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Trend-Led, Customer-Centric & Profit-Boosting Food & Drink NPD: Win Customers With Future-Ready, Profitable NPD & Product Innovation Strategies Which Deliver On The Hottest Consumer, Shopper, Retailing, Plant-Based, Health, Sustainability, Ingredients & Packaging Trends To Survive & Thrive Into 2021 & Beyond. 6th Annual, One-Day, Brand-Led, Conference & Networking Event, 17th March 2021. Virtual only. Already Attending? Find out more about our virtual platform here. @FoodTrendsConf 

Trend-Led, Customer-Centric & Profit-Boosting Food & Drink NPD: Win Customers With Future-Ready, Profitable NPD & Product Innovation Strategies Which Deliver On The Hottest Consumer, Shopper, Retailing, Plant-Based, Health, Sustainability, Ingredients & Packaging Trends To Survive & Thrive Into 2021 & Beyond. 6th Annual, One-Day, Brand-Led, Conference & Networking Event, 17th March 2021. @FoodTrendsConf

31 Brands & Retailers Reveal Fresh Insights On Hot Trends, Leveraging Customer & Shopper Insights, Monetising Plant-Based NPD, Preparing For A Sustainable Future, Producing Stand-Out Launches, Packaging Alternatives, Health Claims, Overcoming Brexit & Uncertainty & Incorporating The Latest Ingredients & Flavours For Show-Stopping NPD

  1. Hot Trends & Innovations For Customer-Centric, Consumer-Led NPD: Future-proof your range with lucrative, customer and shopper insight-driven innovations
  2. Plant Power! Unravel the data behind the diets to monetise plant-based trends, deliver on customer expectations and stay-ahead of the curve
  3. Stand-Out NPD Success – From Concept To Launch & Beyond: Essential brand insights to help you make your mark and produce long-lasting, game-changing NPD
  4. The Sustainability Conundrum: Promote your green credentials and discover what sustainability really means to your customers and suppliers
  5. Spot Key Trends, Fads, Hotspots & Market Influencers: Keep your finger on the market’s pulse to identify long-lasting trends and real market demand
  6. Health-Driven, Aspirational NPD: Harness the next mass health sensations and ingredients for nutritious, tasty, exciting products
  7. Coronavirus, Uncertainty & Opportunities: Maintain customer confidence, navigate supply chain hurdles and keep innovation alive for NPD which thrives in uncertain times
  8. Ingredients, Flavours & Sensory Showcase Platforms! Join our quick-fire demos and discussions to delve into the hottest trends and excite consumers
  9. Innovation Within Adversity: Unleash your imagination and widen your customer base with quick-thinking, in-demand and low-cost NPD
  10. New Online Marketing Norms: Implement ‘socially-distanced’ marketing strategies to capture customer
    attention and stand out in the new normal
  11. Problematic Packaging: Restore confidence and alleviate fears with innovative packaging and delivery solutions

How Does The Virtual NPD Food & Drink Conference Work?

It’s easy! All you need is internet access and a password which we will provide. No need to download any specific software or apps. In the comfort of your own surroundings, you will be able to:

Inspiring Speakers - Listen to market-leading, brand-side speakers as they share their hard-won insights and experiences with hot topic presentations and panels

Connect & Network - Networking is easy with the use of our discussion board, direct messaging facility, meeting request buttons, live polling and social media feed. Have your say and meet the other attendees

Live Chat - Pose your own questions and comment via the live chat function and interact with other delegates and speakers in real time

Virtual Roundtables & Peer Discussions - There will be breakout discussions during the day to discuss specific areas of interest with like-minded attendees to tailor your experience

Virtual Exhibition - Explore the 'virtual exhibition stands' and speak directly to our carefully-chosen exhibitors to help you tackle your business challenges directly

Virtual Face-To-Face Meetings - Start a conversation with fellow delegates or exhibitors and discuss your individual needs and challenges one-to-one

Go Virtual - It’s Easy! All you need is good internet access and a password which we will provide. No need to download any specific software or apps. Presentations and panels are live, and you can type in questions or comments to our Q&A section, live polling or social feed. If you would like to participate in any breakout discussions, it’s just a normal zoom call. You can also direct message or request a meeting with any of the other attendees on the online platform. Sessions will be recorded and will be available as on-demand content for a short while after the event.


PLUS! What's New At The 6th Annual NPD Food & Drink Conference?

