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Get Inspired By 17 European Food & Drink Brands As They Tap Into The Latest Trends Of Tomorrow & Develop Exciting, Consumer-Driven & Profitable  Products!

Europe's Premier NPD Food & Drink, One-Day Conference (CEST)! How Can You Access The Latest Consumer Insights & Shopper Demands? ● How Will The Retail Landscape Continue To Change? ● What’s The Magic Ingredient To NPD Success? ● Explore The Future Of Macro Trends From Plant Based To Sustainability To Health.  A Virtual, Brand-Led, One-Day Conference, 30th June 2021.

Inspiring, Consumer-Driven, Commercially-Successful Food & Drink New Product Development: Insights Into The Latest Consumer-Led Health Trends, Plant-Based Innovations, Free-From, Retailer & Convenience Insights & Sustainable Product Development To Deliver Stand-Out, Profit-Boosting NPD & Product Innovations. A Brand-Led, One-Day Conference & Networking Event, 30th June 2021

Test, Innovate, Perfect, Profit! Trend-Led New Product Development Food & Drink Strategies Which Cater To The Consumer At Home Or Out & About:

  1. Deep-Dive Into The Mind Of The Consumer! Guarantee your products thrive despite the rapidly-changing trends and interests of shoppers
  2. Hot Trends & Innovations To Excite Consumers: Drive commercially-successful NPD which impresses consumers and boosts sales
  3. Win Big With The Latest Lucrative Health & Ingredients Trends: Drive product success, nutritional value and satisfy consumer demands to propel profits – Macro Trend!
  4. Profitable Plant-Based Products Which Appeal To The Masses: Perfect texture, flavour and taste for fly-off-the-shelf, plant-powered NPD – Macro Trend!
  5. Boost Sustainability With Innovative Methods: Get the seal of approval with sustainable NPD which meets environmental considerations and still drives commercial success – Macro Trend!
  6. It’s More Than Just Plastic! Deliver On Your Packaging Promise: Packaging solutions which appease eco-conscious consumers, are cost-effective and reduce environmental impact – Macro Trend!
  7. Focus On Low-Sugar NPD: The latest tools and solutions to assist your portfolio in its journey towards sugar reduction – Macro Trend!

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Go Virtual - It’s Easy! All you need is good internet access and a password which we will provide. We also have a dedicated conference app for easy viewing! Presentations and panels are live, and you can type in questions or comments to our Q&A section, live polling or social feed. If you would like to participate in any breakout discussions, it’s just a normal zoom call. You can also direct message or request a meeting with any of the other attendees on the online platform. Sessions will be recorded and will be available as on-demand content for a short while after the event. In the comfort of your own surroundings, you will be able to:

Inspiring Speakers - Listen to market-leading, brand-side speakers as they share their hard-won insights and experiences with hot topic presentations and panels

Connect & Network - Networking is easy with the use of our discussion board, direct messaging facility, meeting request buttons, live polling and social media feed. Have your say and meet the other attendees

Live Chat - Pose your own questions and comment via the live chat function and interact with other delegates and speakers in real time

Virtual Roundtables & Peer Discussions - There will be breakout discussions during the day to discuss specific areas of interest with like-minded attendees to tailor your experience

Virtual Exhibition - Explore the 'virtual exhibition stands' and speak directly to our carefully-chosen exhibitors to help you tackle your business challenges directly

Virtual Face-To-Face Meetings - Start a conversation with fellow delegates or exhibitors and discuss your individual needs and challenges one-to-one.

19 Food & Drink Brands Speaking. One Inspiring Day: Health Trends • Plant-Based • Alternative & Free-From • Sustainable NPD • Consumer & Shopper Demands • NPD Success • Market Trends & Innovations • Packaging & Plastics • Sugar Reduction • Snacking & Convenience

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7 Years’ Experience Leading The Way With Ground-Breaking Food & Drink Conferences & 100% Satisfaction Rating At The 2019 London NPD Conference!

‘I could not have asked for a better immersion and networking opportunity.’ 

‘A good refresher of some key messages with a interesting new insights and perspectives.’

‘A good platform bringing an excellent cross-section of NPD and innovation practitioners together sharing useful insights.’

Can You Help Drive Food & Drink NPD & Innovation? For more information on how speak, exhibit or arrange one-to-one meetings at this market-leading conference, please call +44 (0) 20 3479 2299 or email

Inspiring, Consumer-Driven, Commercially-Successful Food & Drink New Product Development: Insights Into The Latest Consumer-Led Health Trends, Plant-Based Innovations, Free-From, Retailer & Convenience Insights & Sustainable Product Development To Deliver Stand-Out, Profit-Boosting NPD & Product Innovations.

Please See Below For The NPD Food & Drink Europe Conference Programme Outline. For The Full Agenda, Click Here >>

08.30 (CEST) Registration, Morning Coffee & Objective Setting

09:00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction & Morning Chair’s Opening Remarks


09.20 Capitalise On The Plant-Based Trend To Create Profitable Plant-Based Foods With Mass Appeal

Antje Schubert, Managing Director, Western Europe, Nomad Foods


09.40 Balancing Health Trends With Commercial & Operational Realities

Speaker to be announced.


