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High Impact Plant Based World Expo Energized the Industry and Showcased the Next Wave of Innovative Products

The fourth annual PBW attracted retail and food service buyers who met with exhibitors and sampled hundreds of new plant-based food brands.

NEW YORK, September 12, 2023 – Plant Based World Expo North America (PBW) returned to the Javits Center in New York on September 7 and 8, 2023. Attendees at the only 100% plant-based B2B industry event sampled delicious new plant-based products, heard from knowledgeable and inspiring speakers, and attended exclusive networking opportunities. There were 3,168 registrants, including a substantial increase in qualified retail and food service buyers walking the expo floor. 

“The positive energy and excitement was palpable from the minute the show floor opened,” said Ben Davis, Content Chair and Strategic Advisor, PBW. “We’ve gotten fantastic feedback from buyers, exhibitors, and sponsors. Overall, exhibitor satisfaction has increased, and more than 50% of exhibit space has already been reserved for the 2024 show, including country pavilions from Italy, Denmark, Brazil, Thailand, Spain, and more.”

Trends at the 2023 Plant Based World Expo included:

  • Healthier plant-based snacks and prepared foods using sustainable ingredients like hemp, jackfruit, acai, algae, and seaweed. 
  • Global culinary creativity and chef-crafted products from countries including Italy, Brazil, Denmark, Peru, France, the UK, Thailand, Australia, and Canada. Products included plant-based cheese with truffles from Italy, plant-based croissants from France, and organic certified and vegan Dutch stroopwafels.
  • More collaborations and training opportunities between food service institutions, chefs, and product manufacturers.
  • Exceptional mushroom-based meats, snacks, and jerky from MyForest Foods, Green Wolf Foods, Popadelics, and Myco Technology.
  • Exciting new plant-based seafood products from companies such as BeLeaf, Jinka, and Mind Blown Seafood.

This year, exhibitors from more than 200 global companies in more than 250 booths showcased their plant-based products, handed out delicious samples, met buyers, and kept the show floor buzzing for two days. “The experience has been very positive, and we’ve met some wonderful buyers,” said exhibitor Janessa Steenberg, Founder of Panacheeza. “We landed a huge deal today and have already reserved our spot for next year. After being at Plant Based World, we can fulfill retail space and food service.”

Henrik Lund, CEO of Naturli` Foods echoed a similar sentiment: “The quality of the people we talked with this year has been exceptional. They are decision-makers and stakeholders, and I loved the Hosted Buyer Lounge, where PBW arranged meetings with the exhibitors and buyers. PBW is one of the best places to showcase plant-based products.”

Buyers at the show were also enthusiastic about their experiences, citing great connections and the chance to learn about new products to bring to their customers. Additionally, exhibitors and buyers raved about the one-to-one meeting opportunities set up by PBW via the Hosted Buyer Program and the Food Export International Buyers Mission, which all combined resulted in nearly 400 meetings between 40 key buyers and more than100 exhibitors over three full days.

“The Hosted Buyer program was fantastic, and I walked away with a good, solid list of brands to seriously consider,” said Fedele Stella, a buyer with Fairway Market. Chris Chagnon, Assistant Category Manager at Hannaford Supermarkets, said he also had an overwhelmingly positive experience and “was impressed with the innovation and variety of products on the Expo floor.” He also expressed enthusiasm for the Hosted Buyer Program, which “allowed for meaningful conversations in an informal setting.” Thomas Clark from Clark Distribution said PBW was more focused than other large natural product trade shows, allowing him to have more meaningful and valuable conversations.

Don’t forget to save the date for next year’s show, September 11-12, 2024. PBW also offers the only hosted buyer program that is free of charge and exclusive to exhibitors.  Learn more about exhibiting at the 2024 Plant Based World Expo here.

To learn more about Plant Based World Expo or to schedule an interview with PBW leadership, please contact Sacha Cohen, [email protected] or 202-251-9417.

To inquire about exhibiting at future shows, please contact Sam Morley at [email protected].

