Stand-Out With Brand New & Inspiring Food & Drink Insights For Sustainability-Focused, Commercially-Successful & Consumer-Driven Product Strategies & Innovations

Sustainability ▪ Ingredients: Taste & Texture ▪ Plant-Based & Meat-Alternatives ▪ Hot Product Trends & Innovations ▪ Sustainable Packaging ▪ Product Development Success ▪ Tackle Cost Challenges & Complexity ▪ Health, Wellbeing & Clean Label ▪ Consumer Trends & Shopper Behaviours ▪International Tastes & Trends ▪ Beverages: Trends & Innovations ▪ Snacking & Convenience

08.30 Registration, Informal Networking & GIC Opening Remarks

09.00 Morning Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks 

Kasia Grzybowska, Regional Sustainability Manager & Assistant Vice President, Nestlé


Oliver Baggaley, Director Digital Strategy & e-Commerce, Ahold Delhaize

Sustainability - Panel & Q&A

09.10 Harness The Latest Food & Beverage Green & Sustainability Trends To Authentically Boost Brand Image, Mitigate Greenwashing, Exceed Evolving Consumer Demands & Drive Sales

  • Sustainability isn’t just about packaging and plastic! Determine how to build a cost-effective, transparent, and lucrative sustainability model from concept to launch
  • Environmental scoring and the Digital Product Passport: examine the new standards and practices in order to reduce misleading green claims and profit from authentic claims about the full life cycle of your products for improved customer confidence
  • Critical consumer insights! Discuss and debate the price point for sustainable initiatives… are your consumers willing to pay a premium?
  • Natural, organic and local… how can you boost brand image and meet the increasingly health and climate-conscious consumer expectations?

Kasia Grzybowska, Regional Sustainability Manager & Assistant Vice President, Nestlé

Dr. Oliver Sperber, Global R&D Director, Carl Kühne KG (GmbH & Co.)



Christine Crosby, Group Sustainability Director, Global Hero Group

Lejla Dautović, Director of Research Development & Innovation, Atlantic Grupa

Felipe Lima, Strategy Director BU Beef, Vion Food Group

Coralie Perrin, Sustainability Taste Lead, Kerry

Ingredients: Taste & Texture

09.40 Guarantee Product Success & Portfolio Growth With The Latest, Must-Have Ingredients & Irresistible Taste & Textures

  • What’s hot, and what’s not? Stay ahead of the game by successfully translating consumer demands and trends into ingredient choices and flavours which tickle your consumers taste buds  
  • Uncover game-changing consumer insights and market trends to ensure your products stand out from a competitive crowd with the hottest, on-trend ingredients and flavours
  • Taste, texture, feeling: alongside great taste consumers are increasingly looking for the best sensory experience… get the balance of taste and texture right to create indulgent moments your consumers cannot resist  
  • From the rise of raw ingredients to rapidly-improving nutrition in ready meals, cater for demands by finding the win-wins for product developers and consumers alike to drive forward successful and lucrative innovation

Plant-Based & Meat Alternatives | Double Perspective

10.00 Market-Leading Plant-Powered Product Innovation! Capitalise On The Sky-High Demand For Plant-Based & Meat Alternatives With On-Trend Product Delivery Guaranteed To Stimulate Consumer Interest & Deliver Unapologetic Market Success

  • Unlock the untapped health benefits, consumer popularity and indulgent taste sensations of plant-based and meat alternatives by deciphering the key drivers behind the continued surge and translating insights to create products certain to fly off the shelves
  • Determine the product innovations here to stay! Which plant-based, meat and dairy alternatives will reward in the short and long-term?
  • From vegetable protein to innovations around hybrid-fats, salt-based, cultivated meat and precision fermentation, how mature and ready are we to satisfy meat-free and flexitarian consumers with the replacements on offer?
  • Discover the latest plant proteins heading to market to elevate your new product launches and influence profit

10.00 Christian Rößle, Head of R&D, Berief Food GmbH

10.20 Fabio Beninati, Product Innovation Leader, Amadori

10.40 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking

11.10 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

Hot Product Trends & Innovations | Panel & Q&A

11.40 Cut Through The Noise! Monetise Brand New & Inspiring Food & Drink Trends & Innovations To Power Commercially-Successful, Pioneering & Trend-Driven Products Which Fly Off The Shelves

  • Game-changing early insights! Get ahead of the next market-dominating trend to capture attention and win customers over by separating the fads from the macro trends and tastes that are here to stay
  • Tap into the latest consumer trends and critical market insights influencing consumer purchasing decisions to create trailblazing products which achieve sky-high sales
  • Trend forecasting for 2023 and beyond! What new trends and innovations can we expect to appear on the horizon, and how can you take advantage of these to produce profitable and long-lasting product innovation? 

