well as for smaller food specialists.