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State of Snacking

Thursday, August 1, 2024 | 1:00 pm ET

Get the perennial view of the macro-snacking universe and occasions from an in-and-out of home perspective, including shifts consumers make across the day. This session gives you a look into the recent performance of the U.S. snacking industry and actional ideas for future category success.

What you’ll learn:
  • When and how consumer snack choices differ by generation and income groups, and what snack choices are trending with each.    
  • What changes consumers have made on when, where, how, and what they shop and consume. 
  • How inflation, package size changes, social media, product innovations, and out-of-home experiences are transforming snacking. 
Sally Lyons Wyatt
Sally Lyons Wyatt

Global Executive VP & Chief Advisor – Consumer Goods & Foodservice Insights, Circana

Sally is the leading global consumer packaged goods and foodservice industry advisor. She is a go-to expert and frequent keynote speaker on future-forward consumer and retail insights, industry trends, and many topics related to F&B, wellness, and more. Sally also leads a global team of industry experts. She is frequently quoted about the latest trends and insights in national business media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and leading CPG trade media publications.

Omnichannel: How to Drive Online Experiences and Revenue

Thursday, August 15, 2024 | 3:00 pm ET

Get omnichannel insights and understand the future of snacking. Learn ways to drive revenue through seamless online experiences and how to enable all facets of snacking in shoppers’ daily lives. Discover insights and trends shaping the future of snacking and get close to consumers and their evolving snacking behaviors and preferences. 

What you’ll learn:
  • How to keep pace with current and future omnichannel snacking attitudes and behaviors. 
  • How to win in the omnichannel and eCommerce shopping experiences.
  • Digital insights to align with the changing preferences of snack consumers. 
Mondelez International
Francesca Hahn

VP – Digital Commerce, Mondelēz International

Francesca is an award-winning leader with more than two decades of experience in top-tier CPG companies. Her expertise spans digital commerce, customer development, category management, and retail marketing. Francesca currently leads a team dedicated to the online engagement and fulfillment of Mondelēz snacks, a key growth area for the company. She is also a renowned voice on “The CPG Guys” podcast, the topmost listened-to CPG brand on a popular industry platform.

The Return of the Experiential Consumer

Thursday, September 5, 2024 | 1:00 pm ET

In a post-pandemic world that continues to evolve, experiential spending is resurging, vying for a significant share of the consumer wallet. Join this engaging session to discover how these behavioral shifts influence consumer spending, understand food and beverage consumption patterns both in and away from home, and identify emerging opportunities for sweet and snack occasions.

What you’ll learn:
  • Current trends in consumer behavior and how they impact spending in various sectors, including food and beverage.  
  • Behavioral shifts of in-home versus away-from-home consumption. 
  • Potential opportunities in the food and beverage industry, particularly in sweet and snack occasions, due to changing consumer preferences.  
David Portalatin

Senior VP and Industry Advisor, Food and Foodservice, Circana

David brings extensive experience as an industry advisor, working closely with food manufacturers, retailers, foodservice distributors, manufacturers, and operators. Joining Circana (formerly NPD) in 1999, David has a background in foodservice wholesale distribution and convenience retailing. A frequent speaker and recognized thought leader, his insights have been featured in major media outlets, making him a go-to source for understanding the future of the food and foodservice sectors.

2024 Webinar Recordings

Thursday, July 11, 2024 | 1:00 pm ET

Where in the world should confectionery and snack manufacturers be looking for inspiration? Get five key international trends in treating and snacking that have the potential to break through in the U.S. and Americas markets. Get insights into emerging consumer behaviors and innovative flavor, ingredient or formulation trends from around the world that could disrupt the sweets and snacks market in the U.S.

What you’ll learn:
  • How to translate international trends to the U.S. 
  • The new flavors or ingredients appearing in global sweet and snack launches. 
  • Get ahead of the competition with formulations featuring emerging trends in texture, color or aroma. 
Jenny Zegler

Director, Mintel Food & Drink

Jenny has 16 years of experience covering the beverage and food industry. She has led the creation of Mintel’s Global Food & Drink Trends since 2015. Jenny is an expert on what consumers want in food and drink and the “why” behind these insights. She’s a regular media contributor and conference speaker in the U.S. and worldwide. Before joining Mintel in 2012, Jenny spent six years as a journalist, mainly for food and beverage trade magazines.

The AI Journey for CPG and Retail

Thursday, June 27, 2024 | 1:00 pm ET

Join us as we talk about the practical applications of Artificial Intelligence in the consumer packaged goods and retail sectors.

What you’ll learn:
  • The implications of AI technologies and how they can help with better decision making and operational efficiency in your business strategies.  
  • How companies at various stages of AI adoption can leverage available tools to find new growth opportunities.  
  • The practical steps to integrate AI into your business, transforming how you approach the market. 
Chad Luzk

Partner and Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Consumer and Retail Group

Chad Lusk is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal, Consumer and Retail Group, where he specializes in large-scale organization and commercial transformations across consumer-facing industries, with a focus on growth strategy, marketing and innovation. In his role, Chad brings together a nearly 20-year combination of top-tier consulting with senior executive operator experience. Following his tenure at McKinsey & Company, Chad held multiple Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer positions across CPG snacking companies and retail, including Ferrara Candy, Hostess Brands and Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores.

The Future of Retail

Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 1:00 pm ET

As the retail industry digests all the disruptions of recent years driven by technology, the pandemic, and shifting consumer behavior, changes abound that smart brands are adapting to in real-time. The discussion will encompass topics such as channel transitions, shifts among generations, and other relevant subjects. 

What you’ll learn:
  • Core preferences and tendencies of different generations. 
  • Analyze how their buying behaviors are influenced by social media and their product preferences 
  • Uncover the sectors that are thriving due to the influence of Generation Z and the continuing significance of Baby Boomers in shaping this dynamic industry 
Steve Zurek

VP – Thought Leadership, NielsenIQ

With 32 years of experience, including roles at PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, and GSK Consumer Health, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to the confectionery industry. As a thought leader at NielsenIQ, he focuses on the future of consumer-packaged goods and integrates a client-side perspective into the specialty sales process.