10.00 Break-Out Discussions

A) Protein Alternatives
B) Alcohol-Free
C) Dairy-Free
D) Gluten-Free
E) Vegan

10.30 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


11.00 In this session you will:

• Deep dive into the key Snacking innovation trends and territories Black Swan Data is predicting to grow in +2022
• Understand how Social Prediction technology unlocks the world’s biggest focus group: the internet, to identify, decode and predict new trends
• See the tools and metrics being used by companies like PepsiCo, Colgate and P&G to utilise this capability and fuel smarter, faster new product innovation programmes

Camilla Carson, Executive Director of Client Partnerships, Black Swan Data
Gianna Tommasi, Senior Insights Consultant, Black Swan Data


11.30 Get The Seal Of Approval With Sustainable NPD Which Meets Environmental Considerations & Still Drives Commercial Success

Grégory Faure, Innovation Controller – Continental Europe, Princes Ltd


How Pricing Can Make or Break your NPD Launch

  • Selecting new product pricing that maximises revenue
  • Avoiding product cannibalisation
  • Differences in price sensitivity by SKU/brand
  • Price barriers, including budget and psychological pricing constraints
  • Differences in behaviour by type of consumer (users vs. considerers)

Nicole Teh, Director Of Strategic Partnerships,

PLM Masterclass: Fuelling The F&B Industry With Luxury Insights

In our PLM Masterclass, hosted by Christophe Therrey, you’ll discover how to draw similarities between sourdough pizzas and Louis Vuitton handbags, coming away with best-practice from the luxury sector which will enable your food and beverage business to fuel profit-boosting NPD and delight your consumers.

This 15-minute, quick-fire session will cover:

  • Planning and offer management
  • Product specification definition
  • Collaboration requirements
  • Document management
  • Managing multiple product characteristics
  • RFP process
  • Dynamic costing

Want an appetizer before the masterclass? Connect with Christophe Therrey, Senior Vice President Sales, Global New Markets & EMEAR before the event.

Christophe Therrey, Senior Vice President Sales, Global New Markets & EMEAR, Centric Software®


12.10 Deep-Dive Into The Mind Of The Consumer! Align Your Strategy With The Latest Consumer Demands & Shopper Behaviours For Winning NPD & Guaranteed Sales

Ricardo Piccolo, Category Director (Infant & Medical Food) Continental Europe, Kraft Heinz

Daria Mai, Head of Product, Honest Food Company

Sara De Angelis, Southern Europe Marketing Director, Délifrance

12.40 Lunch & Informal Networking For Speakers, Delegates & Partners

13.10 Informal Breakout Discussions
A) Nutrition
C) Natural
D) Clean-Label
E) Local
F) Common Pitfalls in Food Compliance & Product Safety

Want to build a tech-infused methodology in just 30 minutes? Join the Centric Software experts to uncover just how costly product recalls can be, and how Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) can elevate your traceability, quality and compliance throughout the entire supply chain.

You’ll leave the session with a clear idea of how to meet these industry challenges head on:

  • Product recalls
  • Supply chain traceability
  • Compliance and regulatory aspects of product development / distribution

If your business wants to gain full visibility into all operations, from concept to consumer, in order to make better and faster decisions, we have the answer!

Tom Berkvens, Sales Director EMEA, Centric Software®

Christian Maurer, Pre-Sales Consultant, Centric Software®

13.40 Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks
Hadrien Cadiou, Global R&D Senior Consumer Scientist, JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE)

NPD SUCCESS - Case Study

13.50 Convert Light-Bulb Moments Into Products On The Shelf With That 'Straight-In-My-Basket' NPD Success

Emanuel Gavert, Inventor – SnackFutures, Mondelēz International


Case Study



Case Study



14.10 Identify Key Market Trends That Drive Commercially-Successful Products & Excite Consumers With Impressive Innovations Which Boost Sales

Scott Peppel, Director, Food Innovation, Starbucks

Lisa Whitworth, Customer Marketing Director – Northern Europe, Diageo

Ricardo Piccolo, Category Director (Infant & Medical Food) Continental Europe, Kraft Heinz

Erika Ollen, Founder, GNISTA


14.40 Is The Food & Drink Industry Delivering On Its Packaging Promise? Approaching Packaging Solutions Which Appease Eco-Conscious Consumers, Limit Confusion, Are Cost-Effective & Reduce Environmental Impact

Patrick Lesueur, Group R&D Director, Bonduelle


15.30 Case Study

Michael Halvorsen, Senior Director, Business Development EMEA, Sweegen

Paul Courtney, New Product Development Director – Food. EMEA, APAC., Sweegen

Daria Nalewajek,Application Technology Manager EMEA, Sweegen

15.30 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking

LOW-SUGAR INNOVATIONS - Double Perspective

16.00 It’s Not Going Anywhere! Explore Innovative Ways To Incorporate The Long-Standing Sugar Reduction Trend Into Your NPD Portfolio

16.00 Alvaro Vela, Marketing Director, Starbucks Spain & Portugal

16.20 Jaap Matthijsen, International Director, A.G. Barr p.l.c, United Kingdom


16.40 Is Your NPD Good To Go? Deliver Products That Meet The Needs Of Time-Poor Consumers & Capitalise On Consumer Demands

Speaker To Be Announced. Please Check The Website For Details.

17.00 Chair’s Closing Remarks & Official Close Of Conference