INDUSTRY EVENT HOSTED BY CSIFT
How can we feed our future planet safely, nutritiously, and sustainably? Through innovation, creativity, and ingenuity. This is why the institute of Food Technologists (IFT) created the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ Competition.
As part of IFT’s mission to encourage entrepreneurism and innovation, the IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM is a competition designed to help emerging and investment-ready food companies advance the science of food and recognize the innovations having a positive impact on our global food supply. Finalists will be chosen to share their innovations in a high-profile pitch competition at IFT19 in New Orleans, June 2-5, 2019 where they will compete to win the $25,000 competition grand prize. The audience will also select a finalist to receive the people’s choice award of $5,000.
Learn more about competition eligibility, requirements, and special application incentives by visiting the Participants webpage.
2019 Food Disruption Challenge
View more details on this event and apply HERE.
Kick 2019 off right with networking and a spirited discussion with three Chicagoland leaders who have built innovative teams. Our panel will feature: Katlin Smith whose team at Simple Mills is at the forefront of the clean food movement, Barb Pugesek who works to weave growth mindsets and experiential learning into the lives of FONA International’s employees, and Michelle Hayward who leads a team at Bluedog that Crain's named as the best company for women to work in Chicago in 2018. As you step up to lead your teams into 2019, pick up some pointers from three incredibly forward-thinking cultural leaders!
REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE HERE
Introducing the Speakers:
Katlin Smith is the Founder and CEO of Simple Mills. She’s built a Chicago-based team that is reshaping the food industry. Katlin launched Simple Mills in 2013 and today leads a company at the forefront of the clean foodmovement. Despite being in a crowded market with long-established competitors, Simple Mills ranks as the #1 natural baking mix, the #1 natural cracker, and the #2 natural cookie by dollar sales, according to SPINS. Simple Mills products are distributed in more than 16,000 conventional and natural grocery stores including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target, Kroger, Safeway, and Amazon. All products are free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy, GMOs, excessive sugar, and artificial flavors and fillers. The current lineup includes baking mixes, frostings, almond flour crackers, sprouted seed crackers, and crunchy cookies. Smith is a former Deloitte management consultant, winner of the University of Chicago’s Booth School New Venture Challenge, a member of Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, and a regular columnist for Inc. magazine.
Barb Pugesek is the Director of Customer and Culture Excellence at Fona International, where she has been a cultural and communication leader for 18+ years. Barb helps to articulate and execute FONA’s core values and people-driven culture, in all facets of the business. At FONA, a family-owned producer of taste solutions, Barb has held roles in marketing, employee engagement, and culture. In her current role, Barb tests and deploys new approaches and business models for driving customer solutions. She is an integral part of FONA’s Value’s Team and is responsible for programs designed to help employees understand and live out the business’ winning DNA such as growth mindset, experiential learning, and innovation hacking.
Michelle Hayward is the Founder and CEO of Bluedog Design, an innovation, growth, and brand consultancy. Michelle has been in the food and beverage business since before she could see over the counter at her parents’ grocery store. Today, Michelle and her teams work with 50+ global and national clients including Nestlé and Mars to drive clarity, unlock growth, and build paths forward amidst the complexity of market and organizational change. Michelle proudly served on Michigan State’s Marketing Advisory Council and mentors companies through Michigan State’s Conquer Accelerator program. She is currently the board vice president of the Everwood Foundation for the Arts.
CFBN PARTNER EVENT
Efforts to formulate packaged foods, beverages and nutritional products with consumer and export-friendly ingredients continues to grow globally. Global Food Forums® 6th annual Clean Label Conference in 2019 is an in-person product development event focused on providing practical, how-to formulation advice to R&D and applied product development specialists working in this arena.
More details on this event are available HERE.
The Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar is North America's largest conference dedicated to protein ingredients, their market and applications.
The 2019 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar consists of two separate programs with different themes. Attendees may register for either day or for both days for a cost savings.
May 21, 2019: Pre-conference “Business Strategies” focuses on factors impacting the global protein ingredient market, crucial for anyone guiding their protein ingredient business or for those where the protein ingredient marketplace has significant impact on their business.
Company functions benefiting from this information include:
May 22, 2019: Technical “Formulating with Proteins” session provides valuable technical advice on solving protein formulation challenges; insights into emerging ingredient technologies, consumer trends, as well, as regulatory updates.
For more information on Sponsorships and Tabletop Exhibits, please contact:Peter Havens, Co-owner, Global Food Forums, Inc.
+1.800.799.9671 Ext. 4
For more information on Programs and Speaker Suggestions, please contact:Claudia D. O’Donnell, Co-owner, Global Food Forums, Inc.
+1.800.799.9671 Ext. 3
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