KEYNOTE

Thursday, December 9, 2021  |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote - Growth of the Plant-Based Industry

MODERATOR
 
Nil Zacharias
Host, Eat for the Planet Podcast
SPEAKERS
 
Holly Adrien
Natural and Organics Strategy and Innovation Manager, Kroger
 
Rachel Dreskin
CEO, Plant Based Foods Association
 
Susie Weintraub
CEO, Envision Group, A Division of Compass Group

Much has evolved in the plant-based marketplace since we last gathered for Plant Based World Expo in June of 2019. This panel of industry leading experts and decision makers will highlight the progress and growth of the plant-based category and preview what the future has in store.

Attendees will learn how major retailers, foodservice operators and product manufacturers are evolving their business and the industry as a whole. 

KEYNOTE

Friday, December 10, 2021  |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome to the Plant-Based Family

SPEAKERS
 
Tyler Lorenzen
CEO, PURIS Proteins

When Tyler Lorenzen ended his NFL career, his true mission was just beginning. Tyler became CEO of Puris Proteins, continuing a family legacy of bringing healthy, organic foods to market all the way from the seed to the tip of the fork. Puris is the only company that has been growing plant-based food for generations, now 100% vertically-aligned and doing business in all areas of the supply chain. Feeding happy customers all starts with healthy soil and proper farming - attend this session and learn how it's all connected!

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Thursday, December 9, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Hottest Trends of 2021

Open to Conference Attendees Only

MODERATOR
 
Elysabeth Alfano
Founder, Plant Powered Consulting
SPEAKERS
 
Yadu Dar
Platform and Business Development Director, Ingredion
 
Scott Dicker
Senior Market Insights Analyst, SPINS
 
Bridget Goldschmidt
Managing Editor, Progressive Grocer
 
Juan Martinez
Global Product Line Director, JBT Corporation
 
Peter Speranza
CEO, Wicked Foods
This session is for:
Retail buyers, foodservice buyers, manufacturers, investors
 
Attendees will learn:
-What the data shows about breakout product categories
-Which categories are still ripe for growth
-What new technologies are being utilized in alt protein production
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Do it Yourself! A Private Label Conversation

Open to Conference Attendees Only

MODERATOR
 
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor, Store Brands Magazine
SPEAKERS
 
Naomi Canty
New Business Development, NewFields Cheese
 
Marcel Goldenberg
Head of Proprietary Pricing, Mintec Global
 
Julie Mann
Chief Innovation Officer, Puris
 
Kendrick Repko
Director of Sustainable Products, Ahold Delhaize USA
This session is for:
Retail buyers
 
Attendees will learn:
-The value of exploring private label for your meat/dairy alternatives
-How to effectively source private label ingredients
-How to get customers excited about private label products
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

E-Commerce - The Future and How We Get There

Open to Conference Attendees Only

MODERATOR
 
Brandon Leong
SVP of Marketing and Growth, RangeMe
SPEAKERS
 
David Benzaquen
Founder, PlantBelly.com
 
Michael Lines
President & CEO, Simply Protein
 
Mark Mathews
Director of Emerging & Enterprise Brand Partnerships, Gopuff
 
Kory Zelickson
CEO, Vejii
This session is for:
Retail buyers, manufacturers
 
Attendees will learn:
-How the retail landscape has shifted since 2020
-How leading retailers are approaching Ecommerce
-The opportunities and challenge of online sales
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Merchandising: A Total Store Strategy

Open to Conference Attendees Only

MODERATOR
 
Julie Emmett
Senior Director Retail Partnerships, Plant Based Foods Association
SPEAKERS
 
Holly Adrien
Natural and Organics Strategy and Innovation Manager, Kroger
 
Joby Koffman
Abe's Dad and Chairman, Abe's Vegan Muffins
 
Mary Tarczynski
Principal Client Solutions Lead, Parabolic
 
Erin Ransom
SVP Growth: Marketing, Sales & Product Innovation, Tofurky
This session is for:
Retail buyers, manufacturers
 
Attendees will learn:
-How leading retailers are merchandising plant-based offerings
-What creative strategies brands are utilizing
-How to effectively merchandise to your unique audience
Friday, December 10, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Menu Makeover Live!

Open to Conference Attendees Only

MODERATOR
 
Sabina Vyas
Senior Dir. Strategic Initiatives, Plant Based Foods Association
SPEAKERS
 
Michelle Adelman
Co-founder & CEO, Infinite Foods
 
Ilana Braverman
Director of Outreach, Farm Forward and Better Food Foundation
 
James Corwell
Certified Master Chef, BlueDot Int.
 
Palak Patel
Chef & Owner, Dash & Chutney
 
Armetha Pihlstrom
Senior Director of U.S. and Canada Foodservice Sales, Future Farm
This session is for:
Foodservice buyers, restaurant professionals
 
Attendees will learn:
-How plant-based foods are helping foodservice leaders offset supply chain issues head-on
-How plant-based staples can help transform your menu 
-How to make your new plant-based menu sound as good as it tastes
-Tips on how to tailor your plant-based menu to your core audience
-How your plant-based menu will help support your ESG goals
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Meaning of Clean Label - Communicating with the Empowered Consumer

Open to Conference Attendees Only

MODERATOR
 
Amie Hamlin
Executive Director, Coalition for Healthy School Food
SPEAKERS
 
Jonathan Deutsch
Professor, Dept of Food and Hospitality Management and Director, Drexel Food Core Lab, Drexel University
 
Adam Grogan
COO, Greenleaf Foods
 
Molly Hembree
Dietitian, Kroger
 
Alison Rabshnuk
Director of Business Development Plant Protein, Kerry
 
Tia M. Rains
VP of Customer Engagement & Strategy Development, Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition
This session is for:
Retail buyers, foodservice buyers, manufacturers
 
Attendees will learn:
  • Why all "Clean Labels" are not made equal
  • Why a true clean label makes a difference to consumers
  • How to ensure a clean label tastes delicious
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Case Study: Transforming New York City with Plantega

Open to Conference Attendees Only

MODERATOR
 
Benjamin Davis
VP of Content, Plant Based World Expo
SPEAKERS
 
Rachel Atcheson
Deputy Strategist, Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
 
Jaime Athos
President & CEO, Tofurky
 
Miyoko Schinner
CEO and Founder, Miyoko's Kitchen
 
Nil Zacharias
Co-Founder & CEO, Plantega
Plantega is on a mission to transform the food landscape in New York City and make it more accessible, equitable and plant-forward. This case study will explore how Plantega blends the latest plant-based food innovations with decentralized, local distribution via a unique community-powered food systems solution.
 
Attendees with learn:
-How Plantega is improving access to plant-based foods around NYC.
-How to create an alternative/value-added distribution model that empowers independent local businesses.
-Why local/regional community-based solutions are critical in designing a more sustainable and equitable food system.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

What Motivates the Flexitarian Consumer?

Open to Conference Attendees Only

MODERATOR
 
Nova Sayers
VP of Growth & Innovation, HowGood
SPEAKERS
 
GW Chew
Chef and Owner, Something Better Foods LLC
 
Rachel Dreskin
CEO, Plant Based Foods Association
 
Emma Ignaszewski
Corporate Engagement Project Manager, The Good Food Institute
 
Leslie Ewing
Executive Director, Plant-Based Foods of Canada
 
Henry Firth
Founder, BOSH! TV
This session is for:
Retail buyers, foodservice buyers, manufacturers, investors
 
Attendees will learn:
-Why flexitarianism is rising around the globe
-How flexitarian consumers are motivated by health
-How flexitarian consumers are motivated by sustainability
-How to work these benefits into your offerings and communicate them to your customers
LEARNING GARDEN
Thursday, December 9, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Fast Evolving Meat-alternatives and Dairy-alternatives Products

Open to All Attendees!

Consumers are looking for more plant-based items on the menu as they continue to explore this continuously growing movement and expand their palate. Bringing meat alternatives and dairy products to market poses challenges to the food and beverage industry. Ingredion can help you develop plant-based products to take advantage of this growing trend and expand your customer base. 

Speakers:

Maria Tolchinsky 
Global Sr Marketing Manager, Plant Based Proteins, Ingredion, Inc. 

Karen Constanza 
Marketing Manager, Meat & Meat Alternatives, Ingredion, Inc.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

From Small Seeds to Big Business: 30 Years of Learnings Growing Plant-Based Brands in the US & Europe

Open to All Attendees!

Hear from David Wilson, founding partner of Green Seed Group North America. Green Seed Group is a boutique brand incubator with 30 years of experience growing food & bev brands including plant-based businesses such as Quorn, Violife, Pukka, Meatless Farms, Fullgreen, The Coconut Collaborative, Raglan Yogurt, LikeMeat and Fry's.

Learn plant-based best practices throughout the brand lifecycle from pre-revenue concept to brand launch, incubation, national rollout, raising capital and scaling to exit through strategic acquisition. Additionally, David will discuss observations in building consumer adoption and transforming brands from one product to multi-category international businesses.

Speaker: David Wilson, Founder & Partner, Green Seed North America

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Innovations the Plant Based Industry

Open to All Attendees!

