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Food Expo Forum: Booth #4986

BY: Kelly Hensel
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Located in booth 4986, the Food Expo Forum will be the site for student competitions, education sessions, and presentations by exhibitors. Here’s the schedule:

Sunday, July 17

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Innovation Awards: The IFT Innovation Awards recognizes those companies that are leaders in their field, or have an exemplary new innovation that will be featuring at your IFT16 booth. New this year, the Innovation Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 17, from 9:30 – 10:00 am in the Food Expo Forum.

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Kerry: All That and a Bag of Chips—How to Compete in the Broadening Healthy Snack Category
Presenter: Greg Yep, Sr. Vice President of RD&A Taste North America
Growing pressure to lead healthier, more active lifestyles is inspiring consumers to reevaluate their eating occasions. With time pressured consumers, gone is the institution of three square meals a day and here to stay is all day snacking. Consumers are skeptical of processed food & beverages, and turning to more varieties of wholesome, functional, more natural snacks to satisfy hunger and energy needs throughout the day.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Session 033—Expect the Unexpected: Lessons Learned From a Career in New Product Launches

Monday, July 18

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Session 049—The Science of Brewing Beer and How Policy Affects That

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Kerry: How to Deliver Better Tasting Food and Beverages that Meet Consumer Demands for Cleaner, Simpler and More Authentic Products
Presenter: Greg Yep, Sr. Vice President of RD&A Taste North America
Consumers are throwing down the gauntlet! They want simpler, cleaner, more authentic and better tasting products. Are you meeting the challenge? After this session, you will be educated and inspired on how to create better tasting food and beverages that meet these consumer demands.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Disney/IFTSA ProductDevelopment Competition – Oral Presentations

Tuesday, July 19

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Session 103 – Quenching the Marketplace Thirst for Innovative Packaging

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Kerry: The Safety of Ingredients in Today’s Food and Beverage Product Development
Presenter: Nancy Higley, Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, PhD
In today’s technology enabled social climate, developing and launching new products requires more scrutiny when selecting ingredients and determining on pack claims. With information at their fingertips, consumers are demanding “natural & non-GMO” and reading labels looking for products they recognize and can pronounce. As an industry, we need to deliver products to meet those needs.


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