One of the biggest challenges for the food industry today is the demographic growth of the world’s population and how to supply it in a healthy, efficient and sustainable way. Reducing CO2 emissions, process efficiency, reducing food waste and new protein sources such as insects or meat and dairy substitutes are some of the main challenges addressed at the Food 4 Future World Summit.

The event held in Bilbao from 15 to 17 June brought together 5,417 on-site visitors from 22 countries, in addition to 4,911 users connected via streaming from 29 countries.
The first edition of the congress was attended by 349 international speakers at 56 conferences that addressed the main challenges facing the food sector and all its segments: meat, canning, fishing, dairy, oil, cereals and beverages. Companies such as Sigma Alimentación, EROSKI, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Mahou-San Miguel, Campofrío, Bonduelle, Heineken, Capsa, Iparlat, Nueva Pescanova, Gallina Blanca, Angulas Aguinaga, EIT Food, Danone or Grupo Apex together with entities such as the Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation, the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Basque Country, the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute, Danone Nutricia Research, the Tecnalia Research & Innovation Foundation took part in the Food 4 Future World Summit.

In this context and within the conference session on Agri-food Circular Bioeconomy, David San Martín, researcher at AZTI, presented the key aspects to take into account when implementing new circular economy models for the valorisation of secondary flows in the food industry value chain and various examples of projects related to the valorisation of food by-products, including the SEA2LAND project, funded by the European Union’s H2020 programme.

The event was organised by Nebext, the first private event organisation company in Spain, together with AZTI, the scientific and technological centre of the Basque Country.

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