30-31 July 2019, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
ProteinTECH 2019 is coming! ProteinTECH covers what alternative protein means for the New Zealand primary industries and what opportunities we have to get on board with these new technologies. New Zealand already has a high export value market, and now there is the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation and development in this sector.

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Event Details

What is ProteinTECH?

Climate change, carbon emissions and animal welfare have all become highly conscious issues for the current generations, affecting every industry across the globe - including food. In recent years, a new “clean-food” industry has developed to combat these issues, and is growing exponentially into a lucrative business opportunity for farmers and developers alike. New items on the menu include meat made from plant-protein, chicken and beef grown from self-producing cells, and chicken made from pea protein.

ProteinTECH 2018 covered what this means for the New Zealand primary industries and what opportunities we have to get on board with these new technologies. New Zealand already has a high export value market, and now there is the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation and development in this sector. This one-day conference was aimed at people in the food production and farming industries, as well as those who have an interest or expertise in emerging food technologies.

The 2019 event will delve deeper into New Zealand's response to the growing alternative protein market. This is an event you will not want to miss!

Who Attends?

The New Zealand agribusiness and food production industries, including:

  • Agribusiness consultants
  • Food science researchers
  • Industry analysts
  • Food technology managers
  • Food science consultants
  • Food industry pioneers
  • Agribusiness technology suppliers
  • Key suppliers to agribusiness and food science operations
  • Corporate food & ingredient companies
  • Agri and horticultural providers

Event Programme

Conference Day 1 | 30 July 2019

12:00pmRegistration Opens - Tea, Coffee and Networking
12:50pmWelcome and Introduction
John Stulen - Director, Innovatek
SESSION 1: KEYNOTE ADDRESSES - The Agriculture & Protein Ecosystem
1:10pm1:1 Reinventing Paradise - Setting the Scene
Rod Oram - MC & Journalist, Professional Coach Fellow at Edmund Hillary Fellowship
1:35pm1:2 International Guest Speaker. The Future of Protein: A Common Agricultural Revolution
Barnett Sporkin-Morrison – Agricultural Economist
2:15pm1:3 Re-imagining meat: Australia & New Zealand's next food frontier
Thomas King - CEO, Food Frontier
2:45pmQ&A Session
3:00pmAfternoon Tea & Networking
SESSION 2: International Agreements & Climate Change Legislation
3:30pm2:1 The Future of Agriculture in the Emerging Regulatory Environment
Guy Salmon - Executive Director, Ecologic
4:00pm2:2 A Vision for the New Zealand Food and Fibre Sector
Lain Jager - Chairman of the Primary Sector Council
4:30pm2:3 The Carbon Sequestration Aspects of Grazing Animals in NZ: The Consumer Demand and Human Health.
Phyllis Tichinin - Owner of True Health, Eco-Nutritionist and Environmental Advocate
5:00pm2:4 Living Life, Moving Through the Change
Wayne Langford - Creater of YOLO Farmer
5:30pmDrinks, Canapes & Networking
Along with the chance to taste test some of the alternative proteins mentioned during this event.

Conference Day 2 | 31 July 2019

7:30amTea, Coffee & Networking
SESSION 3: Industry, Market and Producer Perspectives
7:45am3:1 The Crossroads of Should and Must: Freedom Farms and the Kiwi Consumer
Hilary Pearson - General Manager, Freedom Farms
8:15am3:2 Show me the money: why and who is investing in new proteins
Michal Klar – CEO, FFN Ventures
8:45am3:3 Plant Protein – What is New Zealand’s point of difference?
Nick Pyke – Founder of Leftfield Innovation
9:15am3:4 The Importance of Complementary Nutrition to Sustainability of the Food System
Jeremy Hill – Chief Science & Technology Officer, Fonterra
10:00amMorning Tea & Networking
SESSION 4: The Power of The Consumer:- Protein Consumption and Dietary Attitudes
10:30am4:1 Plant-Based Proteins and Ready to Eat Products: Current Market Trends & Opportunities.
Dr Hazel MacTavish West - Food Product Creator, Entrepreneur, Communicator
11:00am4:2 What is driving New Zealand consumers towards plant based foods?
Bennie Hendricks – Executive General Manager , Life Health Foods International
11:30am4:3 Case Study - Supplying for The Demand of Hand-made Vegan Products
Suzy Spoon - Founder of Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher
12:00pmLunch & Networking
SESSION 5: Sustainability of Alternative Proteins and Animal Agriculture
1:00pm5:1 Science, but not as we know it!
Shaun Hendy - Director of Toha NZ
1:30pm5:2 Advancing The Protein Revolution with Science
Thomas Sowersby and Gert-Jan Moggre - Science researchers, PFR
2:00pm5:3 One World - One Health – One Humanity: Farming in a new Landscape.
Alison Dewes – Vet, Farmer & Ecologist
2:30pm5:4 Smart Natural Food Systems – It Can Be Done!
Aimee Charteris - Livestock Breeding Specialist at ACG Ltd
3:00pmAfternoon Tea & Networking
SESSION 6: Key Challenges and Opportunities for New Zealand Producers
3:30pm6:1 A Maori perspective on Alternative Proteins, Agriculture and Innovation
Andrew Watene – Associate Director, KPMG
4:00pm6:2 Win-win outcomes for people and the planet: How the red meat sector is transforming to meet market needs
Lee-Ann Marsh - Global Market Innovation Manager, Beef and Lamb NZ
4:30pm6:3 Future-proofing the farming story in the age of disrupted food
Daniel Eb - Founder of Dirt Road Comms
5:00pmConference Concludes

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

ProteinTECH 2019 will be a tremendous opportunity for companies to maximise their exposure to the New Zealand alternative protein industry.

Innovatek has earned a well-deserved reputation over 20 years of providing both event sponsors and exhibitors with a unique independent platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in this region.

For further details contact John Stulen, (+64) 7 921 1382 or (+64) 27 275 8011, john.stulen@innovatek.co.nz.

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Novotel Auckland Airport Hotel

Auckland Airport International Terminal,
Ray Emery Dr, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022

Car parking is available at the venue. Discounted rates for conference attendees will be available from the hotel reception.

To book accommodation for the conference, please call the Novotel on 09 257 7210 or visit their website: Novotel Auckland Airport