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In 1 Exciting Day, Boost Profits With Trend-Led Food & Drink NPD From 32 In-House Directors Including Sainsbury’s, Co-operative, Coca-Cola, Loreal Luxe & More!

Boost Profits With Trend-Led Food & Drink NPD: Stay Ahead Of The Curve & Excite Customers With Profitable NPD & Product Innovations Driven By Insights Into The Latest Health, Packaging, Consumer, Shopper, Sustainability, Ingredient & Retailer Trends To Monetise New Growth Opportunities.
A One-Day, Brand-Led, Conference & Networking Event, 8th October 2019, Oe Great George Street, Central London.

32 Leading NPD Professionals Stay Ahead Of The Curve & Excite Customers With Profitable NPD & Product Innovations Driven By Insights Into The Latest Health, Packaging, Consumer, Shopper, Sustainability, Ingredient & Retailer Trends To Monetise New Growth Opportunities:

  1. Hot Trends & Innovations - What’s New, What’s Next? Hit the trends jackpot and boost sales with exciting innovations and trend-led NPD
  2. Unlock The Secrets To Profitable NPD: Leverage investment-worthy trends from concept to launch for the next must-have product and consistently-successful NPD
  3. Satisfy Demand For Greener Packaging & Sustainable Products: Meet consumer expectations with next-level packaging and sustainability innovations
  4. Monetise Emerging Health Trends: Tap into the latest health and nutrition trends to deliver nutritious, tasty products and excite consumers
  5. Customer Insight, Shopper Behaviours & ConsumerCentric Innovation: Future-proof your NPD with the latest insights into consumer motivations, influences and expectations
  6. Lucrative Plant-Based Products With Mass Appeal: Win over vegans, carnivores and flexitarians alike and broaden your product appeal
  7. New Ingredients, Cuisines & Flavours To Sky-Rocket Sales: Stand out with trend-driven, tasty and exciting product offerings
  8. Retailer Insights For Win-Win NPD: Boost NPD profitability by anticipating and adapting to the latest retail channels
  9. Trends ‘Deep Dive’ Innovator-Led Interactive Discussions: Sugar • Flextarianism • Proteins • Meat Replacements • Clean & Natural Foods • Convenience • Drink Trends • International

Why Attend This NPD Food & Drink Conference?

  • 32 Brands, 1 Day
  • Five Years Of On-Trend, Market-Beating Insights
  • Exciting Taste Demos From Trailblazing Chefs
  • Facilitated Hot-Trend Peer Discussions: a) Social Media b) Waste c) Market Disruptors d) Brexit e) Macro Drivers for Better NPD
  • Retailer Insights Panel 
  • Luxury New Venue
  • Just 1 Day Out of The Office 
  • 97% Average Delegate Satisfaction Rating

32 Heads of Food & Drink Product Development Tackle Your Toughest Challenges In 1 Day: Winning NPD • Trends & Innovations • Trends Deep Dive • Packaging & Sustainability Innovations • Health Trends • Consumer Insights, Shopper Behaviours • Plant-Based Opportunities • Ingredients & Flavours • Concept To Launch Showcase • Retailer Insights

Please See Below For The NPD Food & Drink Conference Programme Outline.
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08.30 Registration, Coffee & Informal Networking

09.00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction & Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Arun Prahbhu
Global Category & Brand Director
Arla Foods 

Ann Dunn
Head of Product Development & Quality


09.20 Find The Winning Formula: Hit The Jackpot By Turning The Right Trends Into Outstanding NPD

Hannah McKay
Head of Food & Beverage
Caffè Nero


09.40 Optimise Key Trends To Create Commercially-Successful Products & Sky Rocket Sales With Exciting Innovations

Ricardo Brenna
Head of Insights
Ferrero UK & Ireland

Paul Thomas
Head of Insight
Asahi Beer

Marco Zacharia
Director of Food & Beverage Solutions (Mainstream Brands EMEA)
Intercontinental Hotel Group

