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

Friday Keynote

This keynote will be announced in October. Please check back then for more information.
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
Bridget Goldschmidt
Managing Editor, Progressive Grocer
Juan Martinez
Global Product Line Manager, JBT Corporation
Kory Zelickson
CEO, Vejii
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
Marcel Goldenberg
Head of Proprietary Pricing, Mintec Global
Julie Mann
Chief Innovation Officer, Puris
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
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

SPEAKERS
Julie Emmett
Senior Director Retail Partnerships, Plant Based Foods Association
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
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
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
Alison Rabshnuk
Director of Business Development Plant Protein, Kerry
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

SPEAKERS
Nil Zacharias
Co-Founder & CEO, Plantega
Rachel Atcheson
Assistant to the President, Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
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
 
Rachel Dreskin
CEO, Plant Based Foods Association
Jaime Athos
President & CEO, Tofurky
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