Why the plant sector may not be the future of protein – Growth Asia Summit

Nathan Cheong, CEO of Melrose Health, will take the stage to challenge the notion that ‘meat is the enemy’ at the three-day event, which will take place at Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands from 11 to October 13.

It will feature in-depth expert insights from an array of leading brands, leading academics, policy experts and the most innovative vendors, all focused on the region with the greatest growth potential for foods, beverages, supplements, functional products and nutrition – Asia.

The face-to-face summit in 2022 will include:

  • First day devoted to healthy aging,​ incorporating our long tradition APAC Summit on Healthy Aging​, in a region where 1.3 billion people will be over 60 by 2050.
  • The second day will be devoted to Probiotics, Prebiotics and Microbiome,​ incorporating our Probiote Asia​ summit, as we connect the worlds of business and science in these fascinating and growing categories.
  • And the third day will be devoted to Protein​, incorporating our Vision of proteins​, as we shine the spotlight on one of the fastest growing categories, plant proteins, as well as the latest innovations in the emerging cropped produce space, and of course the traditional meat sectors, dairy products and seafood.

Today we can reveal that Nathan will deliver a keynote titled “Meat Is Not the Enemy: How a Sustainable Food System Can Exist with Animals”.

Its synopsis states: “Meat has recently come under intense fire and has been branded as the reason our health is failing and limiting our lifespan, contributing to greenhouse gases and warming our climate and is also considered as highly unethical. This lecture will argue that these statements, while highly emotional, do not stand up to critical thought. They are typically embraced by companies and movements with a vested interest in promoting the plant-based paradigm and virtuous signaling of a “clean” lifestyle with uncapped health benefits.

“This presentation will demonstrate that while there are indeed problems with intensive factory animal farming practices, meat is the most nutrient-dense health-promoting food we have on the planet.”

Main takeaways will include:

• Meat can be grown in an ethical, sustainable and regenerative way that promotes biodiversity in our environment

• It can also have significant and beneficial impacts within our microbiome

• Are the new “Frankenstein” plant-based meat substitutes really good for your health and good for the environment?

Nathan is a qualified naturopath and medical herbalist with degrees in science and social work from the University of Sydney, and with over 20 years experience in the complementary medicine industry.

His career spans several organizations in the international arena including Herbs of Gold, Blackmores BioCeuticals, Designs for Health, Life Space and he is now CEO of the Melrose Group. Nathan has been instrumental in many transformation projects across the industry and has guided each of these companies to become true global leaders in their categories. Nathan has a deep interest and understanding of regenerative and sustainable agriculture and is committed to promoting the benefits of a Paleo and Keto lifestyle. With particular interest in human metabolic flexibility.

The full list of confirmed speakers is as follows:

  • Gerben Kamps, Head of Global Seafood Alternatives Business Development, Thai Union Group
  • Mimi Kumar, Director of Product Development, International, Blackmores
  • Dr. Zhanyou Yun, Deputy Chairman, Yili
  • Laurent Stévenart, Country Manager Singapore and United Arab Emirates, impossible foods
  • Dr. Sunny Wong, Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
  • Angela Brady, director of external innovation and partnerships, and Regina Karim, MD, senior manager of global science communication and claims, H&H Group (parent company of Biostime and Swisse)
  • Dr. Daisuke Fujiwara, Director General, Department of Health Sciences, Kirin Holdings
  • Dr. Shao Quan Liu, associate professor, National University of Singapore (NUS), Food Science and Technology
  • Aaron Yeo, Director of Operations, GOOD Meat
  • Dr. Shan May Yong, Senior Scientist, Bioefficacy and Bioactive Discovery, Suntory Brands
  • Professor Brian Kennedy, Emeritus Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, national university of singapore
  • Alicia Ng, Vice President and Head of R&D for Greater Asia, GSK Consumer Health
  • Jesse Gu, Sales and Marketing Manager, BYHEALTH International
  • Carrie Chan, Founder and CEO, Before
  • Evan Hayes, Managing Director Asia-Pacific, Group Factors
  • Dr Saishreyas Sundarajoo, Head of Clinical Affairs, AMiLi
  • Nathan Cheong, CEO, Melrose Health
  • Dr Roberto Grau, professor of microbiology and head of the molecular biology laboratory, Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (CONICET), Argentina
  • Sanghyun Lim, Senior Researcher, Cell biotechnology
  • Tony Hunter, global strategic foresight consultant, food scientist and public speaker, food futurist
  • Dr. Dai Chen, researcher, National University of Singapore (NUS) and CTO Probicient

We will also be hosting a condensed digital event, consisting of three 90-minute shows on the same topics the following week, October 18-20.

Throughout both events, FoodNavigator-Asia.com and NutraIngredients-Asia.com will help you understand how the industry can better navigate the highly diverse consumer, regulatory, cultural and economic landscape of region in order to reap the substantial benefits offered.

Gary Scattergood, editor of both titles and regional manager: APAC of the Global Brands division of publisher William Reed, said: “We are excited to be able to return to live events here in Singapore, home to our regional headquarters, and we are thrilled with the stellar roster of industry experts who will be sharing their insights.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to our summit as we showcase the tremendous growth potential in the healthy aging, probiotics, prebiotics and microbiome, and protein sectors here in Asia.”

Register as a delegate today.​

We also have many sponsorship opportunities for innovative brands to partner with us to showcase their solutions in the Healthy Aging category, the probiotics, prebiotics and microbiome space, and the protein sectors. For more information, contact [email protected]

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