Interview with Dr. Edgar Remmele, TFZ Technology Promotion Center in the Competence Center for Renewable Resources, Straubing



Commentary: The acceptance of alternative proteins, by Dr. André Vielstädte, Head of Corporate Communications at Tönnies



Interview with Georg Mayerhofer Farmer in Ortenburg/Bavaria



Commentary: The acceptance of alternative proteins, by Verena Jungbluth Editor-in-Chief | Head of Veganism at the German Animal Welfare Association



Science Week Podcast with Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein is online



Start-ups on Stage

Every year, the Global Food Summit provides a stage for start-ups from the fields of Smart Urban Farming, Circular Food Solutions, Food Waste as a Resource, Biotech and Life Sciences and Measurement of SDGs.

Find out here about the start-ups that were nominated for this year's Global Food Summit, which was unfortunately cancelled, and which made it to the finals for the Global Food Summit Audience Award.

Finalists Start-up Session 2020


Menutech is an Artificial Intelligence co-pilot software (SaaS) for food service departments to derive the optimal meal plan for their consumers. The meal plans are personalised to the consumersâ preferences and needs, such as food allergies, dietary restrictions and pathologies. We are working with the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food and the EIT Health on ending patient malnutrition: our vision is to improve the quality of food served in hospitals and senior homes at a reduced food service cost and waste.



Faromatics is a start-up trying to increase animal welfare and farm productivity at the same time. Our initial product, the ChickenBoy, is the world’s first ceiling suspended robot that autonomously monitors ambient conditions, chickens’ health and welfare and equipment failures in broiler houses. The ChickenBoy is installed in 6 different European countries and works with producers of 1 billion chickens world-wide. The next 3 products are in development and will be unveiled at the end of 2020.



As health is rooted in our guts microbiome we are making fermentation, the oldest and most natural way to preserve foods by using all-natural lactic acid bacteria "en vogue" again. By processing regional and seasonally harvested organic vegetables we are offering people a healthy and vegan alternative to industrially processed food. Our goal is to become the leading European supplier of fermented and probiotic living foods that are adaptable to modern living environments and nutritional concepts.



Knärzje is the first German bread beer brewed with surplus bread. We enable unique enjoyment and make a contribution against food waste, hence the claim "All taste, zero waste ". Through our more comprehensive interpretation of the zero-waste approach, beyond packaging and towards food itself, we aim to sensitize people with regards to the subject of food appreciation in a way that is enjoyable.


Delicious Data

Delicious Data offers a demand forecast solution for the problem of planning in the foodservice and catering industry. Our machine learning engine enables kitchen chefs to optimize purchase and production planning to reduce food waste and costs.



Biotrem is a Polish technology company developing an innovative production process of bio-based tableware and packaging. The patented technology allows the company to manufacture a biodegradable disposable tableware from sustainable organic raw materials, such as wheat bran, corn bran, cassava by-products, seaweed, algae, and also from bio-based polymers. With over 6 million Euro spent on R&D to date, the company is continuously working on new innovations in terms of shapes, raw materials and the production process. The Biotrem technology was invented in the 1990s by Mr. Jerzy Wysocki, whose family milling traditions are over 100 years old. Jerzy Wysocki is still co-creating innovation at Biotrem, being responsible for the research and development department. The business development of Biotrem is managed by the CEO, Malgorzata Then, who has over 15 years of experience in launching of investment projects and development of start-up ventures.



The high consumption of plastics in Germany and worldwide leads to an enormous amount of waste pollution, which destroys our world. With 11.7 million tons Germany produces more plastic waste than any other country in Europe. With our company we would like to show how easy it can be to make a big difference by taking small steps. To reduce this high consumption of plastics, we have developed an innovative formula for sustainable and edible plastic alternatives. This recipe is based on food fibres that are left over from the food industry and we reuse them for crunchy plastic alternatives. Our first product, the sustainable ice cream spoon, is chocolaty, sustainable, vegan and CO2 neutral. Until the 2021 law against single-use plastic is enforced, we will offer a wide range of alternatives that are easy and delicious to use in everyday life. Don't waste it - taste it!



The industrial production of beef or pork is partly responsible for anthropogenic climate change. In order to be able to secure food supplies in the future, we need sustainable alternatives. We at Cepri are convinced that insects are a sustainable alternative to produce animal protein. Insects need less food, occupy less land and emit less greenhouse gases than conventional farm animals. We have developed the Minilivestock Printer to optimize insect breeding. This harvesting system makes it possible to monitor the insects' hurried laying efficiency and synchronize their development cycles. With our business model and want to enable protein production locally and under the aspects of recycling management by building a value-added network.


Applicants for the Start-up Session 2020


URGROW develops the first smart and sustainable indoor garden. With the help of hydroponic technology, up to 12 plants grow simultaneously - fully automated and 365 days a year. The URGROW system is just the size of a conventional flower box and fits into any home. The integrated app accompanies the customer from sowing to harvest. The system consists of 95% recycled materials and the seeds are Demeter quality. The individual soil for each plant was developed in cooperation with the University of Budapest - so each plant can grow under optimal conditions.


