Programme 2019

13-14 May, 2019; Amsterdam, the Netherlands

07:40 - 08:40

Registration & Refreshments

08:40 - 08:50

Chair's Opening Remarks

08:50 - 09:25 - Keynote

Innovation & Technology

The Future of Protein: Why do you need an Animal to Create Meat?

Dariush Ajami, Chief Innovation Officer, Beyond Meat

  • Beyond Meat believe there is a better way to feed the planet
  • Their mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein
  • Beyond Meat want all of the good and none of the bad
  • Replacing animal protein with meat made from plants would do wonders for human health, for the environment, for conservation of natural resources and for animals. It's worth a fight

09:25 - 10:00 - Keynote

Innovation & Technology

How we 'Rejuvenated' the Kids Category in Egypt

Moyosola Okoyé, Director - Strategy, Product Innovation & Insights Africa, Danone

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:05 - 10:40 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Mondelez International)

Emanuel Gävert, Growth Platform Lead, Mondelez International

  • Full session abstract TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Consumer Segmentation based on Health-Related Motive Orientations and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Siet Sijtsema, Consumer Researcher Food and Innovation, Wageningen University and Research

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:40 - 11:30

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:30 - 12:05 - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Carrefour)

Bertrand Swiderski, Sustainability Director, Carrefour

  • Full session title TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Surfacing Innovations to Transform the Food System to Deliver Affordable, Safe and Nutritious Foods for All, especially the Most Vulnerable

Charlotte Pedersen, Senior Advisor, GAIN – Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

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12:10 - 12:45 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Extending PLM throughout the Supply Chain using Portal Technology

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Omron)

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:20 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Innovation in Chocolate - So What!

Adam Geilesky, Head of Cocoa Innovation, Hotel Chocolat Plc.

Hotel Chocolat is a UK based retailer and manufacturer of luxury chocolate with over 100 stores operating in the UK, St Lucia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland and the USA.  We grow cocoa, make chocolate and run our own stores, cafes and restaurants. 

So what! And why bother? This is the story of ‘the Velvetiser’ - the concept that allows customers to make barista grade hot chocolate at home. I plan to cover our innovation journey, why our customers care and how all of this helps farmers in West Africa.

R&D & Formulation

Identifying and Seizing Interesting Opportunities with a Long Term Positive Impact on Agriculture and Food Products

Jakob Lindblad, Innovation Project Manager, Central R&D, Lantmännen

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:25 - 15:00 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Safeguarding Compliance and Traceability to Accelerate Innovation

Roel de Hoop, Sales Director Benelux, SpecPage AG

  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Functional Food for Weight Management, Skin Health and its Rejuvenation

Dr Ivan Petyaev, Director, Lycotec

  • Engineering oils and fats with reduced rate of digestion – technology, clinical validation and regulatory considerations
  • Non-invasive skin assessment of nutritional status in ageing, metabolic syndrome and its correction
  • Food for skin rejuvenation – clinical validation and regulatory considerations

15:00 - 15:50

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

15:50 - 16:25 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

The Role of Consumers in an Upfront Innovation Cycle to Deliver Success

Halak Parikh, Head of CoE Technical Insights, Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd

  • Full session abstract TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Vaasan Ltd Challenge in 2016: The Oat Success Story

Maija Kauppi, Head of Product Development, Vaasan Ltd

  • Drivers behind the strong Oat bread trend in Finland
  • Consumer studies to clarify the drivers behind oat bread purchase
  • Intensive portfolio plan, built to support company’s oat mission, covering both taste and healthiness
  • Marketing communication plan to tackle the confusion around Oat bread
  • Innovative product development behind the success
  • 2018, Great business results: Net sales of Vaasan Oat portion breads increased +47% vs 2016
  • Summary: Key success factors of the Vaasan Oat story

16:30 - 17:05 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Digital Twin: The Main Keys to Innovate in the F&B Industry

  • From the product design and formulation with the Digital Twin, production planning and execution until final services, the integration and digitalization are the main drivers to get the best results of the innovation processes in Food & Beverage industry
  • Learn more about these technologies and tools in this session

Innovation & Technology

AI and Insight - How Innovation in Methodology is Driving a Higher Standard of Product Innovation

  • According to Nielsen 3 out of 4 CPG product launches fail within a year.
  • AI applied to Social data offers brands an unprecedented opportunity to understand consumer trends and mathematically predict what’s next
  • With lessons from the field, find out how PepsiCo, Danone and McDonald’s are using this capability to act at speed and improve the quality of their innovation programmes

17:10 - 17:55 - Panel Discussion

Consumer Insights & Marketing

How can Consumer Insights be Translated into a Successful Product Launch?

  • Has social media become the new focus group?
  • Defining the real preferences, demands and concerns of the contemporary consumer
  • How can you define the needs and drivers for the consumer from social media?
  • What is the best approach in aligning your product to the interests of the consumer?

17:55 - 18:00

Chair's Closing Remarks

18:00 - 19:00

Evening Drinks Reception

18:30 - 20:00

Canal Tour

The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. Its 165 canals were created over the centuries to stimulate trade and transport and reclaim land to expand the city. They continue define the city’s landscape and in 2010 Amsterdam's canal ring was recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site. In this relaxing end to the day, network with your fellow attendees over drinks and canapes as we cruise the city’s historical centre by boat.

