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POSTPONED due to Coronavirus: Protein Trade Mission to Toronto, Canada 11-15 May 2020

Due to the developments surrounding the coronavirus, we have decided to postpone our events in the coming period. This decision is in line with the directive to limit social contacts. New dates will be announced as soon as possible.

Is your company active in the field of innovative plant-based foods and do you want to explore international collaborations and markets? Then the Protein Trade Mission to Canada is an opportunity for you. The mission includes a visit to the world-leading Plant-Based Foods & Protein Ingredients Summit in Toronto, company visits and introductions in the protein sector in Canada.

The demand for plant-based foods is increasing and there are many opportunities for technology providers, food producers, retailers, foodservice operators, and brands to serve the consumer better and more inspiring foods. Consumers are also seeking more healthy and sustainable diets and they are increasing their plant-based foods intake.

Do you want to get to know the Canadian market business ecosystem? Or are you already active in North America and would you like to expand your network? Come and join us in the Dutch Protein Trade Mission to Canada. The 5-day trade mission includes visits to inspiring companies as well as networking events with possible trade partners.

Plant-Based Foods & Protein Ingredients Summit

Two days of the trip will be dedicated to the Bridge2Food 15th Plant-Based Foods & Protein Ingredients Summit North-AmericaThe Plant-Based Foods & Protein Ingredients Summit in Toronto offers companies with a focus on protein an excellent platform to showcase their brand, launch new products, expand relationships with Canadian partners. During the Summit, the companies have the opportunity to connect with food producers, growers, breeders, investors, research institutes and the government.

This unique Summit will enable brands to validate their strategies and develop new opportunities with key partners, retailers, and foodservice channels.

Protein collaboration between Canada and the Netherlands

Canada is investing on a large scale to become a world leader in the field of Plant-Based Proteins. To make this happen, the Protein Industries Canada “Supercluster” was formed in 2018.  In 2019 many Dutch companies visited the Canadian prairies to attend the Protein Summits. The Dutch government initiated a high-level delegation from the Netherlands to discuss collaboration in plant-based proteins with Canadian partners. In addition to the official delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), delegates from Wageningen University & Research, NIZO and Bridge2Food were also present. This meeting is considered a successful milestone by both Canadian and Dutch parties. This trade mission and the visit to the Plant-Based Foods & Protein Summit are a direct result from the meeting and the intention to cooperate more actively.

Added value of participation in the Protein Trade Mission

In addition to the Summit, participants of the Protein Trade Mission will be offered an additional visit program with company visits and introductions in the protein sector. 

General information

Participation in this Protein Trade Mission is free-of-charge, but registration through the form is required.

Costs for participants are:

  • Travel costs to Toronto;
  • Accommodation costs in Toronto;
  • Entrance ticket to the Plant-Based Foods & Protein Ingredients Summit ($1.595 CAD) Please note that the first 15 registrations through Oost NL for the Plant-Based Foods & Protein Ingredients Summit will receive an early bird discount of an additional $100 CAD. The participant receives a special discount code from Oost NL, under the condition that the company participates in the full program offered.

Preliminary program

> Sunday, May 10

Departure Amsterdam - arrival Toronto

Welcome dinner for the Dutch delegation, informal meet & greet 

> Monday, May 11

Innovation Tour to Toronto region Plant-Based Foods & Protein Ingredients EcoSystem

> Tuesday, May 12

Dutch Canadian Protein meeting, with presentations, introductions, and 1-on1 Meetings, followed by a Bridge2Food welcome reception

> Wednesday, May 13

Plenary Plant-Based Foods & Protein Ingredients Summit

Track I - Plant-Based Foods Industry
Track II - Plant Protein Category Innovations
Track III - Pulse Value Chain Opportunities 

Summit Dinner

> Thursday, May 14

Track I - Plant-Based Foods Industry
Track II - Plant Protein Category Innovations
Track III - Pulse Value Chain Opportunities 

Plenary Plant-Based Foods & Protein Ingredients Summit

Meet the Dutch’-event in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Toronto & Vancouver.

> Friday, May 15

Free time to schedule follow-up meetings. 

Farewell dinner

Flight back to Amsterdam on Friday night, arrival Saturday morning.


This trade mission is organized by Oost NL as lead partner of GO4EXPORT, in collaboration with RVO, Trade & Innovate NL Network, Embassy of Canada to the Netherlands, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Consulate General in Canada, Bridge2Food, The Protein Cluster and Foodvalley.

More information

Would you like to know more about the mission? Please contact Belqis Askaryar, project manager Trade Development at Oost NL. 06 - 14 97 95 34 - belqis [dot] askaryar [at] oostnl [dot] nl


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