Nothing can compare to attending the New Products Conference in person, however you will be able to join select sessions remotely through our Broadcasting Live program. See below for available sessions and register in advance to participate in these informative webinars. In addition to attending these sessions while they are happening, by registering you will be able to view them on-demand to play back as you like after the event ends.

Monday October 1, 2018

8:45 am  (CST)

Keynote: Optimizing New Product Development for E-Commerce

Speaker: Betsy McGinn, CEO, McGinn eComm


Ecommerce certainly is not a future concept. It’s already here, growing—and dramatically changing the landscape for everything from food and beverage R&D to consumers’ purchase decisions. Each day brings more new foods and drinks exclusively developed for online sales—ranging from Amazon’s Wickedly Prime teas, snacks, soups and spreads; to PepsiCo’s “Drinkfinity” flavor pods.

What do leading CPG innovation leaders and small industry disruptors need to know? Listen in as Betsy McGinn, CEO, McGinn eComm, shares perspectives about what’s new, what’s working—and what’s next in the realm of E-Commerce.

Sponsored by multivac


Monday October 1, 2018

1:30 pm (CST)

Keynote: Use A.I. & Machine Learning to Mine Consumer Insights, Drive New Product Ideation 

Speaker: Dr. A.K. Pradeep


 Artificial intelligence and machine learning help food and beverage manufacturers effectively “invert the pyramid” of traditional R&D and innovation. Come hear Dr. A.K. Pradeep, CEO for MachineVantage, Berkeley, Calif., discuss how manufacturers already are leveraging these technologies to mine consumer data across a wide base and then funnel the best insights into product development and marketing concepts.

Sponsored by process expo


Monday October 1, 2018

3:30 pm (CST)

Winning Products Deliver "Authentic" Experience - From Ingredients to Packaging

Speaker: Linda Gilbert,CEO & Founder, EcoFocus


Authentic brands establish trust with consumers by holding true to core values and doing what they say they are going to do. Today’s consumers want an authentic experience with foods or beverages offering fresh, high-quality, natural ingredients;  “clean” processing; “clean” packaging; and product assurance (certifications).

How are consumers integrating lifestyle values with food and beverage decisions? How can brand owners innovate and establish true “authenticity” in 2019? Linda Gilbert shares the latest insights from the EcoFocus My World, My Life™ consumer point of view.

EcoFocus Worldwide engages consumers in large-scale global Trend Surveys and the resulting data help marketers make confident strategic branding decisions. Research focuses on what mainstream consumers look for in green, sustainability and wellness choices. Gilbert knows what brand developers need because she has more than 20 years of experience in strategy, insights, marketing, innovation for range of multi-nationals, including Pfizer, Nestle, Unilever, PepsiCo and Campbell Soup. Gilbert also was founder of HealthFocus International and has 10 years’ experience with the Rodale Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.

 Sponsored by evergreen



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

8:30 am (CST)

Keynote: Moving at The Speed of Life: Tyson Innovation Lab Connects Today's Consumers, Tomorrow's Needs

Speaker: Rizal Hamdallah, head of the Innovation Lab, Tyson Foods


 This year Tyson Foods launched the Tyson Innovation Lab which is about exploring new approaches to accelerate the pace of innovation. The lab brings together a lean team of designers, chefs, scientists and supply chain experts in a dedicated space at the company’s Chicago office and gives them six months to go from an idea to an in-market solution. For the first product launch, they have explored opportunities to help fight food waste. Utilizing what goes unused in the food supply chain as ingredients, they have developed a line of snacks – ¡Yappah! brand Protein Crisps.  More recently, Tyson Innovation Lab partnered with Toronto’s Flashfood Inc., to create an affordable home food delivery business serving the Detroit market with surplus produce and proteins. Come hear Rizal Hamdallah, head of the Innovation Lab at Tyson Foods talk about his group’s new mission and methods! 

Sponsored by corbion