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Innovation In a Time of Crisis: Can We Future-Proof the Food System?

Keynotes and Featured Sessions – Monday, July 17

Opening Keynote I 8:15 am – 9:45 am CT
Embedding Innovation into Everyone’s DNA
Featuring Duncan Wardle, Former Head of Innovation and Creativity, Disney
The global food system faces many crisis-driven opportunities that will shape our future. Can we leverage system-wide innovation to future-proof the food system? Duncan Wardle will share his Innovation and Creativity Toolkit, built from years of experience at Disney, to make creativity tangible, innovation easy, and the process enjoyable.

FIRST featured presenter Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle, Former Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney


Featured Session: Sustainability & Climate I 11:15 am – 12:00 pm CT
Reimagining Food Waste to Put the ‘P’ in Profit & Loss
Turning waste into profit—a new view on the hottest product innovation ideas capitalizing on upcycled food waste or by-products. Learn from this panel how upcycling and repurposing waste can put the ‘P’ back in the Profit & Loss statement for your organization.


Featured Session: Novel Technology & Innovation I 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm CT
Food Tech Innovations That Are Changing How the World Eats
From tailor-made stabilizing solutions to precision fermentation techniques to biomanufacturing—hear from leading food tech companies on groundbreaking innovations changing how the world eats.


Featured Session: Health & Nutrition I 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm CT
Science of Food is Critical to Finding Urgent Health and Nutrition Solutions for a Growing Population
This panel discussion will focus on the role that food science plays in addressing global crises—from formulation and production to packaging and palatability, food science professionals are critical to bringing forward solutions at scale that consumers want, and our planet needs.


Keynotes and Featured Sessions – Tuesday, July 18

Keynote I 8:30 am – 9:30 am CT
Seeding the Future: Innovation Across the Supply Chain for Healthy People and Planet
To truly transform the global food system, we’ll need innovations across the entire supply chain. Three winners from the second annual Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge will provide an inspiring snapshot of the work that creative entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists are doing around the globe to help ensure a future of healthy people and planet.


Featured Session: Food Safety I 11:15 am – 12:00 pm CT
Expect the Unexpected: Failure to Anticipate Threats is A Critical Food Safety Risk
Failure to anticipate what targeted threats and unthinkable breaches could happen can be a costly misstep for the food industry. Learn from this panel what tough questions your organization needs to be asking and what type of investments need to be made now, along with strategies and next steps to imagine the unimaginable.


Featured Session: Consumer Insights & Education I 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm CT
Consumer Panel: How Consumers’ Food Choices Are Impacted by Crisis
Consumers are learning how to live in a post-pandemic life, managing rising costs of living, and feeling distrust of cultural institutions including big business. This consumer panel will look at how we can work together to bolster trust among consumers to create a more transparent and sustainable future.


Closing Keynote – Wednesday, July 19

Keynote I 10:30 am – 11:25 am CT
David and Goliath: Considering How Organization Size Impacts Innovation
There is conventional wisdom that suggests small companies have an edge over large companies in innovating and bringing new products or technologies to market quickly. This panel will explore, and potentially disrupt, that notion. We’ll hear from both large and small companies about the factors that impact their innovation success.

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