  • 6 Years Of Fresh, New Insights & Innovative Brand Case Studies
  • Delicious Taste Demos From Trailblazing Chefs
  • 6 Peer Breakout Hot Topic Discussions: A) Coronavirus Impact B) Alcohol Trends C) Manufacturing Capabilities D) Traditional Protein E) Free-From F) Sugar Tax
  • Ingredients, Flavours & Sensory Trends - Speed Dating Demos
  • 4 Interactive, Practical Panel Discussions & Open Q&A: Plant-Based NPD, Hot Market Trends & Innovations, Future-Ready Packaging & Health

Now Is Your Chance To Get Involved In The NPD Food & Drink Conference!

Can you help brands produce profit-boosting NPD? For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email

Here's What Previous Sponsors Of Our NPD Food & Drink Conference Have To Say:

'Great conference and insightful conversations. Pre-booked meetings were well organised. Great overall experience.' 


'Great conference. Interesting, insightful and lots of opportunities.' 

'Very open, dynamic environment.' 

31 NPD Heads & Directors Tackle Your Toughest Challenges In 1 Day: Hot Trends - Leveraging Customer & Shopper Insights - Monetising Plant-Based NPD - Preparing For A Sustainable Future - Producing Stand-Out Launches - Packaging Alternatives - Examining Health Trends - Overcoming Brexit & Uncertainty - Incorporating The Latest Ingredients & Flavours For Show-Stopping NPD

Trend-Led, Customer-Centric & Profit-Boosting Food & Drink NPD: Win Customers With Future-Ready, Profitable NPD & Product Innovation Strategies Which Deliver On The Hottest Consumer, Shopper, Retailing, Plant-Based, Health, Sustainability, Ingredients & Packaging Trends To Survive & Thrive Into 2021 & Beyond.
A One-Day, Brand-Led, Conference & Networking Event, 17th March 2021,
 Virtually. @FoodTrendsConf

Please See Below For The NPD Food & Drink Conference Programme Outline. For The Full Agenda, Please Click Here >>

08.40 Log In & Explore The Virtual Platform

08.50 GIC Welcome

09.00 Morning Chair’s Opening Remarks

Daniela Busseni, Head of Category Development - Sweet Treats, Premier Foods

Hot Customer & Shopper Insights

09.20 Customer-Centric & Consumer-Led NPD: Actionable, Valuable & Business-Critical Insights

Liz Forte, Marketing Director, Compass Group UK&I

Accelerate Your NPD

09.40 Accelerate Your NPD During Uncertain Times With Always-On Access To Consumer Insights

Amidst the Covid-19 crisis that has engulfed our world, the need for consumer understanding is greater than ever. Consumer eating and drinking habits are changing rapidly, so you need to be aware of what consumers are thinking and how they are behaving in-the-moment. This helps you adapt your NPD program to fast-moving trends, helping you develop and launch resonating products equipped for success.

In this session, we’ll uncover how brands maximizing opportunity and optimizing current product portfolios by using insight communities to gain access to agile, always-on consumer insights, and making huge cost savings along the way.

Jack Lee, Head of Online Communities, Toluna

Susannah Croucher, Managing Director, Cubo

Plant-Based NPD | Panel Discussion & Q&A

09.55 From Meat Reduction To Veganism & Everything In-Between, Understand Consumer Motivations & The Data Behind The Diets To Unlock & Capitalise On Plant-Based NPD

Lee Boakes, Head Of NPD & Innovation, Huel

Andrew Ritchie, Group Head of Product Development, The Meatless Farm Co.

Tom Barton, Co-founder, Food & Brand Director, Honest Burgers

Siddhi Mehta, Founder, RHYTHM108

Sophie Higgins, Head of Marketing, Hippeas

Leveraging Consumer Insights

10.25 Leveraging Consumer Insights To Drive Marketing & Innovation In The Food Industry 

The success of food brands is insights-driven. In today’s competitive market, leading brands will be those who truly understand the evolving minds of their consumers - what do they like, dislike, care about, and prefer when it comes to their food choices? In this session, Stefan will share the results from quantilope’s 2021 Food Trends study with a focus on sustainability, packaging, and shopping behaviors. This session will also demonstrate how food brands can leverage state-of-the-art research technology to quickly run their own consumer research projects using AI and automated advanced methods

Stefan Röse, Director Client Development, quantilope

10.40 Morning Break

Stand-Out NPD Success - Boost Profits!

