The Business Summit programmed in partnership with Eat for the Planet – this track is designed to educate buyers of plant-based products across retail and food service on the latest consumer trends, and business opportunities.  

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BUSINESS SUMMIT

Friday, June 05, 2020  |  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Data-Driven Plant-Based Merchandising: Turn Retail Insights Into Results

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Plant-based foods are a growth engine, significantly outpacing overall grocery sales. But which categories are leading the way and how can retailers leverage these trends to make better merchadising decisions and drive further growth? This panel will examine the data (so you don't have to) and will offer recommendations that you can implement at your stores.

BUSINESS SUMMIT

Friday, June 05, 2020  |  11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Beyond Milks: Emerging Non-Dairy Categories Driving Retail Growth

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The leading driver of plant-based sales continue to be plant-based milks, which make up 13 percent of the entire fluid milk category. But milks are just the tip of the non-dairy iceberg. Emerging plant-based dairy categories are growing even faster as more households are introduced to other cow-free dairy items. This panel will explore which categories are heating up the dairy aisle and emerging categories that can expect higher sales volume in 2020 and beyond.

BUSINESS SUMMIT

Friday, June 05, 2020  |  1:45 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Food Service Case Studies: TBA

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BUSINESS SUMMIT

Friday, June 05, 2020  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

What the Modern Flexitarian Diner Wants (and How to Offer it to Them)

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More than one in five US consumers identifies as a flexitarian, representing a large market opportunity for plant-based food and beverage brands, retailers, and foodservice operators. Understanding this market segment is key to unlocking the potential for sales growth. Do flexitarians value taste, craveabilty, sustainability, health or all of the above? This panel will explore how to communicate the value of plant-based foods in a way that will appeal to the modern flexitarian diner and shopper.

BUSINESS SUMMIT

Saturday, June 06, 2020  |  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Overcoming the Obstacles to Institutional Food Service Growth

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Corporate and campus catering companies have been expanding their use of plant-based foods in response to customer demand. However, large schools, hospitals, and other institutions appear to be slower to offer plant-based options in their cafeterias and dining halls. This panel will examine the unique opportunities and challenges in the institutional food service space and how brands, catering companies, and institutions can overcome the barriers to plant-based adoption. 

BUSINESS SUMMIT

Saturday, June 06, 2020  |  11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Marketing and Merchandising Best Practices: Strategies From Leading Retailers

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Consumer demand for plant-based products has never been higher and the entire sector continues to experience staggering year over year retail growth across a range of product categories. Given the sheer volume of new brands and plant-based SKUs launching, retailers who want to effectively ride this growth wave have to develop effective shopper marketing and merchandising programs. This panel will showcase anecdotes and success stories of retailers who are leading the way.Consumer demand for plant-based products has never been higher and the entire sector continues to experience staggering year over year retail growth across a range of product categories. Given the sheer volume of new brands and plant-based SKUs launching, retailers who want to effectively ride this growth wave have to develop effective shopper marketing and merchandising programs. This panel will showcase anecdotes and success stories of retailers who are leading the way.

BUSINESS SUMMIT

Saturday, June 06, 2020  |  1:45 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Menu Makeover - Options in QSR, Family Casual and Institutional Food Service

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While most food service operations are keen to expand their menu offerings and include more plant-based options, many are unsure where to begin or expect the task to be arduous and cost-prohibitive. This panel addresses this very challenging by guiding you through a step by step process of transforming an existing traditional meat and dairy-heavy menu into one which is plant-forward, while addressing all the potential operational challenges one might encounter while making such a transition. While most food service operations are keen to expand their menu offerings and include more plant-based options, many are unsure where to begin or expect the task to be arduous and cost-prohibitive. This panel addresses this issue by guiding you through a step by step process of transforming an existing traditional meat and dairy-heavy menu into one which is plant-forward, while addressing all the potential operational challenges one might encounter while making such a transition.

BUSINESS SUMMIT

Saturday, June 06, 2020  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Why Big Food is Betting Big on Plants

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The plant-based foods industry is witnessing unprecedented and unstoppable growth year over year, so it should come as no surprise that big meat and dairy companies have been keeping a close eye on the space and making moves ranging from strategic investments, to acquisitions and new product launches. This panel, featuring representatives from some of these key players will share exactly why they are betting on plant-based foods, how they are strategically positioning themselves in the space and what their long-term outlook is on the industry. The plant-based foods industry is witnessing unprecedented and unstoppable growth year over year, so it should come as no surprise that big meat and dairy companies have been keeping a close eye on the space and making moves ranging from strategic investments, to acquisitions and new product launches. This panel, featuring representatives from some of these key players will share exactly why they are betting on plant-based foods, how they are strategicaly positioning themselves in the space and what their long-term outlook is on the industry.