From the perils of putting ‘all-natural’ on your label to what beverage execs really think about plummeting sales of diet soda, FoodNavigator-USA’s online discussion forums tackle some of the hottest topics in food and beverage, from the gluten-free market to ‘all-natural’ claims.
Our new series of live discussion forums can be viewed from your computer live or on demand (check out the HIGHLIGHTS of our recent gluten-free debate).
If you have an idea for a new forum, or if you are interested in sponsoring any of these events, please get in touch using the contact details at the end of this article.
FoodNavigator-USA has gathered together CEOs from some of the most innovative companies in the US to discuss what's hot and what's not in the beverage aisle from tea for kids and coffee fruit to plant waters; whether Coke's deal with Keurig will turn the market on its head; why diet soda sales are really in a funk; and how challenging it is to create a great-tasting and stable product with all-natural ingredients.
- PADDY SPENCE - CEO, Zevia
- HOWARD KETELSON - CEO, Arty Water (artichoke water)
- MELINDA HICKS - CEO, Big Time Tea (Little Me Tea)
- PAUL KILBRIDE - VP Sales, Epicurex (COCOZIA)
- GREG STELTENPOHL - CEO, Califia Farms; founder, Odwalla
- JONAS FELICIANO- Beverages analyst, Euromonitor Intl
Natural & Clean label Forum – September 30, 2014
Our expert panel will explore who is driving the natural and clean label agenda, the latest attempts at defining 'natural', whether 'natural' is losing its luster as a marketing message, where GMOs fit in, and whether the tidal wave of civil litigation over natural claims is making it increasingly risky to make them on pack. We'll also look at how consumers determine if something is natural, clean-label, or less processed and what natural means to shoppers beyond ‘nothing artificial’.
Business Leaders Forum – January, 2015
We’ve gathered together the CEOs of some of the most innovative food and beverage manufacturers in the US to talk about the hottest trends in the market, which companies they admire and why, and what keeps them awake at night.
Beverage Innovation Summit - February 2015
In the inaugural FoodNavigator-USA Beverage Innovation Summit, we’ve brought together innovative beverage manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, marketers and trend-watchers to find out what’s next in the world of beverage and how manufacturers of all sizes can apply a little innovation to their business model. Plus, we'll delve into the future of social media, with a look at some of the innovative ways companies are engaging with consumers and how to the 'Wild West' of Big Data.
Snacking Trends Forum - March 2015
What’s hot in snacks? Insects? Posh jerky? Pea protein? Chickpeas? Brogurt? What’s the difference between a meal and a snack, or are the lines becoming increasingly blurred? What’s a suitable portion-size? And will healthy vending become the norm? To find out, FoodNavigator-USA has gathered together a panel of entrepreneurs and trend-watchers to discuss the hottest new trends in the market, who they admire, and where they see the growth opportunities in the next 3-5 years.