June 22, 2020

Saskatchewan Supports International Plant Protein Summit

Bridge2Food Event Builds On Success In Saskatoon Last Year, Strong Growth In Sector

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to support the Bridge2Food Virtual 15th Plant-Based Foods and Proteins Summit North America 2020 being held June 22-26.

“Last year, this event was held in Saskatoon, the first time the event was hosted in North America, and it was a big success for the plant-based protein sector and larger agriculture value chain in the province,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “The demand for pulse crops is increasing, so the opportunities for growth here in Saskatchewan are huge, from crop science research to primary production to value-added processing.  Participating in this plant protein conference again this year will only help us as we work to reach the Growth Plan 2030 target to ‘process 50 per cent of the pulse crops Saskatchewan produces in the province.”

Organized by the Netherlands-based Bridge2Food, the Summit is an international event connecting business and research in the global value chain of the plant protein sector, including retailers, foods service professionals, food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and other service providers such as packaging, marketing and brand agencies.  Summit themes this year include the state of the pulse industry, research and innovation in the value chain, and new ingredients and processing technologies, among other topics.

“I am extremely pleased to continue working with the Government of Saskatchewan by showcasing the infrastructure, investment and tax programs, business climate and well educated people,” Bridge2Food Founder and CEO Gerard Klein Essink said.

The Government of Saskatchewan has partnered with Bridge2Food on this event to highlight opportunities in Saskatchewan in value-added agriculture, and to help advance economic growth in the province by attracting investment and increasing trade.  Protein Industries Canada is headquartered in Saskatchewan, and was established to position Canada as a leading global source of sustainable, high-quality plant protein and plant-based products, while substantially contributing to Canada’s economic growth and international trade.

Saskatchewan’s agri-food sector exports reached $12.9 billion in 2019, and food manufacturing sales have almost doubled from $2.4 billion in 2007 to $4.7 billion in 2019.

For more information on the Bridge2Food summit, please visit https://bridge2food.com/webinars/virtual-plant-based-foods-proteins-summit-exhibition/.