On the 6th of December METRO AG and NX-FOOD conducted an interactive #Food4Future panel discussion at the 11th German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf.
During the discussion, five food start-ups had 3 minutes to present their product and take questions from the audience and the panel participants. The products were presented on the Start-up Shelf from NX-FOOD in the room, so everyone had a chance to taste them.
Following participants joined the panel:
Clément Tischer, Head of Food Tech and Food Innovation NX-FOOD
Kathrin Niehaus, Business Development at METRO Cash & Carry Germany
Anthony Sarpong, Founder and CEO of Anthony’s Kitchen
Andrea K. Weber, Director Corporate Responsibility at METRO AG
Moderator: Fritz Lietsch, Journalist, publisher and chief editor of “forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften”
Christopher and Timo, founders of SWARM Nutrition, encountered insect food during their long trip around Southeast Asia. On the tourist street Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand they tasted fried caterpillars, but soon realized that it was more of a courage test and an exotic once-in-a-life experience but not something that can change your eating habits.
Further on, they set their minds on bringing insect protein to the western diet and went on to taste everything that had six legs and two antennas.
Christopher and Timo knew that insects would not work seriously in the West, however, the outstanding nutrients and environmental benefits were supposed to convince those who value functionality and sustainability in their diet. They started cooperating with farmers in Thailand who grew insects, turned them into powder and sent them over to Germany where protein bars were produced.