Mike Leonard, Strategic Leader, FBP Group & Publisher, Prepared Foods
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Spirit of Innovation Awards Ceremony
Join us in celebrating the industry-nominated, innovative product development teams that recently introduced a new product in six different categoires. Learn the story behind the winning products.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Spirit of Innovation Celebration Reception
Celebrate and toast the 2018 Spirit of Innovation Award winners. Taste some of the winning products and enjoy drinks and network with winning R&D teams before you head out for dinner.
Dinner on your own.
Tuesday, October 2
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Keynote: Its Time Has Come! Optimizing New Product Development for E-Commerce
Manu Sareen, Managing Partner, Marketplace Explained; Amazon's Former General Manager-Private Brands
Ecommerce certainly is not a future concept. It’s already here, growing—and dramatically changing the landscape for everything from food and beverage R&D to consumers’ purchase decisions. Each day brings more new foods and drinks exclusively developed for online sales—ranging from Amazon’s Wickedly Prime teas, snacks, soups and spreads; to PepsiCo’s new “Drinkfinity” flavor pods.
What’s next for this market in 2019 and what do leading CPC innovation leaders and small industry disruptors need to know? Come hear New Products Conference speaker Manu Sareen, Managing Partner, Marketplace Explained; and Amazon’s former General Manager for Private Brands (2013-2017).
Sareen built and managed two start-up businesses, grew Amazon Basics to be one of the company’s biggest and most profitable brands, and managed Amazon’s food and beverage private brands division (Wickedly Prime, Amazon Fresh, Happy Belly brands). Sareen has more than 20 years of experience in building and running multi-billion dollar retail businesses. Prior to joining Amazon, he held senior merchandising posts at Best Buy and Radio Shack.
This is a “must-hear” session for food and beverage company vice presidents of Innovation, Sales & Distribution , R&D, Packaging, Marketing and Operations!
Disrupt to Grow: Succeed in the Midst of Blurring and Shifting Categories
Lynn Dornblaser and David Jago, Directors, Innovation & Insight, Mintel
You won’t grow your brand just by being “consistent.” The marketplace and consumers are ever-changing. Are you? The trade, especially retailers, thinks in static categories, but consumers don’t. We see categories continue to blur and shift, and smart companies responding with products that fit consumers’ shifting tastes and lifestyles. Mintel’s Lynn Dornblaser and David Jago look at some examples that have eschewed consistency with success—such as the growth of craft sodas and how small companies have reinvented better-for-you snacks. Mintel also identifies a few categories that may be ripe for the next shift (think the continued blurring of snacks and meals or the continued impact of plant-based foods).
Dinner on your own.
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join marketing and culinary experts of the brand marketing agency, SRG, for an off-the-grid culinary voyage into the thriving Minneapolis food scene.SRG’s proprietary STREETDive culinary immersion program is a real-time, feet-on-the-street think-tank that takes companies and their customers on off-the-grid culinary voyages designed to stimulate fresh R&D thinking, build team consensus and generate new trend-forward products.
Wednesday, October 3
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Keynote: Minneapolis StreetDive Findings
Amy Shipley, Managing Director/Partner and Liz Moskow, Culinary Director, Sterling Rice Group