Conference Schedule at a Glance

Flavorcon continues to strive for excellence by bringing quality education during the keynote presentations and seminars in each of the three tracks, which include ingredients, formulations and trends, science & technology, and market & consumer insight.

All sessions, speakers, times and locations are subject to change without notice.

View all sessions below:

Tuesday, October 24

Keynote Session9:15 AM – 9:45 AM   Tuesday

Trend Formers: 5 Macro Trends Transforming Food & Beverage

- Delve into what is influencing the market and how companies can stay ahead of the trend curve
- Gain an understanding in the five trends that are transforming the food & beverage market
- Get a grasp for how you can shape product development for the future More details …

Barb Stuckey
President & Chief Innovation Officer

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM   Tuesday

Advisory Board
Deniz Ataman
Managing Editor
Perfumer & Flavorist magazine

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM   Tuesday

Arnaud Adrian
Vice President of Sales
Robertet Groupe

10:30 AM – 6:30 PM   Tuesday

Market & Consumer Insight11:30 AM – 11:40 AM   Tuesday

Ryan Liegner
Product Manager/Sales
Berje Inc.
Thomas Lauzurica
Marketing Manager
Berjé Inc

Ingredients, Formulations & Trends11:30 AM – 11:40 AM   Tuesday

Eric Johnson
Technical Sales Director, Midw
Excellentia International
Jeffrey Buco
Excellentia International

Ingredients, Formulations & Trends11:45 AM – 12:30 PM   Tuesday

BBQ Without Boundaries

- Understand how BBQ flavors have grown in popularity globally
- Explore the various flavor profiles of U.S. regional BBQ sauces and the growing international BBQ scene
- Take away new ideas for BBQ product development More details …

Jon Seighman
Senior Director, Product Development & Applications

Science & Technology11:45 AM – 12:30 PM   Tuesday

Cannabis Panel

- Learn about the cannabis market and its growth among baked goods, confectionery and beverages
- Key takeaways include innovation, creativity, flavor and growth drivers within the cannabis industry
- Be the first Flavorcon attendee to learn about cannabis as this is the first cannabis discussion at this event More details …

Panel Member
Jon Fernandez
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Franklin Bioscience
Panel Member
Sean Arnold
Senior Vice President, Product Development
Franklin Bioscience

Market & Consumer Insight11:45 AM – 12:30 PM   Tuesday

Wet Your Whistle

- Brush up on both the latest and upcoming beverage trends
- Find out what will change the market in the upcoming years and what consumers are looking for in the future
- Explore trending ingredients to keep you on the leading edge of product development More details …

Ilana Orlofsky
Marketing Manager

Science & Technology2:00 PM – 2:45 PM   Tuesday

Jennifer Howell
Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager
FONA International, Inc.

Ingredients, Formulations & Trends2:00 PM – 2:45 PM   Tuesday

Stephen Wolf, CFS
Senior Director, Technology
Robertet Groupe

Market & Consumer Insight2:00 PM – 2:45 PM   Tuesday

Cultivating Innovation: Best Practices for CPGs and Suppliers

- Learn how to satisfy the ever-increasing customers and consumers in meeting their demands
- Find out how partnerships can benefit your supplies in the long run
- Find out how to innovate new products with flavor combos, natural and healthy trends, clean labels and more More details …

Advisory Board
Jeff Allard
Vice President, R&D
Dr Pepper Snapple Group

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM   Tuesday

Wednesday, October 25

Keynote Session9:15 AM – 9:45 AM   Wednesday

David Tonucci
Vice President Global Regulatory & Scientific Affairs
Tate & Lyle

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM   Wednesday

Advisory Board
Deniz Ataman
Managing Editor
Perfumer & Flavorist magazine

10:30 AM – 6:30 PM   Wednesday

Market & Consumer Insight11:30 AM – 11:40 AM   Wednesday

Carrie Schroeder
Dairy Sales & Business Development

Ingredients, Formulations & Trends11:45 AM – 12:30 PM   Wednesday

Balancing Flavor With Consumer Nutrition Trends

- This is a more technical talk, but here you can have a better understanding of how suppliers are influenced by wellness by eliminating unhealthy ingredients, while enhancing flavor to improve the overall product experience.
- Gain a better understanding of how suppliers meet consumer nutritional challenges through ingredients More details …

Chris Warsow
Corporate Executive Chef, Manager Culinary Applications
Bell Flavors & Fragrances

Market & Consumer Insight11:45 AM – 12:30 PM   Wednesday

Dr.  Merve Unuvar
Blockchain Product Leader, IBM

Science & Technology11:45 AM – 12:30 PM   Wednesday

Creating Natural Compliant Reaction Flavors

Understand the requirements for qualifying and labeling reaction flavors. Know what documentation and testing is needed to meet regulatory and labeling needs. More details …

Dr.  Luke Grocholl
Regulatory Management

Science & Technology2:00 PM – 2:45 PM   Wednesday

Matthias Guentert
Flavor consultant

Market & Consumer Insight2:00 PM – 2:45 PM   Wednesday

Growth Markets in Global Beverages

- Find out why health and wellness is a mainstay and learn about changing attitudes toward health and natural products
- Get ideas on how to work with growth channels for the evolving market
- Find out the different shifts in Western Europe and North America; for example bottled water preference over sugary drinks are being replicated in developing markets More details …

Howard Telford
Senior Beverages Analyst
Euromonitor International

Ingredients, Formulations & Trends2:00 PM – 2:45 PM   Wednesday

Mulling Over Cinnamon

The objective of this presentation is to provide information, relevant to flavor formulation, on the topic of cinnamon. More details …

Mr  Richard Pisano, Jr.
President, Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd

Ingredients, Formulations & Trends4:00 PM – 4:45 PM   Wednesday

Carrie Schroeder
Dairy Sales & Business Development
Steve Zavagli
Commercial Director, Savory Flavors

Market & Consumer Insight4:00 PM – 4:45 PM   Wednesday

Consumers’ Top Flavor Preferences

- Learn how understanding generational differences are integral to brand expansion
- Get insight from two speakers who are well-versed in menu trends and consumer brand metrics
- Master the understanding younger crowds have with their spending power and what that means to you More details …

Lizzy Freier
Managing Editor
Robert Byrne
Senior Manager, Consumer insights

Science & Technology4:00 PM – 4:45 PM   Wednesday

It's in the Carbon: Natural-Source Testing for F&F

Learning about natural source testing
Understanding how Carbon-14 works and it is applied for this industry
The benefits of this analysis for the flavor industry More details …

Florencia Goren
Business Development Manager
Beta Analytic

Thursday, October 26

Keynote Session9:15 AM – 10:15 AM   Thursday

Do You Speak Data?

- Look at quantifying market potential and leveraging it to understand consumer demands in food and beverages
- As a flavor innovator, find out how to create solutions that will lead to successful product creation More details …

Fernando Gomez-Gonzalez
Former Director of U.S. Menu Innovation
McDonalds Corporation
Mindy Cultra
Managing Director
Halverson Group

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM   Thursday

Keynote Session10:45 AM – 11:15 AM   Thursday

CANCELLED - The Flavor Trends Shaping the Craft Beer and Cocktail Industry

- Take a closer look at the craft beer and cocktail market and what flavors consumers are looking for
- Learn how different fruit flavors, essences of fruit and syrups can help enhance the flavor of a beer
- Understand how flavor processes influence the final product More details …

Jesse Valenciana
National Brand Activation Manager
Goose Island Beer Company