Adam Leman, Ph.D., lead scientist of fermentation at The Good Food Institute (GFI), details what to expect at the first-ever, fermentation-focused education session taking place at SupplySide West/Food ingredients North America (FiNA) in Las Vegas.

Heather Carter, Associate editor

October 4, 2023

2 Min Read

At a Glance

  • Attendees of SupplySide West/FiNA can learn more about fermentation, from trending ingredients to innovative technologies.
  • Adam Leman, lead scientist at GFI, will present more about using microbial approaches to develop alternative proteins.
  • In this video interview, Leman details topics he will discuss, including an innovative technology known as gas fermentation.

The annual SupplySide West/Food ingredients North America (FiNA) show occurs Oct. 23-27 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In its 26th year, with more than 1,000 exhibitors, it is the leading West Coast event in dietary supplements, food and beverage, personal care and animal nutrition.

Complementing the show are a series of education sessions, with Food & Beverage Insider curating several of them. Those range from the “The formulation and regulation of plant-based food and beverage products” to “Top food industry trends” (sponsored by Cargill).

A first-of-its-kind session at SupplySide West, “Fermentation’s role in the future of food and beverage,” occurs 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 25. This in-depth discussion will cover all aspects of fermentation, from innovative ingredients and technologies to acceptable on-package labeling and naming requirements. Far below the surface level, we’re diving deep into formulation challenges and opportunities, up-and-coming technologies and essential regulatory stipulations. Experts span seasoned food scientists to sustainability and consumer market research experts.

In a brief video preview interview, Heather Carter, Food & Beverage Insider associate editor, chatted with one of the experts, Adam Leman, Ph.D., lead scientist of fermentation at GFI. With more than a decade of experience in microbial R&D and the biology of production systems, the industry leader strives to build frameworks to further alternative proteins through fermentation.

During the conversation, Leman unveiled some of the innovative fermentation technologies transforming the sector, including one he thinks is primed to accelerate the category.

“I’m really excited about some of the new technologies that are entering into the fermentation food space, and one of them is gas fermentation,” he explained. “That’s the ability of certain microbes to use gases like carbon dioxide or methane, take those gases, make the sugars they need to survive and build up proteins. Then, we can take those protein products from those microorganisms and use them in our food systems. It’s a really cool, really sustainable way to make proteins, and something we haven’t been able to do commercially until recently.”

Joining Leman on the panel are Ty Wagoner, senior scientist at Perfect Day; Monica Bhatia, co-founder and co-CEO of EQUII; Doni Curkendall, EVP of The Better Meat Co.; and Will Cowling, marketing manager at FMCG Gurus.

About the Author(s)

Heather Carter

Associate editor, Food & Beverage Insider

With over a decade of diverse professional experience under her belt, Heather has journeyed from the bustling world of local news reporting to the intricate realms of trade publishing. She has covered a wide array of topics, ranging from architecture and design to the food and beverage industry.

During her illustrious career, Heather also ventured into the realm of public relations, where she gleaned invaluable insights into the art of strategic communication and brand storytelling. Yet, her heart has always been anchored in the vibrant world of F&B, a passion deeply ingrained in her roots as the daughter of a seasoned chef. She has always held a profound appreciation for the role food plays in shaping cultures and connecting people.

With each story she tells, Heather seeks to illuminate the profound impact of food and beverage on people’s lives, celebrating its ability to evoke emotions, foster connections and weave the fabric of our shared human experience.

As Food & Beverage's associate editor, she co-publishes a weekly news column, Business Bites, which showcases the latest industry news, highlighting key business updates, food and beverage innovation, industry events and more. Some of her other articles touch on important topics, such as ultra-processed foods, plant-based foods primed to change the food landscape, international flavors and ingredients, as well as better-for-you CPGs. She also frequently covers top trends at various industry events and has moderated first-of-their-kind education sessions at Informa events.

She can be reached at [email protected].

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