Lee Boakes, NPD Director, Huel

Mehdi Adjiri, Technical Controller, Graze (Nature Delivered Limited)

Bledi Jahjaga, Head of Food, Pizza Pilgrims

Florencio Garcia, Principal Chief Executive Officer Europe, Better Balance Foods

Sustainable Packaging | Eco-Authenticity

12.10 Optimise Efficiencies & Secure Consumer Trust & Loyalty With Viable, Functional, Cost-Effective & Sustainable Packaging Solutions

  • ‘40% less packaging’…? Protect the content of your products whilst reducing excess packaging materials to profit from strong environmental scores and boosted consumer confidence and brand loyalty
  • Glass or aluminium? Plastics or carton? Follow the latest guidelines on waste disposal and decarbonisation to stay relevant, boost your brand reputation and drive sales
  • Best-in-class eco-design… boost resource efficiencies with bioplastics, caps and more to achieve high-quality and attractive yet eco-friendly and functional packaging solutions
  • Satisfy consumers by actively delivering greener alternatives and mitigate greenwashing and misleading consumers with transparent, descriptive and clear labelling

Nicola Smith, Head of Sustainability, Little Freddie

Product Development Success | Cutting-Edge

12.30 Disrupt & Dominate A Competitive Market By Capitalising On The Latest Trends & Insights To Deliver Profit-Boosting Product Development & Drive ROI From Concept To Launch

  • Spot and respond quickly to gaps in the market to seize new opportunities for trailblazing product development guaranteed to win the hearts (and pockets) of consumers
  • Quick wins to drive purchasing power! Maximise market metrics and data insights to refresh your popular product ranges and develop profitable line extensions
  • Monetise consumer trends and translate insights into profit-boosting products and pioneering campaigns to skyrocket brand performance and achieve sky-high sales
  • Mitigate increasing costs, low yields and supply and resource challenges by responding effectively and continuing to produce budget-friendly yet commercially-viable new product development

Joost Dijkstra, Associate Director Portfolio & Innovation, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

12.50 Lunch For Delegates, Speakers & Partners

13.20 Informal Peer-To-Peer Discussions

a) Digitalisation & New Service Models

Oliver Baggaley, Director Digital Strategy & e-Commerce, Ahold Delhaize

b) Meat, Alternatives & Sustainability

Felipe Lima, Strategy Director BU Beef, Vion Food Group

c) The Win-Win Of Data-Led Insights

Debbie Davies, Category Development Controller, Vibrant Foods


13.50 Afternoon Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks


Peter Amon, CEO, More Than Meals

Emma Lindsay, Sustainability Manager, Butternut Box

Consumer Trends & Shopper Behaviours | Panel & Q&A

14.00 Dynamic & Trailblazing Product Innovations Inspired By The Latest Consumer Insights, Trends & Shopper Behaviours To Spring-Board New & Refreshed Product Lines To Sales-Boosting Success

  • From shopper behaviours and buying habits to flavours and snacking and convenience… get to grips with your consumers’ preferences today to deliver the profit-boosting product innovation success of tomorrow
  • Separate fact from fiction! Health check health aspirations, eco-sensibilities and soft intentions into hard purchases to deliver what shoppers really want and need online and in store
  • Spotting and acknowledging new trends is one thing, but how can you actually integrate the hottest emerging trends within your business and product portfolio?
  • As the cost-of-living increases, strengthen your consumer data insights to decipher which products are viable and where you should focus future product innovation

Anastasia Dellis, General Manager NL, Gorillas

Julia Straschil, Global Marketing Director & E- Commerce & Sustainability Lead, Capri-Sun Group

