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Speaks 2017

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Listen to the newest knowledge, when experts, frontrunners, opinonaters and professionels present their history and views on current and future food trends, challenges and solutions. 



Bite Speaks 2017 

The speakers at Bite Copenhagen are people whose passion for food, progress and innovation has been a driving force in their career. They represent different viewpoints and opinions each providing a nuanced take on the food debates. With intriguing stories, they describe current and future food trends, challenges and solutions. The programme is preliminary and updated frequently. 

Big stage - Thursday the 24th:

Minister of Food and Environment of Denmark, Esben Lunde Larsen - Thursday 24th of August, ca. 16.50
The Minister shares his ambitions for the World Food Summit - Better Food for More People. The food summit is a part of a global movement aiming to create new solutions to global food challenges. During his speech, the minister will award The Organic Eating Mark number 2000 to the Coffee Bar, part of the Original Coffee brand, located in Bredgade. After the speech, the Minister will join Her Royal Highness, Princess Marie, for a walkabout to the many exciting exhibitors at Bite Copenhagen. 

Her Royal Highness, Princess Marie- Thursday 24th of August, ca. 16.40
The Princess talks about Denmark as a center of innovation when it comes to gastronomy and commodities. 

AeroFarms - Sustainable Indoor Vertical Farming Enabling Local Growing All Year Round. Thursday 24th of August, 15.30


April Agee Carroll, PhD is Vice President of Research and Development at AeroFarms®, a high-tech vertical farming company that produces high quality, delicious produce indoors in the heart of communities around the globe. 

As a pioneer in the field of plant phenomics, which is the study of all observable characteristics of a plant, Dr. Carroll utilizes advanced imaging technologies, molecular techniques, and data science to model plant growth and development in context of environmental inputs. These models are then translated to actionable data to manage grower decisions in real-time. The goal is to improve yields, control plant qualities like texture and flavor, and enhance nutritional properties and other plant metabolites. 

NEPCon - Thursday 24th, 14.30
Nepcon will for the first time introduce their new online platform. The platform is aiding food companies with riskdata, tools and assessing how the company can have a more responsible chain of value, with the endgoal to prevent unnecessary clearing of the rainforest. 

Technological Institute - Thursday 24th of August, 13.30
Not only are insects becoming an edible commodity that are growing fast in popularity, it is also turning into an industry that sees a lot of financial support. The Innovationfoundation have just launched the inVALUEABLE project, with a goal to build an industrial mealworm production worth 200-300 million DKK in annual revenue. Listen to expert Lars-Henrik Lau Heckmann as he talks about insects as a key component in the future development of sustainable solutions.

LETZ SUSHI - Thursday 24th of August, 12.30
Taking a brand from convetional to sustainable. There is a growing trend of conscious consuming in general, among the younger generations in particular. So how do you take a brand from convetional to sustainable? It is a task that often includes a lot of paremeters; increased staff cost, food cost, new procedures, different ways of thinking, different culture and more. Anders, director of LETZ SUSHI, will share his knowledge about what they have done and learned, and some of the unforseen problems that occurred, in the process of converting LETZ SUSHI into a more sustainable company. 

Madkulturen - Thursday 24th of August, 11.30
Each year Madkulturen (The Foodculture) collects a large amout of data on Danish food- and mealculture. With the data collected, it is possible to showcase a snapshot of the things that influence consumer eating habits. What food is often at the dinnertable? Is it homecooked, or ordered out? Find out more about what Madkulturen perceive as the most important, upcoming food trends, that will likely be shaping future food habits. This unqiue access to information can benefit anyone that needs to be on the forefront of future trends. 

Madspildsjægerne (Foodwaste Hunters) - Thursday 24th of August, 10.30
Listen to Madspildsjægerne and find inspiration on how to reduce your own waste. Madspildsjægerne exists as an initiative in the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark and is organised by the Technological Institute. In the last two years, the initiative helped up to 40 professional kitchens. Madspildsjægerne utilize the kitchenstaffs knowledge and experience to further strengthen their professional skillset and creativity. Learn about their results and meet Madspildsjægerne afterwards at booth 022. 

Big stage - Friday the 25th:

Fairdig- Friday 25th of August, 16.30
Food is a huge source to our personal wellbeing, but at the same time a huge contributor to climate changes. On one side, we can change our food habits, starting today, and thereby doing mother earth and our future generations a big favour. On the other hand, changing our way of eating is both frightening, annoying, and difficult, and not at all appealing to the most of us. So what can we do? On Friday you can listen to philosopher and communicator Jesper Dalgaard Pøhler, tell the story about how Fairdig came to be, and how he came up with the idea for the company, as a result of wanting healthier, organic and climate friendly alternatives. Additionally, Jesper will talk about all the “hows” and “whys” that made Fairdig into the climate friendly ready meals, they are selling today.



NEPCon - Thursday 24th, 14.30 and Friday 25th 15.30
Nepcon will for the first time introduce their new online platform. The platform is aiding food companies with riskdata, tools and assessing how the company can have a more responsible chain of value, with the endgoal to prevent unnecessary clearing of the rainforest. 

Technological Institute  - Friday 25th, 13.00
Plant based meat. Climate and health conscious consumers increasingly demand plant-based alternatives to animal products. The media and the supermarket's refrigerators tells a story of technological progress, which makes it possible to produce plant-based products with meat-like structure. But how is plant-based meat produced? And how do you unite the desire for natural, tasty products with high-tech processes? Project Manager Rikke Miklos from the Danish Technological Institute tells about the process that can transform peas into a juicy steak.

