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Unstoppable Food & Drink Trends & Innovations For Best-Selling Products & Attention-Grabbing Marketing: Capitalise On Critical Vegan, Plant-Based, Health, Sustainability, Convenience & Retail Trends For Captivating Products That Excite Shoppers With The Latest Flavours, Ingredients & International Cuisines, On-Trend Packaging, Profitable NPD Strategies & Engaging Marketing Campaigns
A One-Day, Brand-Led Conference & Networking Event, 13th May 2020, The Law Society, Central London

08:30 Registration, Morning Coffee & Objective Setting

09:10 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction & Chair’s Opening Remarks
Daniela Busseni
Head of Category Development - Sweet Treats
Premier Foods

Hot New Trends & Innovations - Q&A Panel

09:20 Seize Opportunities & Capitalise On The Cutting-Edge Trends Defining Our Plate In 2020 & Beyond For New Profitable Innovations

  • With ever-changing consumer demands, how can you keep your flavour profiles, ingredients and textures up-to-date and exciting?
  • Veganism, gut health, sugar reduction: which trends are here to stay?
  • What are the newest trends on the horizon for the next 5 years?

Lone Thomsen
Chief Marketing Officer
The Meatless Farm




Ben Lockwood
UK On Trade Marketing Manager




Rupert Willday
Head of Food
Charlie Bigham's




Ben Hedley
Head of Marketing Global
Burger & Lobster Restaurant Group

Anisa Jamal
Head Of New Product Development




Alice Chandler
Head of Product & Innovation
Pip & Nut




Dan Broughton
Dalston's Soda Co.




Charlotte Dauzat

Vegan & Plant-Based

09:50 Explore The Longevity Of Veganism & Create Profitable Products & Campaigns That Impress Both Plant-Based Consumers & The Mass Market

  • Impress plant-based, vegetarian, flexitarian and omnivore customers alike with plant-powered product ranges that appeal to everyone
  • Has the vegan trend reached its shelf life? Or is there still space to innovate?
  • Get up-to-date on the latest meat alternatives that consistently provide the texture and flavour consumers expect

Nicki Skidmore
Senior Innovation Manager
Mission Foods

Health-Conscious Consumers

10:10 Ensure You’re Meeting The Needs Of Health-Conscious Consumers With Products That Hit The All-Important Health Trends For Increased Sales

  • With consumers reaching for healthier products on the shelves, how can you ensure you’re hitting their demands?
  • Sugar, salt, fat: what’s next on the list and how will upcoming reduction legislation impact both existing and new products?
  • What healthy functional ingredients can be incorporated into products without affecting quality, taste or shelf-life?

Rebecca Bolt
Head of Innovations
Addo Food Group



10:40 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking & Chef Demos

Sustainability Drive

11:10 Create & Maintain A True Drive For Sustainability Across Your Organisation With Innovative New Strategies That Impress Today’s Environmentally-Conscious Consumer

  • Ensure you’re working towards a more sustainable business with ethically-sourced ingredients, minimised waste across the supply chain and forward-thinking packaging
  • Effectively communicate the complexity of sustainability to the social media fuelled debates and ensure consumers are aware of your values and commitments to the environment
  • Products and packaging might be spot on - but sustainability is crucial for commercial success! How will this movement continue to grow?

Paul Irwin-Rhodes
External Affairs Manager



11:50 Bonus Session Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner. For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email

Next-Level NPD

12:20 Harness Fresh Consumer Insights & Successful NPD Strategies For Innovative & Profitable Products That Fly Off The Shelf

  • Utilise the latest consumer insights for products that hit the mark with today’s shoppers, meet rising consumer expectations and skyrocket sales
  • From concept to launch: fresh strategies to ensure NPD success at every step of the journey to reap the commercial rewards
  • In today’s challenging retail market, where can money be saved and development cycles cut to innovate faster and beat the competition?

Minerve Vicente
Head of Product Development EMEA
Kraft Heinz Company



12:40 Lunch & Informal Networking For Speakers, Delegates & Partners

13:10 Informal Breakout Discussions

A) Long-Term Brand Building

Ben Newbury
Marketing Lead - Yorkshire Tea
Taylors of Harrogate




B) Sustainability & Packaging

Duncan Bond
Senior Packaging
Development Manager
Nomad Foods




C) How Food & Drink Brands Can Thrive On eCommerce

Andrew Wardlaw
Chief Ideas Officer

MMR Research Worldwide Ltd




D) Gut Health

Nicola Diogenous
Head of Innovation & NPD




13:40 Chair’s Opening Remarks

Daniela Busseni
Head of Category Development - Sweet Treats
Premier Foods

Chefs & Innovators: The Next Big Thing!

