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The online event will feature key industry figures discussing significant international start-ups and product launches in the plant-based food sector.

A morning panel featuring Zak Weston, foodservice and supply chain manager for the Good Food Institute, and Edward Bergen, global food & drink analyst for Mintel, will highlight emerging foodservice and retail trends.

The panel will also discuss the potential for plant-based meat and offer essential insight for companies looking to carve out a niche in the face of intense competition.

Other scheduled panel discussions tackle plant-based production issues and the challenges of expanding from meat into veg, anticipating retailers’ requirements and how plant-based products can deliver nutritionally.

The event will also offer a processor’s perspective, with Ralph Langholz, head of alternative proteins at Micarna, outlining his company’s approach to plant-based production and its strategy for making the most of market opportunities.

Elsewhere on the agenda are in-depth sessions addressing current technical and operational challenges inherent in creating plant-based meat and dairy placements and examining the functional and nutritional options open to processors targeting vegans.

A retail perspective on the plant-based market will be delivered by James Fisher, lead product developer, convenience meals, Marks & Spencer. He will be looking at the insights that retail customers can offer manufacturers, and how suppliers can work with customers to deliver mutual benefits.

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