The Future of Protein Production Summit

The meeting place for accelerating the commercialization of alternative proteins in the Americas

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About the event

With more than 400 delegates expected and +40 exhibiting companies, this conference and exhibition  boasts an industry-leading agenda that showcases the latest innovative breakthroughs to help accelerate the commercialization and scaling of alternative proteins.

The senior executive-level conference presents an unbiased opportunity to explore and discuss this complex issue with world-leading experts. Discover a wide range of solutions that will have a positive impact through abolishing animal cruelty, reducing global pollution, and improving human health.

Stay up-to-date with the most recent solutions, technology, policy, and concepts across the food system. And get the best opportunities to meet key industry contributors.

Expert Speakers
Hours of Networking


Explore the latest products and solutions to address the industry’s major challenges in scaling and commercializing alternative protein-derived foods. This is the industry’s most specialized event to meet contacts throughout the supply chain under one roof — from raw materials through to retail.

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Meet entrepreneurs, investors, tech suppliers, experts and thought-leaders from leading companies to develop your knowledge and take away practical insights on the latest sectoral hurdles from scaling, regulations and manufacturing to sourcing, consumer acceptance, funding and go-to-market.


Join more than +40 suppliers in a focused environment to showcase products representing the entire supply chain, from ingredients to processing and everything in between.  Connect with hundreds of key C-suite decision-makers looking for your products and services – and all in just two days!

Speaker Highlights

Abin Kuriakose
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
Arpad Csay
Senior Director New Food NA
Brian Jacobson
Associate Director of Strategic Operations
Daniel Kennedy
Director, Platform & Business Development, Plant Based Protein
Eugene Wang
CEO & Founder
Joshua Ayers
Regulations Development Officer
Kaitlin Grady
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs
Nicki Briggs
Founding Chair/Founder
Panchali Chakraborty
Technical Director, Savory and Snacks
Ricardo Moura
Principal Manufacturing R&D
Senator Lakesia Collins
State Representative
Stephanie Hice
Regulatory Review Scientist and Microbiology Reviewer

What Our Past Attendees Said

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What was special about The Future of Protein Production - everyone was straight to the point. I felt that people really came to work here, not chat or brag.

Aleh Manchuliantsau
Founder & CEO

The Future of Protein Production LIVE! was a very well organized conference with a variety of topics, touching on some of the big problems/challenges of protein production and commercialization today.

Dr Eleni Ntokou
Product Development and Sustainability Manager

The Chicago edition of the Future of Protein Production was an absolute success, from everything from business development, networking, educational, interactive and logistical perspectives. The content was phenomenal for anyone in the alternative protein industry; indeed, I would consider this event to be crucial for anyone who works in this space because the access to leaders in the alt-protein industry is unmatched.

Udi Lazimy
Founder & Principal
Lazimy Regenerative Impact Partners

The Future of Protein Production provided a fantastic opportunity to explore the incredible innovations being pursued by companies and startups around the world.

Susana Soares
Assistant Professor
Universidade do Porto

Why attend?

Discover the latest solutions

✓  Hear expert presentations from companies already developing and adopting ground-breaking protein production technology

  Gain the latest research and trends to help develop sustainable production technologies

✓   Discover the next generation of highly sustainable processes, technologies, and production solutions

Connect and network

  Expand your network by meeting with senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe

✓   Meet with and attract the innovators driving the industry forward

Meet the companies behind the latest innovations helping to create and commercialize environmentally friendly proteins from a variety of sources

Grow and promote

✓   Showcase your technology or services to help the industry move forward and accelerate the new agrarian revolution

  Expand your professional horizon by meeting with leading experts

  Equip yourself with ideas and knowledge that adds value to you, your team, and your organisation

Expand Your Knowledge Of

  • Supply Chain Collaborations

  • Regulatory Pathways

  • Technical Innovations

  • Molecular Farming

  • Microbial Fermentation

  • Cell-Cultivated Meats

  • Precision Fermentation

  • Plant-Based Proteins

  • Consumer Trends

  • Industry Projects

  • Reducing Production Costs

  • Alternative Dairy

  • Traditional Fermentation

  • Cell Lines

  • Scaling From Lab to Plate

  • Go-to-Market Strategy

  • Growth Media

  • Investment Landscape

  • Processing Technology

  • and more...!

