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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
Harrods 

WINNING NPD 

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

 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS

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
Prezzo

Martyn Clover
Head of Food
Tortilla Mexican Grill

Gráinne Allen
Head of Food & Beverage Development
Whitbread

Joe Benn
Co-Founder & UK Managing Director
Ugly Drinks

 DIVE DEEPER 

10.10 Interactive NPD Trends Breakout Discussions

A) Flexitarianism

Rachel Chatterton
Food Director
Gousto

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
graze

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
Wagamama

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 

 PACKAGING & SUSTAINABILITY

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.

 HEALTH

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
Ryvita

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

 PEER-TO-PEER DISCUSSION

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

 CONSUMER INSIGHTS & SHOPPER BEHAVIOURS 

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

Jeremy Pang
Founder
School of Wok

Ian Hepburn
Transformation Director
Mars Wrigley UK

13.55 Bonus Session Reserved for Exclusive Conference Partner

PLANT-BASED INNOVATION

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

Gail Paddy
Own Brand Director
Morrisons PLC

INGREDIENTS & FLAVOURS

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
Fuller’s

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

CONCEPT TO LAUNCH

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

CASE STUDY

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