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What is coming up on FoodNavigator-USA’s events calendar? From protein to non-GMO and Food Vision USA

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What is on FoodNavigator-USA’s online events calendar?

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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 and face to face events tackle some of the hottest topics in food and beverage, from the gluten-free market to ‘all-natural’ claims.

Our live discussion forums can be viewed from your computer live or on demand. 

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.

Beverage Innovation Summit - February 4, 2015


In the inaugural FoodNavigator-USA & BeverageDaily Beverage Innovation Summit​, we 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, delved 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.REGISTER HERE for FREE to access all presentations on demand!

Snacking Trends Forum - March 18, 2015: Watch this sneak preview!!

Cricket Bars

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. Register HERE!​ 

Going Non-GMO Forum - May 20, 2015

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With uncertainty over GMO labeling creating anxiety throughout the food supply chain, more and more manufacturers are exploring how to avoid GMOs - whether they have a problem with them or not. In this FoodNavigator-USA online forum, we gather together experts to help our readers/listeners understand market trends in organic and non-GMO, stay up to date with what is happening from a regulatory perspective, and navigate the minefield of the non-GMO verification process.

Dairy Innovation Forum - July 29, 2015

Blue Hill yogurts

What’s hot in dairy? How easy is it to create a great-tasting and stable product with all-natural ingredients? Are stevia and monk fruit all they are cracked up to be? Will carrot- and beet-flavored yogurt appeal to mainstream consumers? Is ‘bro-gurt’ (yogurt for men) a fad? To find out, FoodNavigator-USA has gathered together CEOs from some of the most innovative dairy companies in the US.

Food Vision USA - October 27-29, 2015: CHICAGO

Food Vision USA logo

Chicago will host the first ever Food Vision USA​ event in October 2015, bringing together senior figures in business strategy, R&D and marketing from established players and rising stars in the US food and nutrition industries. Check back shortly for more details.

Protein Forum: November 4, 2015

KIND Bars strong

Protein is a hot trend in food formulation right now. But is this a sustainable trend or a passing fad? How much protein is enough, and do the next generation of proteins, from rice and pea to algae and insects, deliver in the same way that soy and whey do? And how should you position your protein-packed products? To find out, we've gathered together food manufacturers, trend watchers and formulation experts to explore how food and beverage manufacturers can respond to this growing trend. 

February 18, 2016: ONLINE EVENT: Beverage Innovation  

Hint Water landscape

In our unique free-to-attend online Beverage Innovation event, we will bring together market researchers, retailers, and the founders of some of the most successful beverage brands in the business to talk about what categories are growing, what consumer trends they are tapping into, what distinguishes the winners from the losers, how to build distribution, and how to finance and grow a beverage business.

Weight Management 2020, March 16, 2016


Obesity is associated with rising rates of heart disease, diabetes, and a swath of other chronic diseases. But shoppers are increasingly turned off by marketing focused on 'dieting', and regulatory efforts to tackle sugar, portion sizes and marketing to kids have not made much headway. So how can the food industry tackle the problem and protect its bottom line? We've gathered together market researchers, food manufacturers and consumer advocacy experts to find out.



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Natural & Clean Label Forum – September 30, 2014

All-natural-Justin's Nut Butters

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’.

Watch it on demand here!

BEVERAGE Entrepreneurs Forum - July 23, 2014

Zevia cans

FoodNavigator-USA 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; and why diet soda sales are really in a funk. Click HERE​ and HERE​ for the highlights. 

Register HERE to watch this event on demand.

GLUTEN-FREE in Perspective Forum, April 30, 2014


Our expert panel explored gluten-free market trends and growth opportunities; the science behind celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy; and the technical challenges of formulating great-tasting gluten-free products. Click HERE​ for the highlights.

Register HERE to watch this event on demand​.

BUSINESS LEADERS Round Table Debate, January 15, 2014

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We gathered together the CEOs of some of the most innovative food and beverage companies in the US to talk about the hottest trends in the market, and ask why smaller, more agile companies are increasingly outpacing CPG giants in the innovation stakes. Click HERE​ for the highlights.

Register HERE to watch this event on demand.



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