Don’t Miss The Latest Trends In NPD From 28 Food & Drink Brands!

Harnessing The Latest Consumer & Retailer Trends To Deliver Innovative & Commercially-Successful Food & Drink NPD

Inspire & Excite Consumers & Boost Profits By Creating Appealing, Next-Level Propositions For Consumers & Retailers In Today’s Changing Innovation Landscape

A One-Day, Industry-Led Conference & Networking Event, 18th October 2016, One America Square, London. Download the brochure here. Book online now.

Boost Profits By Harnessing The Latest Shopper & Retailer Trends & Innovations For Winning Food & Drink NPD Strategies Which Drive Long-Term Commercial Success:

  1. The Next Big Thing, Game-Changers & Innovations: Get ahead of the competition today with insight into the emerging trends and innovations of tomorrow
  2. Shopping Habits: Aligning NPD To Today’s Consumer: Harness insight on today’s consumer and changing perceptions in the changing retail landscape for winning products
  3. Sugar! Tackling sugar reduction with the latest market alternatives and methods to develop lower sugar products and meet industry pressures and consumer expectations
  4. Harnessing Retailer Views For Commercially-Orientated NPD: Delve into retailer trends, expectations and strategies for products the retailers will list and customers will snap up
  5. Capitalise On Growing Health Trends & Markets: Tap into and respond to consumer perception around health and nutrition for product and category growth
  6. Grab Consumer Attention With Innovative, Functional Packaging: Design and develop innovative, sustainable and on-trend packaging which stands out on the shelf
  7. Consumer-Centric, Trend-Led Food & Drink Launches: Execute stand-out, shopper-winning NPD launches which boost sales and product reach
  8. Building A Winning NPD Strategy: Insights into creating commercially-led NPD concepts and best-practice processes, systems and approaches to streamline your route to market
  9. Driving Food & Drink R&D Innovation To The Next Level: What changes in trends, technologies, ingredients and regulations should we be taking note of next?

PLUS! This NPD Food & Drink Conference Features:

  • 27 Food & Drink Brands Speaking From The Frontline
  • 1 Compact Day
  • 97% Average Delegate Satisfaction Rating (based on the previous 2 conferences)
  • 83%+ Average Senior, Client-Side Audience (based on the previous 2 conferences)
  • 7 Roundtable Discussions & Debates: A) Restaurants Trends B) Innovation & Product Testing D) Sugar Reduction Technical Challenges F) Free-From G) Added Protein H) Fibre I) Convenience Formats
  • 1 ‘The Next Big Thing’ Panel Discussion
  • 1 ‘R&D Innovations’ Panel Discussion
  • 1 ‘Winning Launches’ Double Perspective
  • 1 ‘Retailer Views’ Discussion Hosted By ASDA
  • 10 In-Depth Sessions Focused On Your Hottest NPD Trends & Innovations
  • 2 Conference Chairman
  • Interactive Voting
  • Facilitated Networking Hosts
  • Open Q&A

Written By NPD Professionals For NPD Professionals: 1 Day, 27 Senior Speakers: The Next Big Thing • Health Trends • Sugar Reduction • Retailer Trends, Expectations & Strategies • Consumer Insight & Shopper Habits • Winning NPD Strategy • Packaging Innovation • Commercially-Successful Launches • R&D Innovations

Group Discounts Available! Send 4 For The Price Of 3 – Places Strictly Limited

Can you help organisations to drive their food and drink NPD innovations? For more information on how to get involved in this NPD Conference, please call +44(0)20 3479 2299 or email

Book your exhibition stand and two delegate passes today for just £2,499. Click here to book your stand. Please note that we have a limited amount of exhibition stand space available and stands will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

The NPD Food & Drink Conference – Trends & Innovations: To view the full conference programme, click here.

08.30 Registration & Coffee, Objective Setting

09.00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction & Morning Chairman’s Opening Remarks


09.15 Get Ahead Of The Innovation Curve & Competition With Insight Into The Emerging Trends & Market Game Changers You Need To Harness Now!

