There was a very big focus on sustainability, innovation and finding alternatives to traditional foods, as well as reducing food waste. With food waste in the home being about 34 % and on farm 30%, the more we can do as individuals, and then as businesses, to address this, the better.
I found the focus on alternative proteins to be very interesting, and the developments in this space will certainly challenge some old-school eating habits
The crickets were an acquired taste, but their crunchy texture was great!
It's really encouraging to see an alternative to "chicken" in the Sunfed Meats Chicken Free Chicken that got a lot of attention, both at the event and in the general media.
Maybe what could also be considered as their business ( and other businesses like this one ) expands is for their product range have niche original product names and imagery that don't actually use any reference to the real meat protein name (in this case, chicken) – it just seems a bit fairer to everyone that way, including those who are running ethical businesses producing the real chicken meat.
Plant based proteins are definitely one of the big growth markets, both here in Australia and all around the world as we tackle all of the challenges like climate change, increases in population and decreases in the percentage of available grazing land for traditional meat sources.
And as we strive to achieve strategic targets for the food & fibre sector in Gippsland, emerging new markets like this will be an important component of that growth strategy.
Global Table was certainly a fantastic opportunity to network, with both local, national and international connections - it was great to see a healthy contigent of Gippslanders from Regional Development Victoria, Gippsland Regional Partnerships and some Food & Fibre Gippsland board members be able to make it to the event.