Good Crop

The modern diet of western industrial nations lacks dietary fiber. 70% of Germans cannot get enough of the healthy fibers, which are essential for our digestion, fill us up - but do not make us fat, protect us from diet-related diseases such as diabetes and obesity and contribute to the balance of the intestinal flora. 
Dietary fiber-rich food components such as the outer layers of cereal grains are deliberately removed by the modern food industry and remain as by-products of refined foods and convenience foods. Good Crop puts the lost nutrients back on the menu by using by-products from the milling, edible oil and brewing industries as ingredients in natural, fiber-rich and convenient drinks.
For a balanced diet, more well-being and a good gut feeling.



We want to live in a city where everyone can have access to affordable, fair and quality products. So let’s open our cooperative supermarket together! The concept is simple. SuperCoop is owned and run by its members. All members work 3 hours/month, and can democratically shape supermarket policy. This community-based model runs on transparency and participation and has been a success in New York (45 years/17,000 members) and Paris (3 years/6,000 members).



Imagine you could actively fight climate change just by adding a single species of plants to your diet. A good impact food that does not require soil, fresh water or fertilizer. Cultivated food from the oceans, which cover 70% of our planet, instead from already wrecked landmass. At Oceanfruit we develop plant-forward, future-proof seafood based on European Seaweed: Everyday products designed to address new demands and to create a real alternative for about 700million people working in fishery.



ZestUp is much more than just a refreshing drink: by using fruit peels as a resource-efficient upcycling process, a sustainable drink has been created that not only tastes extraordinarily bitter-fruity, but also preserves raw materials. The peels come from juice presses, which can be found increasingly in supermarkets and bars. The squeezed fruits are collected by our supplier, taken to a collection point and cleaned there. Based on the old ladies saying "The good is in the peel", we don't use any additional flavour enhancers or colourings.With ZestUp we provide a vegan and gluten-free drink which has a lower sugar content than comparable soft drinks. For the respective requirements we offer two different bottle sizes. The 0.33L bottles are suitable outstanding for the pure benefit in the park with a tasty meal or just for pleasure. The little brother, the 0.2L bottle, is especially designed for bars and restaurants. Due to the adapted size, long drinks and cocktails are quickly and easily mixed and ZestUp combined with Spirits satisfies with ist bitter-fruity taste.



BAUERNBOX - from the farmers directly into the box, filled by you with real food. The regional online farm shop with real farm atmosphere and city-rural experiences.


Meet Jack

Meet Jack has a ready-to-use delicious food product line starring unripe shredded jackfruit. With his meaty texture, he offers a great alternative for your carnivorous cravings. It’s made with love for Mother Earth and ticks off all the boxes: · loads of vitamins (A, C, & zinc) · high on fibers · vegan · many nutrients (iron, calcium, and potassium) · low in calories Based in the Netherlands you can find Jack in different (Dutch-friendly) variations: jackfruit bitterballen, croquettes, burgers, gyros and raw chunks of jackfruit to start up your cooking creativity. Our task is to supply restaurants and companies with the perfectly sourced and all-natural alternatives designed to perfection. You can find Jack at the biggest wholesalers: Sligro, De Kweker, VHC Jongens.



Unsafe food poses global health threats, endangering everyone. According to WHO, each year worldwide, unsafe food causes 600 million cases of food-borne diseases and 420,000 deaths. On the other hand food producers are struggling with product recalls due to bacterial contamination. Millions of tons of food is wasted every year due to food recalls which affects national economies adversely. We at Bosetein are on a mission to reduce food safety hazard and food waste by means of technology and innovation. We have developed a Real-time Bacterial Inspection Sensor (ReBIS) to count the number of bacteria on the surface of meat products and thus estimating its hygienic condition and freshness in real-time. This way ReBIS can monitor the condition of food during the entire supply chain from farm-to-fork. ReBIS is an optical sensor which utilizes powerful AI algorithms to perform this task without even touching the food products. GFS 2020 will provide us a great opportunity to reach out to potential customers and investors. It is also an appropriate platform to raise the issue of food recall and huge economic losses caused by it in front of all the stakeholders of the food industry.


Beneto Foods

Beneto Foods develops, produces and sells high protein food made from organic cricket powder. In May 2019, Beneto launched its first product, which is Beneto’s high protein pasta in 5 flavours. A fusilli that contains 40% of protein thanks to smoothly ground crickets. In order to pursue the corporate sustainability goals, Beneto's team is working on Germany's first automated cricket farm, which integrates the new, sustainable form of protein production into a technology-based circular economy.c


YFood Labs

YFood is a food-tech startup from Munich which is revolutionising the whole food industry with its innovative complete food solutions and fundamentally changing nutrition habits. Our products provide wholesome and well-balanced meals in mobile dosage forms that contain everything your body needs (26 vitamins & minerals, plentiful protein and important fibre), satisfy hunger and provide constant energy for a successful day. To sum up: YFood serves a tasty alternative to unhealthy junk food and offers an innovative solution for everyone who wants to eat consciously even in stressful moments. 



