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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.


5.30 pm Registration and welcome drink

6.00 pm Welcome to Food Vision USA

6.05 pm What is innovation, and who’s driving it?
Chair: Elaine Watson, Editor, FoodNavigator-USA


7.00 pm Meet the Trailblazers
Chair: Elizabeth Crawford, Senior Correspondent, FoodNavigator-USA

7.45 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 Fireside chat: Now we are ten.  Chobani confronts the challenges of a new decade
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?
Chair: Elizabeth Crawford, Senior Correspondent, FoodNavigator-USA


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 Making Nutrition Accessible:  How PepsiCo Uses Its Size and Scale to Make a Meaningful Impact

The big picture.  Why PepsiCo has made it a mission to make nutrition more accessible

  • Seth Kaufman, President of North America Nutrition, PepsiCo

Consumer-led innovation.  Bringing on-trend, nutrition-forward foods and beverages to more people 

  • Jeff Zachwieja, Senior Director, Global R& D Nutrition Sciences, PepsiCo

Making it real at retail. Delivering on consumer expectations at the point of purchase

  • Becca Kerr, Vice President and General Manager, Tropicana North America, PepsiCo

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?
Chair: Elaine Watson, Editor, FoodNavigator-USA


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
Elaine Watson, Editor, FoodNavigator-USA

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

9.35 am Sweet Rewards: Understanding the stevia leaf’s clear path to great taste
Faith Son, Vice President of Global Marketing and Innovation, PureCircle

10.00 am How clean is your label?
Chair: Elizabeth Crawford, Senior Correspondent, FoodNavigator-USA


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?
Chair: Elaine Watson, Editor, Food-Navigator-USA


12.30 pm Chair’s closing remarks

12.35 pm Networking lunch

2.00 pm Departures


Food Vision USA