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Arc partners with plant-based exhibition organiser Bridge2Food

by Emily Wallin

B2B events and media platform Arc has entered into an investment partnership with Bridge2Food, a membership and events business in the plant-based food and proteins industry.

Bridge2Food operates the largest global collaboration platform for innovation leaders in the food and beverage industry, the Global Industry Plant-Based Foods & Proteins Ecosystem. Bridge2Food also organise the Plant-Based Proteins Summits in the Netherlands, America and Singapore.

Netherlands-based Bridge2Food joins Arc’s portfolio of content and event assets in the agriculture sector. Arc’s existing agricultural portfolio, Agriconnect, includes the Farmer’s Guardian and LAMMA, as well as Farm Business Innovation, the leading series of rural diversification events.

Arc – a global events industry consortium led by Simon Foster and backed by New York-based private equity firm EagleTree Capital- has secured four deals in the past eight months, including the acquisition of Incisive Media in April.

Collingwood Advisory advised Bridge2Food on the transaction. Canson Capital Partners, a participant in the Arc partnership since its inception, served as financial adviser to Arc.

Arc Group CEO, Simon Foster, said; “I’m delighted to welcome Bridge2Food to the Arc network. Gerard and his team have long-championed the community-focused membership model for uniting industry and driving change. We are enthusiastically supportive of this vision and look forward to working with him and the team to continue this spirit of innovation and transformation both in this sector as well as throughout the wider Arc network.”

Through its Ecosystem, as well as annual summits and academy courses, Bridge2Food has created a network of over 10,000 business and technical experts in the food industry.

Bridge2Food Founder, Gerard Klein Essink, said “For over 20 years, Bridge2Food has brought together a global network of professionals striving to advance actions for a better food world. We’ve been the go-to platform for research and innovations in the plant-based food community, and we are excited to advance and accelerate our development as part of the Arc network. Together, we will be able to open even more doors for the research and industry professionals in our Ecosystem.”


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