• The new edition of F4F – Expo Foodtech taking today place in Bilbao (SPA) join leaders from companies such as Campofrío, Florette, Azucarera, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Danone to present the latest developments in food technology
  • Industry experts are explaining how technology is helping to achieve environmentally responsible agriculture and fisheries

Terabithia Press / F4F / Bilbao

The innovation event for professionals from the entire value chain of the food sector is taking place from 16 to 18 May in Bilbao (Spain). BEC building is holding the Foodtech Startup Forum 2023, a space where more than 200 startups from all over the world will present their most disruptive projects in the foodtech field. Startups are no longer an emerging phenomenon but have become the driving force behind innovation and economic growth. In the competitive world of entrepreneurship, startup acceleration plays a crucial role.

The great challenge & goals: zero waste and climate neutrality

Every year, one-third of the food produced worldwide ends up being
thrown away, which is not only a waste of resources, but also a serious environmental problem. This is why F4F – Expo Foodtech, is showing
the latest solutions and technologies to tackle this challenge.

The food supply chain involves many different actors that are already driving projects to reduce food waste. In this sense, companies such as Foodrus, Essence Food, ReBread or Campofrío present at the F4F World Summit the latest solutions they are implementing to prevent food loss and waste in the supply chain. A sustainable food system provides healthy and nutritious food for all people while protecting the environment and mitigating the effects of climate change. For this reason, zero carbon in
the food sector is an important step towards a more sustainable future.

Carmen Gómez-Acebo, Head of Sustainability at Coca-Cola, Sameer Talsania, Director of R&D External Innovation at Pepsico, and Alexandra Monteño, Director of Water, Sustainability and Innovation at Danone, highlight the importance of operating more efficiently and with less impact on the environment while responding to new consumer demands.

Another topic that in the centre of the debate is the growing demand for raw materials for human and animal nutrition, which offers clear
opportunities for new business. Technological advances are offering a second use for food by products and are already a clear example of a circular economy in the food value chain to reach the goal of zero waste.

Sustainable agriculture and fishing

The conference also feature experts who explain how regenerative agriculture, which uses technologies such as precision agriculture, conservation tillage, crop rotation, cover crops and sustainable agriculture, can be used to promote sustainable agriculture, fisheries and food, among others. Also how regenerative agriculture, which uses technologies such as precision agriculture, conservation tillage, crop rotation, cover crops, composting and agroforestry, seeks to improve soil health and ecosystem services and reduce the environmental impact of the food industry.

On the other hand, sustainable fishing refers to fishing and seafood production practices that are environmentally responsible, economically viable and socially acceptable. Albacora Group, Angulas Aguinaga, and Tunyawat Kasemsuwan, Global Innovation Director of Thai Union,
address the importance of promoting sustainable fisheries, including all activities involved in bringing seafood products to the consumer.