Speaker Profile

Roger Bektash


Roger retired from Mars in mid-2019 after 42 years in manufacturing, science and regulatory roles, across the food, confectionery and petfood businesses.

In early 2020, Roger joined the Australian startup plant based meat company v2food, founded by Nick Hazel, a colleague also from Mars. v2food has become the leading Australian plant based meat company in retail and food service, and a major exporter to Asia.
Roger is also Deputy Chair of the Alternative Proteins Council (APC) established in March 2021, as the peak association of the Australian and New Zealand alternative proteins sector, representing manufacturers of proteins using plants, precision fermentation or cell-cultivating technologies.

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