On Tuesday, June 22 we spoke with food and beverage industry leaders about the +$300B Functional Foods & Beverages category.
Check out this recording of the event in our series, What's Next Now to learn more about how consumer preferences are evolving, the explosion of functional foods and the opportunity for dairy entrepreneurs to leverage the 'original super food' by tapping into the natural functional benefits of milk.
Hear from panelists including: Elizabeth Crawford of Food Navigator-USA, Joel Hastings of DairyBusiness News and Donna Berry from Dairy Communications Inc. Gain insight from industry leaders Bob Carroll of California Milk Advisory Board, Dr. Michelle Slimko of Dairy Management Inc. and James Crawford of IRI Worldwide.
Elizabeth has more than 10 years of experience as a regulatory and business reporter for trade press.
She covers the food and beverage industries, including innovation, start-ups, health, wellness, nutrition, FDA and dietary supplements.
Joel has spent his career in dairy journalism, earlier as editor, publisher and owner of Holstein World, later adding the regional DairyBusiness magazines. With the conversion to digital, he edits DairyBusiness.com website attracting some 70,000+ unique visits each month.
Donna Berry is the owner of Dairy and Food Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in business-to-business writing projects. She also is a frequent “trends and new products” speaker at dairy and food industry events.
Michelle L. Slimko, DrPH, MPH, RD, is the Senior Vice President of Environmental & Nutrition Research at Dairy Management Inc., where she is responsible for the dairy checkoff’s investment in environmental and nutrition research to help position U.S. Dairy in a global food system.
Bob has been with the California Milk Advisory Board for six years as the Vice President for Business Development.
John leads the relationship for a number of IRI’s top dairy clients including dairy industry associations. He and his team have developed an industry-leading dairy thought leadership program.
Founded in 2014, VentureFuel is an independent innovation consultancy based out of New York City. We build and accelerate innovation programs for industry leaders by unlocking the power of what we call "external innovation" via startup collaborations. Our programs focus on changing the behaviors and beliefs necessary to unlock new sources of growth.
Launched this year, this event series is focused on the industries and functions that are at the greatest risk of being disrupted.
Each month, we invite a corporate innovator, venture capitalist and startup entrepreneur to come together for a panel discussion about the products, services and technologies shaping tomorrow's change, today.