13:50 The Next Big Thing: Hot New Flavours, Cuisines & Ingredients Hitting The Menu For 2020 & Beyond

  • Stay ahead of the game with the latest flavour trends to excite consumers, drive profit
  • How are restaurants responding to high-profile, free-from diets and allergen concerns?
  • Which cuisines are going to be influencing menus in 2020?

Terry McDowell
Head of Food & Drink
TGI Fridays UK




Steve Love
Principal Research Chef




Aaron Dixon
Head of Culinary

Moy Park

Mark Schomberg
Global Lead Development Chef
pladis Global




Robbie Lorraine
Executive Chef

The Lion's Prep




Toby Hill
Head of Food Development
Bourne Leisure

Plastics & Packaging

14:20 Move Towards Sustainable Packaging With Plastics & Alternatives That Meet Rising Consumer Demands

  • Are plastics all bad? What are the latest industry thoughts on this dividing topic and what does the future hold for sustainable packaging?
  • What packaging do consumers want to see on the shelves vs. what are they actually willing to pay for?
  • Explore the viable alternatives to plastics for recyclable and sustainable packaging that doesn’t compromise on high-impact design or product taste and shelf life
  • Ensure your labels clearly communicate recyclability or compostability credentials to consumers

Ben Fox
Packaging Procurement Manager
Yeo Valley Family Farm

International Trends & Influences

14:40 Tap Into The Latest Worldwide Food & Drink Trends For Up-To-Date, Innovative Products

  • What new ingredients, flavours and cuisines will be influencing British taste buds in 2020 and beyond - and how can you get a slice of the action?
  • How is Brexit affecting the food and drink industry – and what are you doing to combat uncertainty?

Natasha Harden
Head of Marketing
BOL Foods




15:00 Bonus Session Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner. For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email

15:30 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


16.00 Excite Busy Shoppers With Innovative On-The-Go Products That Fly Off The Shelves

  • Convenience, snacking, impulse: what’s the future for these growing, but highly-competitive, categories?
  • Maintain consumer experience and a premium feel with on-the-go NPD to keep consumers reaching for your products on the convenience shelves
  • Create convenient, nutritious and natural snacks and meal replacements that impress time-poor shoppers and drive sales

Steve Bessant
The Coconut Collaborative & Boostball

Fresh Marketing & Comms

16:20 Create Fresh Marketing Campaigns With Exciting & Relevant Content That Effectively Communicates Brand Values & Captivates Consumers Across Multiple Channels

  • Effectively communicate with the general public to ensure your consumers are aware of brand values and commitments
  • Create seamless campaigns and experiences across multiple marketing channels for optimum reach and engagement
  • Generate that all important buzz on social media with exciting content that stands out to consumers and gets their taste buds tingling

Sonya Mooney
Digital Marketing Manager Restaurant
Pizza Hut Restaurants UK

Plant Power Is People Power

16:40 Hear from Nomad Foods who envision to democratise plant-based food and give plant power to everyone with their new Green Cuisine range. Creating new ways of working within Nomad Foods, with a start-up mentality and an agile cross-functional team.

Steffen Zeller
European Marketing Director Plant Protein
Nomad Foods


Retailer Views & Insights - Q&A Panel

17:00 Hear Directly From The Retailers! The Latest Trends, Consumer Behaviours & Shopper Habits To Buy Into & Ensure Profit In A Challenging Retail Market

  • What consumer trends are grabbing the attention of retailers and driving their product choices?
  • Explore the latest on-trend ingredients and flavours available to ensure your NPD strategies fit the current shopper and retailer market
  • How high are retailers placing sustainability on their list when sourcing new products?

Kevin Hancock
Senior Trading Manager




Simon Browning
MD Strategic Partnerships
Krispy Kreme UK

Rita Almeida
Retail Brand Specialist - Grocery & Pantry
Amazon UK

17:30 Chairs’ Closing Remarks & Official Close Of Conference