On June 17-18, 400+ world-leading players from the alt-protein industry gathered in the key food-tech hub of Chicago to explore how the diversification of protein can help mitigate the climate crisis, whilst delivering affordable, nutrient-rich food for all.

Throughout an electric two days, delegates and speakers enjoyed influential panels, small group targeted discussions and dynamic pitching sessions, all while sampling the most exciting products coming to market.

Audience Testimonials

“Attending the Future Food-Tech Alternative Protein Summit in Chicago was truly enlightening. The insights gained on how institutions and governments can collaborate to support food innovators, and the potential for Catalonia to offer valuable solutions, have been incredibly inspiring!”

Senior Business Consultant, CATALONIA TRADE & INVESTMENT

“Future Food-Tech Alternative Proteins is a great place to reconnect with my network, meet the next generation of start-ups, and get updated about the latest developments in the space!”

Programme Manager, Proteins For Life, WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY & RESEARCH

“The summit presented an excellent forum to meet new companies entering the industry and reconnect with industry veterans I’ve known for a while in an environment that allows time for meaningful conversation.  The short sessions are great to recap on what’s transpired in the past months and learn what’s on the horizon regarding regulatory and the commercial side of business.  The size of the conference (around 500 people) and the excellent agenda (inclusive of the sessions, networking breaks, and cocktail party) makes it very easy to connect with those you want to meet and also meet new people.”

Managing Director, KINCANNON & REED

“This is the most effective networking event I have ever experienced in my 30 years in the food industry.”

Head of R&D, Americas, ROQUETTE

“Future Food-Tech is a fantastic platform for food innovators. The event is the place to learn and engage in all things future of food, attracting key leaders from across the supply chain and leading to a powerful convergence of ideas, discussions, and connections.”

Managing Partner, BLUESTEIN VENTURES

The Summit in Numbers

Highlights from the Summit Stage

Elevating Sensory Experiences: Prioritizing Formulations to Exceed Taste and Texture Expectation

“As soon as you are talking about sensorial experience, it is so cultural and ingredient suppliers must consider functionality in all aspects.. we must collaborate to find the magic formula to exceed for our consumers.”

Isabelle Routier, Head of Global Customer Technical Service Food & Protein, ROQUETTE

From Idea to Impact: Expanding Route-to-Market Capabilities

“In the food scene right now, we are seeing a lot of traction in Abu Dhabi and this is great because food security is our main priority.”

Hashem Alkaabi, Head of Operations and Corporate Services, HUB71

Mike Kobida, Co-Founder & CEO of Caladan Bio discusses his solution to the industry panelists.
Mike Kobida, Co-Founder & CEO of Caladan Bio discusses his solution with the industry panelists.

Gone in 60 Seconds

Four of the hottest start-ups in the future food-tech space pitched their solution to a panel of judges during the Start-Up Showcase.

Judges:
Nate CrosserPrincipal, BLUE HORIZON
Nathan Cooper
Managing Partner, BARREL VENTURES

Start-ups:
UNCRACKED
CALADAN BIO
LIVESTOCK LABS
HATCHLESS

SEE ALL START-UP PROFILES

Navigating Global Protein Diversification

“We have to diversify our scientific investments and make big bets in food innovation whilst helping consumers consider incorporating alt-protein products into their diet.”

Sanah Baig, Deputy Under Secretary Research, Education & Economics, USDA

 

Boosting Investor Confidence: Adapting Innovative Financing Models to Overcome the Trough of Disillusionment

“AI will be in everything we do, and excitingly, this will transform the alt proteins space for the better.”

Nadav Berger, Managing Partner, PEAKBRIDGE

Consumer Deep Dive: Championing Strategies for Increased Acceptance and Adoption

“The consumers we are trying to reach are no longer just the vegans and vegetarians, it’s the mass market consumers. The mass market want more diversity in their diet in terms of flavours, meals as well as products fitting different eating occasions.” 

Sonia Huppert, Global Innovation Marketing Lead, Re-Imagine Proteins, IFF

Who Joined Us?

Here are just some of the global players and industry leaders who joined us at the Future Food-Tech Alternative Protein summit in 2024: