What are the trends and innovations in the food system? How animal-friendly can we make it? Björn Witte, Managing Partner & CEO of Blue Horizon, explains in an interview with GDI which sustainable projects his company is investing in and which innovations are still to come. Read now!
In an interview ahead of the 2nd International Food Innovation Conference, global strategy advisor and best-selling author Parag Khanna explains the linkage between migration and food and shares his perspective on how the foodsystem will develop.
Verpackte Gurken, Einkaufstüten oder Hygieneartike – Wir häufen massenhaft Plastikmüll an, der nur zum Teil recycelt wird. Cassandra Delage, Gründerin von plast'if und Referentin am 18. GDI-Trendtag, will das ändern. Ihr Unternehmen hat eine Maschine entwickelt, die Plastikmüll direkt vor Ort in neue Produkte umwandelt.
Das GDI hat zusammen mit der Unternehmensberatung Horváth & Partners AG das Impulspapier «Next Urban Retail» verfasst und blickt in die Zukunft des Handels. Auf Retail-as-a-Service, Micro-Hubs und Dark Retail sollten sich HändlerInnen jetzt ganz besonders konzentrieren.
Food colouring often contains animal products such as insect shells. The Danish start-up Chromologics shows that there is another way. Its pigment ‘ChromoRed’ is produced exclusively in the laboratory with the help of a filamentous fungus. This saves agricultural land and is therefore not only more animal-friendly, but also more sustainable.
Why are forecasts so difficult? Why is it the case that even experts can usually only speculate about which needs will determine consumer behaviour in the coming years? One of the biggest challenges is that developments do not unfold in a linear direction, rather grow in several directions. If you want to understand a trend, you have to look at both sides of the coin. The trend and its counter-trend. But the data is usually incomplete. Does the same consumer follow several, sometimes contradictory trends? A vegan who loves fast fashion? Or are we observing an increasing polarisation between consumption styles? For example, between the affluent and the poor?