The exciting pro forum vegan is also waiting this year with practically oriented lectures and discussion panels of top quality for you as a trade visitor. On Friday morning it will already take place for the third time in cooperation with the out-of-home media of the dfv media group (gv-praxis, food-service, FoodService Europe & Middle East) in keeping with the motto "From vegan to plant-based: plant-based concepts for food service and commerce".
Pro Forum Vegan
Successful with vegan? Food Service experts show how it's done!“
Wam Kat, demo chef, peace activist and author
Because his parents had little money as freelance artists and could not afford meat, the Dutchman Wam Kat grew up as a vegetarian. Today, the cook and peace activist is one of the icons of sustainable, meat-free catering at events and large-scale demonstrations. Wam once swung his wooden spoon on the legendary Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior", where he said he discovered his love for cooking. He was co-founder of the Dutch rolling, vegetarian catering kitchen "Rampenplan", which has been catering political activists at events throughout Europe for over 30 years. His plea: "Food is politics, every individual can contribute to a sustainable world every day by making a conscious choice". Also in gastronomy and canteen kitchens.
Horst M. Kafurke, Managing Director, Innogy Gastronomie, Essen
Canteen kitchen was yesterday, today it depends on responding to individual guest wishes, in short to deliver a top performance, Horst M. Kafurke is convinced. Vegan vegetarian offers in the sense of sustainable gastronomy should not be missing. As managing director of Innogy Gastronomie in Essen with 400 employees, he is responsible for the catering offer at 52 locations nationwide with an annual turnover of 36 million euros. For more than a year, the chef and retail specialist has been successfully promoting vegan vegetarian dishes in the range - also as a component of company health management. His sophisticated "green" concept inspires beyond the company borders.
Lucien Coy, Veggie-Kids, Frankfurt/Main
The first consistently vegan kindergarten with 40 places in Frankfurt am Main caused a lot of fuss in August. "We want to be as consistent as possible and as pragmatic as necessary," says speaker Lucien Coy, member of the board of the Veggie-Kids association, describing the philosophy of the daycare centre. The 39-year-old has lived vegan with his family since 2011 for ethical reasons and has initiated the first completely animal-free day care centre in Germany together with other parents. When he is not taking up the cudgels for the vegan pilot institution, he works as a freelance digital strategist, in short, shaping the communication for various companies in the digital transformation.
Mahi Klosterhalfen, Managing Director and President of the Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt, Berlin
Janika Kleine has been working for the Albert Schweitzer Foundation in Berlin since 2016. After studying international business administration in Münster and England, she worked for seven years in the financial sector in New York and Hanover. Four years ago she opted for the vegan way of life for ethical reasons and also decided to work professionally for the animals. In the foundation Janika Kleine is responsible for the structure and development of the vegan offer and the increase of animal protection standards in the food industry. The Vegan check of the supermarkets developed by the donation is considered as a vegan Benchmark of the industry.
Kai Scholand, proprietor, Rewe Scholand, Mühlheim/Ruhr
Born in Bochum, he has been self-employed since 2001 and is the owner of Rewe Scholand in Mühlheim an der Ruhr. He began his training as a retail salesman at the age of 16. For a long time a vegetable nutrition was far away from him - until 6 years ago an impulse came from the direct environment. In this course he himself became a vegan and gradually expanded the vegan assortment in his shop. Today, his Rewe supermarket is considered a nationwide pioneer in vegan-vegetarian assortments - also because of the specially composed branding for the vegan rail.
Amelie Leipprand, DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung, Berlin
The originally trained actress Amelie Leipprand moved from the theatre stage to studying mechanical engineering and finally to DIN - Deutsches Institut für Normung in Berlin. There, the 48-year-old has been project manager in the Innovations department since the beginning of 2016. But do we need a DIN standard for vegan products? The engineer says yes and invites manufacturers, retailers as well as caterers and chefs to an open dialogue about standards that could provide more transparency and quality in the vegan product market in the future.
Gordon Faehnrich, BackWerk
In July 2017, Gordon Faehnrich, 38, became a member of the management board of bakery retailer Backwerk, where he was responsible for business development, purchasing, product development and marketing. Strategic brand management has thus come into new hands. The tasks within the company include the strategic further development of the business model and product development, with a focus on Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. Prior to this, he worked for five years as Head of Marketing DACH for Subway Sandwiches and for 2.5 years as head of various food brand concepts for Compass Group Germany. At the Forum, he introduces the new BackWerk concept "Good for me", in which veggie offers play a major role.