 

About Plant Based World Expo

Plant Based World Expo is North America’s only 100% plant-based event designed exclusively for food service and retail professionals, distributors, investors, and manufacturers. PBW combines a world-class conference with an exhibition showcasing thousands of innovative plant-based food products and brands from around the world, plus high-level networking and tasting opportunities. PBW is the official tradeshow of the Plant Based Foods Association. 

About JD Events

Plant Based World Expo is produced by JD Events, dedicated to creating targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content, and high-level networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing collaboration in the markets it serves.

Top 10 Not-to-Miss Experiences at Plant Based World Expo 2023

Renowned speakers, engaging conference sessions, an expanded International Pavilion, cooking demos, emerging brands, networking, and more await Plant Based World Expo attendees

NEW YORK, August 22, 2023 – The global plant-based sector is expected to reach $77.8 billion by 2025 and will continue growing through 2030, potentially to more than $100 billion. There’s no better place to learn about ground-breaking products, ingredient innovation, and trends in the maturing plant-based industry than Plant Based World Expo, September 7-8, 2023, at the Javits Center in New York.

Attendees will hear from experts across the food industry, discover plant-based innovations, learn about the latest products and trends, and much more. This year there will be more than 200 exhibitors and sponsors, 40 conference sessions, and more than 4,000 people are expected to attend. With so much to see, hear and taste, how can attendees make the most of their time at the must-attend B2B conference?

Here’s a list of the top 10 not-to-miss experiences:

    1. Get inspired by opening keynote speaker Matt Mueller who will share strategies for learning how to innovate faster with purposeful growth.
    2. Don’t miss Friday’s keynote Plant-Based Foods in 2023: Lessons in Resilience and Collaboration with Liron Nimrodi, Zero Egg; Pete Speranza, Wicked Foods; Erin Ransom, Tofurky; Minh Tsai, Hodo Foods; Rachel Dreskin, Plant Based Foods Association and moderated by Nil Zacharias, Plantega and Eat For The Planet.
    3. Visit the BIMPOC Pavilion – created in partnership with the Plant Based Foods Association – which highlights four BIMPOC founder companies including I Eat My Greens and Fun Sesames.
    4. Stop by the Buyer Education Theater to learn what’s essential to buyers from food service and retail—featuring speakers from Hive Brands, Bon Appétit Management Company, Target, and more.
    5. Explore the global influence of plant-based foods from countries including Italy, Brazil, Denmark, Peru, France, the UK, Thailand, Australia, Canada at the expanded International Pavilion.
    6. Hear from industry leaders and pioneers shaping the plant-based sector’s future at the Executive Summit. Topics include everything from Growing a Successful Food Service Business to Merchandising Best Practices to Next Generation Protein.
    7. Check out plant-based cooking demos in the Culinary Theater, where you’ll learn to make dishes like Jerk Steak Tacos and Italian Stuffed Zucchini.
    8. Enjoy samples of ground-breaking plant-based products and ingredients.
    9. Find out about the latest consumer surveys and trends.
    10. Meet plant-based industry trailblazers, disruptors, and experts.

“At Plant Based World, our mission is to help inspire and support sustainable growth within the global food system. This year we will continue to do that with a stellar line-up of speakers, informative programming, and an Expo floor that will showcase the enormous variety of products available to today’s discerning consumers,” said Benjamin Davis, Content Chair and Strategic Advisor, Plant Based World Expo.

The Plant Based World Expo Conference Program has been carefully curated to help retailers, food service operators, and other industry professionals advance their businesses in the plant-based sector. All sessions are programmed with guidance from the world-class PBW Advisory Council and Buyers Council.

To learn more about Plant Based World Expo or to schedule an interview with PBW leadership, please contact Sacha Cohen, [email protected] or 202-251-9417.

 

About Plant Based World

Plant Based World Expo is produced by JD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing collaboration in the markets it serves.

 

About JD Events

Plant Based World Expo is produced by JD Events, dedicated to creating targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content, and high-level networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing collaboration in the markets it serves.

Pioneering Plant-Based CEOs from Wicked Foods, Hodo, ZeroEgg, and Eat for the Planet to Keynote Day Two of Plant Based World Expo

Keynote panelists will discuss how their businesses have adapted over time and the future opportunities in a maturing industry. Plus, the latest programming and exhibitor highlights.

