Presented by SGInnovate and the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore
By 2050, global food systems will need to feed more than 9 billion people sustainably and nutritiously. Emerging technology, innovation, behavioural changes, and multi-stakeholder collaboration have the potential to improve global food security and nutrition to drive rapid progress in the sustainability, inclusivity and efficiency of food systems.
Food Tech is becoming increasingly popular in Singapore. One of Singapore’s major goals is to increase the local production to have the capacity to provide 30% of Singapore’s production needs by 2030. Potential synergies and collaboration exist between Singapore and Switzerland. With its deeply rooted agricultural tradition and unmatched density of world leading companies, scientific institutions and startups in areas such as food, nutrition, life sciences or robotics, Switzerland has much to contribute. The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley is a unique platform, with the objective of developing and strengthening the existing innovation ecosystem and addressing the major challenges of the future of food and nutrition from a sustainability perspective, using cutting-edge science and technology.
This webinar aims to facilitate the discussion on how the ongoing and future research collaborations between industry leaders, research agencies and startups from both countries will result into more innovative and sustainable ways to produce food for a growing population, whilst reducing the carbon footprint of the entire food value chain.
Some partnerships have been existing for years. For example, Nestlé’s R&D Centre in Singapore was the first in Asia when it was set up in 1980. In 2016, the Nestlé Research Centre Asia – an extension of Nestlé’s strategic innovation partnership with the Singapore government’s Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) – was launched. It brings upstream research activities that complement Nestlé’s existing facility for applied research and product development and is fully supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). In addition, Swiss-based food-processing giant, Bühler, and major flavour and fragrance manufacturer, Givaudan, have joined forces to build a new innovation centre dedicated to plant-based food in Singapore. The facility, which is planned to open at the end of 2020, will host food processing companies, startups and scientific researchers to come up with sustainable food solutions.
Date: 2 September 2020, Wednesday
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (Singapore Time/ UTC +8)
4:00pm – 4:05pm: Opening Remarks by
-Sze-Ki Sim, Executive Director – Community & Brand, SGInnovate
-Ambassador Fabrice Filliez, Ambassador of Switzerland to Singapore
4:05pm – 4:10pm: Presentation by Fathi Derder, Managing Director, Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley
4:10pm – 4:15pm: Presentation by Roberto Reniero, Managing Director, Nestlé R&D Centre in Singapore
4:15pm – 4:20pm: Presentation by Alex Ward, Head of Innovation APAC, Givaudan
4:20pm – 4:25pm: Presentation by Seck Yee Kwang, Director of Industry Development Group (Food & Consumer), A*STAR
4:25pm – 5:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
-Roberto Reniero, Managing Director, Nestlé R&D Centre in Singapore
-Alex Ward, Head of Innovation APAC, Givaudan
-Seck Yee Kwang, Director of Food and Consumer Cluster, A*STAR
-Moderated by Fathi Derder, Managing Director, Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley