Food Innovation Network Winter 2019 Newsletter

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Food Innovation Network newsletter, Winter 2019 – GLOBAL TABLE special
Growing the sector and fostering innovation
Welcome to the Winter edition of the Food Innovation Network newsletter. This edition is a Global Table Special:

  • What is Global Table?
  • international key note speakers
  • Victorian Government Hub and the Food Innovation Network – how you can get involved
What is Global Table?
Global Table is a multi-faceted, interactive event focused on solving our biggest food challenges and creating tomorrow’s breakthroughs. The three-day conference will include more than 30 themes with both Australian and international speakers who will discuss their work and offer solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges. Topics will explore every aspect of the agribusiness chain from farm to fork, including precision agriculture, traceability, artificial intelligence, the circular economy, market insights, export environment, trade and investment and open innovation.

Over 150 speakers will come from institutions, accelerators, start-ups, restaurants and companies around the world to bring their cutting-edge ideas to a dynamic stage.

When: Tuesday 3 September – Friday 6 September 2019
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Flemington, Melbourne

The Global Table program includes international keynote speakers (featured below), an innovation expo, a trade zone and field trips. See the full Global Table program here.

The Innovation Expo is a three-day expo where start-ups, technology and innovative companies can showcase their solutions for the agrifood chain. Innovation creates opportunities to explore trends, develop products, and discover new technology.

The Trade Zone brings buyers and sellers together and includes buyer-supplier meetings, workshops and a showcase of Australian exporting companies make it easy to do business. Further details here.

Global Table has partnered with Seeds&Chips, an international food innovation event held annually in Europe and the US. For the first time, Seeds&Chips are bringing the Innovation Summit to Australia under the Global Table banner.

International key note speakers
Secretary John F. Kerry (USA), 68th Secretary of State

John Kerry served as Secretary of State of the United States from 2013 to 2017. During this time, he was a key architect of the 2016 Paris Climate Accord to reduce carbon emissions and instrumental to the United States signing the historic agreement. A United States Senator since 1984, Kerry became Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009, assuming a leadership role on key foreign policy and national security issues, including climate change.

See Secretary John F. Kerry on Tuesday 3 September, 10:00am-11:00am

Dr Howard-Yana Shapiro (USA), Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars 

Shapiro’s lifetime of work in plant genetics and the food industry is reflected in his role as Senior Fellow, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis, as well as a Distinguished Fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi and a Scientific Advisor, MIT Media Lab in Cambridge.
A highly regarded world leader in this space, Shapiro is the author of five books, many articles and dozens of interviews. He speaks regularly on the need for innovation in agricultural production.

See Dr Shapiro on Wednesday 4 September, 9:15am-10:00am

Shama Sukul Lee, founder and CEO of SunfedShama Sukul Lee, founder and CEO of Sunfed

Sukul Lee, a software engineer turned food technology entrepreneur, is reimagining the food system, starting with meat. Her breakthrough company uses clean technology to make  meat without the animal, with debut product Chicken Free Chicken becoming a runaway success.

Next up for Sunfed is developing new products, including beef and bacon, along with continuing its expansion out of Australasia to the rest of the world.

See Shama Sukul Lee on Thursday 5 September, 9:15am-10:00am

Global Table Victorian Government Hub and the Food Innovation Network – how you can get involved
The Victorian Government Hub is a dedicated space for Victorian businesses to network, engage and collaborate. The Hub will feature dedicated events including pitch sessions with start-ups and fireside chats with international speakers.

Beanstalk, in partnership with the Food Innovation Network, is supporting the best and brightest innovators from across the globe to pitch their company to an international audience. There will be five company pitches in each of the following areas:

Emerging: You have a break-through agri-food product or service that is proven with some early wins.

Scale-up: You have a clear business model for your agri-food product or service, paying customers, and ready to go global.

SMEs & Partnerships: You are a high growth agrifood SME ready for large scale investment and/or major commercial partnerships.

The Victorian Government is coordinating a series of Fireside Chats in the Innovation Precinct. Fireside Chats are informal discussions with keynote speakers. The establishment of the Fireside Chat series is an exciting Victorian Government initiative that recognises that industry participants at Global Table are interested in specific stories, experiences and insights from international keynote and conference speakers in an intimate environment.  These will be hosted at the Victorian Government stand and accommodate up to 30 people. Registrations will be via the app, when it goes online two weeks prior to the event.

The program themes for the five Fireside chats are:
1. Health on a shelf (Brigette Wolf, Mondelez)
2. Genomics and Gene Editing (Howard Shapiro, Mars)
3. Alternative Proteins (Shama Sukul-Lee, Sunfed Meats)
4. Global Innovation Ecosystem (Michael Dean, AgFunder)
5. Corporate Open Innovation Models (Gerrado Mazzeo, Nestle)
6. Medicinal Cannabis (Peter Crock, Cann Group)

See al the details in the Agenda

Email us at with any queries on Global Table

Please look out for the next newsletter in your Inbox in Spring 2019.
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