11.10 Make Your Mark In A Crowded & Fast-Moving Market – How To Produce Successful & Profit-Boosting NPD To Remain Competitive & Ahead Of The Curve 

Ben Lockwood, UK On Trade Marketing Manager, BrewDog

The Optimal Communication Recipe To Get Consumers To Bite

11.30 When launching a new product, how do you get consumers to try your brand? What message will grab their attention? And even more so, which words will persuade them to break their habit of buying what they always do, and trial your new food product instead?

Based on a database of 30.000 product messages tested for leading FMCG brands across the globe, we will share key ingredients for persuasive communication messages at the Virtual NPD Food & Drink – Trends & Innovation conference on March 17, 2021

  • How the concept of Psychological Distance can help brands improve the relevance and impact of messaging and visuals.
    For example: why can it be challenging for sustainability messages to affect a purchase decision?
  • Why considering your consumer’s ‘desired end state’ can help reveal which triggers will best drive product purchase
    Including: why is a reference to ‘natural’ is so powerful in the food category?
  • 3 proven aspects of comms messages that resonate in the Food category
    For example: should you focus on the origin of ingredients or the process of manufacturing?

Joyce van Heeswijk, Senior Director, SKIM

Ingredients & Flavours - Speed Dating Demos

11.45 Follow Your Nose! Take Part In The Quick-Fire Demos To Explore The Latest Hot Ingredients, Flavours & Sensory Trends

1. Drink: From CBD To Matcha & Alcohol-Free

David Begg, Founder, REAL Sparkling Fermented Tea

2. Chef Demo: Flavour Trends & Inspiration

Sam Owen, Managing Director, Unconventional Distillery Co

3. Chef Demo: Plant Based Dessert

Florence Cornish, Senior Development Chef, allplants

Fixing Retail’s Weakest Link

12.35 Fixing Retail’s Weakest Link: Using Sound to Transform the Consumer Payment Experience 

Description: In-store and online retailers make significant investments to deliver memorable and pleasant shopping experiences, but typically neglect the final moment – PAYMENT. Research shows that the typical consumer payment experience triggers a considerable amount of negative emotion, which tends to have a subconsciously negative effect on their perceptions of the retailer and their desire to undergo the process again. Is it possible to re-engineer the payment experience to mitigate this negativity and transform the low point of the transaction into an emotionally positive one with sound? This study provides valuable insight into what works and doesn’t work for in-store, mobile, and smart-speaker payment experiences.

Joe Sauer, SVP, Managing Director, UK & EU, Sentient Decision Science

12.50 Morning Chair’s Closing Remarks

12.55 Lunch

13.40 Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks

Daniela Busseni, Head of Category Development - Sweet Treats, Premier Foods

Hot Market Trends & Innovations | Panel Discussion & Q&A

13.45 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Capitalise On The Trends That Are Here To Stay & The Fads That Will Fade

Emma Williams, Head of Origination, Future Brands, Sainsbury’s

Scott Martin, Director Of Food & Beverage, InterContinental London Park Lane

David Begg, Founder, REAL Sparkling Fermented Tea

Riccardo Brenna, Head of Insights, Intelligence & Innovation, Ferrero

How To Grow With Sustainable Food Brands

14.15 How to grow with sustainable food brands?

Well, first be sustainable. This is not something that can be done in halves. People can smell inauthenticity. In this session Blue Yonder will share learning from real work with major food brands. In particular, the importance of appreciating exactly which kind of sustainable your brand is, the huge variance in consumer attitudes towards the topic, and how best to connect the two.

Richard Heath, Managing Director, Blue Yonder

Coronavirus Impact

14.30 Identify & Action Opportunities In The Face Of Adversity

  • Empty shelves, stockpiling and jaw-dropping demand, how to navigate supply chain gaps and restrictions to continue with business as usual
  • Tap into the consumer mindset to successfully market NPD in uncertain times, renew consumer confidence and retain loyal customers
  • Keep calm and cook! Discover how to leverage a renewed interest in home cooking, provenance and independent suppliers
  • Overcome social-distancing barriers whilst protecting your customers with virtual NPD and innovative packaging alternatives
  • Don’t just survive! Thrive in the face of adversity with quickfire NPD, nimble relaunches and creative solutions to capture new customers and continue hitting sales targets in tough economic climates
  • How do you ensure NPD remains competitive and ready to go when the dust settles?

