Programme 2022

14-15 June 2022; Milan, Italy

07:45 - 08:35

Registration & Refreshments

08:35 - 08:45

08:45 - 09:30 - Panel Discussion

Innovation & Technology

What is the Lasting Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Food Industry?

  • With an estimated 80% of new product launches delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what will be the lasting impact on the food innovation and quality/safety teams as well as the industry as a whole?

09:35 - 10:05 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Wunda - The Next Generation of Plant-Based Products

Rani Saab, Head of Beyond the Core Zone EMENA, Nestlé

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Fazer)

Heli Anttila, Vice President Product Development, Fazer

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:10 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Selerant)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (FutureBridge)

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:40 - 11:30

Networking Break & 1-2-1 Meetings

11:30 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Session Title TBC (Coca-Cola CCI)

Duygu Keçelioğlu, Head of Knowledge, Insights and Execution Excellence, Coca-Cola CCI

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (ProVeg International)

Stephanie Jaczniakowska-McGirr, International Head of Food Industry & Retail, ProVeg International

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:05 - 12:35 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (SpecPage)

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Fortifying your Products with Plant Proteins

  • Going beyond nutrition: utilizing 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

12:40 - 13:10 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Constantly Innovating to Disrupt the Trillion Dollar QSR Industry in the Middle East and Southeast Asia

Ajay Jain, Country CEO, Rebel Foods GCC

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:40 - 13:10 - Panel Discussion

R&D & Formulation

Panel Discussion - R&D

13:10 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 - Case Studies

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 commercialisation strategy must be established in the initial stages to ensure an aligned and targeted approach between Procurement, R&D, Innovation and Marketing

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Successfully Communicating Healthy Branding across your Organisation 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

14:35 - 15:05 - Solution Spotlights

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?

15:10 - 15:40 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

The Development Story of Non-Alcoholic RTDs

David Experton, Directeur de Marques, Pernod Ricard France

  • 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?

15:40 - 16:30

Networking Break & 1-2-1 Meetings

16:30 - 17:00 - Case Studies

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?

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Brand Identity in the Wine Industry

Vito Palumbo, Brand Manager, Tormaresca (Marchesi Antinori)

  • Marketing in the wine industry: the importance of brand identity
  • Case study: Puglia, from the “the cellar of Europe” to the next big thing?
  • Case study: The road to success of an Italian rosé, Calafuria

17:05 - 17:50 - Panel Discussion

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 behaviours to deliver change
  • Staying agile and flexible on the path to new ideas

17:50 - 17:55

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

Matteo Gori, Global Marketing Director, Barilla Group

17:55 - 18:55

Evening Drinks Reception

08:00 - 08:40

Registration & Refreshments

08:40 - 08:45

08:45 - 09:30 - Panel Discussion

R&D & Formulation

How are Novel Ingredients and Alternative Proteins Changing the Food Industry

  • Alternative proteins and novel ingredients market growth
  • Regulatory hurdles for alternative proteins to enter markets
  • How can food safety and food innovators work together on novel ingredients

09:35 - 10:05 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

The Role of Technology and Data-Driven Marketing at Domino's Pizza

Mayank Singh, Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, Domino's Pizza Indonesia

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Importaco)

Teresa Cercós, Quality, R&D, Innovation & Environment General Director, Importaco

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:10 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

From Concept to Commercialisation: 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

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

10:40 - 11:30

Networking Break & 1-2-1 Meetings

11:30 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

The Food Company's Dilemma: to Innovate or to Not Innovate

Guido Calò, Chief Research, Development, Innovation & Quality Officer, Sammontana S.p.A.

  • Is innovation in food as relevant as in other sectors?
  • Is innovation in food needed?
  • The food company debate is about the type of innovation to be carried on: renovation or innovation
  • Is innovation in food sustainable?
  • Diversification and core competencies

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Fitch Brew Co)

Andy Deeley, Co-Founder, Fitch Brew Co

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:05 - 12:35 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

How Technology is Disrupting the Food Market

José Luis Cabañero, Founder & CEO, Eatable Adventures

The food segment in at the verge of technology driven transformation; a growing number of exciting startups are creating a vast array of novel solutions in the areas of Biotech and Core IT, that are coming together to evolve the market making it more sustainable and efficient. We will discuss the 11 technology platforms that in our opinion will drive the future of food.

R&D & Formulation

Trends in Food Technology and Nutrition in the Next 10 Years

Dr. Jens Mäder, Senior Food Technology Expert

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:40 - 13:10 - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

From Local Icon to Global Product: Crispbread…Explained!

Alessio D'Urso, Director of Product Development, Barilla

  • What is crispbread?
  • Why is it so popular in Sweden and what are its main characteristics?
  • In this presentation, we’ll go through an analysis of the path that led crispbread to go from a local icon to a global product

12:40 - 13:10 - Panel Discussion

Innovation & Technology

Panel Discussion - Innovation

13:10 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

A Holistic View of NPD: Moving Away from Silos between R&D, Quality, Innovation and Marketing

Atanasios Moschos, Quality Director, Leonidas

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:00 - 14:30 - Panel Discussion

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Panel Discussion - Consumer Insights

14:35 - 15:05 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Successfully Communicating Healthy Branding across your Organisation 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

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

15:10 - 15:40 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Session Title TBC (Euromonitor)

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

How can you Keep it Natural Without Compromising your Product Identity?

  • What are some of the latest solutions for achieving a cleaner label
  • Initial stages of development are crucial to effectively avoiding the use of artificial flavors, colorings etc. or additives and supplements
  • How replacing legacy formulations for established or new products can open the window to a new set of consumers

15:45 - 16:30 - Panel Discussion

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Taste vs Health? 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

16:30 - 16:40

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit