2017 program

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DAY ONE – November 13, 2017


Arrive in Chicago at your convenience. Then join us at The W Chicago for a welcome drink to meet your industry colleagues and to kick-off our opening debate.


6.00 pm Registration and welcome drink

6.30 pm Welcome to Food Vision USA

6.35 pm What is innovation, and who’s driving it?


7.30 pm Meet the Trailblazers

  • Tim Millson, Mayor, Epic Source Foods,
  • Anshu Dua, Co-founder, The Chaat Company
  • Dror Tamir, Co-founder and CEO, Hargol FoodTech

8.15 pm Networking reception with light refreshments


DAY TWO – November 14, 2017

9.00 am Welcome and scene setting from the Chair
Elaine Watson, Editor, FoodNavigator-USA

9.05 am New game, new rules – revealing the New Marketing Playbook that holds the key to building share
Linda Eatherton, Managing Director and Partner, Ketchum Global Food & Beverage Practice

9.35 am Chobani: Now what?
Tim Brown, President & COO, Chobani

10.15 am Refreshments

10.45 am The end of animal agriculture?  The search for ‘clean meat’
Dr Liz Specht, Senior Scientist, The Good Food Institute

11.15 am Building superior protein ingredients with synthetic biology
Alex Lorestani, CEO and Co-Founder, Geltor

11.35 am Where is the plant-based movement heading?


12.10 pm Speed networking
Extend your horizons with a series of four minute meetings with your fellow attendees. Introduce yourself to a new contact every time the chimes sound and find out if you’ve got mutual interests that would make a subsequent, more in-depth meeting worthwhile.

1.00 pm Roundtable lunches – discuss the issues that matter most to you
Each of our lunch tables will be hosted by an industry expert who will lead an informal discussion on an industry hot topic. Join the table that suits you best.

2.00 pm Desert and coffee in the networking area

2.30 pm Session to be announced

3.10 pm R&D’s Role in Defining the Future of Real Food at Campbell
Jeff George, Vice President – R&D, Americas, Campbell Soup Company

3.40 pm Refreshments

4.10 pm Hydroponically Grown Food.  Tastier, healthier, cleaner, greener and safer.
James Day, Founder & CEO, Suncrest USA

4.40 pm From grass-fed to hydroponics: Food & farming… where next?


5.25 pm Chairman’s closing remarks



Food Vision USA reception and dinner



DAY THREE – November 15, 2017

9.00 am Chair’s re-cap of Day 2 and welcome back
Elizabeth Crawford, Senior Correspondent, FoodNavigator-USA

9.05 am Contemporary food culture and “Clean Foods”
Dr Shelley Balanko, SVP, The Hartman Group

9.35 am What do consumers understand by natural?
Speaker to be announced

10.00 am How clean is your label?


10.45 am Refreshments

11.15 am The final e-frontier.  Why e-grocers need to focus on more than the transaction  
Carrie Bienkowski, Chief Marketing Officer, Peapod

11.45 am What’s for dinner tonight?


12.30 pm Chair’s closing remarks

12.35 pm Networking lunch

2.00 pm Departures


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