In 2019 will the market be defined by emerging technologies, shaped by changing consumer interactions with brands, or upset by emerging leaders in channels and product categories? Discover these key developments, patterns, products, and disruptions by joining CFBN and member company Technomic, for a look at the year ahead. Technomic has provided the food industry with research, insights, and strategy on the leading edge of industry intelligence for 50 years. Join a panel of their expert analysts and industry insiders for this exploration of the economic, channel, consumer, and political elements that will impact your business, shape consumer behavior, and have the biggest impact on the year ahead!
The panel will include:
Aimee Harvey, Managing Editor, Technomic
As managing editor, Aimee Harvey analyzes and reports on the foodservice market for the retail segment. She also specializes in restaurant concept analysis, trend tracking and custom research in an editorial capacity, as well as contributing content for the company's Supermarket Foodservice Insights Group and Convenience Store Insights Group. Harvey is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Kathryn Fenner, Principal, Technomic
Kathryn is responsible for managing and executing research and consulting programs for manufacturers, restaurant operators and trade associations throughout the foodservice industry. The innovation, convenience and education segments are her specific areas of emphasis.
Lizzy Freier, Managing Editor, Technomic
Lizzy Freier is a managing editor at Technomic, with a focus on menu trends. She covers trending flavors, ingredients, dishes and preparations for food and beverage at independent restaurants, emerging chains and top chain restaurant brands, as well as non-commercial operations. Freier has also analyzed global trends. She has presented at numerous conferences in the U.S. and Canada on menu trend development for restaurant operators, manufacturers and distributors. Freier has a degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently resides in Chicago.
Joe Pawlak, Managing Principal, Technomic
Joe is head of the Advisory Practice, Technomic’s vertical that is engaged in food industry proprietary and multi-client consulting and research assignments. A 30-year food industry veteran, Joe’s experience encompasses virtually all food industry categories and channels.
Sara Rush Wirth (moderator), Executive Editor of Restaurant Business, Winsight
Sara Rush Wirth is Executive Editor at Restaurant Business, where she plans and contributes to the magazine, website and e-newsletters. Sara’s background in food writing includes both foodservice and culinary experiences. Prior to joining Restaurant Business, Sara was an editor in the cookbook department for Publications International. Previously, she was on the editorial team at Technomic, a market-research firm within the foodservice industry. Sara studied English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also received her professional cookery certificate from Kendall College in Chicago. Sara currently resides in Chicago.
Networking nights with The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network are an opportunity to access an inclusive network dedicated to bringing together all of the industry players of the greater Chicagoland area to develop meaningful and mutually beneficial business connections. The evening provides a great opportunity to enjoy drinks and appetizers and an opportunity to mingle - forging new connections and circling back with contacts from other events, all while experiencing the power of the CFBN network!
This event is presented in partnership with CFBN member, Technomic.
The produce industry is still reeling from the November announcement from the Federal Government to not eat romaine lettuce. In this webinar we will discuss why FDA took this action and what it means to both the produce industry and the food and beverage industry as a whole.
Are there lessons for others in the food industry from this action, and if so what are they? Is this just an issue with growers of produce or does it have lessons all the way up and down the supply chain?
About Cottingham & Butler
Cottingham & Butler is a leading provider of insurance and risk management solutions and is committed to providing the pinnacle of service and expertise to the food & agriculture industries.
Questions about this webinar?
Contact Brian Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-447-7020
Just released! SPINS Top Ten Trend Predictions - Get a sneak peak into the trends, innovations, and products that will be debuting, dominating, and disrupting the Natural Foods category in 2019. Want to learn more? Get expanded insight direct from SPINS' Natural Insights experts at our live event!
SPINS is a passionate advocate of brands and retailers that promote healthy living. As the leading provider of retail analytics, consumer insights, and consulting for the Natural, Organic, and Specialty Products Industry, they help companies navigate this high-growth marketplace to connect consumers with brands that they need and love. Don't miss this opportunity as they share their expert analysis who and what will be influencing the market and tastemakers this year!
This conversation will include insights from...
Jessica Hochman, Spins' Natural Insights & Innovation Research Manager
As Natural Insights and Innovation Research Manager at SPINS, Jessica Hochman helps to inform SPINS’ diverse clients and partners on trends within the context of broad natural industry perspective. With 10 years’ experience in natural and specialty foods, including marketing and community outreach in natural retail as well as organic produce distribution, she now serves as the primary steward of SPINS’ natural insights and publications.
