16-18 April 2024 Bilbao - BEC

European FoodTech Nations Summit

Food 4 Future- Expo Foodtech will host the European Foodtech Nations Summit, with the participation of institutions and representatives from different European countries and regions.

On Wednesday, 17 May, Bilbao will bring together CEOs, plant managers, IT Managers, and Research managers from the food industry together with policy officers on the food industry and agriculture from Europe. The Summit is aimed to discuss topics such as accelerating innovation for food systems transformation, making food production the key to tackling climate change, or how to achieve the Green Deal’s goal.

Food and feeding are key in the evolution of society and therefore of the planet, which should make us think about where we want to take our development. The objective of the European Foodtech Nations Summit, co-organized with ERIAFF is to share different initiatives, projects, ideas, and experiences in order to face the technological and sustainability challenges that the food and beverage industry must face in the coming years.

Sustainable Development

To achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, the current food system and the production processes of the Food & Beverage sector have a lot to contribute, from responsible production and consumption to zero hunger by improving life on land and below water ecosystems or even climate action.

That is why Food 4 Future invites the main players in the food industry to meet with representatives of the different public administrations to share proposals for transformation and digitization, as well as the needs of the industry and the productive fabric in terms of policies, government aid, and funding solutions.

European FoodTech Nations Summit Programme 2023

  • Sustainable Food Systems Partnership for People, Planet & Climate

A sustainable food system is one that provides healthy and nutritious food for all people while also protecting the environment and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Achieving a sustainable food system should involve a range of stakeholders, including the government, the private sector, civil society, and farmers. The goals of the SFS reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving food security and nutrition, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable consumption and production, building resilience to climate change and supporting small-scale farmers, especially in developing countries, through measures such as improved market access, training, and funding

  • Making Food Production Part of the Climate Change Solution

Making food production part of the climate change solution involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable agriculture practices. Some strategies to achieve these goals include reducing food waste, increasing energy efficiency, promoting sustainable agriculture practices, reducing emissions from livestock, and supporting sustainable food production and consumption. This can be achieved through policies, such as sustainable procurement programs, and through consumer education and engagement.

  • Making the Green Deal’s Farm to Fork Strategy a Reality

The European Green Deal’s Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy aims to create a more sustainable and resilient food system in Europe. To make this strategy a reality, several actions need to be taken, including promoting sustainable agriculture, reducing the use of chemicals, supporting small-scale farmers, improving food waste reduction, encouraging sustainable food consumption, and investing in research and innovation.

  • Impact of the raw materials crisis on sustainable milk production: alternatives?

The raw materials crisis has had a significant impact on sustainable milk production. The increasing demand for feed crops to meet the needs of a growing global population, combined with the effects of climate change, has led to a shortage of key raw materials, such as corn and soybeans, which are commonly used to feed livestock. This has resulted in higher feed prices and decreased profitability for dairy farmers. Some potential alternatives include crops, such as peas, beans, and canola, as well as by-products from the food industry, such as brewers’ grains and distillers’ grains.

  • Trends in product innovation in the dairy sector: what’s new to come

The dairy sector is constantly evolving and innovating, driven by changing consumer demands and a need for sustainability. Some of the current trends and new developments in the dairy sector include plant-based dairy alternatives, functional dairy products, sustainability-focused innovations, increased focus on local and regional dairy production, and personalized dairy products with advances in technology and data analytics, there is a growing trend towards personalized dairy products that are tailored to individual consumer needs and preferences.

  • It is possible to achieve processes in dairy industries with net zero emissions?

Achieving net zero emissions in dairy industries may require significant investments in new technologies and changes to production processes. Some strategies that can be used to reduce emissions in the dairy industry include improving feed efficiency, reducing manure emissions, improving energy efficiency, reducing emissions from transportation, and improving land management.

  • Contribution of dairy products to a healthy and safe diet

Dairy products provide a package of essential nutrients that is difficult to obtain in low-dairy or dairy-free diets, and for many people, it is not possible to achieve recommended daily calcium intakes with a dairy-free diet. Despite the established benefits for bone health, some people avoid dairy in their diet due to beliefs that dairy may be detrimental to health, especially in those with weight management issues, lactose intolerance, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or trying to avoid cardiovascular disease.


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