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Maria Piedad Lopez
Analytical Science and Technologies Group, Inc.
Managing the Direct Store Delivery Supply Throughout and After Covid
Coca Cola Consolidated
SVP Product Supply Planning
Covid 19 interrupted the Direct Store Delivery Supply Chain in many ways. From March of 2020 through today, there were many never before seen hurdles that were experienced. From customers to suppliers and throughout operations the changes and disruptions persist while the demands of the consumer have only grown. In this presentation, we will cover one company's experience of the many challenges and the strategies and actions taken to succeed as well as the observations coming through the pandemic and the changes that are here to stay.
Cannabis-Infused Beverages Rely on Innovative Emulsion Science: Technology Overview, Regulatory Overview
Chief Science Officer
How do we best ensure safety with emerging cannabis materials as Beverage Ingredients? Supply chain considerations when regulatory agencies cannot keep up with rapid innovation. Various Cannabinoids are now presented as ingredients for beverages in an array of water compatible formats. Cannabis products were made legal for the adult use sector in Canada in 2018 with beverages as one of the leading edible forms. The US is taking a different path, with cannabis remaining federally illegal, with most states legalizing it either for medically or recreational use. “Hemp” derived cannabinoids, are different yet again, with their rapidly evolving methods of derivation and compounding approaches often outpacing regulatory agency’s ability to provide leading guidance. This presents arrange of interesting supply chain challenges. This presentation will provide insights to beverage formulators/manufactures for safe and compliant use of cannabinoid-based ingredients. 1. Current regulatory status and guidance within the US for both Cannabis and Hemp derivatives. 2. How can we ensure safe, compliant, and efficacious beverages. 3. Implications for cannabis-based ingredients. What are the appropriate methodologies. 4. Important evolutionary steps for regulatory agencies, how can our industry help. 5. What is outlook for regulatory progress.
Gen Z: Shaping Food Trends Through Social Media
University of Florida
From charcoal mushroom lemonade to pickles in Kool-Aid, Generation Z is shaking up how the world views food right from their homes'. This tech savvy generation is fluent in social media and their ability to quickly capture, share and receive information is keeping the food industry on their toes. In this presentation, we will take a closer at generation Z, who they are, what makes them unique and how their relationship with social media is making them the biggest drivers of our current food trends.
CO2 Industry Concerns
Carbon Reduction and the Impact on Carbon Dioxide Availability
Chief Commercial Officer
Lunch & Learn — Implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Director, Food & Beverage
Pandemic Impact & Evolving Regulatory Landscape
The world changed drastically in 2020 and the Regulatory Landscape & Food Safety Compliance was not immune to the rapid global evolution. Due to a variety of external pressures on the Food & Beverage Industry along with the Regulatory bodies, there has been a release of new regulations and guidance documents. Agencies are focused on how the industry is demonstrating an imbedded Food Safety Culture. They are also responding to public outcry for organizational changes and synergistic investigatory challenges. In this session we will reflect on these regulatory pressures and challenges as they continue to add complexity to the Food & Beverage Industry in a dynamic global supply chain.
Regenerative Agriculture in the Beverage Industry
Keurig Dr Pepper
Director of Sustainability
Director of Climate Smart Ag Origination
Over the past few years "regenerative agriculture" has become a buzz term in the sustainability world, but what does it really mean? How does it apply to our beverages on shelf and how are companies working to achieve these goals? Keurig Dr Pepper is working with ADM on a project that unites cross-sector organizations and competitors to continuously improve productivity, profitability and environmental outcomes for farmers, specific to the supply of its high fructose corn syrup. Hear from KDP and ADM's sustainability team on how they are working through direct contribution of funds to provide technical assistance to growers and subsidize cover crop seeds to improve the climate benefits of the corn crops. Explore what a pilot like this can mean for the larger impact of regenerative agriculture practices.
Are You Prepared for the Regulatory Changes Coming Your Way?
American Beverage Association
VP, Science and Regulatory Affairs
Presentation Not Provided
Plastic Residues in Animal Feed from Human Food By-Product Processing
Iowa State University PFPC
Director, Polymer and Food Protection Consortium
Recycled PET in Food Packaging — Food Safety Risk Assessment and Regulatory Compliance
Sr. Manager of Food Safety
Plastic is a versatile material and protects safety, quality of the products, making it ideal for many critical food and beverage applications. However, much of our plastic is not circular today. By 2050, there will be 12 billion tons of plastic in the environment. To prevent this, we must take responsibility for the products we make. As a part of our PEP+ sustainability efforts, we are making changes to how we use plastic in our manufacturing processes. In this presentation, we will discuss global & local impact of plastic waste, importance of sustainable packaging, regulatory status of recycled PET in top markets, overview of recycling process, overview of food safety/regulatory approval per type of recycling process and challenge to success to build a world where plastic never becomes waste.
Blending the Future of Bacardi
Andy del Rosal
Vice President Product Innovation & Spirit Quality
The Next Generation Blender Club (NGBC): Bacardi's latest Innovation involves people, not products. The NGBC was created to develop key talent with a focus on redefining what it means to be a Master Blender. Becoming a Master Blender is a multi-year apprenticeship program. It takes decades to attain the proper skills and experience. However, in today's world, young talent wants to be continually challenged and seeks new opportunities, jumping around from role to role in and out of an organization. How has Bacardi addressed this issue? With Organizational Innovation. We have created a program that creates development opportunities from a Cross Category, Cross Cultural, and Cross Technical Experiences — we use these to develop our people, their expertise, leadership, creativity, credibility, and functional skills. The NGBC members are trained not only in their technical field but across all the Bacardi Company categories from rum to scotch to tequila to gin to vermouth etc. They are taught to use the same tools our Marketing and Consumer Insights colleagues use, all the while given projects that force them to work closely together across categories and functions stretching their skills and learning new ones, while also stressing the building of their NGBC community and deepening their club member relationships. The overall goal of the NGBC is to deliver future transformative leaders while providing a robust succession plan, a safe & supportive community, and retention. At Bacardi we are changing what it means to be a Master Blender. Bacardi Maestros will be Masters of the whole spirits industry not just individual categories.
This presentation intends to explain how the vertical integration business model contributed to strengthen CC1's Puerto Rico operations before and after Hurricane Maria. It will also define resilience and vertical integration concepts. It will show the effects of Hurricane Maria in our operations and will present several examples of capital investments that were key to execute during and challenging times.
Purchase Intelligence on Beverage Trends
Purchase Intelligence Analyst
This presentation will take a look into some of the top trends Mintel has identified for beverages in 2023. We'll take a look into what these trends mean, how brands can capitalize on them now, and what they should prepare for in the future. We'll also take a look at beverages launched in the US over the past year that already align with certain aspects of these trends. Using the Mintel Purchase Intelligence tool, which shows consumer interest and reactions to product launches, we'll see what consumers think of these products right now. We'll dive into consumer reactions to see where messaging is connecting with consumers, and where more work is needed to connect consumers to the benefits of these products.
Do We Have the Technology To Bring Cannabis Beverage to Mainstream Audiences?
Chief Science Officer
The cannabis and hemp infused beverage category has garnered an increasing amount of attention in the last year as mainstream food, beverage and alcohol brands aim to serve consumer interest alongside emerging, industry-specific players. This presentation will outline the key considerations product developers must consider and highlight the science behind creating stable, effective beverages incorporating cannabinoids and botanical ingredients. Research data shared will cover efficacy, formulation stability and packaging compatibility, and takeaways will empower attendees to navigate product development, testing, and supply chain management in an emerging market.
Commercialization Challenges Faced by Brand Owners
Manager of Formulation Services
Technical Sales Manager
The blurring of beverage categories, alcoholic/non-alcoholic convergence and shifts in consumer preferences has forced brand owners, suppliers and manufacturers to evolve their business models. Join us as we discuss the path to commercialization from the perspective of a brand owner. We will explore the pain points, opportunities and challenges created by the changing manufacturing landscape, market trends and emerging ingredients and how these have impacted suppliers, co-packers and, ultimately, brand owners.
Re-Imagining Beverage Production for Deeper Brand-Consumer Connections
Maria Piedad Lopez
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