NEW YORK, July 26, 2023 –  Plant Based World Expo, September 7-8, 2023 at the Javits Center in New York is pleased to announce the Day 2 Keynote: “Plant-Based Foods in 2023: Lessons in Resilience and Collaboration.” This must-attend session will be moderated by Nil Zacharias, Founder of Eat For The Planet and features panelists Liron Nimrodi from ZeroEgg, Pete Speranza from Wicked Foods, and Minh Tsai from Hodo Foods.

During the keynote, attendees will discover the remarkable journey of the plant-based food industry and gain valuable insights from a panel of industry leaders representing various plant-based food categories and stages of growth. Join us for an engaging conversation as these experts share their diverse perspectives on how their businesses have adapted over time, shedding light on prospects for the maturing plant-based food space. This keynote session will leave you equipped with the knowledge and inspiration to navigate the dynamic landscape of plant-based food in 2023 and beyond.

“Since 2019, we’ve been at the forefront of the plant-based food movement and our conference programming reflects the evolution and maturation of the industry,” said Ben Davis, Content Chair​ and Strategic Advisor at Plant Based World Expo. “We’re bringing together some of the most innovative and brightest minds in the plant-based industry to share their expertise and offer real-world case studies and best practices designed to help attendees successfully develop, source and distribute plant-based products, and gain insights they won’t find anywhere else.”

This year’s Plant Based World Expo Conference Program has been carefully curated to help retailers, foodservice operators and other industry professionals advance their businesses in the plant-based sector. Two distinct Conference tracks make it easy to find topics related to specific businesses:

  • Executive Summit: New this year, the Executive Summit is designed for industry professionals to learn from industry leaders and pioneers who are shaping the future of the plant-based sector, including a world-class lineup of speakers from companies including Before the Butcher, Green Boy Group, Whole Foods Market, and Purple Carrot. Highlighted sessions include:
    • The Next Generation of Plant-Based Proteins
    • Pioneer – Launch – Scale: Growing a Successful Food Service Business
    • Retailer Collaborations – Merchandising Best Practices to Optimize Category Sales
  • Buyer Education Theater: Open to all attendees, this is an opportunity to learn about what’s important to key buyers from foodservice and retail. Features speakers from the Food Marketing Institute, Sodexo, JBH Advisory Group, Target, and more. Topics include:
    • Meat Mushrooms, Your New Center of the Plate Protein
    • The Next Generation: Decoding Gen Z’s Palate and Crafting Authentic Connection
    • Power of Plant-Based Food and Beverages 2023.

In addition to the two PBW Conference tracks, Plant Based World Expo features the following must-attend educational opportunities from the expo floor:

  • The Culinary Theater is where attendees can get a taste for how to use many of the products on the show floor. Watch professional chefs mix it up and show how to make a variety of cuisines from around the world.
  • Learning Garden Theater is a must attend for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of industry trends and innovations.

The 2023 Plant Based World Expo Conference Program was created in partnership with the Plant Based Foods Association and Eat For the Planet. All sessions are programmed with guidance from the world-class PBW Advisory Council and Buyers Council.

Plant Based World Expo (PBW) is North America’s only 100% plant-based event designed exclusively for foodservice and retail professionals, distributors, investors, and manufacturers. PBW combines a world-class conference with an exhibition showcasing thousands of innovative plant-based food products and brands from around the world, plus high-level networking and tasting opportunities. More than 200 exhibitors and more than 4,000 people are expected to attend this year.

To learn more about Plant Based World Expo or to schedule an interview with PBW leadership, please contact Sacha Cohen, [email protected] or 202-251-9417.

 

About Plant Based World

Plant Based World Expo is produced by JD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing collaboration in the markets it serves.

 

About PBFA

The Plant Based Foods Association is the only trade association in the U.S. representing over 350 of the nation’s leading plant-based food companies. PBFA’s mission is to champion, strengthen, and elevate our members and the plant-based food industry. PBFA empowers the industry by advocating for government policies that allow fair competition while expanding market opportunities for retail, distribution, and foodservice to support the continued growth of the plant-based foods industry.

