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Discover How Kraft Heinz, Diageo, Mars & More Are Delivering Next-Level, Attention-Grabbing Food & Drink NPD

Inspiring. Profitable. On-Trend. Food & Drink NPD: Future-Proof Your Competitive Advantage With Insights Into Monetising Emerging Consumer, Retailer & Health Trends & Cutting-Edge Innovations For Winning Launches

One-Day, Brand-Led Conference & Networking Event, 12th October 2017, Museum of London Docklands, London. Download the brochure here. Book Today.

How Can We Be Proactive, Innovative & Commercially Successful In Delivering Next-Level, Attention-Grabbing Food & Drink NPD?

  1. Future-Proofed, Trend-Led NPD – Now & Next: Harness insights into worldwide trends and potential growth areas to drive profitable, next-level NPD
  2. Drive Success From Concept To Launch: Best-practice advice on driving commercially-successful, innovative new food and drink products to market
  3. Innovative, Top-Class NPD Processes & Strategies: Innovating everyday NPD processes to deliver attention-grabbing products
  4. Health & Nutrition: Monetise The Latest Trends: Create healthy, profitable products which appeal to consumers and meet regulatory and retailer requirements
  5. Sugar Reduction! Innovate tasty, low-sugar products to respond to sugar reduction demands
  6. Tap Into Consumer Insights & Shopper Behaviours: Align NPD strategies to fit with the consumers of today and tomorrow
  7. Entice Retailers With Irresistible, Insight-Led Product Offerings: Understand retailer expectations, values and priorities to get your food and drink innovations on the shelves
  8. Stand-Out With Innovative, Functional & Sustainable Packaging: Add value and grab consumer attention with next-level packaging design

PLUS! This NPD Food & Drink Conference Features:

  • 30 Food & Drink Brands Speaking From The Frontline
  • 1 Inspiring Day
  • 97% Average Delegate Satisfaction Rating
  • 83%+ Average Senior, Client-Side Audience
  • 6 On-Trend NPD Breakout Discussions: A) Fats B) Flavour C) Ingredients D) Convenience E) Food Service F) Dairy
  • 1 Concept To Launch Keynote
  • 1 Veggie Pret Keynote Case Study
  • 1 Ice-Breaker Discussion: 6 Weeks To NPD?
  • 2 Interactive Panel Discussions: ‘Trends: Worldwide Tour’ and ‘Retailer Insights’
  • 5 Lunchtime Peer Networking Discussions: A) Technology & Food B) Small-Budget Innovation C) Product Sustainability D) The Impact Of Government Health Reports On NPD E) Becoming A Trusted Brand
  • 11 In-Depth Sessions Focused On Your Hottest NPD Trends & Innovation
  • 2 Conference Co-Chairs & Practical Reviews: Discuss the key takeaways from each session
  • Speed Networking
  • Facilitated Networking Hosts
  • Open Q&A

Written By NPD Professionals For NPD Professionals: 1 Day, 30 Senior Speakers: Trends: Now & Next • Concept To Launch • Trends: Worldwide Tour • Innovation: Process & Concept • Health & Nutrition NPD • Sugar • Consumer Insights & Shopper Behaviours • Retailer Insights • Packaging Innovations • On-Trend NPD

Exhibition, Speaking & One-To-One Meetings Opportunities Just Released! Secure your speaking package before next Thursday and save up to £1000. View the exhibition and partnership brochure here.

Book your exhibition stand and two delegate passes before end of play today for just £2,499 +VAT. Click here to book a 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, Speed Networking

09.00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction & Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Dr Naomi Grant, R&D Director GB&I, Lucozade Ribena Suntory
Dino Labbate, Account Director – Convenience, The Kraft Heinz Company


09.20 Stay At The Forefront Of Food & Drink NPD With Insights Into New & Emerging Trends: Anticipating & Preparing For The Next Big Thing To Future-Proof Your NPD Strategies

09.20 Perspective One
Ann Dunne, Head of Product Development & Quality, Harrods

09.35 Perspective Two
David Tester, Head of Marketing – Brands, Formats & Innovation, Compass Group UK & Ireland

09.50 Join Q&A & Creativity Sharing


10.00 Serving Up Solutions For A Changing Consumer
Emma Gubisch, Marketing Insight Manager, Leatherhead Food Research

Melissa Shone, Marketing Director, Leatherhead Food Research


10.15 From Concept To Launch: Best-Practice Advice On Delivering Commercially-Successful, Cutting-Edge Food & Drink NPD
Ian Hepburn, Marketing Director Mars, Snickers, Twix & Football Sponsorship, Mars Chocolate UK


