We are delighted to be partnering with sponsors who are equally committed to realising our region’s alternative protein potential:

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Lead Sponsor

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions is focused on Victoria’s economic recovery and growth, ensuring it benefits all Victorians – by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions, and supporting inclusive communities.

Food Sponsors

Founded locally in 2019 by a family of butchers, Rogue is a leader in producing high quality and delicious plant based meat alternatives. Rogue supplies supermarkets nationally and is known for its advanced technology and innovation.

MEET is premium plant-based meat that delivers on both taste and texture. The Australian company is confident you'll love their juicy, nutritious, and delicious MEET range that’s good for you and the planet.

General Sponsors

Firmench is the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company. Firmenich is addressing plant protein’s key challenges with their comprehensive SmartProteins® portfolio of natural tonality flavours, taste modulation, masking, texturizing and functional ingredients.

Kilara Capital invests in deeply sustainable businesses across four key themes including future foods, circular economy, energy transformation and environmental markets. They are project developers and asset managers focused on advancing the build-out of utility scale renewable energy assets alongside the development of bespoke, zero emissions infrastructure solutions to businesses invested in the ‘cooling economy'.

v2food is an innovative Australian company committed to making delicious food in a sustainable way. Developed in partnership with CSIRO, v2food has a vision to be a leading global provider of plant-based proteins.

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Alice Zaslavsky_Edible Adventures Productions

Alice Zaslavsky | MC - AltProteins 22

Cookbook Author & Broadcaster

Alice Zaslavsky is a cookbook author and broadcaster bringing good food to people of all ages. Her vegetable bible In Praise of Veg topped the Australian cookbook charts, proving that you can, in fact make friends with salad. As a regular face and voice on ABC News Breakfast and ABC radio nationally, Alice brings audaciously accessible recipes and useful tidbits to viewers and listeners that helps drive the country’s conversations around food. Alice is also the creative force behind Nomcast and Phenomenom (with an M!), a Hort Innovation funded project, redefining what it means to teach kids about fresh produce and bringing food into every subject – both in the classroom and at home.

Diem Fuggersberger_Coco_Lucas-web

Diem Fuggersberger

Coco & Lucas | Earth

Diem Fuggersberger is an award winning entrepreneur, flavour alchemist and storyteller. She is the Founder of Coco & Lucas + Earth and Co-Founder & CEO Berger Ingredients. The daughter of a butcher, Diem embarked on a plant-based journey with a vision to create deep, positive and sustainable change in the diets and lifestyles of the people of Australia and beyond.

Sarah Nolet

Sarah Nolet

AgThentic Group

Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognized agriculture innovation expert and co-founder of the AgThentic Group, including AgThentic Advisory and Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s only specialist agrifood tech VC firm. Sarah has been instrumental in building the agtech ecosystem in Australia and globally, as well as been ministerially appointed to the board of Industry, Innovation and Science Australia (IISA).

Andrew May - v2food-web

Andrew May


Andrew May is the Chief Growth Officer at v2food since joining the company in 2019. His food & FMCG marketing experience across Australia & Asia-Pacific has helped shape the global vision of v2food, and enabled the growth of the organisation from a startup to a leading player in the Asia-Pacific region.

Kristi Riordan_Harvest B-web

Kristi Riordan

Harvest B

Kristi Riordan is Co-Founder and CEO of Harvest B, a Sydney based company making ingredients to create novel plant-based meat, backed by W23, Woolworths’ venture capital arm. Kristi is an experienced operating executive that has led multiple venture backed companies over the past twenty years from startup to global scale and is driven to work on initiatives that will create a stronger future.

Michael Fox_Fable Food-web

Michael Fox

Fable Food

In 2019 Michael co-founded Fable Food Co. in partnership with the 3 Michelin Star British chef Heston Blumenthal. Along side Fine Dining Chef/Mushroom Scientist Jim Fuller, Michael and the team at Fable develop delicious meaty food made from mushrooms and all natural, minimally processed plant based ingredients, which are now available in Australia, the UK and Singapore at over 400 restaurants and cafes, 1,700 retail stores and through the meal kit subscription company Marley Spoon.

Allen Zelden_Intrinity Global-web

Allen Zelden

Intrinity Global

Allen Zelden is the founder of Intrinity Global where he assists plant-based food and next-gen material companies looking to scale-up and execute growth through increased sales, funds raised and access to global networks and manufacturing. He is also President of digital eco-conscious platform FUTUREVVORLD and Future Food Advisor at Kilara Capital.