I believe it will be affordable for everybody to eat in a sustainable way that fits the demands of athletes and top chefs in ten years. How come? I encountered seaweed. For more than two years we have been working on enriching our diet with seaweed. Creating more with less. More flavour with less salt, more juiciness with less fat and more food with less resources. The result is so tasty that seaweed will become rapidly an unavoidable component to most of the processed food that we know of.



Bicoll is an expert in small molecule (drug) discovery. The company has built up a plant-based natural products platform. This enables to deliver compounds via the fastest method on the market from initial idea to first animal data. Results, which Bicoll could disclose, are food supplements with anti inflammatory effect (natural product communications, 2015, 10(4): 597-603). Bicoll offers solutions from scientific gathered and carefully processed plant species with an outstanding knowledge in high tech natural product chemistry to validated experience in (medicinal) chemistry to any type of client: from big pharma to a small research group. The robust technology allows it to serve biological screening approaches (whole cell, whole organism) as well as biochemical high-throughput-screening set-ups.



Overconsumption is a rising problem in modern day's Western society, with an abundant supply of unhealthy food. In order to make a healthy food choice it should be both convenient and delicious. Grünten's mission is to seduce people to make the healthy choice. Grünten's Veggie Oats are 'ready-to-eat' oatmeal products based on vegetables in pie flavours: Apple Pie, Carrot Cake & Red Velvet Brownie. Each portion contains up til 100 grams of vegetables. They are low in calories, yet very filling due to the natural high fibre content. Healthy, convenient & delicious: turning veggies into your favourite pie flavour!



Farm21 offers a data driven advisory platform combined with an affordable high density sensor network. We are the first to democratize accurate field specific advice for growers. Field climate and soil variate on small scale. Single point measurements are therefor not sufficient for accurate insight, rendering the data useless. With our product allows growers to implement multiple sensors in a single field. Higher quality of data, better actionable insights, leading to a better profit for growers by increased crop yield and saving on valuable resources. 


Babs Bone Broth

We believe that to eat healthy, it's important to know where your food comes from, how it was processed, and who was involved in each step. In a world that puts people and planet first, every step of the cycle matters, from the farmer to your table, and your health. That's the reality we are trying to cultivate. This is why we implement circular supply chains, doing everything possible to create zero waste and to make every step of the process useful to the whole. When it comes to the animals we source, we use the bones, ligaments, hooves, heads, claws, and spines to make the most nourishing collagen-rich bone broth on the planet. We render the fat ourselves and use the resulting tallow fat. The cooked bones, we want to sell to a local pet food company so they can make treats for dogs. In fact, we envision the day when the concept of "animal waste" won't have any meaning because we live in a world that values the whole and finds a purpose for everything. We truly mean it when we say we're working toward a better, cleaner, healthier world for everyone. Our part lies in making nourishing bone broth and helping it become a normal, healthy, affordable part of everyday life so the health cost of collagen deficiency is finally a thing of the past. We're proud to say that you're going to love what our broth has to offer.



Agricolus is a startup that develops solutions for Smart Agriculture. The mission is to support farmers, agronomists, and agricultural operators in optimizing the work on field, by using innovative technologies of data collection and analysis. The core of the company is a cloud ecosystem of precision farming applications: Decision Support Systems, forecast models, smart pest and disease control, remote sensing. A complete solution for any agronomic need. The idea of a sustainable future, high professionalism, great experience, and dynamism define the identity of Agricolus S. r. l., whose strength is made up of a multidisciplinary team: Agronomists and Developers, GIS Technicians and Data Scientists working for modern agriculture. Agricolus™ technology is one of the success stories of Smart Agriculture in Europe.



We developed edible and biodegradable straws based on plant materials with a price of 0,02 $ per straw. We improve the exploitation properties of native polymers by biomodification of proteins and polysaccharides by enzyme. It isn't the standard crosslinking in polymer chemistry (glutaraldehyde, mercaptoethanol, phenol, melamine-formaldehyde resins, etc.) i.e. crosslinking by enzymatic process allows producing an edible product. We will produce the straws with scalable technology by extrusion. The business model of our company is the sale of straws to consumers and the sale of technology on non-exclusive rights to plastic manufacturers.


Startup Jury

Bild Prof. Justus Wesseler

Prof. Justus Wesseler

Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy

Bild Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

Founder, Head of Project

Bild Marion Meyer

Marion Meyer

Head of Corporate Business Deleopment, BayWa

Bild Prof. Martina Schraudner

Prof. Martina Schraudner

Member of the Board, Acatech

Bild Johanna Braun

Johanna Braun

Innovation, Venture and Sustainability Consultant

Bild Prof. Thomas Becker

Prof. Thomas Becker

TU Munich, Weihenstephan

Bild Dr. Simon Reitmeier

Dr. Simon Reitmeier

Director of the Food Cluster, Kulmbach Bavaria