 

Media Contact
Sacha Cohen
202.251.9417
[email protected]

DISCOVER THE NEXT ERA OF PLANT BASED AT PLANT BASED WORLD EXPO, SEPTEMBER 7-8

Ground-breaking 100% plant-based trade event for the food industry features the biggest names in plant-based food and an opening keynote with best-selling author and innovation consultant Matt Mueller

NEW YORK, June 27, 2023 –  Plant-based food and beverages have entered a new era of resilient growth and innovation. Healthier, tastier, low-carb, soy-free and other options are contributing to a projection that the market will reach $77.8 billion by 2025. The place to experience the next era of plant-based is the upcoming Plant Based World Expo (PBW), North America’s pioneering plant-based trade show and conference. Designed exclusively for foodservice and retail professionals, distributors, investors, and manufacturers, PBW returns to New York September 7-8, 2023 at the Javits Center.

“The plant-based industry has grown at lightning speed since we launched the first Plant Based World in 2019. Each year, we’ve grown and evolved to meet the demand and to showcase the next wave of innovative and accessible products. PBW continues to be the must-attend industry event where buyers learn about the latest plant-based foods and beverages and where the next era of plant-based begins,” said Benjamin Davis, Content Chair and Strategic Advisor, Plant Based World Expo.

The opening keynote, Creating Purposeful Growth with Mindful Innovation, features best-selling author and innovation consultant Matt Mueller who will share strategies for learning how to innovate faster with purposeful growth. You’ll go as far back as 4,000 B.C. to learn from early day innovations and deploy a level of awareness that will uncover the secret formula to business success, stripping innovation to its foundation. With this newfound clarity you will learn how to identify real consumer problems, supercharge your creativity, and collaborate like a pro.

Several exciting new features will debut this year including:

  • Buyer Education Theater: Open to all attendees, this is an opportunity to learn about what’s important to key buyers from food service and retail. Features speakers from the Food Marketing Institute, Sodexo, JBH Advisory Group, Target, and more.
  • Executive Summit: A two-day event during PBW designed for industry professionals to learn from industry leaders and pioneers who are shaping the future of the plant-based sector, including a world-class lineup of speakers from Dao Foods, Infinite Foods, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Elohi Strategic Advisors, Before the Butcher, Whole Foods Market and many more. Topics include everything from the Path to Profitability to the Next Generation of Plant-Based Protein, offering a well-rounded educational program that all corners of the industry can find vital, related content for their business.

With more than 40 sessions and a buzzing expo floor filled with the most exciting and cutting edge brands, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest consumer trends, data, and research on plant-based foods.
  • See, taste, and experience new product innovations and solutions.
  • Become experts on plant-based food and help shape a healthier, more sustainable food system.
  • Network with and learn from their peers.

Plant Based World Expo combines a world-class conference with an exhibition showcasing thousands of innovative plant-based food products and brands from around the world including Italy, Denmark, Brazil, Thailand, France and Peru, plus high-level networking and tasting opportunities. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend this year.

Plant Based World Expo offers separate passes for the expo floor and conference program, as well as an All Access Pass for guests looking for a more well-rounded experience. Qualified buyers can receive a free Expo Only pass upon registering, and registering through July 16 offers an Early Bird discount to all. For more information and to register, visit www.plantbasedworldexpo.com.

PBW is the official trade show for the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), the pioneering trade association for plant-based food companies.

 

About Plant Based World

Plant Based World Expo is produced by JD Events, dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities — all geared toward increasing collaboration in the markets it serves.

 

About PBFA

The Plant Based Foods Association is the only trade association in the U.S. representing over 350 of the nation’s leading plant-based food companies. PBFA’s mission is to champion, strengthen, and elevate our members and the plant-based food industry. PBFA empowers the industry by advocating for government policies that allow fair competition while expanding market opportunities for retail, distribution, and foodservice to support the continued growth of the plant-based foods industry.

 

Media Contact
Sacha Cohen
202.251.9417
[email protected]

Highly Successful Plant Based World Expo Energizes and Engages Food Industry

The third PBW had more than 3,700 attendees, more buyers, and an impressive range of exhibitors showcasing the best in plant-based foods.