Thinktank Frej paneldebate - Friday 25th of August, 11-12.15
At the paneldebate you will be able to follow experts when they discuss how and why people seem increasingly divided in many discussions about food. Organic vs. conventional, animal welfare vs. vegan rawfood, city vs. countryside. What role does the new media play it the debates and is the disunity really as strong as it seems?. 

WeFood - Friday 25th of August, 10.00
Understand how an overdue commodity or a commodity with a faulty packaging can influence the civilwar in Southern Sudan. Listen to Secretary General at Danchurchaid, Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen and WeFood representatives as they share their knowledge about working with food waste in Denmark and how this work is turned into humanitarian help and development, in the hotspots of the world. 

Small stage - Thursday the 24th: 

Tiny Gardens - Thursday 24th of August, 15.00
If you are looking to grow your own sustainable and tasty vegetables at home, then Tiny Gardens are here to help. Learn how to turn your bland windowsill into a lush pantry. Visit 'Lille Scene' on Thursday the 24th of August, and find out how to get started. 



The Danish Food Bank - Thursday 24th of August, 14.00

The Danish Food Bank handles around 3 tons of surplus food every day, which greatly benefits socially vulnerable people. Many countries has Food Banks, but the unique  thing about the Danish Food Bank is the use of surplus food and the cloose coorperation between the food industry, the state and the civil society involving a great number of volunteers. Learn more about the daily work of the Danish Food Bank and find out how they expect to handle surplus food in the future.

Madbureaet (the Food Bureau) - Thursday 24th of August, 13.00
CEO Tine Jasper has 20 years of experience in strategic and operationel marketing. Tine will talk about how packaging and aesthetics influence consumer behaviour. Tine will also give practical advice to producers, on how to reach their audience by focusing more on packaging.

Møllerup Gods - Thursday 24th of August, 12.00
Listen to CEO Henrik Rendbøll when he shares his knowledge about the unqiue characteristics of hemp, and how to integrate them in food- and drink products. Henrik assists companies in the food industry and teach them how to use hemp in the professional kitchen and in new innovative products. 

Syngja (Prev. InsektKBH) - Thursday 24th of August, 11.00
Philip Price is Co-founder of InsektKBH. He will share his thoughts about the context of edible insects, including environment, health, gastronomy, ressource management and circular urban ecosystems. Additionally, Philip talks about marketing strategies, and consumer behavior in relation to edible insects.

The Association for Biodynamic Agriculture - Thursday, August 24th, 10.00

Is biodynamic "the new black" within organic farming and food?

Biodynamic is often called Ecology Plus because it is based on more holistic principles of coherence and health in mold, food and humans. And because it meets the stricter Demeter rules for both cultivation and processing - in addition to meeting the ecological rules. Klaus Loehr-Petersen from the Biodynamic Agriculture Association explains why leading chefs choose biodynamic raw materials. And how biodynamic wine raises the bar for quality and causes many of the world's leading wine growers to grow biodynamically.

Small stage - Friday the 25th: 

Nøddebazaren - Friday the 25th of August, 16.00 

Mads Lønnberg founded Nø in 2013. Although the name indicates a small nutshell store, Nøddebazaren is the brain behind a sophisticated world news: the development of the world's first biodegradable packaging for nuts and dried fruits.

The driving force for Mads and his team is to create a healthier and more climate-friendly food culture in Denmark. That's why the people behind Nøddebazaren has collected 40,000 signatures for a healthier taxation system for food. Friday the 25th of August Mads will share his experience with establishing and operating a healthy business, in the service of sustainability and a healthier future. 

Nordic Center for Local Food - Friday the 25th of August, 15.00
The Future Culinary Foodcluster. Senior Advisor Jesper Zeihlund is one of the most well versed and knowledgeable people, when it comes to establishing new and exciting constellations between actors in existing valuechains. The work of Jesper has brought financial prosperity for multiple foodproducers who had the will and curiousity to rethink their brand. At Bite, Jesper will talk about the important work of including the entire pallet of actors, and how new chains of value kan create innovation and progress, while the experience economy can help bridge a culinary gap between rural- and urban life. 

Verdens Rigeste Landmænd - Friday 25th of August, 14.00
Felix Stark is the founder of Verdens Rigeste Landmænd (World's Richest Farmers). Felix will share his view on how we can work together to develop Denmark as a food country, instead of debating if environment, animal welbeing, nature and climate is more important than growth and jobs.

Slow Food - Friday 25th of August, 12.30
The international grass-root organization Slow Food works for good, clean and fair food in over 150 countries with a network of over a million chefs, researchers, journalists, producers and consumers. Leader of Slow Food Copenhagen-North Zealand, Johan Dal, will talk about the work of Slow Food in Denmark, discuss the scenarios for a future sustainable food system and reveal the plans for a Noridc Terra Madre in Copenhagen in April 2018. 

PACARI- Friday 25th of August, 10.00
Listen to PACARI founder Santiago Piralti tell the story about the small familie owned business, that started as a project to support local farmers in Ecuador, and since became an international producer of pricewinning chocolate. PACARI's mission is to bring  the Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional Cocoa from the rainforest to the worldmap by exclusive coorperation with small farmers that strictly follows the 'Buena's Prácticas' standard, in their cultivation of the cocoa plant. Social responsibility, sustainability and ecology is still the essence of the enterprise and the belief in these values has paved the way for a higher standard of living for Ecuador's cocoa farmers and regeneration of nature.

Note: Not all speaks are in English.