There are just two weeks to go until FoodNavigator’s live (and hopefully very lively) online debate on one of the hottest trends in food development: gluten-free.
To help you separate fact from fiction in the gluten-free market, we’ve brought together four experts to cover all angles, from the science, to the market to the consumer. And it’s FREE!
The FoodNavigator-USA Forum: Gluten-free in Perspective , will run from 11.30am to 12.30pm EST on Wednesday April 30, 2014.
Click HERE to register.
In the first 45 minutes, our expert panel will explore gluten-free market trends and growth opportunities; the science behind celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy; the technical challenges of formulating great-tasting gluten-free products; and the latest consumer research.
The final 15 minutes will be devoted to Q&A, where you will be able to submit your questions directly to the panel.
THE DISCUSSION POINTS:
1 – What's the latest research on celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity?
2 - How big is the gluten-free market, where is it going next, and can the meteoric growth continue?
3 - Who is the gluten-free consumer?
4 - Is the gluten-free toolkit getting better?
ALESSIO FASANO, M.D., Director, Center for Celiac Research
World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist and research scientist Dr. Fasano founded the Center for Celiac Research in 1996. (The Center moved from Maryland to Massachusetts General Hospital in 2013). In 2003, he published the groundbreaking study in the Annals of Medicine that established the prevalence rate of celiac disease at one in 133 people in the US.
TJ MCINTYRE, EVP Natural Brands, Boulder Brands
Boulder Brands has a dominant position in the US gluten-free market with the Udi’s and Glutino brands, which are growing at an explosive rate. If the firm’s initial focus was on retail, it is now aggressively going after drug, club and foodservice as well, says TJ McIntyre, who became EVP of the firms Natural brands including Earth Balance, Glutino and Udi’s in September 2012.
DAVID SHELUGA, PhD, Director commercial insights, ConAgra Mills
Dr. Sheluga has held senior consumer research roles at Keebler, Quaker Oats, NPD Group and ConAgra Foods, and is a recognized expert in what makes consumers tick.
TOM VIERHILE, Innovation Insights Director, Datamonitor
With more than two decades of experience in consumer packaged goods analysis and reporting, Vierhile spends “countless hours scanning store shelves for new products along with myriad trade show visits in search of new products and trends.”
The debate will be broadcast live at 11.30am EST on Wednesday April 30. It will also be available afterwards on demand - but only to registered delegates.
This debate is sponsored by Ingredion - a leading global supplier of starches, sweeteners, texturants and nutritional ingredients to major food and beverage manufacturers across the globe.
To tune into this event, click HERE to register for free.