NEW YORK, September 13, 2022 – The third Plant Based World Expo North America (PBW) returned to the Javits Center in New York on September 8 and 9, 2022. Attendees at the 100% plant-based B2B industry event enjoyed innovative new plant-based products, informative and inspiring speakers, and exclusive networking opportunities. There were 3,722 attendees, up roughly 20% from 2021 and 232 exhibitors.

“The response to this year’s Plant Based World Expo has been tremendous,” said Chris Nemchek, General Manager. “One of our goals this year was to improve the audience quality and increase the number of retail and foodservice buyers at the show, and we are thrilled to report that we increased the number of buyers by 20%.”

Trends on display included:

  • Mushroom-based meats, snacks and jerky from Fable, Popadelics and Eat the Change.
  • Plant-based meats and seafoods from companies such as Atlas Monroe, Hoya, Unlimeat, The Blue Butcher, Mind Blown Seafood, and Finless Foods.
  • Functional foods and beverages from Broma, True North, Remedy and Purposefuel.
  • Snacks galore from Rule Breaker Snacks, Lupii, Mozaics, and Fat Badger.
  • Global culinary creativity and chef-crafted products.
  • Convenient and accessible frozen and prepared entrees from companies such as Strong Roots and Wicked Foods.
  • Elevated plant-based cheeses from Good Plant Foods, Bedda Cheese, Selfish Cow Plant Based Cheese, Plant Perks, Nuts for Cheese, Wildbrine, and Miyoko’s Creamery.

“The success of this year’s Plant Based World Expo demonstrates the continued excitement around the plant-based foods industry,” said Rachel Dreskin, CEO of PBFA and The Institute. “Thanks to the strength of our partnership with the PBW team, we were able to put on a fantastic show featuring impactful conference sessions and so many meaningful opportunities for our members to connect with industry leaders and buyers. We look forward to continued growth and the expansion of our joint mission to showcase the power of plant-based.”

The show’s exhibitors were enthusiastic about their experiences at the show, citing great connections and the chance to showcase their products to a highly qualified audience as reasons why they plan to return next year.

“This was Mind Blown’s first year exhibiting at the show and it was incredible start to finish,” said Monica Talbert, co-founder of Mind Blown Plant Based Seafood Company. “The energy and excitement from attendees and other exhibitors was truly electric and so many quality connections really makes PBW a show not to miss!”

Whether they were sampling delicious plant-based frozen desserts and mouth-watering plant-based entrees or learning from expert speakers, celebrity chefs, and industry leaders, attendees agreed that this was the best PBW yet.

“The show has been incredible. We’ve made a lot of good contacts with all the right people to get our product into the right places. We’re looking forward to next year,” said Marc Elkman, co-founder, Mighty Yum.

“This was our first time coming to the show and we have made many amazing connections here–it gives me goosebumps–and we’re excited about following up and our future,” said Camille Holder-Brown, co-founder, Kale Cafe.

Plant Based World Expo (PBW) is North America’s only 100% plant-based event designed exclusively for foodservice and retail professionals, distributors, investors, and manufacturers. PBW combines a world-class conference with an exhibition showcasing thousands of innovative plant-based food products and brands from around the world, plus high-level networking and tasting opportunities. PBW is the official tradeshow of the Plant Based Foods Association.

To learn more about Plant Based World Expo or to schedule an interview with PBW leadership, please contact Sacha Cohen, [email protected] or 202-251-9417.

To inquire about exhibiting at future shows please contact Sam Morley at [email protected].

