Program 2020

March 2-3; Chicago, IL

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:45 AM - 8:55 AM

Chair's Opening Remarks

Dan Howell, Director of Product Development, La Terra Fina USA

Introductory remarks by the Chair in the plenary room

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

R&D & Formulation

The Sustainabilty Plan at Lindt & Sprüngli - Our Commitment for a Better Tomorrow

Sarah Keller, Vice President, R&D/QA, Lindt & Sprungli Inc

Sustainability is a top priority for Lindt & Sprüngli and plays a key role in ensuring our business success. With almost 175 years of history, we have proven ourselves as a long-term-oriented company that continues to perfect and deliver traditional, exquisitely manufactured products with high quality. However, for us, preserving our traditions does not mean stagnation, but rather continuous improvement. As we do this, we also consider the dynamics of sustainable development. Challenges, priorities and stakeholder expectations change constantly due to new insights and developments.

We have developed the Lindt & Sprüngli Sustainability Plan to equip us to handle these changes as good as possible: Our commitment for a better tomorrow.

This presentation will provide an overview of this plan, will share the successes of the last years, the outlook into the future and some challenges the industry faces.

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM - Keynote

Innovation & Technology

Innovating Outside of your Product Portfolio: How could your Legacy be your Future?

  • How can expanding your portfolio revitalize your brand?
  • What can you take from your existing portfolio to maximize the chances of success for your new launch through cross-sector learning?

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

Ripe for Disruption: How Daily Harvest Anticipates and Exceed Customer Needs

Ricky Silver, Vice President of Culinary Innovation, Daily Harvest

At Daily Harvest, customer desires and feedback are the driving factor of every decision. Learn how their proprietary eCommerce platform and direct-to-consumer model allows them to collaborate directly with consumers on new recipes and continuously iterate on their food, supply chain, and service.

This session, led by Daily Harvest’s VP of Culinary Innovation Ricky Silver will dive into how they use data and technology to develop hypotheses, hone in on customer needs, and react swiftly. By pairing this data with real life customer interactions, Daily Harvest is able to understand the motivations behind every insight, ultimately informing recipe development and optimization, improving their digital experience, and building a loyal community.

Innovation & Technology

High Performance Innovation: Fueling the Speed of Innovation through Creation of High-Performance Technical Teams

Natalie Roesler, Vice President of Innovation, Surlean Foods

In today’s world of innovation everything is moving faster than before due to technology and the changing needs of consumers. All companies including competitors have access to equipment, tools and processes of innovation. The only way to differentiate one business from another is through its people. This session will focus on how to create high performance technical teams to fuel faster and more relevant innovation.

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (SpecPage)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

A Front Row Seat to the Revolution – What Incumbent CPGs must learn from Emerging Brands

Sean Bisceglia, Chief Executive Officer, Curion

Paul Earle, Principal, Earle & Company

It is the same story, time and time again. Entrepreneur creates a revolutionary new product in a crowded market. Everyone tells them they are nuts for dedicating so much time to it and that it will never be successful. Emerging brand breaks through barriers and beats out competitors, some of who have been around for decades. Big company tries to compete with the introduction of a similar product and, ultimately, buys the once emerging brand instead.

Corporate flagship brands are under threat of stagnation of innovation. As a contributor to Forbes Magazine and adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Paul Earle spent 12 months closely profiling 12 founders of the most revolutionary and boldest companies in the industry for his new book, ‘A Front Row Seat at The Revolution’.

From Beyond Meat to Peloton to Halo Top, Paul identified these companies as extraordinary in their very early stages. Their creators reflect with Paul on what set them apart and ultimately resulted in a valuation of over $12 billion, collectively. Amongst these characteristics are 7 markers for success that all of them have in common.

In their presentation, you will learn from Curion’s CEO Sean Bisceglia and Paul, the steps that even the largest global CPGs can take to innovate from within the company instead of searching for the next emerging brand to buy, how to make a brand a successful experience and not just a product and how even the largest companies can get closer to their consumer to give them what they want.

12:15 PM - 12:50 PM - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

Using Better for You Ingredients: What's Put In is Just as Important as What’s Left Out

Robert Jakobi, CEO & Founder, BOU

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Johnsonville Sausage)

Kevin Addesso, Director of Research & Development, Johnsonville Sausage

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM - 2:25 PM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Bakkavor Group Ltd.)

Claire Kerr, Vice President of Research & Development, Bakkavor Group Ltd.

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Nutritional, Relevant Product Formulation for Toddler Population: Mission-Driven Product Development

Magdalena Bartosik, Director of R&I, Happy Family Organics

  • Full session abstract TBC

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Extending PLM throughout the Supply Chain using Portal Technology

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (FutureBridge)

  • Full session abstract TBC

3:05 PM - 3:55 PM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

3:55 PM - 4:30 PM - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

How can you Make Delicious, Clean Label Snack Foods while Meeting Food Allergy Requirements?

Jessica Grelle, Senior Vice President of Innovation, The Safe + Fair Food Company

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

The Innovation Story and Strategy Behind the Recent Launches within the Sauces Category

Maroun Atallah, Product Development Manager, Barilla America, Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

4:35 PM - 5:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (TraceGains)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Refining the Innovation Process - Decreasing Time to Market using PLM Software

  • Full session abstract TBC

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Panel Discussion

Consumer Insights & Marketing

What is the Future for Consumer Feedback through Social Media?

