Our first Food Industry Summit was held in March of 2007 and we have hosted the event each year since then. In 2014, we moved the event to October.  Past topics/principal speakers include:

2019 – The Future of the Food Industry
Yuvraj Arora, General Manager, Salty Snacks Category, US - Kellogg Company
Dan Croce, Senior Vice President Eastern Division - Sprouts Farmers Market
Joan Driggs, VP of Content and Thought Leadership - IRI
Matt Laukaitis, SVP and General Manager, Consumer Industries - SAP
John Ponnett, Senior Vice President of Retail Operations - GIANT Food Stores
Susan Schwallie, Executive Director of Food and Beverage - The NPD Group

2018 – The Future of the Food Industry
Chris Baldwin, Chairman of the Board - BJ’s Wholesale Club
Donna Banks-Ficcio, VP Center Stores & Merchandising - Weis Markets
John Bennett, President US Consumer - McCormick & Co.
Jeff B. Smith, Company Group Chair, N.A. - Johnson & Johnson
Gerarda VanVirk, Global Talent & Organizational Lead - Accenture

2017 – Disrupting the Food Industry
Scott Aakre, VP of Innovation & Insights – Hormel
Ernest Baskin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Food Marketing SJU
Kevin Coupe, Editor, Morning News Beat
Steve Henig, VP Digital Commerce & Analytics, Wakefern
Larry Levin, EVP Consumer & Shopper Marketing - IRI
Shauna MacNeil, Director, Symbotic
Steve McMahon, CMO, Saladworks

2016 – Frontiers in Food: The Future of Fresh Prepared and On-The-Go
Bob Cassidy, Client Business Development, Key Impact
Kevin Delaney, VP of Sales and Marketing, To-Jo Mushrooms and To-Jo Foods
Gary Fechter, VP of Operations, Wegmans
Jessica Foust, Director of Culinary Innovation, McDonalds
Bob Goldin, Vice Chairman, Technomic
Adam Kestenbaum, President, Ellis Coffee Company
Frank Rio, Sales and Marketing Manager, Yards Brewing Company
Cathy Schlosberg, VP of Brand Management & Innovation, Aramark
David West, Senior Director of Category Management, Sysco
Doug Wickman, VP of Foodservice & Business Development, Perdue

2015 – Fresh Thinking in Food Marketing
AJ Bernstein, Director of Marketing, Bolthouse Farms
Tom Casey, CEO, Wild Oats Marketplace
Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru
Vince Mechiorre, CMO, Bimbo Bakeries
David McInerny, Co-Founder, Fresh Direct
Voni Woods, VP of Deli and Bakery, Giant Eagle

2014 (Fall) – Great Food Marketers meeting the Food on Demand Challenge
Barry Calpino, Vice President Breakthrough Innovation, Kraft
Carl Edstrom, Principal Segmentation and Survey, IRI
Louis Eni, CEO, Dietz and Watson
Jeff Greenhouse, Director of Marketing, Ulive/Food Network
Brad Nelson, Vice President Culinary and Global Corporate Chef, Marriott
Joe Sheridan, President and Chief Operating Officer, Wakefern
Judy Spires, President and CEO, Kings & Balducci’s

2014 (Spring) – Leveraging Omni-Channel Marketing with the Connected Consumer
John Caron, VP Marketing, Catalina
Jessica Gioglio, Director of Social Media, Dunkin Donuts
Michael Moore, Director of E-Commerce, Nestle/Purina
Seth Moser, Managing Director, Accenture
Janet Oak, Senior Director of Strategy & Insights, Daymon
Jasbir Patel, VP Omni-Channel, Walgreens
Mike Senackerib, SVP and CMO, Campbell’s

2013 – Leveraging Shopper Insights at the Moment of Truth
Shristi Gupta, Symphony IRI
Jeff Gregori, Nielsen
Erik Keptner, Giant
Kevin Higar, Technomic
Brian Holt, Weis
Megan Margraff, Spire
Liz Mohr, Con Agra
Paul Price, Acosta
Bill Sickles, Google
Rich Tarrant, My Web Grocer
Cheryl Williams, Wakefern
Jerry Wolfe, McCormick

2012 – Eat with Us…Leveraging Digital Technology for Profitable Meals
Kim Bartley, VP Marketing & Menu Development, White Castle
Brendan Foley, President U.S. Foodservice, Heinz
Todd Hale, SVP Consumer & Shopper Insights Nielsen
Edna Morris, Managing Director, Axum Capital Partners
Larry Pulliam, Executive VP and Group President, Sysco
Howard Stoeckel, President and CEO, Wawa
Danna Vetter, VP Corporate Planning Strategic Assets Group, Aramark

2011 – Sales and Profit Growth through Direct Marketing, E-Commerce, and Social Media
Carl Schlicker, COO , Ahold USA
Dan Sanders, President, ACM E Markets
Rick Brindle, Customer VP for E-Sales and Industry Affairs, Kraft Foods
Rich Chavie, VP Solutions Marketing, NC R Retail Group
Tim Hassett, SVP Sales, Campbell’s North America
2010 – Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Food Marketplace: Lessons from Industry Leaders
Pamela Bailey, President and CEO, GMA
Jeffrey Brown, President and CEO, Brown’s Super Stores
Andre Hawaux, President Consumer Foods, ConAgra
Fred Morganthall, President Harris, Teeter
Scott Young, SVP Retail Sales, Coca Cola North America

2009 – The New ROI : Insuring Success through Results-Oriented Innovation
Lawrence Benjamin, COO , Ahold USA
Jeff Ettinger, Chairman, President, CEO of Hormel Foods
Christine Henisee, President & CEO, Ranir LLC
Pat Mulhern, President, Monarch Food Group
Joe Sheridan, Executive Vice President, Wakefern

2008 – Food on Demand: The Battle for Share of Stomach
Mark Allen, CEO, International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)
Kevin Havelock, President, Unilever United States
Hank Mullany, Senior Vice President & President, Northeast Division, Walmart
Bill Shaner, President and CEO, Save a Lot
Alan Wilson, President and CEO, McCormick & Co., Inc.

2007 – Doing the Right Things for Shareholders and Society
Richard A. Anicetti, President and CEO, Food Lion, LLC
Douglas R. Conant, President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company
Chris Furman, President, Pepsico Foodservice
Mitchell B. Pinheiro, Food Industry Financial
Tony Schiano, CEO, Giant Food Stores