08:00 - 08:45

Registration & Refreshments

08:45 - 08:50

Chair’s Opening Remarks

08:50 - 09:25 - Keynote

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Nomad Foods)

Stella Peace, Group R&D Director, Nomad Foods Europe

  • Full session title TBC

09:25 - 10:00 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

How Wholesale Stores Co-operate with Start-ups and Bring Innovative Products to Customers

Fabio Ziemssen, Director of Food Innovation, NX-FOOD (METRO AG)

NX-FOOD is Food Innovation Hub of the wholesale store chain METRO that has been created in early 2018. In the first year of its existence, NX-FOOD created a successful programme for start-ups Start-up Shelf, assisted in installing vertical farming units in restaurants and supermarkets, made METRO the first store to introduce insect-based pasta and launched a successful partnership with one of the biggest European low-cost carriers Eurowings.

Director Food Innovation NX-FOOD will share the achievements and learnings of the first year as well as his personal insights:

- How to educate the wholesale customers about food innovation?
- Benefits of vertical farming for stores and restaurants
- First listing of insect-based product in the supermarket: customer reaction and our learnings
- How do we help start-ups validate their product in the wholesale environment with Start-up Shelf programme
- Current Trends in food products and wholesale: building trustful relationship with the customers

10:05 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (DuPont Nutrition & Health)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Refining the Innovation Process - Decreasing Time to Market


  • Proven strategies to streamline the innovation process and cut down time and expense
  • R&D, Innovation and Marketing: determining the process and setting goals
  • Internal conflict management: solving the issues in front of you and those that may arise during the ideation and implementation process

10:40 - 11:30

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:30 - 12:05 - Case Studies

R&D & Formulation

The Successful Creation of a Luxury Brand, and the Formulation of New Products

Mads Friis Østergaard-Clausen, Creator of Fine Cheeses & other Dairy Products, Arla Unika

How 19th century philosopher Soeren Kierkegaard led Arla Unika to success in the cheese business.

  • A remarkably simple philosophy as a foundation stone. What Innovation means to us
  • Matrjosjka organization and how we feed creativity. Idleness is the root of all art
  • Non-linear approach to creation of new products and technologies. New knowledge leads to new heights?.
  • Drunken Dog, a case of dehydration and rehydration, where noble cheese meets high-end whisky

Innovation & Technology

The Future of Ready Meals – How we put Natural Food on Supermarket Shelves

Stephanie Johnson, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Pollen + Grace

Kristina Komlosiova, Co-CEO + Co-Founder, Pollen + Grace

Pollen + Grace is a UK based healthy food company, creating innovative, healthy ready meals and snacks. We challenge the traditional marketplace by creating 100% natural, accessibly priced, genuinely delicious meals are also vegan and free from gluten, wheat and dairy.

Born in our home kitchen in 2015, we have grown from a niche lunch delivery service to one of the market leading Food-To-Go brands in the UK. Today, our products can be found on the shelves of over 50 retailers and offices across the UK.

During our talk we will share how we brought natural products to supermarket shelves and how innovation has allowed us to compete against industry giants, becoming a key player in the heathy food revolution.

12:10 - 12:45 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Cracking New Markets

Anna Richey, Director, Two Chicks

Alla Ouvarova, Director, Two Chicks

  • Two Chicks offers a range of innovative, convenient, healthier, egg based or related products
  • How we began: where the idea and inspiration came from
  • Launching and marketing new products across major multiples; building and educating a whole new market from scratch, from buyers down to consumer level
  • The challenges we faced and how we overcame them. Marketing on a budget
  • Effective sales techniques; direct relationship with buyers, achieving extensive listings with key multiples in the UK and overseas
  • Going forward: cutting edge, innovative products. What’s next

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Brand Disruptors and New Business Models in Food and Nutrition

Trishna Shah, Senior Analyst, Euromonitor International

The world’s biggest brands are under siege from an army of insurgents. Aided by technology and the unprecedented rise of social media, small, nimble brands are rewriting the growth playbook, challenging packaged food’s longstanding strongholds. This presentation will provides a framework through which to evaluate disruption in food and drinks, and considers some of the contemporary insurgent brands and business models that help them success. It also discusses some of the strategies that “Big Food” could pursue in order to better fend off the competition from their insurgent counterparts.

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:20 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Global Innovation Secures the Flavour of Coffee

Leif Sjöblom, Country Manager, Löfbergs Lila AB

The grinding fineness is one of the factors that affect the flavour the most. But a method to measure the exact grinding fineness directly at coffee shops, restaurants and other locations has not been available. Until now.

Leif will present how the coffee roaster Löfbergs developed a unique measuring instrument to secure the good flavour, an innovation that has received global interest!

Innovation & Technology

The Development of Service Innovation - Digital Platform Business Model Innovation for the Leading Coffee Machines

Michele Kellerhals, Head of Institute & Programme Director Institute for Innovation & Technology Management, Hochschule Luzern

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:25 - 15:00 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Yili)

Gerrit Smit, Managing Director, Yili Innovation Center Europe, Yili

  • Full session abstract TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

The Hybrid Consumers Shape the Future of the Food Store

Heidi Jungar, Customer Insight Director, K Group

Consumers today are both rational and irrational, conscious of both price and quality, ecological and pleasure-seeking - all at the same time. The future of grocery shopping is becoming harder and harder to predict.

As our customers will not come to our stores to wander around the aisles, all technological solutions that can make shopping easier will be utilised, leaving room for the customers to get inspired. People’s personal goals and values will increasingly influence shopping decisions.

15:05 - 15:40 - Keynote

Innovation & Technology

Innovation and the Customer

Sevda Altunelli, Innovation & Product Development Manager, Domino's Pizza Turkey

  • The challenge of the innovator
  • To listen to customers literally
  • Understand the needs
  • Need-oriented innovation

R&D & Formulation

Redesigning for the Future: From Prototype to Industrial Application


  • Linking solid technical understanding with consumer acceptance of the drivers for choosing certain products

15:40 - 15:50

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit