A new event focused on opportunities within the alternative protein world for New Zealand’s primary industries will take place in Auckland next month.
The one day ProteinTech conference will take place at Novotel Auckland Airport hotel in Auckland on 24 July.
Conference director John Stulen says the real story is much more positive than consumers realise. “Our agriculture science and research capability is well-placed to respond,” he says.
Stulen promises a great line-up of technical speakers. “They’ll all be digging much deeper than the media stories to reveal opportunities our research and science experts can see for our highly regarded foods beyond today’s animal-based proteins.”
ProteinTech brings together leaders in primary industries from research and development fields, says Stulen, “These experts have their finger on the pulse of changing food production trends, alongside industry analysts, financiers and key accounting/consulting firms.”
Eleven speakers will focus on the conference theme ‘disruptive innovations in primary industries’ in the programme, which runs from 7.30am through to 5.45pm. There are four sessions: alternative protein – the future for food and farm; New Zealand and the global protein market; threat or opportunity; and what’s next?
Amongst the speakers on the programme are a few names familiar to the red meat sector: Melissa Clark Reyolds, an independent director who also sits on the Beef + Lamb NZ board, will give an insight into global growth of alternative proteins and the challenge for New Zealand; Simon Loveday AgResearch senior scientist for food and bio-based products will study key scientific developments in the field; Blake Holgate (Rabobank’s animal proteins analyst) will talk about the latest trends in the global protein market, B+LNZ marketing innovation manager Lee-Ann Marsh will look at what the developments really mean for traditional meat producers; Landcare will look at the next developments in protein research and development (Graeme Anderson). Commentator Rod Oran will also give his observations on how the Silicon Valley growth model applies to alternative proteins. A panel session will look at ‘Future Food, Future Thinkers’.
The conference is organised by Innovatek, organisers of the annual MobileTech event, sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and supported by Enterprise Angels, Rural Women NZ, Federated Farmers, AWDT and Young Farmers.