Programme 2020

10-11 November 2020; Milan, Italy

07:40 - 08:40

Registration & Refreshments

08:40 - 08:50

08:50 - 09:25 - Keynote

Innovation & Technology

Founding the AromaLab: Conceiving Novel Technologies and Developing Innovative Products

Furio Suggi Liverani, Director Research & Innovation & Chief Technology Officer, illycaffè

  • Full session abstract TBC

09:25 - 10:00 - Keynote

Consumer Insights & Marketing

How can Snacking be Both On & Off Trend at the Same Time?

Catherine Burgeat, Category Planning Director – Nordics, Mondelez International

  • Snacking is rapidly growing and therefore has become an attractive opportunity for many players
  • Yet it is also conflicting with some mega trends: nutrition, plastic use, e-commerce
  • Leading each stakeholder to make hard choices (consumers, customers, government, industry)
  • And where the obvious choice is not always the right one…

10:05 - 10:40 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Better For You Products in the Bakery Industry

Johan Sanders, Chief Product Officer, Dawn Foods Global

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

In the Mouth of the Beholder - Rethinking how we Talk about Taste to Eaters and Drinkers

Jörn Gutowski, Founder, TRY Foods

  • The perception of taste is subjective; there should not be an authority telling us what we ought to taste
  • Let‘s think outside the box and learn from arts education

10:40 - 11:30

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:30 - 12:05 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Safeguarding Compliance and Traceability to Accelerate Innovation

  • Today’s industry challenges
  • End-to-end integration is critical for any organisation that seeks to optimise operations
  • Traceability and compliance related questions - from customers or regulators - are simplified when data is connected end-to-end
  • Easy access to track and trace data reduces the response time for both customer and regulatory inquiries while getting products to market faster

R&D & Formulation

Fortifying your Products with Plant Proteins

  • Going beyond nutrition: utilising protein to optimize product quality and shelf life
  • Comparing protein benefit, functionality, and price
  • Progressing through the protein lifecycle: identifying when the timing is right

12:10 - 12:45 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Blend 2080 – Innovating to Secure the Future of Coffee

Minna Lampinen, Head of R&D Drinks, Paulig Group

According to current calculations, there will not be enough coffee for everyone in 2080 for reasons such as climate change. If this happens, what will we drink? This was the starting point for the Blend of 2080 – coffee without coffee. Blend 2080 shows a glimpse of the future of coffee that no one wants to see. Sustainability and long-term perspective have been at the heart of Paulig since 1876. Collaboration and innovation throughout the value chain is the key to securing the future of coffee.

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Alberts)

Glenn Mathijssen, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Alberts

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:20 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

"Food Complexity? What is the Solution?”

  • Food is becoming more and more complex and functional
  • What is the impact on NPDI processes
  • What’s the added value of a PLM solution
  • What customers say

R&D & Formulation

How can you Contain the Cost of R&D amongst Pressure to Develop New Products and Formulations?

  • Why is it imperative to find the balance between the maintenance of quality standards and market pressures to reformulate?
  • Optimising R&D efforts by translating consumer insight into actionable information with regards to procuring the right ingredients at the right time

14:25 - 15:00 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Wholefood Wonders: A Healthy, Completely Natural Portfolio of Snack Bars

Jamie Combs, Founder & Managing Director, Natural Balance Foods

  • Full session abstract TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Cortilia: Natural Food to your Door

Maria Rosaria Sanna, Marketing Manager, Cortilia

Discover how we use technology to combine slow food with on-demand economy in a sustainable way.

15:00 - 15:50

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

15:50 - 16:25 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Packaging Innovation: Good for Profit and the Planet

Sarah Browner, Lead Analyst, FutureBridge

Consumer interaction with product packaging at every touch-point needs to satisfy a mix of needs such as sustainability, improved product safety, high-quality standards and consumer engagement: enter packaging innovation.

As food & beverage players strive to meet their future sustainability goals, we are witnessing a new wave of smart, sustainable packaging concepts that are enabling rethinking the way products are packaged.

This session will give insights into some of the industry’s most pressing questions in this space:
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of utilizing sustainable packaging?
  • Which biodegradable packaging solutions should be considered for our product category?
  • Which intelligent packaging technologies should be considered to reduce food waste?
  • Where to look for the leading technologies and disruptive innovations in this space?
  • Who are the players embracing this movement and incorporating these innovations into their packaged products?

R&D & Formulation

Replacing Sugar and Sodium: The Art and Science of Substitution

  • Leveraging your nutrition team: How can they advise you on sugar and sodium reduction for R&D?
  • Investigating the results of sodium replacement trials
  • Capitalising on new replacement technologies to improve functionality

16:30 - 17:05 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Session Title TBC (Buffalo Grill)

Pierre Lourties, Chief Development Officer, Board Member, Buffalo Grill

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

The Future of Non-Alcoholic Spirits

Erika Ollén, Co-Founder, Gnista Spirits

  • The Gnista story  - background and market opportunity
  • Our solution, product, brand propositioning and how it differs
  • Consumer insights gained along the way

17:10 - 17:55 - Panel Discussion

Consumer Insights & Marketing

How can Consumer Insights be Translated into a Successful Product Launch?

  • Full session abstract TBC

17:55 - 18:00

18:00 - 19:00

Evening Drinks Reception

18:00 - 19:30

Navigli Canal Cruise - Private Tour

Network with your food industry peers while enjoying a leisurely cruise on the canals in Milan to admire some of the most picturesque and scenic views of the city as well as the important historical locations.