Dougie Hastings
Head of Proposition

Martyn Clover
Head of Food
Tortilla Mexican Grill

Gráinne Allen
Head of Food & Beverage Development

Joe Benn
Co-Founder & UK Managing Director
Ugly Drinks


10.10 Interactive NPD Trends Breakout Discussions

A) Flexitarianism

Rachel Chatterton
Food Director

B) Proteins

Emma Lewis
Group Head of R&D Veg & Meals and Culinary Lead
Nomad Foods

C) Convenience

Melanie Tucker
Head of Out of Home

D) International

Adam Wilcock
European R&D Director
Papa John’s International

E) Sugar F) Meat-Replacements G) Clean & Natural H) Drink Trends

10.30 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal, Facilitated Networking & Chef Demos

Omkar Mestry
Executive Head Chef Hilton
London Tower Bridge 

Shereif Elfahhan
Head Chef

11.00 Discover How To Detect & Action New Category Trends Faster & Apply AI To Social Data In Order To Transform Your Insights Capability & Get To Market First

Richard Maryniak
Global Chief & Innovation Officer
Black Swan Data 


11.20 It’s Not Easy Being Green: With Consumers, The Government & Retailers Increasingly Demanding Recyclable Packaging & Sustainable Products, How Can The Industry Deliver?

Speaker To Be Confirmed, Please Check The Website for Updates.


11.40 Capitalise On The Latest Health & Nutrition Trends: Insights Into How To Satisfy Consumers’ Evolving Definitions Of Healthy With On-Trend NPD

Kyrsten Halley
Head of Brand

Daniela Busseni
Head of Category Development – Sweet Treats
Premier Foods

Frankie Fox
Co-Founder & Head of Innovation
The Foraging Fox

James Kidman
Head of Food
Crussh Fit Foods & Juice Bars

12.10 From Novel To Mainstream: Navigating The Journey Of A New Ingredient Into Consumer Acceptance

Emma Gubisch
Head of Consumer & Sensory Insight
Leatherhead Food Research

12.25 Lunch Break With Informal, Facilitated Networking


12.55 Facilitated, Interactive Peer-To-Peer Discussions

A) Macro Drivers for Better NPD

Andrew Wardlaw
Insight Director
MMR Research Worldwide Ltd

B) Social Media C) Waste D) Market Disruptors E) Brexit

13.25 Co-Chair’s Afternoon Remarks

Gail Paddy
Own Brand Director
Morrisons PLC 

Naomi Gardner
Innovation Director
Dairy Crest Limited


13.35 Unlocking The Latest Consumer Influences & Shopper Motivations Be Their ‘Go To’ Product

Jeremy Pang
School of Wok

Ian Hepburn
Transformation Director
Mars Wrigley UK

13.55 Bonus Session Reserved for Exclusive Conference Partner


14.30 Overcoming Technical Hurdles & NPD Challenges To Create Profitable Plant-Based Foods With Mass Appeal

Gail Paddy
Own Brand Director
Morrisons PLC


14.30 Successfully Translating Emerging Ingredients & Flavours Into Your Product Portfolio With Up-To-The Minute Trends For Hot-Off-The-Press Products

Paul Dickinson
Director of Food

Ian Craddock
Senior Research Chef
McCormick & Company

Steve Kearns
Managing Director
Cawston Press

Rusty Warren
NPD & Consumer Research Manager
Subway – UK & Ireland

15.20 Afternoon Refreshment Break & Informal Networking


15.50 Exploring Different NPD Processes, Technologies & Trend Adoption To Maximise The Success Of Launches, Minimise False Starts & Consistently Produce Lucrative Products

16.10) Paul Thomas, Head of Insight, Asahi Beer

16.30) Joe Spence, Innovation Lead, innocent drinks


16.30 Implementing NPD with A Retailer

Daniela Busseni
Head of Category Development – Sweet Treats
Premier Foods

16.50 Conference Round-Up, Quick-Wins Advice & Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks

17.00 Official Close Of Conference