10.35 Facilitated, Interactive ‘On-Trend NPD’ Breakout Discussions

A) Fats
Kelly Fourtouni, Associate Principal Scientist, Mondelēz International

B) Flavour
Valeria Borgia, Head of Marketing, KellyDeli

C) Ingredients
Hannah McCollum, Founder, ChicP

D) Convenience
Matteo Gori, CucinaBarilla Managing Director, Barilla Group

E) Food Service
Sarah Wilkinson, Head of Category, Brakes Group

F) Dairy
Natasha Bowes, MD & Founder, Bio-tiful Dairy

11.30 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking & Group Icebreaker
6 Weeks To NPD? Is it possible to develop an innovative, on-trend new product in just six weeks?


10.00 Case Study With PRS IN VIVO


11.50 From Asia To South America, Scandinavia To Africa, A Tour Of The Latest Worldwide Trends & Potential Opportunities For Innovating Food & Drink NPD Now & In The Future

Fred Ponnavoy, Head Chef, Gü Puds

Valeria Borgia, Head of Marketing, KellyDeli

Nimisha Raja, Founder, Nim’s Fruit & Veg Crisps

Adam Wilcock, European R&D Director, Papa John’s International


12.20 Inspirational NPD Strategies: From Concept Creation To Development To Launch, How Can Food & Drink Brands Reflect Innovation In Day-To-Day NPD Processes?
Louise Cruttenden, Innovation Director, Europe, Diageo Plc


12.40 How To Use Innovative Packaging Design To Aid The NPD Process
Justin Kempson, Sales Director, Charpak

12.55 Lunch For Delegates, Partners & Speakers

13.25 Informal Peer-To-Peer Discussions

A) Technology & Food
Matteo Gori, CucinaBarilla Managing Director, Barilla Group

B) Small-Budget Innovation
Hannah McCollum, Founder, ChicP

C) Product Sustainability
Dr Gavin Milligan, Sustainability Director, William Jackson Food Group

D) The Impact Of Government Health Reports On NPD
Nicola Diogenous, NPD Director, Adelie Foods Group

E) Becoming A Trusted Brand
Nimisha Raja, Founder, Nim’s Fruit & Veg Crisps

14.00 Co-Chairs’ Practical Review: Join the co-chairs as they discuss the key, innovative takeaways and practical insights from the morning sessions.

Dr Naomi Grant, R&D Director GB&I, Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Dino Labbate, Account Director – Convenience, The Kraft Heinz Company


14.15 Building Retailers’ Expectations & Understanding Of Today’s Consumers Into Food & Drink NPD Strategies To Stay On The Front Foot & Excite Retailers & Customers

Kerri Fidler, Senior Manager Bakery & Core Chilled Own Label NPD, Asda


Wayne Greensmith, Head of Category Marketing, Adelie Foods


CJ Antal-Smith, Trading Director Ambient, BWS & Kiosk, The Co-op

Damien Kennedy, Co-founder, Wheyhey

Tania Page, Consumer Products Research Director, Harris Interactive UK


14.45 Aligning Your NPD Strategies To The Latest Consumer Insights & Shopper Behaviours To Create Powerful, Innovative & Attention-Grabbing Food & Drink Products

Ash Tailor, Global Category Director, Britvic PLC


Case Study With Webb deVlam
Will Rees-Hooper, Innovation Director, Webb deVlam

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15.05 Monetising The Latest Health & Nutrition Trends: How Weetabix Spotted The Emerging Protein Trend & Turned It Into Award-Winning NPD
Chris Dubois, Global Head of Insights, Weetabix


15.25 Tackling The Challenges Of Sugar Reduction: Responding To Consumer, Retailer & Government Requirements To Innovate Tasty, Low-Sugar Food & Drink Products
Guest Speaker To Be Confirmed; Please Check The Website For Updates

15.45 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


16.20 Veggie Pret – Not Just For Veggies
Hannah Dolan, Head of Food Development, Pret A Manger


16.40 Driving NPD Innovation To Design Functional, Sustainable & Cost-Effective Packaging Which Attracts Customers & Retailers & Meets Their Requirements
Guest Speaker To Be Confirmed; Please Check The Website For Updates

17.00 Co-Chairs’ Practical Review & Closing Remarks: Join the co-chairs as they discuss the key, innovative takeaways and practical insights from the afternoon sessions.

17.15 Official Close Of Conference

Please check the website regularly for updates and newly confirmed speakers. For more information on how to get involved in The NPD Food & Drink Conference – Trends & Innovations, please email info@npdfoodconference.com.