Last week, Food Frontier hosted our bi-annual industry roundtable bringing together Australian and New Zealand alt-proteins companies in person and online to hear new research and Asian export insights.
We played host to 19 representatives from 16 of Australia and New Zealand’s leading alt-proteins companies in our final industry roundtable for the year.
The agenda included organisational updates from Food Frontier and the introduction to our latest industry resource, Engaging with Foodservice, a guide for plant-based meat manufacturers. This resource was developed in response to requests stemming from our late 2021 industry focus group on marketing, and is intended to assist manufacturers in better understanding how to enter and capitalise on the opportunities presented for meat alternatives in foodservice markets.
Consumer research firm Mintel then shared exclusive sneak peek findings from research exploring Asian export market opportunities for alternative proteins commissioned by Food Frontier and enabled by our major funder, NZ primary sector think tank Te Puna Whakaaronui with support from generous donors, particularly Open Philanthropy. The comprehensive research on five key markets in Asia will be synthesised into actionable insights by Food Frontier to identify the opportunities for export to Asia for Australian and New Zealand alt-protein manufacturers, to be published in a new report in Q2 2023.
Finally, we were joined by tax advisory firm Grant Thorton to share guidance for companies about Australian and New Zealand innovation grants, specifically, opportunities for research and development, innovation and export grants for small-to-medium sized enterprises.
It is fantastic to see such positive feedback from the event with respondents rating the informativeness of the content delivered 4.8 out of 5 and 100 percent of respondents believing that Food Frontier plays an essential role in supporting the growth of the sector.
For alt-proteins companies in Australia and New Zealand who may have missed out this time but are interested in exclusive access to these gatherings in future, please reach out to Head of Industry Engagement Susie O’Neill.