2nd Plant Based Foods Summit reveals promising pathways towards sustainable future

Continues to live up to its promise of being a game-changer for the industry

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) came together to present the biggest 2nd Plant-Based Foods Summit organised by Plant Based Foods Industry Association (PBFIA) at Hotel Le Meridien, Windsor Place, New Delhi, on 25th May.

The principal sponsor of the summit was US Soybean Export Council. One of the highlights of the summit was the “Pitch Perfect” Investors Show, which gave companies the opportunity to pitch their brand to potential investors globally and secure funding. The show aimed to target investors and strategic partners from the plant-based foods sector.

The Guests of Honour at the summit were Maneka Gandhi (Member of Parliament) and Dr Amar Patnaik (Member of Parliament). Maneka brought a unique perspective for the growth path of this sunrise industry. She believes that the industry cannot succeed without every player turning a profit. And for that to happen, we must enable as many people as possible to develop a taste for plant-based foods. To do this, one of her suggestions was to work with restaurants and caterers, encouraging them to include at least 1-2 plant-based food options in their menu.

According to Jasmijn De Boo, CEO, ProVeg International, CMI research is projecting that by 2030, Indian plant-based dairy will reach Rs 106 billion by 2030 and plant-based eggs will reach Rs 14 billion. 

The summit also featured a report launch titled, “Future is Green: Opportunities in the Plant Based Foods Sector” written by Renub Research in collaboration with PBFIA, in the presence of Mr Anurag Saurabh, Project Consultant, Renub Research and “The Live Culinary Show” by professional chefs such as Chef Dr Gautam Chaudhry, Chef Sanjay Agarwal, Chef Anirudh Sethi, Chef Bharat Khemani, Chef Somnath Porel, Chef Tarun Kumar, Chef Dr. Prem Ram, and Chef Seitu Gupta who demonstrated innovative plant-based recipes, providing inspiration and new product ideas.

In addition to this, the summit showcased an exhibition of plant-based foods from various companies and startups and featured a conference with immersive sessions by industry experts as keynote speakers, policymakers, the HoReCa community, academia, etc., that provided insights into the latest trends, innovations, and the future of the plant-based foods industry.

The participants included Continental Greenbird, Nutricircle, Brenntag, Sanitech Engineers, Blue Tribe Foods, Vezlay, Pall Corporation, Shaka Harry, Evolved Foods and many more. Brenntag, Norex, Blue Tribe, Novozymes, Praj, Shaka Harry, Evolved Foods, Celcius Logistics, Plantaway, Vezlay, Pall Corporation, Soupherb, Marine Hydrocolloids, Relsus, Hello Tempayy (Vegolution), Get Sain, 1ness, White Cub, So Good, India ExpoMart, Seaspire, Veganta, Odd burgers, Symrise and more.

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