DFSS2019 Summary

The Disruption in Food and Sustainability Summit in Summary

Innovation aside, start-ups and accelerators at the Summit agreed all players need to take initiative and collaborate to build up sustainable food industries

Singapore, 29 March 2019 – The Disruption in Food and Sustainability Summit (“DFSS”) closed on an optimistic note – “There is much opportunity for the growth of innovative food products and alternate proteins here in Singapore”, Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources H.E. Dr. Amy Khor said in her opening address, setting the upbeat tone for the Summit.

Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources H.E. Dr. Amy Khor speaking at the opening address for the Disruption in Food and Sustainability Summit.

Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources H.E. Dr. Amy Khor speaking at the opening address for the Disruption in Food and Sustainability Summit.

Highlighting Singapore’s reliance on imported food, Dr. Khor said, “Our Singapore Story has been about turning adversity into opportunity” and cited it as a chance for the country to ‘turn its food challenges into opportunities and a strategic advantage’, ensuring food security. Dr. Khor also noted the need to ‘develop and transform our agri-food industry’ for resource-efficient food production.

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Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources H.E. Dr Amy Khor speaks to homegrown cell-based seafood start-up Shiok Meats. The co-founders, Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Ka Yi Ling (second from left) and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Sandhya Sriram, launched a first showcase for its Shrimp Dumplings at the DFSS today. The start-up is Asia’s first clean meat company.

 

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In his presentation, Dr. Andy T. Kusumo, Director of Science and Technology, Monde Nissin said, “Current food production methods have hit a limit and are putting a stress on the planet…we are in the business of improving the wellbeing of people and our planet and creating sustainable solutions for food security.”

 

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From left to right: Ms. Elaine Siu, Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Good Food Institute; Mr. Vardhan Kapoor, Business Strategy Manager and Global Sustainability Committee Member, Deliveroo; Mr. Jordan Sadowsky, Director of International Expansion, Impossible Foods; Mr. Ricky Lin, CEO and founder of Life3 Biotech; Mr. Christopher Lee, Commercial Director (Asia) of Monde Nissin and Ms. Madalina Legrand, Category Manager, Redmart.

In the panel Green Protein, Meatless Meat and The Retail Dynamics with Meat Products, Mr. Lin (third from right) urged the need for camaraderie instead of competition in the plant-based and cell-based protein industry, saying, “We need to come together to show the market that we are driving these from niche to mainstream products…we need to collaborate to grow the industry together.”

As part of his closing remarks for the panel, Mr. Kapoor announced an upcoming Deliveroo partnership with Impossible Foods.

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From left to right: Mr. Dan Riegler, Founder of KARANA; Mr. Kelvin Ng, Head, Strategic Innovation, Bioprocessing Technology Institute Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); Ms. Elaine Siu, Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Good Food Institute; Dr. Denise Conroy, Senior Scientist at New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research, and Dr. Sandhya Sriram, CEO & Co-founder of Shiok Meats.

In one of the last panels of the day, Opportunities for Singapore to Establish Itself as a Leader Regionally and Globally in Clean And Cell-Based Meat, Ms. Siu, praised the recent news of Singapore’s S$144 million investment in sustainable urban food production, saying, “Singapore is the most committed government in the world in terms of its public research funding and putting its money where its mouth is.” She also added that she saw the country’s potential to ‘move quickly’ and take point in the clean and cell-based meat industry as it does not have “the baggage of a very strong animal agriculture industry”.

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About the Disruption in Food and Sustainability Summit (https://arf.org.sg/dfss/)

In its second edition, the Disruption in Food and Sustainability Summit (DFSS) aims to raise awareness and foster the growth of sustainable Plant Based, Alternative Protein, Clean Meat and non-food (packaging) across the value chain with innovation, partnerships and technology as enablers. The Summit’s key objective is to showcase what is happening in Singapore and the region and to provide a platform for organisations looking to form partnerships and launch or expand their businesses in the plant-based and sustainable space.

DFSS is the flagship event of the Alliance for a Responsible Future (ARF), a corporate engagement programme in Singapore that aims to create a platform for plant-based companies and organisations looking to be greener and healthier to reach out to the plant-based & sustainability-conscious community.

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