Learn strategies used by industry and category leaders as well as business experts at must-attend keynote sessions happening just before the show opens. Gain insights into profit-driven strategies, macroeconomic trends affecting your business and best retail practices across all distribution channels. All sessions are included in the price of EXPO registration.
View Sally Lyons-Wyatt’s presentation: State of the Confectionery & Snack Industry (SymphonyIRI Group)
|Tuesday, May 8
| State of the Confectionery & Snack IndustryPresenter: Sally Lyons Wyatt Executive, Client Strategy & Insights, SymphonyIRI Group, Inc.
Lyons-Wyatt, SymphonyIRI Group’s snacking expert, will reveal the various roles confectionery and snacks are playing in the lives of U.S. consumers especially with the evolving presence snacking has taken on during this challenging economy. She will discuss tailoring key messages to snacking consumers as well as sharing destinations of choice for purchasing confectionery and snack products.
How to lead a SWITCH Presenter: Dan Heath
Why do some big changes happen easily while many small changes prove impossible? The answer hinges on some of the most fascinating findings in psychology. Building on this research, Heath will reveal a simple, 3-part framework that will help you change things in tough times, whether the change you seek is at work, at home, or in society. All of us have things we want to change—in our families, our businesses, and our communities. But where do you start? And don't people resist change? Heath will explore reliable ways to drive successful change, starting today. Heath is co-author of Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
and Made to Stick
|Wednesday, May 9
Today's Consumer Eating Habits in America
Presenter: Harry Balzer
Vice President, The NPD Group
Discover the latest research on the way Americans are feeding themselves, both at home and away from home. Harry Balzer will present NPD's proprietary research on consumption behavior conducted daily for the past 30 years by examining issues and trends including: what we eat and what we are eating more and less of; who is really driving the change in our diet?, who's the new "cook" in America, how are food prices altering our eating patterns, and how are health concerns effecting food consumption. You will discover trends from fads and view the food world the way it really is - so we can all begin to think about it in a new way.
The Economic Outlook: Making Sense of Recession and Recovery
Presenter: Marci Rossell
Former Chief Economist for CNBC
The U.S. economy is so resilient that it snapped back from the blow of 9/11 in four short months, and easily withstood the strong winds of Hurricane Katrina. What accounts for that strength, and should we be worried about a "double-dip" recession? Drawing on her experience as a Federal Reserve economist, combined with her work and reporting on Wall Street, CNBC SquawkBox Host Marci Rossell offers her perspective on the economic outlook, how we got here and how the recovery will affect our industry.
Most Innovative New Product Award Winners - Announcement Ceremony
Presenter: Phil Lempert
Television & Radio News Reporter/ Newspaper Columnist/ Author/ Consumerologist/ Food Marketing Expert
The Most Innovative New Product Awards (formerly the Buyers' Choice awards) showcase the most innovative ideas, concepts and products in two of the fastest growing categories in the marketplace. Winners of who topped the vote in each of eight different product categories will be announced and recognized by Supermarket Guru's Phil Lempert.
|Thursday, May 10
| All's Fair: Love, War & Politics Presenters: James Carville
& Mary Matalin
One of America's best-loved political couples, Carville and Matalin will present an enlightening look at today's most important political issues with a behind-the-scenes look at politics inside Washington D.C. and discuss how today's headlines are playing out in the U.S. Co-authors of the national best seller All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President
, they are key players on the national political stage. They each have over 30 years of political experience and have worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. They'll provide a stimulating, candid and provocative conversation from both sides of the political aisle.