  • Full session abstract TBC

6:00 PM - 6:05 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

6:05 PM - 7:05 PM

Evening Drinks Reception

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

R&D & Formulation

R&D and Classic Treats: How Mars Wrigley Balances Innovation with Tradition

Shaughan Kennedy, Vice President, Research & Development, Mars Wrigley

Mars Wrigley is known for its product portfolio, including treats like M&M’S, Snickers, Skittles, Twix, Starburst and more. While these products have tasted the same for decades, Shaughan Kennedy – VP of R&D for Mars Wrigley Americas – has a unique job. Shaughan works across the whole portfolio to adjust Mars Wrigley’s flavors to market changes like climate, sourcing and consumer trends to keep beloved products consistent, and build new innovations on a foundation of old favorites. His role offers a behind-the-scenes look at everything that goes into your everyday confectionery products, beyond just the ingredients.

Opening/Introduction: An overview of Mars Wrigley’s portfolio and brief history
Overview of Career: An introduction to Shaughan, his background, and current role
o Note global leadership experience with roles in Australia, China, and Singapore, and how around the world, recipes stay consistent
New Twists on Old Favorites: The focus of the presentation; discuss how the Vice President of R&D maintains Mars Wrigley’s flavors while adjusting to market changes
o Sourcing: how we create Mars Wrigley’s products
o Quality/Taste: how we ensure that despite changes, our taste stays the same; highlight the small adjustments that Shaughan oversees, that make a big different
o Consumer trends: when we do create new twists on flavors, how we listen to consumers and find areas to improve; highlight (and allow the audience to taste) 1-2 innovations from 2019
Closing: How confectionery R&D is more than meets the eye

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM - Keynote

R&D & Formulation

Reformulation: How can you Find the Missing Link to Turn Around a Product Launch?

  • With an average fail rate of 85% on initial product launch, the chances are that reformulation will be the way towards success
  • How was a product that failed to initially break-even, become a runaway success on second time launch?
  • Evidence will be given as a redirected pathway ultimately led to an unequivocal success

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

Industry Trends and Considerations in Pet Food Formulation & Innovation

Leah Lambrakis, Vice President, Research & Development and Innovation, Simmons Pet Food, Inc.

Emerging pet food marketing and innovation trends allows for great opportunity when formulating and creating complete and balanced foods for our pets.  Leah describes the development process, nutritional requirements, food science and process considerations when Innovating in the pet food industry.

Innovation & Technology

The Jackfruit Company: Leadership through Focus (on Uncharted Territory)

Annie Ryu, Founder, The Jackfruit Company

  • Founding story: Initial vision for impact, & expansion over time in tandem with discovery of new food applications/product opportunities
  • First-mover challenges for a new food: pioneering both ends of the supply chain (supply and demand) simultaneously
  • First-mover opportunities that can be leveraged through focus and speed: jackfruit dominance across categories & channels, and with brand (consumer/customer mindshare)

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

R&D & Formulation

The FODMAP Diet and Certification Story

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Generating Breakthrough Innovations: How can you Leverage Internal R&D with New and Innovative External Capabilities?

  • What opportunities are available to not only plug gaps in your research through third party expertise, but also assist you in reaching new levels of innovation in your NPD?
  • How can Open Innovation allow you to supplement your internal R&D practices and build on that framework to create breakthrough innovations?
  • What are the pitfalls of poorly aligned third party partnerships that you must avoid?

12:15 PM - 12:50 PM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Cutting Through The Noise With Novel Functionality

Will Nitze, Founder & CEO, IQ Bar

The bar category is notoriously crowded. And yet, when you examine its offerings’ nutritional profiles – even amongst functional products – the space is revealed to be remarkably homogenous. At IQ BAR, we’ve been able to stand out by delivering a unique functionality (via brain nutrition) in conjunction with broad dietary appeal.

R&D & Formulation

Using Real Food to Train the Immune System and Turn the Tide on the Food Allergy Epidemic

Amy Klein, VP Product Innovation, SpoonfulOne

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM - 2:25 PM - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (La Terra Fina)

Dan Howell, Director of Product Development, La Terra Fina USA

  • Full session abstract TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Session Title TBC (E&J Gallo Winery)

Anna Bell, Senior Marketing Director, E&J Gallo Winery

  • Full session abstract TBC

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Creative Ways to Invest in Innovation at your Organization

Monica Massey, Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Chief Innovation Officer, Dairy Farmers of America

  • Full session abstract TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Identifying Opportunities within the Social Media Space

  • Has social media become the new focus group?
  • Using new online mediums for research rather than structured surveys
  • What can be learnt from other industries who have already explored and exploited these platforms?

3:10 PM - 3:45 PM - Keynote

R&D & Formulation

How could Scientifically Enhancing the Shelf-Life of your Product Save you Time, Cost and Strengthen your Brand Positioning?

  • How can scientifically enhancing the properties of your product reveal secrets into growing your shelf-life capacity?
  • How has this been achieved naturally without artificial preservatives?

3:45 PM - 4:20 PM - Keynote

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Successfully Communicating Healthy Branding across your Organization and Products

  • What must you consider when developing a consistent visual brand of health among your products?
  • Why are consumers giving increasingly more credence to growing a natural corporate image
  • How can you strike a balance with being non-GMO but still meeting the standard, quality and health claims which are integral to your product?
  • Adding product value: innovative methods to promote nutrition, health, and wellness

4:20 PM - 4:30 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit