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In his IFTNext presentation, David will discuss the challenges facing food and beverage R&D in the midst of unprecedented disruption and market loss. In this era of mega-mergers pressured with double-digit margin enhancement, massive R&D reductions and zero-based budgeting, billion-dollar investments in tech startups are stealing the innovation spotlight. Companies that don't have the size or resources to compete on margin reduction through cost-cutting have an opportunity to drive profitability through innovation. Dave will challenge companies to rethink how they utilize stranded and underutilized IP and present a new model for R&D that offers an opportunity to develop stand-alone returns and greater innovation activity. He'll share a roadmap for reestablishing the R&D function not only as a cost center but as a viable, valuable and financeable business model in its own right.
Speaker Sumana Bell, Principle Scientist for Ardent Mills, will discuss the benefits of Ardent Mills Sustagrain® High-Fiber Barley on digestive health and current research findings pertaining to barley and the microbiome. In addition, Sumana will review Sustagrain’s impact to the FDA’s new regulation for fiber RDA, and implications on other fiber alternatives. Other topics will include current research studies on Sustagrain and glycemic index in humans.
We will be discussing the role of predictive modeling in preservation systems, ionic strength calculations, physical and chemical interactions, spoilage and pathogen microbial modeling and how different food solutions can be used and how they work, different application methods and pros/cons.