Thursday, December 9, 2021
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

REGISTRATION

12/9/2021  |  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Registration Open

Description
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

KEYNOTE

12/9/2021  |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

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
Description

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. 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

EXHIBIT HALL

12/9/2021  |  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Exhibit Hall Open

Description
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

12/9/2021  |  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Hottest Trends of 2021

MODERATOR
Elysabeth Alfano
Founder, Plant Powered Consulting
SPEAKERS
Bridget Goldschmidt
Managing Editor, Progressive Grocer
Juan Martinez
Global Product Line Manager, JBT Corporation
Kory Zelickson
CEO, Vejii
Description
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

EXHIBIT HALL

12/9/2021  |  10:30 AM - 4:30 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Learning Garden Sessions

Description
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

12/9/2021  |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Do it Yourself! A Private Label Conversation

MODERATOR
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor, Store Brands Magazine
SPEAKERS
Marcel Goldenberg
Head of Proprietary Pricing, Mintec Global
Julie Mann
Chief Innovation Officer, Puris
Description
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

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

12/9/2021  |  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

E-Commerce - The Future and How We Get There

MODERATOR
Brandon Leong
SVP of Marketing and Growth, RangeMe
SPEAKERS
David Benzaquen
Founder, PlantBelly.com
Description
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

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

12/9/2021  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Merchandising: A Total Store Strategy

SPEAKERS
Julie Emmett
Senior Director Retail Partnerships, Plant Based Foods Association
Description
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
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

12/9/2021  |  3:15 PM - 4:15 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

World Plant Based Awards Presentation

Description
Now in their second year, The World Plant-Based Awards are a celebration of innovation and excellence across the plant-based food and drink industry. These awards celebrate plant-based excellence and innovation from around the world, across 15 different categories. Join us to find out who this year’s lucky winners and finalists are!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SPECIAL EVENTS

12/9/2021  |  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Description

Unwind from a busy day and stroll through the aisles to take in the latest in plant-based products and solutions. Enjoy a drink and network with colleagues and exhibitors during this casual event in the Exhibit Hall.

Friday, December 10, 2021
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

REGISTRATION

12/10/2021  |  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Registration Open

Description
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

KEYNOTE

12/10/2021  |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Friday Keynote

Description
This keynote will be announced in October. Please check back then for more information.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

EXHIBIT HALL

12/10/2021  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to All Attendees!

Exhibit Hall Open

Description
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

12/10/2021  |  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Menu Makeover Live!

MODERATOR
 
Sabina Vyas
Dir. Strategic Partnerships, Plant Based Foods Association
SPEAKERS
James Corwell
Certified Master Chef, BlueDot Int.
Ilana Braverman
Director of Outreach, Farm Forward and Better Food Foundation
Description
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

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

12/10/2021  |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

The Meaning of Clean Label - Communicating with the Empowered Consumer

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
Alison Rabshnuk
Director of Business Development Plant Protein, Kerry
Description
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

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

12/10/2021  |  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

Case Study: Transforming New York City with Plantega

SPEAKERS
Nil Zacharias
Co-Founder & CEO, Plantega
Rachel Atcheson
Assistant to the President, Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Description
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

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

12/10/2021  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  |  Open to Conference Attendees Only

What Motivates the Flexitarian Consumer?

MODERATOR
Nova Sayers
VP of Growth & Innovation, HowGood
SPEAKERS
 
Rachel Dreskin
CEO, Plant Based Foods Association
Jaime Athos
President & CEO, Tofurky
Description
This session is for:
Retail buyers, foodservice buyers, manufacturers, investors
 
Attendees will learn:
-How flexitarian consumers motivated by health
-How flexitarian consumers are motivated by sustainability
-How work these benefits into your offerings and communicate them to your customers