The 2nd edition of the World Food Summit – Better Food for Better People took place in the Danish capital on August 24-25, 2017. Copenhagen welcomed over 200 top national and international leaders in business, gastronomy, science, policy, and opinion.
The VIP participants were eager to discuss practical solutions to the global challenges related to food information and access, food safety, and waste. The work was aimed at setting targets for action through international and local partnerships between all levels of government and the private sector.
The Danish Ministry of Environment and Food, led by Minister Esben Lunde Larsen, hosted the two-day Summit. Activities included several discussions, presentations, field trips and the launch of Bite Copenhagen, the new B2B international food fair where innovation, nutrition, and sustainability go hand in hand. The four main themes of this year’s summit were Better Information, Safer Food, Food Diversity and Prevention of Food Waste.
A Potluck Dinner for citizens, a Case Competition for students, EMBLA - a prize for innovators, and an Official Dinner for the delegates were part of an ambitious and exciting agenda.
The Summit and Bite Copenhagen took place during the Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival, an established 10-day event that attracts over 80,000 attendees to enjoy food-related activities.
Denmark has become one of the world's top destinations for premier foods prepared by talented chefs who work with artisans and large-scale producers to obtain high-quality end products. The results consistently push the boundaries of innovation, taste, and sustainability.
The Summit and Bite Copenhagen aim to become a driving force within the gastronomic movement, and want to offer the world increased knowledge regarding better food and meals. The Summit will play an active role in providing “a bridge between politics, inspiration and the development of future solutions through talks and debates between international business persons, politicians, and gastronomic frontrunners.”
The Danish government is extending the World Food Summit with "a Global Strategic Partnership to ensure engagement of all players: countries, megacities, companies, committed to addressing the food challenges of global relevance. The Global Strategic Partnership will guide the better food for more people movement to achieve as much influence as possible.
By connecting, reflecting and strengthening the food industry across regional and national borders, the World Food Summit and Bite Copenhagen will provide a platform for new (sustainable) business opportunities." Next year the events are scheduled for August 30-31, 2018.