Pre-conference: Business Strategies
Presentation: Microalgae as an Alternative Protein Source: A Developing Story
Speaker: Gary Brenner, MA, Owner, Brenner pharma/food Business Development Ltd.
Gary Brenner, MA, is the founder of Brenner pharma/food Business Development Ltd., an Israeli-based company that helps young health and wellness companies create value and sustainable businesses.
Among the companies to which he is consulting, Greensea SA (France), Algatechnologies Ltd. (Israel), Gan Shmuel Foods (Israel), and numerous academic and private equity accelerators.
Gary was a founder and VP of marketing and business development for Solbar Industries Ltd. an international supplier of soy protein-based ingredients with manufacturing facilities on three continents. At Solbar he was responsible for developing marketing and sales, which grew the small Israeli business into global market leader.
Past positions included General Secretary for Kibbutz Hatzor, Israel and North America Emissary for the Kibbutz Artzi Federation and Givat Haviva Educational Institute
His experience includes public policy and fundraising for NGO peace and education coalitions. He is co-author of “Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive Today’s Israel?” 2003, Cornell University Press
Gary has a MA in Philosophy from The Hebrew University, Israel, and a BA in History from the University of California, Los Angeles
2017 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar Presentation Description:
Proteins for Health: Issues, Updates and Opportunities
Global population growth and emerging economies spur demand for large-scale production of foods from renewable resources. There is a need for nutritional foods, including rich plant-based proteins sources, that meet market expectations for volume, quality and price. Microalgae is forecast to become an important alternative protein source for a wide range of applications. While its technology is developing rapidly, production takes place on a small scale and costs are high. To overcome these hurdles, larger established food and agriculture players are working to provide the algae farming industry security of sales and improved cost structures with the goal of increasing consumption of foods perceived as healthy. This evolving case study on an emerging protein category will provide insights for all multi-national ingredient suppliers.