Additional Speakers To Be Announced.
This event is presented in partnership with CFBN member, SPINS.
Join America's leading innovators at this year's Food Innovate Summit to discuss, share and learn how to: enhance your formulation with the most innovative and exciting ingredients, discover and define the latest and future trends in consumer behavior & buying patterns, distinguish your product in a saturated marketplace with breakthrough ideas, achieve a cleaner label without sacrificing on taste, texture or tradition, improve new product launch success rate, plan your product life-cycle with best practice from industry experts
Joel Warady serves as both General Manager, and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Enjoy Life Foods, a leading brand in the North American Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly CPG category that has experienced 11 consecutive years of growth under his guidance. He has been ranked as one of the Top 50 CMOs on Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine, one of the Top 50 Most Influential CMOs on Social Media by Forbes.com and most recently was included in Brand Quarterly magazine’s list of 50 Marketing Thought Leaders Over 50. Joel is proud to serve as an advocate for the food intolerant and food allergy communities within the North American food industry, with a focus on proper labeling and food safety.
Tammy is a passionate believer in innovation, the future of the food industry, and how we all as a community inspire great progress. She has built up a broad range of experiences within product development, strategy and also marketing within leading companies like Mars and PepsiCo, and more recently she is partnering with the entrepreneurial start up communities in the food and drink space. Currently she looks after Breakthrough Innovation within PepsiCo’s nutrition category- committed to supporting the performance with purpose agenda and bringing the right products to market for our consumers in this space. Tammy has recently relocated from the UK to Chicago with her family, and is enjoying photographing new sights and exploring the locally available chocolates.
Natalie Shmulik is the CEO of The Hatchery Chicago, a premier, non-profit food and beverage incubator on the West Side of Chicago. Natalie has an MLA in Gastronomy and over 10 year of experience in the food and beverage space ranging from owning and operating her own restaurant, consulting for supermarket chains, cookbook publishing, marketing and social media and food business incubation. Natalie specializes in trend forecasting as well as brand strategy for startups.
Access the full program and additional event details HERE.
Join us for a look behind the scenes of what it’s like to sell or re-capitalize your company.
Your company has been built, sustained growth, and developed within the marketplace. But now, as company leaders, you have to make a decision as to the direction you wish to head next - towards growth and internal expansion or towards potential sale. CohnReznick will moderate a discussion examining the considerations and implications of these two major paths. Investment bank and private equity industry insiders will provide actionable insights into what matters most for a potential transaction.
Panelists will include:
(Moderator) Helana Robbins Huddleston, CPA, CIRA, Partner - Transactional Advisory Services, CohnReznick LLP
Helana Robbins Huddleston is a managing director who specializes in providing clients with restructuring, litigation, and transactional services. She has expertise in financial due diligence, restructuring, cash flow budgeting, financial auditing, internal control evaluation, and business process improvement. Helana has advised in buy-side and sell-side transactions, bankruptcy proceedings, and internal control/Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. She has led buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence engagements with strategic and financial buyers for companies with enterprise values ranging from $20 million to $10 billion. In addition to transaction advisory service, Helana has provided accounting and consulting services to financially troubled companies with sales ranging from $80 million to $350 million. She has also advised senior secured creditors in and out of bankruptcy proceedings. In 2011, Helana received the Turnaround of the Year Award for the restructuring efforts achieved at Young Broadcasting, LLC.
George Sent, Managing Director, Cascadia Capital
George is one of the leading investment bankers covering the food and beverage area with fifteen years of concentrated experience in the industry. He has deep transactional expertise in mergers & acquisitions, private equity capital raises and strategic board advisory services, extended to both public and private companies. As a Managing Director at Cascadia Capital, a middle market investment bank, George is focused on providing strategic advice to business owners in the food, beverage and agricultural sectors. He joined Cascadia Capital from KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he led the M&A effort for food and agriculture, including sell-side, buy-side and strategic advisory assignments. Previously, George was an investment banker with Lazard and Goldman Sachs. He also spent a number of years as a corporate executive with the JM Smucker Company, where he oversaw the Company’s Corporate Finance and Investor Relations groups. George holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated cum laude and Beta Gamma Sigma. He also earned an M.B.A. from Cornell University, where he was a Johnson School Finance Fellow. He is on the Advisory Board of Magic Leap, Inc., and he is also on the Food Science Advisory Council at Cornell University.
