June 10-12, 2019 | Chicago, IL
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The United FreshMKT and SmartFood Luncheon and Conference

Monday, June 25, 2018

Noon – 1:15 pm Opening Keynote

Moderator: Kevin Coupe, Editor, Morning News Beat
Speaker: Emanuel Lazopoulos, Senior Vice President North America, Sales, Marketing and Product Management of Del Monte Fresh Produce, Inc.

Emanuel Lazopoulos, Senior Vice President North America, Sales, Marketing and Product Management of Del Monte Fresh Produce, Inc. will put the spotlight on innovation as keynote speaker at this year’s conference, where hundreds of retail, produce and fresh foods executives will gather to discover marketing trends to advance their businesses. Lazopoulos joined Del Monte Fresh Produce, Inc. in June of 2003. After a tenure of two years, he was promoted to his current position where he oversees product/business management of the company’s major categories, including the newly acquired Mann Packing Company.


1:30 – 2:15 pm Join the Plant-Based Foods Revolution!

Moderator: Michelle Simon, Executive Director, Plant Based Foods Association
Speakers: Martin Kruger, COO of Follow Your Heart; Dan Curtin, Lightlife and Field Roast

Sales of plant-based foods are growing by 8 percent—and in some categories, growth is in the double digits. About a third of all consumers now identify as “flexitarian,” meaning they are reducing their meat consumption at least a few times a week. Millennials are buying meat alternatives, not Hamburger Helper. It’s not enough to stock just soy or almond milk; now there’s cashew milk, flax milk, oat milk, even banana milk. Consumers are seeking out healthier alternatives to traditional meat and dairy products, and unless you’re up on the latest trends, you’re missing out. Come learn from leaders in the plant-based foods industry just what the buzz is all about in this interactive and innovative session.


2:15 – 3:00 pm The Digital Retail Landscape

Moderator: Kevin Coupe
Speakers: Dan Bourgault, Instacart; Arnulfo Ventura, VP of Business Development and Head of eCommerce, Califia Farms

73% of Instacart orders include produce. It is the most dominant category sold through the technology, and number two isn’t even close. The same-day grocery delivery service and its product partner Califia Farms will examine how technology is changing the shopping experience and identify merchandising trends that are attracting consumers. In a rapidly evolving, omni-channel environment, explore the latest data on how retailers and brands are adapting to meet consumer needs.


3:00 – 3:30 pm Snack Break

This year, enjoy intermission with a Snack Break where exhibitors will be displaying their grab-n-go and snacking solutions for you to sample and discover.


3:30 – 4:15 pm Food Media, Food Culture, and Making the Everyday Connection

Moderator: Chadwick Boyd, Food & Lifestyle Expert, TV Host & Brand Consultant, L&D Enterprises, Inc.
Panelists: Carey Polis, Digital Editor, Bon Appetit; Faith Durand, Editor in Chief, The Kitchn; Lindsay Funston, Deputy Editor, delish and Host of WTFood

New media outlets are delivering engaging content to their subscribers and followers in more ways than ever before! How are media and consumers connecting and what can brands do to leverage the advances of food culture content overall? Explore the crucial ways that consumers’ everyday connection to food is being informed by food media.


4:15 – 5:00 pm Strategic Insights From Retail Produce Icons

Moderator: Greg Corrigan, Sr. Director of Produce and Floral, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Speakers: Reggie Griffin, Reggie Griffin Strategies; Bruce Peterson, Peterson Insights; Dick Spezzano, Spezzano Consulting

Three icons of the retail produce industry share their views on the landmark changes they’ve seen—and shaped—at retail, and look ahead to what future disruptions are on the horizon. Reggie Griffin, Bruce Peterson, and Dick Spezzano provide unique insights from their careers in produce at Kroger, Walmart, and Vons/Safeway. They also will share noteworthy trends that they now encounter while serving as strategic advisers to both produce marketers and retailers across the industry.