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Innovation Forum Business Brief ... May 8, 2020


Peter Burgess
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Welcome to the latest Innovation Forum business brief. This week: human rights with recourse

In the latest podcast: Drew Northern from US-based Cook Group describes the importance of establishing effective human rights grievance mechanisms that workers trust. Plus: new EU human rights regulation and actions for the apparel sector to ensure sustainable recover post Covid-19, in the news digest.

Insight from Innovation Forum's audio stream

Tracking food supply chains to develop pandemic response

Bryan Yates, general manager and director of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Orbital Insight, talks with Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh about how study of geospatial data on transportation and food supply can identify the growing pinch points caused by pandemic crisis. Yates outlines how studying these can help business plan to avoid disruption and delay as much as possible.

Farm environmental impact: How innovation can drive more progress in animal agriculture

Webinar: 12th May, 5pm UK/12pm EDT

In this free webinar, experts from Cargill, the Yield Lab and Texas Tech will discuss the pressing need within the food and agriculture industry to ‘do more with less,’ as farmers, ranchers and agribusiness continue to feed a growing population. They will explore the areas of opportunity for farmers to address the sustainability of animal agriculture that are both good for the environment and their bottom line. Sign up here. All registrants will receive the audio recording after the webinar.

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How far will the future be meat-free?

The market for alternatives to meat continues to grow as food sector companies meet consumer demand while also working towards meeting impact goals

The continuing rise of meat alternatives has undoubtedly one of the key recent food trends, as a shift in consumer preferences towards vegetarian and vegan diets continues apace. A big change has been the increasing involvement of high street brands and chains.

For example, coronavirus allowing, this summer Ikea will start serving the new “plant ball”, a meat-free take on its world-famous meatball. Made from yellow pea protein, oats, potatoes, onion and apple, the new menu item is the latest development in the flat-pack furniture giant’s promise to give customers “sustainable alternative” food at its in-store restaurants. The plant ball follows its veggie hotdog, which sold ten million units in the first year after launch.

Fast-food chicken chain KFC recently removed all chicken from its menu for a whole week at a restaurant in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Separately, to mark National Week Without Meat, it served up chicken-less “chicken” crispy tenders and burgers. This led the company’s UK head of food innovation Victoria Robertson to admit that KFC has a... click here for full story

2020 conference series

Please note that all Innovation Forum spring 2020 events will be via a new interactive online platform.

The Future of Food, USA
27th-28th May 2020 This two-day business conference will assess how business can react to consumer trends and expectations, whilst building sustainable, resilient agricultural supply chains. Experts from General Mills, Yum! Brands, Walmart and Sodexo already confirmed. Click here for best-priced confernce passes.

The Future of Food, Europe
2nd-3rd June 2020 This two-day business conference will identify the main areas of opportunity and innovation within the food and beverage industry. Join Unilever, Nestlé, Sime Darby, Ikea, Oxfam and Tiger Brands. Click here to register. Book now to save £100 on two-day conference passes.

Just launched: Sustainable landscapes and commodities forum
4th-5th November 2020
With focus on forests, farming, finance, governance and sourcing, we’ll debate how business can transform supply chains, drive resilience and empower communities. This two-day business conference will showcase real world solutions to the most pressing and urgent challenges in commodity supply chains. Register for passes here.

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