Anna Richey, CEO, Two Chicks

Breakout Discussions

14.55 Informal Break Out Discussions

A) Coronavirus Impact

Elaine Bourke, Innovation Director, Kepak Foods of Kepak Group

B) Manufacturing Capabilities

Harriot Pleydell-Bouverie, Chief Whisk, Mallow & Marsh

C) Alcohol Trends

Sam Owen, Managing Director, Unconventional Distillery Co

D) Burst The London Bubble

Sophie Higgins, Head of Marketing, Hippeas

15.15 Afternoon Break With Informal Networking

Future-Ready Packaging | Panel Discussion & Q&A

15.45 From Plastic & Glass To Cardboard & Bring Your Own – Navigate Alternatives & Examine The Long-Term Picture For Sustainable Packaging

  • Explore alternatives, debunk myths, cut through hype and promote transparency to counter media criticism and communicate with stakeholders about packaging alternatives with genuine data and sources
  • Discover the difference between available and commercially-viable packaging alternatives, their long-term effects and sustainability claims to align your business with future realities and promote industry-wide collaboration
  • Cut through the jargon to understand the complexities of recyclable packaging, customer expectations and motivations to adapt your packaging and retain customers
  • Harness customer insight to educate consumers about sustainable alternatives, ensure they are prepared for long-term packaging changes and that your infrastructure is up to the challenge
  • Packaging pitfalls: discover creative and viable packaging solutions to alleviate fear and ensure your products reach your customers

Ollie Rosevear, Head of Environment, Costa Coffee

Stephanie Ferguson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Pale Green Dot

Matt Cutts, Global Innovation Director, Mars

sCommerce & Influencer Strategies

16.15 How sCommerce & Influencer Strategies Will Dominate 2021 & Beyond

Beth Oddy, UK Sales Manager, TRIBE Group

Health Q&A Panel

16.30 The Healthy Hype: Discover The Ambitions Of The Health And Wellness Brands Who Have Cornered The Market & Explore The Latest Health Trends & Their Cure-All Claims For Informed NPD

  • Spot the niche products and ingredients that will be the next mass health sensations and fast-track them into your NPD
  • What are the emerging health and wellness superfoods - and are they really enduring trends?
  • Explore the rise of clean food and clean labels to understand what health means to your consumers
  • The data, research and sources behind the latest health, wellness and diet claims around sugar, fat, salt and gut health and how to apply them to your NPD
  • Guilty pleasures: find the profitable balance between health and indulgence for winning NPD that will hook consumers at the first bite and ensure repeat sales
  • Lockdown lifestyle? What is the consumer demand for natural and organic products and road maps for the ‘new normal’

Kavita Karnik, Vice President, Global Nutrition & Open Innovation, Tate & Lyle

Alla Ouvarova, CEO, Two Chicks

Nicola Diogenous, Head of Innovation & NPD, Jacksons

Ellie Bain, Senior Product Development Nutritionist, Gousto

17.00 Chair’s Closing Remarks & Official Close of Conference

PLUS! Don't Miss Our Sister Event Taking Place In The Netherlands In Spring 2021: The NPD Food & Drink Amsterdam Conference. Confirmed Speakers Include...

Inspiring, Consumer-Driven, Commercially-Successful Food & Drink New Product Development: Insights Into The Latest Consumer-Led Health Trends, Plant-Based Innovations, Free-From, Retailer & Convenience Insights & Sustainable Product Development To Deliver Stand-Out, Profit-Boosting NPD & Product Innovations. A Brand-Led, One-Day Conference & Networking Event, 11th February 2021, Amsterdam. 

Shape Your Food & Drink Strategies With Insights Into The Hottest Trends & Innovations That Are The Perfect Recipe For Profitable NPD:

  1. Win Big With The Latest Lucrative Health & Ingredients Trends: Drive product success, nutritional value and satisfy consumer demands to propel profits
  2. Profitable Plant-Based Products Which Appeal To The Masses: Perfect texture, flavour and taste for fly-off-the-shelf, plant-powered NPD
  3. Hot Trends & Innovations To Excite Consumers: Drive commercially-successful NPD which impresses consumers and boosts sales
  4. Deep-Dive Into The Mind Of The Consumer! Guarantee your products thrive despite the rapidly-changing trends and interests of shoppers
  5. Boost Sustainability With Innovative Methods: Get the seal of approval with sustainable NPD which meets environmental considerations and still drives commercial success
  6. It’s More Than Just Plastic! Deliver On Your Packaging Promise: Packaging solutions which appease eco-conscious consumers, are cost-effective and reduce
    environmental impact
  7. Focus On Low-Sugar NPD: The latest tools and solutions to assist your portfolio in its journey towards sugar reduction
  8. On-Trend, Convenient Products For Time-Poor Consumers: Innovate your portfolio with convenient products that stand-out in a growing space