Please note: tickets for the canal tour are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and places are limited at this time.

08:00 - 08:45

Registration & Refreshments

08:45 - 08:50

08:50 - 09:25 - Keynote

R&D & Formulation

How to Improve the Health of Fragile Targets through Nutrition

Fabrizio Gavelli, General Manager Specialized Nutrition South Europe, Danone

  • Full session abstract TBC

09:25 - 10:00 - Keynote

Consumer Insights & Marketing

How can you Establish and Increase your Appeal and Innovation in Emerging Markets?

  • Showcasing methods to overcome cultural difference when looking to expand your product appeal
  • Tapping into the burgeoning middle classes in emerging markets across the globe
  • Effectively marketing and appealing to global consumers by understanding the differing demographics

10:05 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Refining the Innovation Process - Decreasing Time to Market

  • Proven strategies to streamline the innovation process and cut down time and expense
  • R&D, Innovation and Marketing: determining the process and setting goals
  • Internal conflict management: solving the issues in front of you and those that may arise during the ideation and implementation process

R&D & Formulation

Striking the Balance: How can Taste and Nutrition Combine for your Next Product?

  • Why a clean label does not need to result in sacrificing taste or quality
  • Advances in areas such as cold-processing can allow you to avoid using artificial substances
  • How can malnutrition, obesity, and other food-related health problems be combated through changes in nutritional habits?

10:40 - 11:30

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:30 - 12:05 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Croffee - a Cereal Bar with the Caffeine of an Espresso Coffee

Sandra Veludo, Marketing Director, Delta Cafés

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Creating a New Product Category: Lessons of Scaling Up from Spareroom to Boardroom

Sophie McGregor, Co-Founder, Griddle Pancake

Ella Harland, Co-Founder, Griddle Pancake

Founders Sophie and Ella met in 2016 through flat share app Spareroom. Both with a passion for healthy eating and an eye for business, they noticed a gap in the market for their childhood treat, pancakes! They’d grown up but pancakes hadn’t. The category was still in the dark ages with no innovation and zero interest on nutrition. The pair quickly outgrew cooking in their flat to factories in Cornwall then Belgium and now supply Sainsbury’s and other UK retailers. They discuss the challenges faced when entering and building a new category and the lessons they’ve learnt along the way, especially in chilled distribution!

12:10 - 12:45 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Millennials in Mass-Market Brand Creation – DayUp Case Study

Milena Perera-Łagożna, Product Manager, Arteta Sp. z o.o.

  • Wining marketing-mix
  • Key insights
  • Why DayUp?
  • From social media to mass media (road from niche to mass market)
  • Disrupted categories

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Snackification: Snacks, Meals and the Future of Blurred Eating Occasions

Karine Dussimon, Senior Consultant in Food and Nutrition, Euromonitor International

Snackification – a trend in which consumers snack in place of meals – has reshaped both the nutritional and competitive landscape in snacks; but its future remains uncertain. Innovation in food delivery stands to threaten occasions traditionally dominated by packaged snacks. Karine Dussimon, Senior Consultant, will examine the underlying drivers and occasions that have been the primary battleground for snackification and discuss four strategies to sustain the momentum of this trend.

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:20 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

The Eating Good - Fair - Profitable Business

Luis Carlos Chacón, Op-Ed Columnist | Global Consultant, Forbes Latin America | BusinessCase

Although many do not believe it, there are several cases in the food and beverages universe that successfully offer and bring to the market genuinely healthy, innovative, fair products with the value chain, clean, cool, and highly profitable. This talk analyzes the winning points of those business model, seeking to foresee how could be a future where this value proposal could generate structural changes inside the future of the industry, while omitting the 'empty calories' as a premise starts to moves as a priority.

Innovation & Technology

Launching a Brand New Soft Drinks Brand

Andy Deeley, Co-Founder, FITCH Brew Co

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:25 - 15:00 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Session Title TBC (Tata Global Beverages)

Liliana Caimacan, Head of Global Innovation, Tata Global Beverages

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Löfbergs Cold Servings – the Development of a Cold Coffee Concept for the Foodservice Industry

Leif Sjöblom, Country Manager, Business Development OOH, Löfbergs Lila AB

The Löfbergs Cold Servings concept is going beyond the raw-material-product.

It is a trully holistic approach where all the parts ”cooperate”. The result is great tasting and served cold coffee beverages - an enjoyment for the guests!”

How did Löfbergs go about to develop its cold servings concept, what are the bits and pieces and what is the outcome for the foodservice operator as well as the guests.

A coffee concept for the future! – COLD!

15:05 - 15:40 - Keynote

Innovation & Technology

Corporate Engagement with Startups: Myths and Realities

José Luis Cabañero, Founder & CEO, Eatable Adventures

Corporate venturing initiatives are growing in popularity across the Food sector, many corporations rush to address startups seeking to acquire Innovation engaging with novel product creators, try out new markets and eventually access promising financial return when once these novel businesses thrive. Corporations have tried and defined multiple processes and collaboration frameworks with varied results, we will evaluate the alternative models and help outline a fast movers path to achieve corporate growth through Corporate venturing initiatives.

15:40 - 16:15 - Keynote

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Successfully Communicating Healthy Branding across your Organisation 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

16:15 - 16:25