Food Innovation

Our Food and the Pandemic

A Webinar on Food Innovation

Consumers have always changed their eating habits and adapted their behaviour to external shocks. So what about the current Covid-19 pandemic? This is the question that the GDI’s CEO David Bosshart and his guests will discuss in an exclusive webinar.

During this pandemic, there seem to be two distinct groups of consumers: those who now have more time to cook and eat healthy food every day, and those who are falling back into patterns from the 80s of consuming fast, processed and rather unhealthy food.

But consumers’ eating habits are not the only thing to have been influenced by the Covid-19 crisis. The entire value network is in disarray. Factories need to shut down production because of the virus. Workers may lose their jobs. Farmers have to shoot or gas their livestock because the big meat plants are closed. And supermarkets run out of stock or need to ration their high-demand products. This shows just how fragile global food production is. Which is why we have to look at the global food system as a whole.

In our webinar, we will consider the Next Normal in food production and consumption, and discuss major questions about the long term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • How will the pandemic affect our eating habits in the long run?
  • Will we eat healthier or will we soothe our souls with comfort food?
  • Will lab meat prevail over plant-based alternatives?
  • What might be the long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic on global agriculture?
  • Will the crisis boost local production and would the world be able to ensure local supply in future scenarios?



Marta Kwiatkowski, Senior Researcher, GDI




David Bosshart, CEO, GDI




Tammy Meiron, Chief Technology Officer, Fresh Start FoodTech Incubator, Israel

Urs Niggli, former Director General, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland

David Bosshart, Chief Executive Officer, GDI




Tammy Meiron

Tammy Meiron

Chief Technology Officer at Fresh Start FoodTech Incubator in Israel. For the past 10 years Meiron led the technology of startup companies, mainly in the FoodTech field. Among them Dr. Meiron served as CTO of Zero-Egg, as Director of Food Science at Amai Proteins and was regarded as the "Google" of FoodTech.

Urs Niggli

Urs Niggli

Former Director General of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Frick, Switzerland. Niggli is a Swiss agricultural scientist and pioneer of organic agriculture. Under his 30 year leadership, FiBL has developed into one of the world's leading research institutes. He is also the founder of, a consulting company for sustainability and organic farming.

David Bosshart

David Bosshart

Author, Speaker, Executive Advisor

Dr. David Bosshart was CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for consumption, economic and social studies from 1999 to 2020. Since 2020 he has been President of the Gottlieb and Adele Duttweiler Foundation.



4 June 2020


11.00 – 12.00 a.m. (CEST)


46 CHF



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Programme is subject to change.

Webinar participants will receive:

  • Hands-on insights into the food industry from a thought leader in sustainable agriculture and a venture capitalist
  • Key takeaways 
  • Webinar recording 
  • 50 % off the GDI's European Food Trends Report