Top 10 Things to Do at Plant Based World Expo

Foodservice and retail professionals, distributors, investors, and manufacturers will come together under one roof on September 8-9, 2022 at the Javits Center in New York to experience ground-breaking plant-based innovations, trends, new products and much more at the third Plant Based World Expo. This year there will be 50% more expo floor space, more than 250 exhibitors and sponsors, and 25+ conference sessions. More than 4,500 people are expected to attend.
So how can attendees make the most of their time at the must-attend two-day B2B conference? Here’s a list of the top 10 not-to-miss experiences:
  1. Get inspired by opening keynote speakers Chef Spike Mendelsohn and author Eve Turow-Paul.
  2. Explore the global influence of plant-based foods at the Italy, Mexico, and Peru pavilions.
  3. Visit the Start-Up Zone to uncover the newest plant-based brands and products.
  4. Check out plant-based cooking demos in the Culinary Theater.
  5. Learn about ingredient trends in the Learning Garden.
  6. Enjoy samples of ground-breaking plant-based products and ingredients.
  7. Discover innovative ways to merchandise and promote plant-based menu items.
  8. Find out about the latest consumer surveys and trends.
  9. Take deep dives into case studies from Wicked Foods and Infinite Foods.
  10. Meet plant-based industry pioneers, disruptors, and experts.
“This year’s Plant Based World Expo builds on the success of our first two shows and will showcase the enormous variety of products and innovations available to today’s discerning consumers,” said Chris Nemchek, general manager of Plant Based World Expo. Plus, our stellar line-up of speakers will deliver insightful and practical information that attendees will be able to implement immediately.
The Learning Garden – sponsored by Wicked Kitchen and SPINS  is back this year and is a must for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of industry trends and innovations. Highlights include:
  • Disrupting the Plant-Based Category by Prioritizing Sustainability
  • Delivering Tasteful Health with CJ Bio’s TasteNrich and FlavorNrich Ingredients
  • Wanted: Manufactured Vegan Food for the School Food Service Sector
  • Power of Plant-Based Food and Beverages
The Culinary Theater is where attendees can get a taste for how to use many of the products on the show floor. Watch professional plant-based chefs mix it up and show how to make a variety of global cuisines including Mediterranean, Jamaican, Italian, and Mauritian, as well as desserts! Highlights include:
  • Incorporating Plant Based Products into your Biscotti Recipe
  • Rewriting Food Memories: Nowadays x Aunts et Uncles reimagine chicken with the ‘So Simple Chicken Sandwich’
  • “Plant Based Recipes with an Italian Style”: Discover How to Combine Italian Cuisine with Healthy Plant Based Wonderful Ingredients
  • Mediterranean Cuisine: A World of Plant Based Flavors
The Plant Based World Expo Conference Program has been carefully curated in partnership with the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) and Eat For the Planet, to help retailers, foodservice operators and other industry professionals advance their businesses in the plant-based sector. All sessions are programmed with guidance from the world-class PBW Advisory Council and Buyers Council.

Chef Spike Mendelsohn To Keynote Day Two of Plant Based World Expo

The renowned chef and entrepreneur will discuss how and why he built two successful plant-based food companies and how he puts his passion for food equity and education into action.

NEW YORK, July 26, 2022 – Plant Based World Expo (September 8-9, 2022) is pleased to announce that restaurateur, TV personality, entrepreneur and food policy advocate Chef Spike Mendelsohn will keynote Day 2 of the Plant Based World Expo on Friday, September 9, 2022.

From chef and restaurateur to television personality, food policy advocate and entrepreneur, Chef Spike Mendelsohn is a force to be reckoned with in the culinary world. In 2019, he co-founded PLNT Burger, a fast-casual chain dedicated to celebrating classic American comfort foods in a way that is better for people and the planet. His desire to make a positive impact on our food system also led to the founding of plant-based snack company Eat The Change with friend and fellow entrepreneur, Seth Goldman.

“We’re fortunate to have some of the best and brightest plant-based food industry leaders and pioneers speaking at this year’s conference,” said Ben Davis, Content Chair and Strategic Advisor at Plant Based World Expo. “Speakers like Chef Spike Mendelsohn and others will share their expertise as well as real-world case studies and best practices designed to help attendees successfully develop, source and distribute plant-based products, and gain insights they won’t find anywhere else.”