  • Simon Maddrell, Group Director of Insight & Innovation Strategy, 2 Sisters Food Group
  • Brian Walmsley, Head of Innovation and Digital EMEA, McCormick
  • Carl Middleton, Director Of Off Trade, Marston’s Beer Company
  • Heidi Farrar, Data & Insight Controller, Cranswick PLC
  • Mark Tanous, CEO, Bounce Foods
  • Amir Ali, Company Culinary Innovation Chef, Mitchells & Butlers – RESTAURANT
  • Nick Dormon, Founding Partner and Strategy Director, Echo Brand Design Ltd


09.45 Capitalise On Growing Markets By Creating Food & Drink Products Which Tap Into The Current Health Trend & Respond To Consumer Perceptions Of Healthy Eating, Salt & Sugar

09.45 Perspective One

  • John Letford, Head of Category Development & Revenue Growth Management, Danone Waters (UK & Ireland) Ltd
  • Vicki Collins, Head of Grocery Category Management, Danone Waters (UK & Ireland) Ltd

10.10 Perspective Two
Marcin Urbanek, Innovation Director, Cargill

10.35 Mid-Morning Refreshment Break With Informal, Facilitated Networking

11.05 Perspective Three
Philip Gowland, Marketing Director, Whitworths


11.30 Tackling Industry Pressures Around Sugar Reduction With The Latest Alternatives & Methods
Jason Kerr, Co-Founder & Head of Product Innovation, FUEL10K


11.55 Retailer Trends, Expectations & Strategies: Creating Commercially-Orientated NPD In Today’s & Tomorrow’s Retail Environment
Ruth Stead, Senior Manager Product Development – Bakery and Chilled, ASDA


12.20 Is Luxury the New Premium?
Justin Kempson, Sales Director, Charpak

12.35 Lunch For Speakers, Delegates & Partners

13.10 Peer-To-Peer Informal Lunchtime Discussions

A) Restaurant Trends
Masha Voskresenskaia, Brand Partner & Business Intelligence Controller, Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ltd

B) Technical Challenges Posed By Market Drivers In The Production Of Sugar-Reduced Beverages: Where To Next?
Les Norton, Group Research & Development Director, Halewood International Limited

C) How To Create Deeper Consumer Engagement With Your Product
Andrew Wardlaw, Marketing & Insight Director, MMR Research Worldwide

D) Free-From

E) Added Protein

F) Fibre

G) Convenience Trends

13.35 Afternoon Chairman’s Remarks
Neville Moon, Head of Innovation – Europe, Aryzta Bakeries Europe


13.45 Uncovering The Impact Of The Rapidly Changing Retail Environment On Shopping Behaviour & Consumer Habits
Emma Tappin, Shopper Marketing Controller, Premier Foods


14.10 Harnessing Insight Into Consumer & Shopper Habits To Create Category-Centric NPD Strategy In The Changing Retail Landscape
David Warren, Head of Category & Insight, Dairy Crest


14.35 Building A Winning NPD Strategy With Insights Into The Techniques, Systems & Approaches To Streamline Your Route To Market & Create Commercially-Led NPD Concepts
Colin Campbell, Product Development Manager, Wessanen UK


15.00 Using real life case study GAP systems will demonstrate how they have worked with many leading brands and retailers to deliver process improvement and innovation
Paul Golberg, Director, Gap Systems

15.15 Mid-Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal, Facilitated Networking


15.45 Adapting Winning Techniques To Successfully Launch Consumer-Centric, Trend-Led Food & Drink Products Which Drive Commercial Success, Long Term

15.45 Perspective One

  • Greg Duggan, Co-Founder, Wheyhey
  • Damien Kennedy, Co-Founder, Wheyhey

16.10 Perspective Two
Roberto Bellinzona, European Category Director, Iglo


16.35 Designing & Developing Innovative, Functional & Sustainable Packaging For Food & Drink NPD To Grab Consumer Attention
Speaker To Be Announced, Please Check Website For Details


17.00 Trends, Technologies, Ingredients & Regulation: Where Will We Drive Food & Drink Innovation Next?

  • Danielle Bekker, Director: Brewing Innovation, SABMiller plc
  • Adam Wilcock, European R&D Sr. Manager, Papa John’s International – RESTAURANT

17.30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks & Official Close Of Conference

Please check the website regularly for updates and newly confirmed speakers. For more information on how to get involved this NPD Conference, please email or call the team on +44(0)20 3479 2299.

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