Food & beverage entrepreneurs! Want to take center stage at the 2020 FOOD FOR KIDS virtual summit?

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Food & beverage entrepreneurs! Want to take center stage at the 2020 FOOD FOR KIDS virtual summit?

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Want to get feedback on your new child-focused food or beverage launch, brand, or business, from our expert panel at FoodNavigator-USA's virtual FOOD FOR KIDS summit in the fall?

We’re searching for trailblazing, entrepreneurial start-ups or established brands with new products to enter our annual trailblazers challenge​ and present their red hot food and nutrition innovations targeting expectant Moms, babies, toddlers, kids or teens at FOOD FOR KIDS 2020.

Maybe you have a healthy new lunchbox snack, a kid-focused supplement, or low-sugar beverage … or perhaps what really differentiates you is your direct to consumer business model, or your social mission?

ENTER HERE​ by September 28 for a chance to take center stage in FoodNavigator-USA’s FOOD FOR KIDS​ summit​​ (5 events over 5 weeks, starting Oct 21, ending Nov 18), which aims to shine a spotlight on the companies, large and small, that are doing most to drive innovation and champion change (checkout the latest speakers​). 

All submissions will be evaluated by the editorial team at FoodNavigator-USA, which will select three businesses to present their innovations on Wednesday November 11 at 10am Pacific time.

Each will get feedback from our expert panel of entrepreneurs and investors plus the opportunity to shoot a video with our editorial team later that month.

It all adds up to fantastic exposure for your brand...

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Expert panel: Mark Rampolla, Powerplant Ventures; Jon Sebastiani, Sonoma Brands; Brad Barnhorn, board member and advisor

If you’re one of the three trailblazing brands selected by our editorial panel you’ll receive:

  • A place on the FOOD FOR KIDS​​ program​: participation in the Trailblazer session
  • Feedback from our expert panel​:  Mark Rampolla, partner, Powerplant Ventures; founder, ZICO Coconut WaterJon Sebastiani, founder and CEO, Sonoma Brands; founder, KRAVE Jerky; Brad Barnhorn, board member and advisor, growth stage food & beverage companies  
  • A one-on-one video interview​ with the editorial team that will run on FoodNavigator-USA​​

For more information and to submit your entry, CLICK HERE.

*Previous winners include: ​Cerebelly, Kashi by Kids, Scramblers, Nom Noms World Food, Raised Real, and KidsLuv


Confirmed speakers at FOOD FOR KIDS​ ​- a virtual series starting October 21 and ending November 18 - include:

Week #1 (Weds Oct 21, 10am PT). FOOD FOR KIDS: The consumer panel

  • David Lemley, ​founder, president & chief strategist, Retail Voodoo 
  • The consumer (parents) panel: ​TBA

Week #2 (Weds Oct 28, 10am PT). FOOD FOR KIDS: Kids and the plant-based trend ​ 

  • Adam Lowry​, co-founder and co-CEO, Ripple Foods​ 
  • Kristie Middleton​, VP business development, Rebellyous Foods
  • Jaime Athos, ​president and CEO, Tofurky 
  • Hema Reddy ​founder and CEO, Crafty Counter (Wundernuggets) 
  • Alison Rabschnuk, ​director of corporate engagement, The Good Food Institute 

Week #3 (Weds Nov 4, 10am PT). FOOD FOR KIDS: Beverage trends  

  • Melanie Kahn​, founder, Poppilu​ 
  • Billy Bosch, founder and CEO, Iconic Protein  
  • Creative Roots (Kraft Heinz)  
  • Jennifer Pomeranz​, assistant professor, Department of Public Health Policy and Management, New York University  

Week #4 (Weds Nov 11, 10am PT). FOOD FOR KIDS: Innovation in action… meet the trailblazers!

The three winners of our annual trailblazers challenge, joined by our expert panelists:

  • Jon Sebastiani​, founder and CEO, Sonoma Brands​; founder, KRAVE Jerky  
  • Mark Rampolla​, partner, Powerplant Ventures​; founder, ZICO Coconut Water 
  • Brad Barnhorn​, board member and advisor, growth stage food & beverage companies 

Week #5 (Weds Nov 18, 10am PT).​ FOOD FOR KIDS: Meeting children’s nutritional needs, from foods to supplements​  

  • Erin Quann, PhD, RD, Head of Medical Affairs, Nestlé Nutrition/Gerber 
  • Dr Jennifer Harris​, senior research advisor, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
  • More to follow...

Sponsors include: ​DSM, IFF Health, Curion, and SweeGen

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