So what does this mean for food and beverage formulators, and how are US consumers thinking about self-care, health and wellness amid a pandemic? Netflix and ice cream? Taking time to exercise? Stocking up on vitamin C and probiotics? Trying to de-stress with CBD?
- Jeremiah McElwee, chief merchandising officer at online health & wellness marketplace Thrive Market
- Joan Driggs, VP content and thought leadership at IRI
- Mark Rohde, global business manager at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences
- Anke Sentko, VP regulatory affairs and nutrition communication at the BENEO Institute
The first 45 minutes will be devoted to a panel discussion, followed by short presentations from DuPont and BENEO delving into more detail on hot topics including probiotics, prebiotics, 'slow carbs', and blood sugar management.
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- Event: Unlocking Innovation: Preventive health, wellness and nutrition (self-care in focus)
- Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
- Time: 10.00am-11.30am PT/1.00pm-2.30pm ET
AGENDA: In our debate, moderated by FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson, we’ll discuss:
- How are consumers thinking about self-care, health & wellness?
- Will the ‘new normal’ be good or bad news for CBD, and where are the growth opportunities in functional foods and beverages as we navigate this pandemic?
- Will interest in immune health be sustained or is this a fad?
- Is spending money on functional foods and beverages seen as a smart investment in your health even in difficult times, or will a deep recession restrict the growth potential of functional foods and beverages?
- What diets, ingredients, or health & wellness trends have gaining traction on Thrive Market?
- What do online search terms tell us about what consumers are looking for at the moment?
- What is driving sales of probiotics and how has COVID-19 impacted the market?
- What are some of the emerging trends in probiotics beyond digestive and immune health, and where are the growth opportunities from an applications perspective?
- How are consumers comparing probiotics, what kind of research are they doing online, and what should they look for?
- Do all ‘fermented’ foods contain probiotics? How can brands communicate that benefits are strain specific?
- What are prebiotics and how do you talk to consumers about them?
- Will the concept of ‘prebiotics’ give fiber a new lease of life?
- Where are some of the new growth opportunities for products marketed as containing prebiotics?
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The US-focused events are:
- June 29: Navigating the new normal: NPD and the evolving consumer landscape now available on demand
- July 23: Preventive health, wellness and nutrition (self-care in focus)
- July 30: Startups, new business development, and funding
- August 6: Sustainability in focus: From environmentally-friendly packaging to responsible ingredients sourcing