Speaker: Certified Master Chef James Corwell

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Perfect Pairings for Plant-Based Cuisine

Open to All Attendees!

Get ready to elevate your holiday hosting. Forget "white wine goes with red meat, red wine goes with red meat", we're bringing wine pairings into modern times! Join Priya Rao, co-author of The Social Herbivore: Perfect Pairings for Plant-Based Cuisine--the world's FIRST book on vegan food & wine, now available on Amazon.

In this informal chat we will discuss:
 - What makes wine vegan (or not)
 - Why pairing wine with plant-based food is different from animal foods
 - 5 of the best wine varietals to pair with plant-based dishes

Books will not be sold on site but order yours in advance and Priya will sign at her session.

Speaker: Priya Rao, Co-Owner, www.TheSocialHerbivore.co and Co-Author of "The Social Herbivore: Perfect Pairings for Plant-Based Cuisine"

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Plant Protein: What I've Learned as a Vegan Athlete

Open to All Attendees!

Jerrod has been competing in submission grappling (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) for over 15 years and is the cofounder of WildHeart Nutrition.  In this talk, he’ll summarize what he has learned about the science of protein and how he meets his nutritional needs as a vegan athlete.

Speaker: Jerrod Appenzeller, Co-Founder, WildHeart Nutrition

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Investment Trends for 2022

Open to All Attendees!

What will be the breaking news for investing in 2022? What are the biggest investment trends?  Public investing? Private investing? Plant-based?  Algae? Microbes?  Which technologies will garner the most funds: fermented or cultivated?  Which companies are expected to IPO? Get the biggest news in investing with Elysabeth Alfano in this comprehensive and exciting session. 

Speaker: Elysabeth Alfano, Founder, Plant Powered Consulting

Friday, December 10, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Regenerative Food Systems: Soil, Biodiversity, and Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change

Open to All Attendees!

How can mission-driven food brands create the momentum needed to shift our food system to a regenerative agriculture model? Join Joni Kindwall-Moore, Botanist, RN, and Snacktivist Foods founder, to learn more about the role of food in helping us to reconnect with nature and restore the balance of our planet.

Speaker: Joni Kindwall-Moore, Founder/CEO, Snacktivist

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Is Cost the Final Driver for Mass Plant-based Adoption?

Open to All Attendees!

Why, on average, is plant-based still more expensive than meat and what needs to be done to achieve price parity between the two?
Are you planning to launch a product in a market that is not the US? What should you be aware of?
What could 'fast-food' be like in 15 years?
What is happening to the prices of soy & pea proteins?

Join this session with Marcel Goldenberg of Mintec to find out more. 

Speaker: Marcel Goldenberg, Head of Proprietary Pricing, Mintec

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Growing Your Plant-Based Brand in Retail

Open to All Attendees!

Consumers need to experience the taste and texture of emerging plant-based brands, and where products are sold in retail matters! This session is hosted by retail merchandising experts Survey.com and will discuss the best tips, tricks, and strategies for successfully growing your brand on grocery store shelves.
 

Speakers: 
Lauren Abda, Co-Founder, Branch Venture Group

Zoe Croft, Atlantic Sea Farms

Mark Whilhite CRO, Alpha Foods

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Changing the Carnivore to an Omnivore One Plate at a Time

Open to All Attendees!

We all know that plants and plant based foods time has come. But to actually get diners to order and reorder these dishes there must be a well thought out path to menu success...

Speakers:
Rocco DiSpirito, Healthy Lifestyle Crusader

Larry Sashin, Founder & Sr. Partner of L. Sashin& Associates, Ltd, LLC 

Bob Heiss, Founder and Sr. Partner of StrategicAdvisoryboard.net

Christine Mulen, CEO, Aspire Digital Solutions 

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Future of Women in the Plant-based Industry

Open to All Attendees!

The Future of Women in the Plant-based Industry will dive into the state of women founders in the plant-based industry, recent trends across the industry, and how suppliers, vendors, and companies can build a more diverse and equitable company. 

Speaker: Jennifer Stojkovic, Founder, Vegan Women Summit

 

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Healthy, Climate-Friendly Food in Schools

Open to All Attendees!

There are 7 BILLION meals served in schools in the US every year. The entrée portion of the meals are almost always meat or cheese. This is a HUGE opportunity for the plant-based food industry. Many schools don’t have cooking kitchens and are looking for healthy manufactured vegan options. Find out what it takes to enter this space and the impact on students, the environment, and social justice issues.

Speaker: Amie Hamlin, Executive Director, Coalition for Healthy School Food