Sonae got together experts to discuss the future of food
In the end of June, at the event
"The Future of Food – Envisioning our Food Systems”, we welcomed to Sonae Maia
Business Centre representatives of the European Commission and multinational
companies including retail operators, researchers and entrepreneurs, to discuss
themes such as the importance of circular economy, nutrition, food science and
logistics in the future of food. For two days, over 100 participants, from 54
organisations and nine nationalities, met to discuss themes that are central
for Sonae and that, we hope, represent the kickstart to a growing awareness of
the effort made by all the intervenients in this domain.
Food is one of our society's
greatest challenges, influenced by an increasing population, the impoverishment
of soils, subnutrition and malnutrition of the populations and food waste,
among many other realities.
To face these challenges, we believe
in the reinforcement of collaboration throughout the whole food chain, including
operators both inside and outside the traditional food systems. From the
discussion between these experts came the conviction that decision-making will
be growingly based on scientific knowledge, revolutionising the way we produce,
acquire and consume food and treat and reuse its waste.
We are conscious that if we look
into the future we must do it in a comprehensive way, through the focus on
product development, understanding and anticipating consumers' needs, with
effective logistical operations and considering sustainability, creating new
research, development and innovation projects. There are several examples of
that, from the development of new smart packages, the adoption of new sources
of protein, product development using healthier ingredients, to using computer
technology for a more convenient and democratic healthy nutrition, diminishing
and reusing food waste and even in the conception of new logistics models, more
effective and sustainable.
At Sonae we are certain that this
kind of initiatives has a positive impact on our innovation ecosystem through
the reinforcement of a collaboration network. We are also more and more focused
on well-being and sustainability and we are aware of the benefits of a healthy
lifestyle. "The Future of Food – Envisioning our Food Systems” has certainly
been the first step towards opening new horizons and creating joint projects
and actions that seek to face the food system's great challenges.
Nuno Lopes Gama,
Head of Innovation and Future Tech da Sonae