Angela McCoy, Vice President, PSP Capital
Angela McCoy is a Vice President in the Private Investments group of PSP Capital, the family office for Penny Pritzker. Angela is responsible for sourcing and executing new investment opportunities as well as providing portfolio company oversight, with a primary focus on the food and consumer sectors. She currently serves on the board of two PSP portfolio companies. Prior to joining PSP Capital in 2011, she spent over four years in the Leveraged Finance group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she helped to structure and execute a variety of capital markets transactions that supported leveraged buyouts, corporate-to-corporate acquisitions, balance sheet restructurings, and other strategic debt financing initiatives. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, with a minor in International Studies, from Wake Forest University. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Midwest Chapter of the Women's Association of Venture and Equity (WAVE).
Grant Lo Destro, Director, Triton Capital Partners
Grant Lo Destro is a Director at Triton Capital Partners where he joined in 2010 and advises middle market companies on mergers and acquisitions, private placements and turnaround advisory. He has advised clients in numerous industries but has a particular focus in the food and agricultural space. His focus has been with closely held businesses and particularly ones experiencing generational transition or those without an identified succession plan. Grant is also an active investor in early stage start-up businesses seeking to help provide financial acumen early in the companies life cycle and navigate the hurdles of fundraising rounds. Grant received his Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from Chicago’s DePaul University.
Justin Demes, Principal, Svobda Capital Partners
Justin has spent his entire career working with branded consumer products businesses in a variety of advisory, investment and operational roles. Justin recently joined Svoboda Capital Partners to lead the firms private equity investment efforts in consumer products and services. Prior to joining SCP, Justin was a partner at Grand Crossing Capital, a family-office backed private equity firm in Chicago. Earlier in his career, Justin spent five years as a consumer-focused investment banker at Robert W. Baird & Co. and six years in corporate development and brand leadership roles at RC2 Corporation, a publicly traded infant, toy, and collectibles company with products sold under many owned and licensed brands.
Networking and events with the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network are an opportunity to access an inclusive network dedicated to bringing together all of the industry players of the greater Chicagoland area to develop meaningful and mutually beneficial business connections. Our events provide a great opportunity to enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to mingle - forging new connections and circling back with contacts from other events, all while experiencing the power of the CFBN network!
This event is presented in partnership with CFBN member, CohnReznick.
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.
Join Food Business News March 27-28 in Chicago for the inaugural Trends and Innovations Seminar. The event will highlight five of the most dynamic trends reshaping the food and beverage industry, including CBD, e-commerce, future ingredients of concern among consumers, changing perceptions of health and wellness and the implications of shifting demographics. The event will also feature a trends and innovators panel discussion, presenting insights from prominent entrepreneurs and industry product developers. For more than a decade Food Business News has been at the vanguard of food trends coverage, helping food industry professionals stay current in a dynamic industry environment. With the Trends and Innovations Seminar, Sosland Publishing is proud to elevate its role in trends coverage through this forum aimed at helping industry professionals hone successful strategies for the years ahead.
The Trends and Innovations Seminar will be held at McCormick Place at the same time as ProFood Tech and every registrant to the seminar will be eligible to receive a free registration to ProFood Tech.
Members can receive a special discount, by accessing your member perks!
For more information and to register, click here
This year's course objective for the HPP Workshop is to provide an understanding of the HPP technology and its applications in food processing, including equipment engineering and maintenance, considerations in designing validation and challenge studies for microbial inactivation, and commercialization case studies. If you're a food technologists, food safety professionals, operation managers, or executive leader from the refrigerated food and allied industries, toll processors, consulting laboratories, R&D facilities, universities and extension services, this could be an insightful workshop for you.
LIMITED OFFER -- EARLY BIRD PRICING VALID THROUGH JANUARY 31ST. REGISTER NOW FOR $1999.99.
Access the full program and event schedule here.
Instructors: Kathiravan Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., Jason Wan, Ph.D, Alvin Lee, Ph.D., Josh Warren, and Jerry Ludwick
Whole-Genome Sequencing (WGS) is revolutionizing our understanding of the bacterial genome and is increasingly being used to improve food safety. WGS has been used as part of food-borne outbreak investigations, both domestically and globally, to trace the source of outbreaks. Furthermore, we are just beginning to utilize the full power of improved DNA and RNA sequencing technologies to understand microbial communities and their impact on the farm-to-fork continuum to better improve the quality and safety of food and public health. Join our member IDSH in learning more about WGS during two-day symposium, followed by a tutorial, and hands-on workshop. Learn more about this event & navigate registration here.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR MEMBER GLOBAL FOOD FORUMS
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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