Daniela Busseni, Category Development Director, Vibrant Foods

Rodolfo Brajcich, Global Director Nutrition & Sustainability, Sigma

Mariana Santos, Senior Comsumer Insights Specialist, Tyson Foods

Tackle Cost Challenges & Complexity In Food Production | Case Study

14.30 With Increased Energy, Raw Materials, Production & Supply Costs Hitting All Aspects Of Product Development & Innovation, Harness De-Complexity & Refocus Your R&D To Thrive & Survive

  • Anticipate where cost hikes and shortages for ingredients and packaging will force innovations and harmonisation in your product lines to mitigate cost increases
  • Channel your innovative and technical knowledge to produce products of equal quality at less cost and generate better value for your company and consumers
  • From price hikes to key commodities, utilise trends in ingredient replacements to protect your bottom line and refresh your popular products

Dr. Oliver Sperber, Global R&D Director, Carl Kühne KG (GmbH & Co.)


Health, Wellbeing & Clean Label

14.50 Promote & Prioritise Health & Wellbeing To Satisfy Health-Conscious Consumers With Holistic, Nutritious & Profit-Boosting Product Innovation

  • From protein-powered breakfasts and super foods to baby formulas and the health drinks boom… target health-conscious consumers with products that enhance performance and prioritise wellness without sacrificing on taste
  • Drive-down fat, salt and sugar levels and drive-up product sales with delicious natural and nutritious recipes guaranteed to hit your consumers health-conscious sweet spot!
  • Clean label and declaration friendly: as consumers become increasingly ingredient-savvy, utilise short but informative ingredient lists which make health benefits clear and easy for consumers to read

Alexandra Boelrijk, Global Senior R&D Director ProActive Health, Kerry

International Tastes & Trends | Global Inspiration

15.10 Tap Into Popular Regional Specialities, Global Trends & International Tastes To Diversify Your Product Portfolios For Maximised Profits

  • Harness the ‘buy-local’ passion and nostalgia of strong regional food and drink cultures to boost sales with products that gratify home-grown tastes
  • World-wide success! Spot the global trends about to disrupt the market early to keep your product portfolio fresh in an increasingly competitive world and appeal to exotic flavours and palettes
  • What are the latest global flavours and ingredients inspiring the market today that you should be innovating with next?

Nicci Clark, CEO & Founder, RE:NOURISH

15.30 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking
16.00 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

Beverages: Trends & Innovations

16.30 Identify & Monetise The Latest Drinks Trends & Innovations For Cutting-Edge & On-Trend Product Innovation

  • The “low” and “no” category is continuing to show exponential growth, so how can you ensure your brand monetises what your target consumers are really thirsty for?
  • Harness the rise of nutritional and healthy on-the-go drinks to deliver profitable and innovative new products in the drinks category
  • What can we learn from the innovation and trends in the drinks category which can be applied to the wider food and product market? 

Chocolate Success As A Vehicle For Change

16.50 The Race To 100% Slave-Free Chocolate…

How Tony’s Chocolonely Is Pioneering An Industry Shift Towards Taking Responsibility For Your Value Chain & Driving Product Success To Achieve Change

Ester Van Dusseldorp, Duchess Chocopreme (AKA Country Manager BNLX & Beyond), Tony’s Chocolonely

Snacking & Convenience

17.10 Drive Real Growth In Your On-The-Go, Snacking, Impulse & Convenience Categories To Delight Time-Poor Shoppers In A Highly Competitive Market

  • Natural, affordable, healthy, sustainable… get your on-the-go product mix right to keep your on-the-go consumers happy and fulfilled with convenient, nutritious and delicious products
  • Break the mould of ‘more packaging, less product’ to produce attention-grabbing snacks and treats which deliver on taste and consumer fulfilment
  • With increasing costs pressures, evolving regulations and eco-demands, repackage and reinvigorate your snacks, on-the-go and luxury ranges to achieve profit-boosting success
  • As consumer lifestyles continue to adapt and develop, what is the future of snacking and convenience in 2023 and beyond?

Mehdi Adjiri, Technical Controller, Graze (Nature Delivered Limited)

17.30 Afternoon Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks & Close Of Conference


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