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EIT Food’s Annual Event in Riga to focus on transforming food systems

  • First of its kind event in the Baltic region will unite pan-European experts from across food value chains
  • The event will focus on transforming food systems and include sessions on bringing protein diversification to the mainstream and reshaping food environments
  • The fifth Annual Event will spotlight EIT Food’s new cohort of 63 startups joining its entrepreneurship programmes
06 Jun 2023

EIT Food – the world’s largest food innovation community – will hold its 2023 Annual Event in Riga, Latvia on 27-28 June, uniting stakeholders across the food innovation community. EIT Food is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

    The first of its kind event in the Baltic region, the fifth Annual Event is set to unite a diverse range of stakeholders, experts and industry peers from across the entire food value chain to address unlocking barriers to systemic change.

    This year’s gathering is expected to focus on transforming food systems, demonstrating the power of innovation in addressing global food and climate challenges through interactive sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities.

    Speakers will include:

    • Dr Kari Tronsmo, Open Innovation Leader at Danone
    • Acacia Smith, Senior Policy Manager at the Good Food Institute
    • Professor Nigel Scollan, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security
    • Dr Andy Zynga, CEO of EIT Food

    Sessions that will take place at the Annual Event include a panel on enabling farmers to lead the transition to sustainable farming practices – which will centre food producer voices – and a discussion on reshaping food environments to enable a change in consumer behaviour.

    The event will also showcase some of the latest cohort of 63 startups joining EIT Food’s entrepreneurship programmes, which range from boosting the natural immunity of bees to creating sustainable palm oil alternatives. Startups include personalised nutrition developer Verdify, algae ingredient producer Aliga Microalgae and bioleaching innovator ekolive. Corporate partners and research institutions including John Deere and Bayer will also join the event.

    The full two-day agenda can be accessed here. 

    “We are delighted to bring our fifth Annual Event to Latvia where we will galvanise the food innovation community towards tackling some of the greatest challenges facing our food system. The Baltic region has produced some of Europe’s most exciting innovations in agrifood in recent years, and hosting an event on this scale offers huge opportunities to foster collaboration and continue to grow our community.

    “There has never been a more critical time to accelerate innovation, and we look forward to bringing some of the most creative, entrepreneurial thinkers in Europe together in the same space to re-imagine the future of our food system.”

    - Dr Andy Zynga, CEO of EIT Food

    Those who are interested in attending the Annual Event can register here.