Bianca Le_Celluar Agriculture Australia-web

Bianca Le

Celluar Agriculture Australia

Dr Bianca Le is a cell biologist and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Bianca is the Director of Cellular Agriculture Australia, a nonprofit accelerating cellular agriculture R&D. She is an experienced science communicator and has contributed to national policy projects at the Academy of Technology and Engineering.

James Petrie_Nourish Ingredients-web

James Petrie

Nourish Ingredients

Dr. James Petrie is the co-founder and CEO of Nourish Ingredients. An experienced crop metabolic engineer, James is now using his decades of expertise in synthetic biology to take the plant-based meat and dairy space to the next level with Nourish’s animal-free fats.

Morten Toft Bech_Meatless Farm-web

Morten Toft Bech

Meatless Farm

Morten Toft Bech is an entrepreneur and investor who started Meatless Farm in 2016 to help reduce the world’s dependency on intensively farmed meat. In 2018, the company launched its original fresh mince in UK retailer, Sainsbury’s. It is now one of the UK’s fastest growing plant-based brands, available in 22 countries with major retail and foodservice partners.


German Spangenberg

Agriculture Victoria

Professor German Spangenberg is Head, Agriculture Victoria Research for Agriculture Victoria; Professor and Head of School of Applied Systems Biology with La Trobe University; and Director of AgriBio. He is also Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the agricultural biotechnology company Phytogene Pty Ltd. Professor Spangenberg was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service through scientific research programs in the agricultural sector in Victoria on Australia Day 2017.

George Peppou_Vow-web

George Peppou


George Peppou is co-founder and CEO of Vow. Vow produces meat that is better than meat we eat today, creating the world’s most tantalising and unique culinary experiences. Vow does this by culturing the cells of animals, from both species we eat today and those we could never farm, creating a range of cell ingredients which can be turned into a wide variety of products – all produced using the same manufacturing process. George began his career as a chef whilst studying biochemistery at the Univesity of Sydney. George is a serial entrepreneur and inventor, with over 30 patents granted.

Tim Noakesmith_Vow-web

Tim Noakesmith


Tim Noakesmith is a serial entrepreneur, design professional and the Co-founder of Vow – a future-focussed food company, blending biology breakthroughs and food science to create a new category of food made with animal cells, and not the animal. Tim has held a number of Senior roles in Design and Product Strategy and before launching Vow was the Global Human-Centred Design Lead for Cochlear.

Esha Saxena_Me _ Food Tech-web

Esha Saxena

ME& Food Tech

Co-Founder of ME& Food Tech Esha Saxena is a proven brand and business executive with a decade of experience in new product development, brand building, in-store ranging and execution and consumer marketing from Google and Mars. Esha has a passion for disruptive innovation and food sustainability and is the only female entrepreneur in cellular agriculture in Australia.

Alejandro Cancino_Fenn Foods-web

Alejandro Cancino

Fenn Foods

Highly awarded chef Alejandro Cancino never set out to become a pioneer of the plant-based cooking scene. And yet – having spent many years building a remarkably successful career as a respected culinary talent, Alejandro made the bold decision to found Fenn Foods, a company which is now leading the plant-based meat industry in Australia.

Ben Krasnostein_Kilara Capital

Ben Krasnostein

Kilara Capital

Ben Krasnostein is Principal and Managing Director of Kilara Capital, a deal origination and investment management business, dedicated to providing sustainable investment opportunities for a zero-carbon future. Ben leads the Kilara Private Equity Team and is responsible for overall management and strategy across the Kilara Group.

Jim Fader_Eden Brew_web

Jim Fader

Eden Brew

Jim Fader is a purpose-driven business leader with 20+ years in retail across multiple sectors and countries and 5+ years in business turnarounds and restructures. Jim has chased innovation all his career; from fresh food product development through award winning Duty Free store concepts to turning car tyres into printer ink in a waste-to-energy startup. Jim builds entrepreneurial cultures with an authentic leadership style focussing on people, pace and collaboration.

Vanessa ONeill_NZTE

Vanessa O’Neill

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Vanessa is NZTE’s trade commissioner and consul-general in Melbourne. Most recently she was an enterprise consulting director with KPMG Auckland, following their acquisition of her consulting business Estute+. At KPMG she was also the food and beverage sector lead, advising companies on growth and export strategies. Her industry experience spans technology, telecommunications, seed and venture capital, FMCG, large-format retailing, foodservice and packaging in NZ, Australia, and the UK.

David Jochinke-web

David Jochinke

Grains Farmer

David Jochinke, otherwise known as ‘DJ’, is a third generation dryland broadacre grain farmer at Murra Warra in the Wimmera. He is a Nuffield Scholar and Australian Rural Leadership Fellow and has been heavily involved in farmer advocacy since finishing his Diploma of Applied Science at Longerenong College.


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