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The Food Revolution

It’s a challenge to keep up with the increasingly diverse demands of consumers worldwide. Today’s consumers are digitally adept, enlightened and eager for more nutritious and sustainable food choices. How will your business stay relevant in an ever-changing marketplace and meet these demands? At the forefront of change – will it be your business that steps out ahead of the rest?

The 2015 Food Revolution Symposia challenged attendees to think differently about traditional food production and how to stay relevant in the retail industry.


Monday, 2015

Here's what you missed:

A World of REBELation. A world of incredible opportunity – Building a two billion-dollar business.

Dr. Pearse Lyons - President and Founder of Alltech

Leadership Lessons: Taking Charge. From military leader to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State, Powell has demonstrated that a leader is more than just his or her title. Powell illustrates for audiences precisely what it takes to be a leader, providing strategies for “taking charge” during times of great change and crisis: how to remain focused, take responsibility and work toward improving processes, organizations and people.

General Colin Powell - Former United States Secretary of State

Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies. Stengel will speak about his landmark 10-year growth study involving 50,000 brands for his book “Grow”. Stengel is the former global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble and was recognized for four years by Advertising Age as the number one “Power Player” in marketing. 

Jim Stengel

It’s Your Ship. At age 36, Mike Abrashoff became the youngest commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet of the U.S. Navy. Hear his “Leadership Roadmap” that reduced personnel turnover to 1 percent, tripled the rate of promotions and slashed operating expenses by 25 percent. His leadership book “It’s Your Ship” is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Mike Abrashoff

Protecting the identity of quality agricultural products and foods. Parmigiano-Reggiano, Champagne, Stilton – all have protected and maintained strong identities, but cheddar has not – why? Quality control, consistency, experience, restricted brand use.

Giacomo Beretta - Ferrarini USA

Engaging the Supermarket and Branding Food Safety. I live with them. I have lived with them for 40 years. I know because I have run them. I have traveled the world from Coles Supermarkets in Australia, to Kroger in the United States, to Sainsbury’s in the United Kingdom. It is a rebel world. It is a tough world. If you understand the rules of engaging the supermarket and making food safety your brand, it can be your world. Come hear how to protect your reputation, get ahead of a food crisis and gain retailer ‘buy-in’ to your brand at our REBELation.

Philip Wilkinson - 2 Sisters Food Group

How Can Restaurants Survive in an Ever-Dynamic Food Marketplace.  What are we, as restaurant owners, and as caterers looking for?  We have to be different.  We have to rebel.  Here is how we do it, and how we measure ourselves versus others.

Sylvia Lovely - Azur Food Group

Food Designed Just for You. Italian food, loved by everybody and exported by few. Eataly, a gourmet Italian supermarket that took a big step adding a store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The company as a whole looks toward $600 million in sales. Why does Italian chocolate tend to be a domestic affair? Is there an opportunity for a new business?

Andrea Capitani - Alltech

Tuesday, 2015

Here's what you missed:

Harnessing the Powerful Influence of Retail Dietitians: Show Me the Way.  Taking a different approach to the food chain.  Embracing the dietitians now more, and more.  The game-setters, and the game-changers of the future.

Nikki Putnam - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Watching and Monitoring Social Media.  Anytime, anyplace, and anywhere, people are rebelling against your product and your company.  It is all out there in the ultimate warzone: social media.  How do we watch?  How do we monitor?  How do we keep ahead?

David Wescott - Wescott Strategic Communications LLC

You are What You Eat (They Say).  Vegetables are good for you, but are they?  Butter is bad for you, but is it?  Who says?  The FDA are constantly changing their recommendations so who do you believe?  Let’s rebel against the status quo.  The food we eat is what makes us what we are.  Now, at last, nutrigenomics is telling us how we can work, and build for the new generation.  It is the borderline between science and magic.

Dr. Ronan Power - Alltech Life Sciences

“Cats and Dogs are People Too.” You talk to your pet, what do they say? Do they want fish or beef? Natural, organic, or gluten-free? The opportunities in the pet food market are endless.  Where do you fit in?

Randolph Wilson - Gray Construction

Nestlé, Danone, Chobani – Now That is Innovation in Food Marketing.  Can’t we do better to market milk than with a white mustache, and bacon and eggs named after Kevin Bacon from Footloose?  Come on, surely we can rebel against that.  What does Nestlé do?  They get deep into what is happening at the gut level.  They promote health. competitions.  What does Danone and Chobani do?  Follow the leaders.  Don’t follow the losers.  Rebel.

Damien McLoughlin - University College Dublin

Future-Proofing Your Business

Aidan Connolly - Alltech

Your People, Your Future: Making the right decisions for the talent within your business

Dr. Aoife Lyons - Alltech

Conscious Capitalism. The co-chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, Walter Robb joined the natural foods grocer in 1991, working his way from store team leader to co-CEO, a position he assumed in 2010. An ardent organic advocate, Robb will discuss the changing face of consumer choice.

Walter Robb - Whole Foods Market

Leading the Biological Revolution: How bioinformatics, cancer sequencing and personal genomics will transform longevity and quality of life

Raymond McCauley - Singularity University

A World of Opportunities for the ‘Rebel’ Within

Aidan Connolly - Alltech

Wednesday, 2015

Here's what you missed:

The Future of Food – From BRICS to MINT. The need for a multicultural perspective in the global marketplace.

Dr. Mark Lyons

Reviving your Competitive Advantage: How you can build and rebuild your advantage every year. Each year as coach of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, Coach Cal takes a new group of young college students and molds them into a cohesive team. When most of these young men will go on to huge salaries in the NBA, how does a coach transform the egos that come with the best of the best into a team who lives the motto “I am my brother’s keeper?” Apply lessons from one of the leading sports coaches to your organization: Build your competitiveness by applying to your organization lessons from one of the world’s leading athletics coaches.

John Calipari - Head Coach of 2012 NCAA National Basketball Champions

Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution. Lisa Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of futurethink, an innovative training firm that helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators. Discussing the lessons outlined in her bestseller “Kill the Company,” Bodell will challenge attendees to choose change to jumpstart their organizations.

Lisa Bodell - Founder and CEO of futurethink and Author, Kill the Company

Never Say Never. Look beyond the obvious. Never Say Never. Create your business one relationship at a time. Never Say Never. Find the extra mile and go there. Never Say Never. Learn how you too can build a two billion-dollar company if you empower your team, one person at a time.

Dr. Pearse Lyons - President and Founder of Alltech

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