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Niagara Food & Beverage Summit

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Niagara College

135 Taylor Road

Room: HT109

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

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Organized by the Niagara College Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, this unique and intimate event provides a platform to explore current and future trends in the food and beverage industry while sharing key findings and learnings in a collaborative environment.

This event is an opportunity for thought leaders, experts, product developers, marketers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and ideators in the food and beverage space to learn from each other in a dynamic and comfortable setting.

This event also focuses on one of the hottest subjects in the food product development world at the moment – the integration of cannabis into the food chain in preparation for legal status in Canada. Experts will discuss Cannabis 101 and different views on how it will shape the future of what the cannabis edibles industry could look like in the not too distant future!


Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Christine Couvelier is a Culinary Executive, Executive Chef, and a Global Culinary Technologist. With over 30 years of experience, this world-class chef and founder of Culinary Concierge, assists clients in the creation of award-winning food products, services and strategies that help them build their brands and keep them ahead of market trends.

Christine is the past Executive Chef of President’s Choice, the Director of Culinary & Beverage/Executive Chef at Cara Operations, and the Chair of The Chef School of George Brown College. She worked on Global Innovation for Unilever and was the first Director of Culinary Strategy at Maple Leaf Foods, where she worked on the vision, design & construction of the ThinkFOOD! Centre.

Skyler Webb is the Director of Product Development at Cannabistry, a professional research, development and branding company dedicated to bringing outstanding product innovations to legalized marijuana industries. His previous professional background includes positions in Quality Assurance, Process Engineering and Research & Development for various Food and Beverage companies where he acquired skills developing responsible and safe food products.

Since at Cannabistry, he has specialized in applying the inherent sensory and therapeutic properties of cannabis to infused products with controlled delivery and increased bioavailability across various routes of administration. Combining his educational and professional background, Skyler has become dedicated to developing cannabis infused products which deliver a safe, effective and satisfying experience to consumers.

You will learn/grow/discuss:

  • Explore trendsetting concepts including past, current, and forecasted trends and fads from industry experts
  • Discuss the evolution of language, marketing, and environmental imperatives and their ties to food and innovation with marketing experts
  • Discuss the lasting impact of Gen Z and millennial generations, how they overlap, how they differ, and how to differentiate your market space appropriately
  • Explore barriers and potential solutions when infusing cannabis into edibles
  • Discuss and learn the regulatory difficulties from experts who helped the USA legalize edibles
  • Grow your product from idea, to concept, to marketing, to product development utilizing marketing experts and concept-shelf thinking
  • On-trend workshops in plant-based alternatives, de-risking product introductions, taste the modifications, and exploring cannabis


Who Should Attend:

  • Food and beverage innovators
  • Research and development teams
  • Marketing teams and trendologists
  • F&B strategy and consulting firms
  • Food and beverage industry
  • Cannabis industry and product developers
  • Growers/producers looking for new revenue streams


REGISTER

Cost: $229 Early Bird / $279 Regular
Early Bird deadline is September 25, 2019.
Regular registration ends October 16, 2019.


Includes:

→ Access to keynotes and panels
→ Access to 1 specialized breakout session
→ Parking
→ Morning refreshments
→ Lunch
→ Networking refreshments



* Choose ONE of the following breakout sessions:


  1. Exploring Plant Based with Hela Spice

    Learn the ins and outs of plant-based trends with a hands-on approach, leaving you with a better understanding of how meat and dairy analogues work. Compare various plant-based proteins in terms of functionality and hydration in addition to discovering problem-solving techniques for common issues in the plant-based world.


  2. Expectation vs. Reality: Strategies to de-risk product introductions with Vineland Research

    Liking the concept is one thing. Liking the product is another. Many modern consumers are excited about products they haven't yet tried. But what happens when consumer expectations don't align with what we know to be the true product characteristics? This session will highlight case studies from the natural products category introducing consumers to new products and product concepts and the surprising elements that caught consumers' attention.



    Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk is a Research Scientist in Consumer Insights at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. She completed her Ph.D. in food science prior to joining Vineland, where she conducts sensory and consumer research and contract testing for the food and horticulture industries. Dr. Grygorczyk is a regular speaker at industry and scientific conferences and her work has been featured in news outlets such as the Toronto Star, FreshPlaza, FloralDaily and locally through the St. Catharines Standard.




    Dr. Amy Bowen is the Research Director of Consumer Insights at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, Canada. She oversees the operation of Vineland’s trained sensory and consumer research panels to understand the drivers that impact consumer preference and choice for horticultural products. Amy leads a team of researchers to create value-added results to inform breeding programs, brand development, new variety introductions, and commercialization.

  3. Taste the Modification with Fona

    Exploring the 3 M's: The challenging Functional Bases require tools that specifically formulated to mask, modify and add mouthfeel.



    Nadine Farran-Gatti is a business leader with proven success at client relationships, and initiating and managing new ventures. She is the Canadian Manager for FONA International, a company that develops and produces flavours for many of the largest food, beverage, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical companies in the world. Nadine has been working in the Flavour industry for the past 19 years. Prior to joining the food industry, Nadine specialized in National Account Management for Consumer Packaged Goods – Health & Beauty.

  4. Exploring Cannabis from a higher education prospective with Niagara College

    Niagara College is leading the way in Canada education; understand what is being taught to the future leaders of this exploding industry and tour the facility



    Bill is a professor at Niagara College where he is coordinator of the newly created Commercial Cannabis Production programs. His area of specialization is plant nutrition, but all aspects of controlled environment plant production has been a focus of his teaching, research and industry experience. Prior to teaching at Niagara College he was involved in the greenhouse industry for more than 25 years as an owner/grower/manager, including being production manager of a 450,000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Nova Scotia and owning and operating a one-acre greenhouse in Fenwick, ON.



    Alan worked as an environmental consultant for numerous years both in the fields of Waste Management and Ecological Restoration before joining Niagara College in 1995 as a full-time faculty member. Through this work, Alan has gained extensive international experience in Argentina, Ecuador, India, Sri Lanka, Jordan and Thailand. In September of 2011, Alan became the Associate Dean for the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies.



* TOUR THE CAMPUS (OPTIONAL):

Tour Niagara College's Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus; a 125-acre campus featuring the NC Teaching Brewery, Teaching Winery, Teaching Distillery, Teaching Greenhouse, Benchmark Restaurant and the NC Teaching Spa. The campus is a nature forward environment with its own ecological lagoons, wetland systems, hop yard, culinary garden, landscaped gardens and a 40-acre teaching vineyard. This campus is also home to the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, which offers a full suite of services to support innovation in the industry on the road to commercialization of new products and processes.

*PLEASE NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED TO 100 FOR THIS EVENT


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Niagara College

135 Taylor Road

Room: HT109

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

Canada

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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