Future Food-Tech is a key discovery platform to meet exciting early-stage food-tech companies seeking new connections, investment and collaborations among the investment and global food-tech community.

Innovation Challenges

In the run up to the summit, Givaudan and Danone North America each set an innovation challenge for start-ups, asking for solutions to tackle a critical challenge it is facing. Finalists presented their ideas to senior executives at the companies, who came together for a short discussion and follow-up questions before the winners are crowned.

THE CHALLENGE: Natural Ingredients that Support Immunity, Energy and Sleep

For consumers around the world, health has taken center stage, with challenges that range from pandemics and stress, to performance pressure at both work and at home. Givaudan Taste & Wellbeing strives to support all aspects of healthfulness with its Health Essentials and Wellness Essentials, a selection of natural solutions that meet many of today’s most common health needs, including immune system support, mind, energy and wellbeing.

In this challenge Givaudan is looking for science-driven start-ups who are working on natural, clean label ingredients for use in food that support consumers by boosting immunity, energy, and sleep.


THE CHALLENGE: Technologies to Improve the Texture and Melting Properties of Plant-Based Cheese

Danone North America is looking to grow its plant-based cheese category, and one of the main challenges it is experiencing is delivering the texture and melting properties associated with traditional dairy.

Its innovation and R&D team is therefore looking for technologies that deliver more functionality to cheese alternatives; replicating its stretch and melting properties. The types of cheeses Danone North America is interested in are shredded or sliced cheeses such as cheddar or mozzarella, that are more widely consumed, not artisan cheeses.


Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone in 60 Seconds at Future Food-Tech is a great opportunity for early-stage food-tech companies to showcase their technology or solution to our audience of global food businesses, technology integrators and VC investors.

Early-stage technology companies presented and revealed its potential in just 60 seconds. The audience voted for their three favorites who delivered a full pitch later at the summit and took questions from our panel of investor ‘sharks’ and the summit audience.

Hear from our Start-Ups

“Future Food Tech is the number one event in the sector as far as I am concerned. It is my personal favorite not only because it provides the best possible exposure to professionals, investors and partners but also because they have the best team that puts in real effort to make the event impactful for you and your start-up.” Co-Founder and CEO, YO EGG

“The team from Future Food-Tech were professional and fun to work with! They gave an international platform to a young start-up from South Africa that resulted in good leads and great coverage. To date it was one of the better conferences attended and the pitch platform was awesome. I am looking forward to being at the next – hopefully in person!” CEO, MZANSI MEAT CO

“Speaking at the Future Food Tech Summit allowed Aqua Cultured Foods to showcase our fermentation based alternative seafood and increased our visibility exponentially. We have had many conversations with potential partners that I can directly tie to the opportunity that I received by participating in the summit.” Co-Founder and CEO, AQUA CULTURED FOODS

“Thank you Future Food-Tech for the exposure and recognition we received following the participation in your virtual summit. We acknowledge your contribution to the food tech community, may we all stride forward together.” CEO and Co-Founder, SAVOREAT

“Future Food-Tech’s virtual conference allowed us to present MeliBio’s technology for producing real honey without bees. The organizers did an amazing job connecting start-ups with potential partners, clients and investors. We are looking forward to any future opportunities close to our community gathered by the Future Food-Tech team.” CEO and Co-Founder, MELIBIO

“The conference was extremely helpful for our start-up to get exposure to the top corporates and investors looking for the latest innovation in the food space. We also had the opportunity to connect with industry experts that provided us great insights.

If you are a food-tech start-up, Future Food-Tech is the event you need to attend.” CEO, MICHROMA

“During the virtual summit I was able to meet the most relevant R&D and Innovation Directors from global companies over video, which was a great opportunity in such challenging times.” CEO, INNOVOPRO

“The virtual Future Food-Tech Summit in September was a great opportunity to connect with health and food enthusiasts. Great conversations and valuable connections!” Founder & CEO, LOEWI