Industry Expert Advisory Board

Andrew D. Ive
Andrew D. Ive
Founder / Managing General Partner
Big Idea Ventures
Brian P. Sylvester
Brian P. Sylvester
Perkins Coie
David Ziskind
David Ziskind
Market Lead, Food & Beverage
Elizabeth Gutschenritter
Elizabeth Gutschenritter
Managing Director - Alternative Protein
Laine Clark
Laine Clark
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager
The Good Food Institute
Mervyn de Souza
Mervyn de Souza
Senior Director Business Development
Ginkgo Bioworks
Nadji Rekhif
Nadji Rekhif
Principal Scientist
Noreen Hobayan
Noreen Hobayan
Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs
AMPS Innovation
Sid Mehta
Sid Mehta
Sr. Director Ancillary Services
Simon Fraser University
Tim Geistlinger
Tim Geistlinger
Perfect Day

Meet decision-makers in these sectors

  • Cell-Based Meat

  • Meat Producers

  • Associations & NGOs

  • Cell Culture

  • Dairy

  • Food Service

  • Cell-Based Seafood

  • Food Brands

  • Flavor Houses

  • Growth Media

  • Research

  • Food Retailers

  • Equipment Providers

  • Alternative Dairy

  • Regulatory Bodies

  • Academia

  • Bioreactor Production

  • Insect Production

  • Ingredients

  • Investors

  • Scaffolding

  • Consultants

  • Molecular Farming

  • And More...

McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

The future of food starts in Chicago

There are currently ~1,000 alt protein startups in the USA, joining a category that has seen the establishment of high-profile consumer brands and attracted traditional animal protein producer collaborations. Chicago’s F&B manufacturing industry is the USA's largest, generating US$9.4 billion annually in output and employing +65,000 people. Chicago is also a leader in food and agriculture innovation. From high-profile startups to the established industry leaders, the city is uniquely poised for continued innovation within the food ecosystem.  

It was therefore a natural choice for The Future of Protein Production to establish a US event that will flourish alongside this nascent industry. McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, is situated on Chicago’s lakefront, just minutes from downtown and facing one of the most iconic skylines in the world.

Plan Your Visit

Who You will meet

Food Producers

Food scientists | Food manufacturing Industry | Bio-Industry | Pharmaceutical Industry | Agricultural Industry | Suppliers to the Food / Bio industry | Flavor Industry | Hardware & Software suppliers | Health Care professionals | Hospitality & Catering Industry | Food preneurs | Meat producers | Certification & Food Safety Institutions | Public Health Organizations | Cultured Meat start-ups | Meat alternative start-ups | Investors | Regulatory Institutions | Governmental Organizations

Top 5 Reasons To Attend

When attending The Future of Protein Production Chicago, you will have 5 advantages to set you apart in the industry such as the following:

1. Access to source the latest technologies from +400 companies across the alt protein supply chain
2. Learn about the latest market innovations from across the industry
3. Gain new ideas for increased efficiencies and reduced manufacturing costs
4. Hear about and sample the latest products and cutting-edge food technologies
5. Join our social networking receptions to meet hundreds of peers over drinks/bites who are committed to innovation

Convince your team
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The Future of Protein Production Chicago delivers high-quality insights and industry connections.

We have created a US event in Chicago to satisfy the industry’s need to share cutting-edge research, learn from peers and engage in quality networking to forge valuable connections and partnerships. To effectively facilitate this need to learn and connect, our industry-leading virtual event platform will deliver a seamless event experience.


The Future of Protein Production Chicago

The Meeting Place for Sustainable Protein Production in the Americas

April 29th & 30th 2025

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When and where does this event take place?

This show will take place from 29th & 30th April 2025 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois

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When will I receive registration confirmation?

An email confirmation should be received within 24 hours of registering

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Can you recommend a hotel?

Please enquire for more information and special room rates for the official show hotels

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Is The Future of Protein Production for beginners or experts?

Everyone is welcome at the conference. We include participants from a wide range of industries and technical backgrounds so there will be plenty available for everyone

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Are there discounts available?

We are able to offer reduced rates for academia, non-profits, NGOs and Early Stage Startups. Full details can be found on our tickets page here

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How much does it cost to attend the expo?

A full-price delegate pass is US$1,495, however book early to take advantage of our Super-Early or Early Bird offers

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I registered online and received a confirmation of a barcode, what do I do now?

Bring your confirmation barcode to any Print Your Badge station to get your badge printed

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How can I network?

We will have over seven hours of networking built into the agenda across the two days. From networking breakfasts, coffee breaks, networking lunches and a drinks reception, plus an event app to connect with and schedule meetings with other attendees, plus dedicated networking area for one-on-one private meetings

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How can I view and contact the exhibitors?

Attendees are able to meet exhibitors at their booth or move to a one-to-one or group meeting in the networking area

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What is the refund policy?

We offer a 14-day 'No Questions Asked' refund on all passes

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Do you have any more questions?

If so, please contact us on info@futureofproteinproduction.com

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