Programme 2019

13-14 May, 2019; Amsterdam, the Netherlands

07:30 - 08:40

Registration & Refreshments

08:40 - 08:50

Chair's Opening Remarks

08:50 - 09:25 - Keynote

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Carrefour)

Bertrand Swiderski, Sustainability Director, Carrefour



  • Full session title TBC

09:25 - 10:00 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

How we 'Rejuvenated' the Kids Category in Egypt

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



  • Full session abstract TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

A Consumer Segmentation Study on Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, Health Related Motives and Identification of Lifestyle

Siet Sijtsema, Researcher, Consumers and Food, LEI Wageningen UR



  • Full session abstract TBC

10:00 - 10:25 - Innovation Showcase

Innovation & Technology

The Future Ingredients Showcase


  • The Future Ingredients Showcase is designed to highlight new ingredients and solutions that will help the food and beverage industry identify the latest innovations and new technologies
  • Entrants will have five minutes to introduce their offering or solution to the entire delegate audience and convince them they deserve to be the winner of the “Food Innovation Showcase Award 2019”
  • The winner will be selected by an audience vote and announced at the evening drinks reception

10:25 - 11:25

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:25 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Consumer 1st – The Story Behind the Recent Launch of our Innovative New Range of Zer0Fat Dressings in India

Devarshy Ganguly, Vice President - Marketing, Dr. Oetker India



  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Replacing Sodium: The Art and Science of Substitution


  • Leveraging your nutrition team: How can they advise you on sodium reduction for R&D?
  • Investigating the results of sodium replacement trials
  • Capitalizing on new replacement technologies to improve functionality
  • Case study: what is coming out of Washington and how should you respond?

12:05 - 12:40 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Selerant)



  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Omron)



  • Full session abstract TBC

12:40 - 13:40

Networking Lunch

13:40 - 14:15 - 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.

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Brewed Adult Soft Drinks – Non-Alcoholic “Beer” with 0.0% Formulas to Address Adult Consumer Needs

Aleksandra Borycka, Insights Director, Strategy Department, Kompania Piwowarska



  • Full session abstract TBC

14:20 - 14:55 - Solution Spotlights

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Specpage)



  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Achieving a Clean Label through Novel Ingredients


  • Discover some of the latest solutions for achieving a cleaner label
  • Initial stages of development are crucial to effectively avoiding the use of artificial flavours, colourings etc. or additives and supplements
  • How replacing legacy formulations for established or new products can open the window to a new set of consumers

14:55 - 15:55

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

15:55 - 16:30 - Case Studies

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

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

16:35 - 17:10 - Solution Spotlights

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Dow Chemical)



  • Full session abstract TBC

Innovation & Technology

From Concept to Commercialisation: How can you Streamline the Innovation Process?


  • How can you translate design ideas and principles into viable and successful product launches?
  • What are the key factors in optimising the chances of a breakthrough first-time product launch without sacrificing time, investment and resources?
  • What have the past few years shown us in terms of new product launches and the unparalleled success of new innovative food companies with smaller R&D and Innovation teams and capabilities?
  • What are the key factors to decide to avoid falling into the pitfall of the dreaded 80% fail rate of first time product launches across the food industry?

17:15 - 18:00 - 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?

18:00 - 18:05

Chair's Closing Remarks

18:05 - 19:05

Evening Drinks Reception

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

Innovation and the Customer

Sevda Altunelli, Product Development and İnnovation Manager, Domino's Pizza



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

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Successfully Communicating Healthy Branding across your Organisation and Products


  • What must you consider when developing a consistent visual brand of health among your products?
  • Why are consumers giving increasingly more credence to growing a natural corporate image
  • How can you strike a balance with being non-GMO but still meeting the standard, quality and health claims which are integral to your product?
  • Adding product value: innovative methods to promote nutrition, health, and wellness

10:05 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

R&D & Formulation

Fortifying your Products with Plant Proteins


  • Going beyond nutrition: utilising protein to optimize product quality and shelf life
  • Comparing protein benefit, functionality, and price
  • Progressing through the protein lifecycle: identifying when the timing is right

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 - 11:40

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:40 - 12:15 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Yili)

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



  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

Session Title TBC (Vaasan Ltd)

Maija Kauppi, Head of Product Development, Vaasan Ltd



  • Full session abstract TBC

12:20 - 12:55 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Session Title TBC (Mondelez International)

Emanuel Gävert, Growth Platform Lead, Mondelez International



  • Full session abstract TBC

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Brand Disruptors and New Business Models in Food and Nutrition

Pinar Hosafci, Industry Manager - Food and Nutrition, 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.

12:55 - 13:55

Networking Lunch

13:55 - 14:30 - Case Studies

Consumer Insights & Marketing

Session Title TBC (Löfbergs)

Leif Sjoblom, Country Manager, Löfbergs



  • Full session abstract TBC

R&D & Formulation

How can you Keep it Natural Without Compromising your Product Identity?


  • What are some of the latest solutions for achieving a cleaner label
  • Initial stages of development are crucial to effectively avoiding the use of artificial flavours, colourings etc. or additives and supplements
  • How replacing legacy formulations for established or new products can open the window to a new set of consumers

14:35 - 15:10 - Case Studies

Innovation & Technology

Hatching Successful Open Innovation in the Most Competitive of Environments


  • Building an efficient and mutually beneficial system of open innovation and information exchange
  • Cultivating your business and personal network for an information advantage
  • Examining typical characteristics of an open innovation relationship

Consumer Insights & Marketing

The Era of the Hybrid Customer

Heidi Jungar, Customer Insight Director, Kesko Oyi



  • Full session abstract TBC

15:10 - 15:45 - Keynote

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

15:45 - 15:55

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit