Program 2021

March 29-30, 2021; All timings in Central US Time

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

9:05 AM - 9:50 AM - Panel Discussion

How has COVID-19 Changed the Food Industry and what Lessons are we Taking Forward?

  • What kind of disruption has COVID-19 caused to food supply chains and to food suppliers/partners?
  • How have food innovators responded to people’s changing eating habits (less eating out, more home cooking)?
  • What is the most important lesson you have learnt during this period that will affect your work going forward?
  • Employee training as a major component of staying in compliance – how did you manage your teams?

9:55 AM - 10:25 AM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Renovation vs Innovation

Abbas Arslan, Global Senior Director Human Insights, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

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

  • In a COVID/post-COVID world, it is more important than ever to save costs, time and resources in such a challenging environment
  • How can scientifically enhancing the properties of your product allow you to increase your product’s shelf-life capacity?
  • How has this been achieved naturally without artificial preservatives?

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Employing Leading Technologies and Approaches to Better Understand Shifting Consumer Demands

  • In what ways can breakthrough industry research methods be employed in order to create a greater understanding of everything from science to sensory benefits to packaging design?
  • How can you remain better in tune with consumer and industry trends through the advancement and introduction of new technological practices?

R&D & Formulation

Creating a Clean Label: Meeting the Demands of your Consumers through Sustainable Ingredients, Flavors, Fragrances and Colorings

  • The growing and unrelenting demand for plant-based, natural options has led to a growing appeal for clean labels from consumers
  • How can you most effectively alter the artificial ingredients involved in your formulation to meet this consumer need?

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

1-2-1 Meetings & Speaker Roundtables

Roundtable 1: Innovation & Technology


Roundtable 2: R&D & Formulation
 

Consumer Insights & Marketing Roundtable: Consumer Perceptions of Upcycled Food

Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., CHE
Professor and Director, Drexel Food Core Lab
Drexel University

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

FOCUS Brands and Carvel Innovation

Dave Fenner, Sr. Director Culinary R&D, FOCUS Brands/Carvel & Seattle's Best Coffee International

  • Carvel history (background to Tom Carvel) as well as Focus Brands
  • Expanding on the FOCUS Brands Innovation Campus and innovation at Carvel

R&D & Formulation

How to make Cultured Meat delicious: A New Generation of Food Science

Eva Sommer, Co-Founder, Peace Of Meat

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:25 PM - 12:55 PM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Analytics Utilization in PLM for Project Visibility and Decision Support

Michael Frankel, Vice President of Sales, North America, Selerant Corporation

  • Formula-based product lifecycle management (PLM) is a vital end-to-end platform for new product development in food manufacturing companies
  • How Analytics capabilities in PLM systems are effectively used throughout the food enterprise for Project Visibility and Decision Support in areas such as KPI metrics and dashboards
  • Technologies for customizing Analytics for product development
  • Potential areas of high return and performance for food manufacturers through the extended deployment of PLM analytics

R&D & Formulation

Inventing the Formulations of Tomorrow: How can you Utilize Data-Driven Sourcing for Novel Ingredients?

  • Taking advantage of cloud-connected databases to find the perfect ingredient compositions for your products
  • Ensuring product integrity and full quality control while uncovering the possibilities to enhance and even transform your formulations

12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

Networking Lunch & Solution Roundtables

Lunchtime Roundtable 1: Innovation & Technology


Lunchtime Roundtable 2: R&D & Formulation


Lunchtime Roundtable 3: Consumer Insights & Marketing

1:55 PM - 2:25 PM - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

Win, Win: Developing Plant-Based Protein with No Compromise

Jitendra Sagili, Chief R&D and Food Technology Officer, Lightlife

  • The future of plant-based protein is clean, minimally processed food that tastes good – with no compromise between simple ingredients and a great taste.
  • The journey to find high-quality protein never ends. To develop the best products for consumers, R&D teams need to continually innovate to stay ahead of the curve and continue appealing to changing consumer desires and demands.
  • One of the most important parts of R&D is consumer research – consumer preferences and desires can and should drive product reformulation. Lightlife found that consumers were looking for products with clean, simple ingredients which led the brand to challenge themselves to reformulate products to meet these demands.
  • Where food is made makes a difference. There is significant value to developing plant-based protein products in a kitchen versus in a lab. You can taste the difference.
  • R&D provides an opportunity to reimagine and change the food ecosystem to make great tasting, nutritious, sustainable and affordable food.

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Smart Diets: How Technology Is Creating New Opportunities for Personalized Food and Drink

Melanie Bartelme, Global Food Analyst, Mintel

The food and drink industry has been advancing toward ever more personalization in how consumers select and consume their meals. From DNA-based diets to 3D printed products to interactive apps, customization is possible like never before. In this session, Mintel global food analyst Melanie Zanoza Bartelme will explain how consumers view these advances and how brands can ensure consumers see the value in sharing their data in exchange for more personalized food and drink experiences.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Accelerate Growth and Time to Market Through AI and Automation

Gary Nowacki, CEO, TraceGains

  • How much of your data is actually outside of your control
  • How companies can digitize and automate their data
  • How R&D can innovate more quickly
  • How to convert data into actionable insight and automate business processes to innovate and compete more effectively

R&D & Formulation

How can you Find a Natural Alternative to Effectively Reduce Added Sugar?

  • Whether it is replacing or reducing sugar or “added sugar,” finding a natural solution to processed sugar can certainly be more than transformative for your product and portfolio
  • With sweetness levels as high as 65% in natural ingredients from plants, they are more than an effective tool in reducing sugar naturally if extracted and refined correctly
  • Sugar reduction of 33% or greater is therefore achievable in dairy, baked goods, bars, cereal and a number of other applications

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

1-2-1 Meetings & Speaker Roundtables

Roundtable 1: Innovation & Technology


Roundtable 2: R&D & Formulation


Roundtable 1: Consumer Insights & Marketing

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Treat Yourself! The Role of Indulgence in an Increasingly Healthy World

Despite the growth of health & wellness, consumers are still buying indulgent foods. Here we will discuss the current landscape and psychological drivers as to why indulgence is here to stay.

Innovation & Technology

Generating Breakthrough Innovations: Why must 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?

4:25 PM - 5:10 PM - Panel Discussion

Innovation & Technology

How should you Deal with the Consumer Fragmentation into Niches?

  • Why is it more difficult than ever before for product launches to meet the shifting demand?
  • How can personalized nutrition, tastes and diets provide mass appeal?

5:10 PM - 5:15 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings (1)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking, 1-2-1 Meetings & Breakfast Briefings

Breakfast Briefing 1: Innovation & Technology

 
Breakfast Briefing 2: R&D & Formulation

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

9:05 AM - 9:50 AM - Panel Discussion

How to Handle Trade-Offs Between Quality, Safety and Costs especially in the Context of a Post-COVID Recession?

  • Full session abstract TBC

9:55 AM - 10:25 AM - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

Why we need Healthy New Proteins with a Low Environmental Impact

Tim Finnigan, Chief Scientific Adviser, Quorn Foods

  • Something is broken in the way we produce and consume our food
  • Our demand for cheaper and more plentiful food is unsustainable and our addiction to meat is literally costing the earth
  • Malnutrition and food inequality remain unacceptable with over 20% of global non communicable disease now attributed to poor diets – worse than smoking
  • We can no longer separate the impacts of our dietary choices on their impacts on the health of our bodies and of the planet as well
  • We need healthy new proteins with a low environmental impact as an important tool to help address a sustainable food future
  • We need scientific underpinning to create a strong evidence and proof points for change that will help to change behavior and remove consumer uncertainty. The Quorn story is a good example of what has to be done and, importantly, what continues to be done

Innovation & Technology

Why Cost-Effective Innovation does Not have to be Restrictive

  • Operating within a budget while trying to achieve a USP during new product development during uncertain times in a recession
  • Why the commercialization strategy must be established in the initial stages to ensure an aligned and targeted approach between Procurement, R&D, Innovation and Marketing

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

From Concept to Commercialization: How can you Streamline the Innovation Process?

  • R&D, Innovation and Marketing: determining the process and setting goals in order to decrease time to market
  • Translating design ideas and principles into viable and successful product launches?
  • Internal conflict management: solving the issues in front of you and those that may arise during the ideation and implementation process
  • What are the key factors in optimizing the chances of a breakthrough first-time product launch without sacrificing time, investment and resource?

R&D & Formulation

Sourcing More Compatible Ingredients and Materials for Your Consumer and the Earth

  • Revolutionizing your product proposition to your consumer with sustainable innovation
  • Taking legacy products and transforming them with plant-based ingredients, natural flavors, biodegradable packaging and much more

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

1-2-1 Meetings & Speaker Roundtables

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Successfully Communicating Healthy Branding across your Organization and Products

  • What must you consider when developing a consistent visual brand of health and wellness among your products?
  • 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

R&D & Formulation

Challenges and Opportunities in Plant-Based and Alternative Proteins

The Good Food Institute Speaker TBA, The Good Food Institute

Overview of the key growth accelerators for the alternative protein industry and GFI's exploration of the major challenges at each stage of the alt protein supply chain, the key risks for alternative proteins, along with research and commercial opportunity suggestions that could radically accelerate industry growth.

GFI interviewed over 200 experts from every stage of the alternative protein value chain, identifying the most pressing risks and challenges facing the industry as well as high-impact solutions to address those risks and challenges, at each step in value chain and across all of the relevant technology sectors to plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived meat+egg+dairy products. While we are currently only making some of the content public via a beta launch on our existing website, we will be doing a much more expansive resource releases in February when our new website is launched.

12:25 PM - 12:55 PM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (The Coca-Cola Company)

Chris Hellmann, Global Vice President and General Manager, Freestyle Division, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Meeting Unmet Needs: Innovating in Baby Food

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

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

Networking Lunch & Solution Roundtables

Lunchtime Roundtable 1: Innovation & Technology

 
Lunchtime Roundtable 2: R&D & Formulation

 
Lunchtime Roundtable 3: Consumer Insights & Marketing

1:55 PM - 2:25 PM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Product Integrity in Innovation: Accidental Success and Conscious Failures

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

Product Integrity - An overlooked part of the innovation process that when missed can make great ideas fail and when hit can make unlikely products the next big thing.

R&D & Formulation

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

  • With an average fail rate of 80% 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

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

A New Approach to Delivering Transformative Innovation

  • Unlocking new ways to deliver transformative innovation in the FMCG world
  • Establishing external partnerships to accelerate learning
  • How to identify and harness the behaviors to deliver change
  • Staying agile and flexible on the path to new Ideas

R&D & Formulation

How has the Pet Food Industry Responded to and Handled COVID-19 from an R&D, Innovation and Manufacturing Perspective?

Leah Lambrakis, VP, Research & Development, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs, Simmons Pet Food

  • Full session topic TBC

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

1-2-1 Meetings & Speaker Roundtables (1)

Roundtable 1: Innovation & Technology

 
Roundtable 2: R&D & Formulation

 
Roundtable 3: Consumer Insights & Marketing

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Consumers: The Key Ingredient for Success

Adam Grogan, Chief Operating Officer, Lightlife

  • Listening to your consumers is the key ingredient for success. They should drive your strategy, your innovations and your product development
  • Among plant-based meat eaters, 92% think it’s important to recognize all the ingredients in a plant-based burger patty. To further this point, 67% of people who eat plant-based protein prefer fewer ingredients in their patties
  • Lightlife heard from consumers that they want to know what’s in their food, a desire that is currently unmet by brands and products in the category. To meet that growing consumer demand, the brand committed to clean up their ingredient decks and offer products made from simple, recognizable ingredients
  • Drawing from these consumer insights, Lightlife has reformulated their product line. To further the progress of the plant-based protein industry, Lightlife also took a bold step and made a clean break from others in the category who attempt to mimic meat at any cost with unrecognizable additives and synthetically produced ingredients. This commitment, Clean Break, invited competitors to join the brand in the journey to deliver plant-based products without hyper-processed ingredients, additives, fillers, synthetically produced compounds, and GMOs
  • Listening to consumer demands has a direct impact on sales and business growth. Lightlife brand sales jumped 57.4% in the 12 weeks YoY as the brand continued to meet rising consumer demand
  • Reformulating products can re-energize a legacy brand, allowing it to innovate to meet changing consumer demands and appeal to the trends of today

Innovation & Technology

Innovation in Ingredients and Manufacturing Technologies for the COVID and Post-COVID Marketplace

Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., CFS, Senior Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University

  • Full session abstract TBC

4:05 PM - 4:50 PM - Panel Discussion

Innovation & Technology

Learning from the Entrepreneurial and Start-Up Culture: Innovate Faster or Stand to be Disrupted

  • What have the past few years shown us in terms of new product launches and the unparalleled success of new, innovative food companies with smaller R&D and Innovation teams and capabilities?
  • What are the key factors to accelerating your NPD without falling into the pitfall of the dreaded 80% fail rate of first-time product launches across the food industry?

4:50 PM - 4:55 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks

4:55 PM - 5:55 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings