Bon Appétech Launches the “Good Food Innovation” Movement, with a Global Food Technology Conference to Kick Off in San Francisco April 2015

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The Premiere Conference Connecting Food Innovators, Artisan Food & Beverage Producers, Chefs, Food Startups, Leading Brands, Investors, and Thought Leaders

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"Bon Appétech will play a leading role as a global food innovation conference – launching the “Good Food Innovation” movement to empower the food community."-Matt Wise, CEO and Cofounder

Bon Appétech is announcing the launch of the "Good Food Innovation" movement, with its premiere global food technology conference to be held in San Francisco in April 2015. At the core of the “Good Food Innovation” movement is an emphasis on empowering the food community to ensure that innovation is used to improve the food system and increase access to healthy, sustainable food. The conference will bring together food innovators, artisan food and beverage producers, chefs, entrepreneurs, food startups, global brands and investors to celebrate and explore novel ideas, showcase amazing food products, and discuss how innovation can help improve the food system.

The inaugural conference will be held April 11-12, 2015, at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, CA, followed by an international conference held in Paris, France October 16-18, 2015. Luminary speakers for the first conference include Josh Tetrick, CEO Hampton Creek, Ann Marie Gardner, Editor-in-Chief Modern Farmer Magazine, Rob Leclerc, CEO AgFunder, Pamela Marrone, CEO Marrone Bio Innovations, Gagan Biyani, CEO Sprig, Greta Caruso, Cofounder GoodEggs, Doug Rauch, CEO Daily Table and former President of Trader Joe’s, Chris Muscarella, CEO of Kitchensurfing, Ryan Caldbeck, CEO CircleUp, Justin Massa, CEO FoodGenius, Naithan Jones, CEO AgLocal, Nikhil Arora, Cofounder Back to the Roots, Kathleen Ligocki, CEO Harvest Power, Rajat Suri, CEO E la Carte, Lauren Shimek, Co-Lead IDEO Food Studio, Benzi Ronen, CEO Farmigo, Suneel Gupta, CEO, Michael Horn, CEO Craft Coffee, Santiago Merea, CEO The Orange Chef and many more thought leaders in food innovation.

The conference will explore six themes that are driving innovation in food:

Food, Health, Nutrition & Data
Food Entrepreneurship & Investing
Agriculture & Wine Innovation
Food Sustainability & Distribution
Restaurateurs, Dining & Cooking
Artisan Food & Beverage Products

Each of the six themes will be explored through keynote speeches from notable luminaries with specific food expertise. The conference will also feature 100+ speakers and 18+ interactive panels and will attract 1,500+ attendees, including 100+ notable journalists, food innovators, producers, chefs, CEOs, entrepreneurs, leading brands, investors and thought leaders from the food, technology, and artisan food and beverage industries.

Matthew Wise, CEO and Cofounder of Bon Appétech says: “Bon Appétech will play a leading role as a global food innovation conference – launching the “Good Food Innovation” movement to empower the food community, increase consumer awareness, support entrepreneurs, connect global brands, and provide a platform for companies to launch new products. By helping individuals and organizations become more informed about food innovation, they can make knowledgeable food and technology choices that have a positive impact on our food system.”

In addition to the two days of programming, the conference will provide the opportunity for food entrepreneurs to launch products through the Bon Appétech Pitch Competition. A panel of esteemed judges from the Artisan Food & Beverage, Restaurateur, Investment and Technology industries will award winners in two tracks: (1) FoodTech Startups (software and hardware), and (2) Artisan Food & Beverage Startups. Food startups will have demo tables to showcase their products to a captive and engaged audience and will gain meaningful connections to investors and media.

Overall, Bon Appétech promises to be an incredible gastronomic experience, with a range of programming, interactive sessions and hands-on demos, all brought to life with a special Opening Night Food, Wine & Spirits event taking place on Friday evening, April 10, 2015.

“Food is directly related to how we feel and behave, it is a key aspect of our social lives. Good food innovation can change people's lives for the better. There needs to be a forum to discuss these ideas, and Bon Appétech is providing just that.” says Santiago Merea, CEO The Orange Chef, speaking of his enthusiasm for the Bon Appétech conference.

Rob Leclerc, CEO AgFunder agrees: “To feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050, food innovation will have to play a critical role in any solution, by improving the process, sustainability and nutritional spectrum of our food. But innovation doesn't happen in a vacuum. Entrepreneurs, food producers, investors and other stakeholders need to come together, exchange ideas, and build long-term relationships in this emerging ecosystem.”

Bon Appétech is offering a limited number of all-access conference passes at a special $650 Early Bird rate, which go on sale today for a limited time. Thereafter, $950 Regular Bird Tickets will be available until 1/10/2015. Late Bird conference tickets will go on sale on 1/11/2015. Tickets include access to two days of programming, hands-on demos, the Bon Appétech Pitch Competition, startup exhibitor expo, breakfast, lunch and receptions including the Opening Night Food, Wine & Spirits event.

Online applications are open for Food Startups and Brand/Vendor Exhibitors to apply to showcase products. Bon Appétech will select 100 of the most promising food startups to demo their products and have a chance to compete in the pitch competition, win awards and gain access to investors and members of the press. The cost to reserve a demo table is $1,300, which includes two conference passes. The price to reserve a Brand/Vendor Exhibitor table is $3,000. There is a limit on Brand/Vendor tables to ensure space for participating food startups. Interested Food Startups and Brand/Vendors can apply here:

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About Bon Appétech
Bon Appétech is a diversified media company that explores culture through the lens of food innovation. Our mission is to empower the world with good food innovation by connecting food lovers, food producers, chefs, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, and technologists to celebrate and explore novel ideas and innovative products that improve the food experience. The Bon Appétech conference is the premiere global “Good Food Innovation” event.

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Shannon Gomes, Highwire PR
415.963.4174 ext. 7

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