This year’s Plant Based World Expo Conference Program at the Javits Center in New York has been carefully curated in partnership with the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) and Eat For the Planet, to help retailers, foodservice operators and other industry professionals advance their businesses in the plant-based sector. There are three tracks–Retail, Food Service, and Industry–that make it easy to find topics related to specific businesses, as well as a world-class lineup of speakers from Kroger, Target, Dot Foods, Sodexo Campus, PBFA, Mintec. and many more

Session highlights include:

  • Understanding the Consumer Shift Away from Animal to Plant-Based
  • Celebrating, Elevating, and Amplifying Diversity in Plant-Based Foods
  • Thriving in Food Service
  • The Importance of Collaborating with Brands in Retail
  • Securing a Resilient Plant-Based Future: Building Domestic Supply Networks
  • Plant-Based Food Pricing and the Impact of Inflation
  • Addressing Operational Challenges of Plant-Based Menus
  • Much more!

“The success of Plant Based World Expo speaks to the explosive growth of the plant-based foods industry,” said Rachel Dreskin, CEO of PBFA. “We are thrilled to partner with the PBW team to curate educational content that expands retailer and foodservice operators’ understanding of the overwhelming demand for plant-based foods, and offer an exciting, meaningful opportunity for our membership to get their delicious and innovative foods in front of industry leaders and consumers.”

The 2022 Plant Based World Expo Conference Program was created in partnership with the Plant Based Foods Association and Eat For the Planet. All sessions are programmed with guidance from the world-class PBW Advisory Council and Buyers Council.

Plant Based World Expo is North America’s only 100% plant-based event designed exclusively for foodservice and retail professionals, distributors, investors, and manufacturers. PBW combines a world-class conference with an exhibition showcasing thousands of innovative plant-based food products and brands from around the world, plus high-level networking and tasting opportunities. PBW is the official tradeshow of the Plant Based Foods Association. More than 250 exhibitors and more than 4,500 people are expected to attend this year.

To learn more about Plant Based World Expo or to schedule an interview with PBW leadership, please contact Sacha Cohen, [email protected] or 202-251-9417.

Bigger Plant Based World Expo Returns to NYC September 2022

Plant Based World Expo (PBW), North America’s only 100% plant-based event — designed exclusively for foodservice and retail professionals, distributors, investors, and manufacturers — returns for the third time to New York September 8-9, 2022 at the Javits Center. PBW is the official trade show for the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), the pioneering trade association for plant-based food companies.

Building on a tremendously successful 2021 event, this year will be even better with a larger expo floor space, double the number of sessions, the return of the Culinary Theater, even more exhibitors from around the world, and ground-breaking plant-based products.

“We’re thrilled to be heading back to New York for the third Plant Based World Expo! Our highly curated B2B event is the must-attend industry event for food service professionals, retailers, investors, buyers and brands to do business, learn and connect,” said Chris Nemchek, General Manager of Plant Based World Expo. “We look forward to offering important educational sessions and showcasing the latest plant-based products that will help companies excel in this exploding category, improve their bottom line and offer customers the very best in plant-based food options.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest consumer trends, data, and research on plant-based foods.
  • See, taste, and experience new product innovations and solutions.
  • Become experts on plant-based food and help shape a healthier, more sustainable food system.
  • Network with and learn from their peers.

Plant Based World Expo combines a world-class conference with an exhibition showcasing thousands of innovative plant-based food products and brands from around the world, plus high-level networking and tasting opportunities. More than 4,500 people are expected to attend this year.

This year’s opening keynote is Eve Turow-Paul, an author, globally-recognized thought leader, and founder and Executive Director of Food for Climate League. During her engaging and informational session, From Functional Foods to Sourdough: The “Why” Behind Today’s Food & Lifestyle Trends, Turow-Paul will discuss our shared human needs and how they shape food and lifestyle trends in the plant-based world and beyond. During the hour, Turow-Paul will walk through the connections between food choice, mental health, sustainability, and the impact of COVID-19. Attendees will be introduced to a framework that will help them decipher not just past and present trends, but also anticipate the trends of tomorrow.

Registration is now open to attend. Plant Based World Expo offers separate passes for the expo floor and conference program, as well as an All Access Pass for guests looking for a more well-rounded experience. Qualified buyers can receive a free Expo Only pass upon registering, and registering through July 17 offers an Early Bird discount to all. For more information, visit www.plantbasedworldexpo.com.

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