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Is Food-Tech the new Bio-Tech?

25th January 2017, London

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Impossible makes burgers from plants. Bitty Foods makes high protein snacks from cricket flour. Hampton Creek makes egg-free (and fat free) mayonnaise. They exist because big food isn’t innovating, and they are not to be ignored: Hampton Creek is the world’s fastest-growing food company, and all three of these mission-driven companies are well funded by some of the biggest names in technology today.

Of course, in today’s food and agriculture business, new entrants are the tip of the change iceberg: digital disruption manifests in consumer health and meal planning apps, in closer supply chains and more efficient food logistics.

How will the increased demand for improved nutritional value of food impact new product development and existing food production? How do new disruptive technologies affect consumer behaviour and change the dynamics for retailer and producer? How do you pro-actively recognise the disruptive trends early-on and adapt accordingly?

Join other leading global food retailers and producers on this essential roundtable as we talk mind-set, technology and financial transformation, and how to survive and thrive when food gets Uber-d.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception & Cocktails
6:30 – 7:05 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies & Keynote Speaker
7:05 – 8:15 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
8:15 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up, closing remarks from ING & Networking

Discussion Topics

  • Effect of new Food technologies on the way you work today
  • The elements of food technology that will change your business model in the future
  • The effect of new technologies on the current boundaries in the value chain/ room for more in-depth collaboration within the value chain?
  • Responding to changing food demand: increased demand for measurable and transparent ingredients (improved nutritional value vs. natural food products), response to lower potential waste streams/recycling and more personalized/ convenient products

Keynote Speaker


Martin Scholten, Director of Wageningen University, the leading global University and Research Center in the field of Food & Agri

Dr. Martin C. Th. Scholten (57), biologist, is Director of the Animal Sciences Group Wageningen University. He works for the Wageningen University since 2002. Graduated cum laude in 1984 at the Free University Amsterdam and earned his PhD in 2004. He introduced the principles “Feeding the world within the capacity of planet earth” and “Livestock farming with care”. Past president of the European livestock innovation platform Animal Task Force (ATF); co-chairman of the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agriculture Greenhouse Gasses; chairman of the Dutch Dairy Campus Board and member of the supervisory board of Sino-Dutch Development Center.

 About ING

With offices in 40 countries and more than 11,000 banking professionals, ING Wholesale Banking provides a broad range of banking services that corporations, multinationals and financial institutions need. Besides lending, payments & cash management and treasury, we also provide tailored banking solutions in areas ranging from corporate finance, leasing and structured finance to commercial finance (factoring), equity markets and debt capital markets. We help clients build successful businesses by understanding their needs, acting as a trusted advisor, executing flawlessly and building long-term relationships.

Sustainability is at the core of our business strategy. We support our corporate clients with their businesses progress towards greater sustainability and we finance projects and developments that support the transition towards a more sustainable future. We help clients cope with challenges in areas such as fuel and energy, and scarcity of resources and commodities.

We believe all sustainable progress is driven by people with the imagination and determination to improve their future and the futures of those around them. We empower people and organizations to realize their own vision – however modest or grand – for a better future. We will keep looking for new ways to make things better with new ideas, new solutions and new approaches that make things easier for our customers.

This is why our purpose is: Empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business.

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