Food & beverage entrepreneurs! Want a FREE place at FOOD VISION USA 2017?

By Elaine Watson

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FOOD VISION USA 2017.. Are you an innovation trailblazer?

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Want to get feedback on your new product/business from our expert panel in front of a live audience in Chicago?  Show us why you're an innovation trailblazer and win a FREE place at the hottest food and beverage conference in the US...

We’re searching for trailblazing, entrepreneurial start-ups to present their red hot food and nutrition innovations at FOOD VISION USA​ in Chicago on November 13, 2017. 

Maybe you have an awesome new product… or perhaps what really differentiates you is your unique business model, or your social mission?

Submit your story by August 7 for a chance to take center stage at Food Vision USA​, a three-day conference (Nov 13-15) at Chicago’s W hotel shining a spotlight on the companies, large and small, that are doing most to drive innovation and champion change.

All submissions will be evaluated by the editorial teams of FoodNavigator-USA and NutraIngredients-USA. If they think your business has potential you could be invited to present live on stage to the Food Vision USA audience as part of our innovation, incubation and investment discussions on the opening night of the event. 

There you’ll share the stage with our panel of entrepreneurs, incubation and investment specialists to get feedback on your product, packaging and strategy.

You'll also get the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from the panel and from the Food Vision community.

The panel (pictured below, left to right):

  • Wayne Wu,​ managing director, VMG Partners​   
  • Gigi Lee Chang​, CEO, Food Future Co, ​co-founder Plum Organics​  
  • Scott Norton,​ co-founder, Sir Kensington’s (Unilever)
  • Barb Stuckey,​ president and chief innovation officer, Mattson
Food Vision USA 2017 innovation panel

It all adds up to fantastic exposure for your business and an opportunity to listen to and learn from the best at an event where you can mingle with the new COO of Chobani, learn where PeaPod thinks the food e-commerce market is going, chat with Sir Kensington's about why it got into bed with Unilever, and find out what regenerative agriculture is all about from Maple Hill Creamery.  

If you’re one of the trailblazing start-ups selected by our editorial panel you’ll receive:

  • A place on the Food Vision USA program: participation in the Trailblazer session
  • Feedback and participation in the Innovation panel with Scott Norton​,​ Sir Kensington’s (Unilever), Wayne Wu​, VMG Partners, Barb Stuckey​, Mattson and Gigi Lee Chang​, Plum Organics & Food Future Co
  • Access to the full program including all presentations and networking sessions
  • Accommodation at The W Chicago​ (November 13 & 14)
  • Coverage in FoodNavigator-USA​ and video interviews with the editorial team
  • Inclusion in the Food Vision USA 2017 video 
  • 50% discount on registration for colleagues (standard registration, does not include accommodation)
  • And there’s even a reward for the runners-up: the next five shortlisted trailblazers will also receive a 50% discount on their registration (not including accommodation).

For more information and to submit your entry please visit:

Read about the 2016 trailblazers:​ Hippeas, Shaka Tea, ​and Afineur 


Checkout our fast-growing line up of speakers​ at FOOD VISION USA 2017​, which is sponsored  by PureCircle​ and Beneo​, including:

  • Tim Brown, ​President and COO, Chobani 
  • Scott Norton, ​co-founder, Sir Kensington’s (Unilever)
  • Carrie Bienkowski​, chief marketing officer, PeaPod
  • Seth Kaufman, ​president North America nutrition, PepsiCo
  • Becca Kerr, ​Vice President and General Manager, Tropicana North America
  • Jeff Zachwieja, PhD, ​Senior Director Global R&D Nutrition Sciences, PepsiCo
  • Jeff George, ​VP, R&D, Americas, Campbell Soup Company 
  • Kyle Ransford,​ CEO, Chef'd
  • Mike McDeVitt​, CEO, Terra’s Kitchen
  • Dr Liz Specht, ​senior scientist, The Good Food Institute
  • Doug Radi, ​CEO, Good Karma Foods
  • Luke Saunders, ​CEO, Farmers Fridge
  • Alexander Lorestani​, CEO and co-founder, Geltor
  • Amy Endemann​, head of marketing, Sun Basket
  • Tim Joseph, ​founder, Maple Hill Creamery
  • James Day, ​CEO, Suncrest USA
  • Steven Vigilante, ​Business Development Associate, CircleUp
  • Wayne Wu​, managing director, VMG Partners
  • Miyoko Schinner​, founder and CEO, Miyoko’s Kitchen
  • Barb Stuckey​, president and chief innovation officer, Mattson
  • Gigi Lee Chang​, CEO, Food Future Co, ​co-founder Plum Organics
  • Dr Shelley Balanko​, SVP, business development, Hartman Group
  • Linda Eatherton,​ Managing Director and Partner, Ketchum Global Food & Beverage Practice

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