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Episode 7: R&D Initiatives that Stand to change the Future of Food

Every day, science of food professionals, entrepreneurs and researchers are working on the big and small breakthroughs that will change our food system. In the last couple of years, new products and ingredients have made us rethink how we consume and produce foods; Ingredients like ghost pepper and the “impossible burger” have delighted consumers, while innovations in 3D printing have moved us closer to other breakthroughs, like putting people on Mars. But before these initiatives hit the market, years of R&D goes into developing, testing and prototyping to enable their success.

In this episode, we’ve invited a few of our IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge judges, mentors, and supporters to discuss the future of food and exciting R&D initiatives they expect may disrupt the marketplace in the next couple of years.

Host: Matt Teegarden, IFT Member

Guests include:

  • Evan Hyman, Director, Emerging Business at Ingredion Incorporated
  • Lenny Lebovich, Founder and CEO of PRE® Brands
  • Justin Shimek, CEO & CTO, Mattson
  • Natalie Shmulik, CEO of The Hatchery Chicago

Episode 6: Emerging Trends in Health Technologies and the Promises of Personalized Nutrition

Join scientist and clinician Ashley Vargas, PhD, MPH, RDN, FAND; Dr. David Dunaief internist specializing in integrative medicine; Jeff Hilton partner and co-founder of BrandHive;  and Dr. Emily Contois, PhD, MPH, MLA food and culture scholar at Brown University and they discuss personalized nutrition. Is it a fad or the way of the future?

One of the biggest trends this year in food innovation is in personalization. From apps that can deliver micronutrient and vitamin deficiency data anywhere, any time to “wearables” synched to a huge database that uses AI and machine learning to track nutrition and behavior data and suggest personalized recipes or menus, there is a convergence of nutrition and technology. This discussion will explore the promises of personalized nutrition as well as what food product, sensory, manufacturer, and marketing professionals need to consider as they work together to develop future food products for consumers and whether investing in this technology will help them retain customers or better yet, grab a larger percentage of their market share.

Episode 5: Trends and Challenges Impacting the Dairy Industry and What Opportunities they Pose for Today’s Dairy Professionals

We’ve all heard the phrase “Got milk?” But, answering this question has become increasingly more complicated with consumers’ needs becoming more diverse and awareness more global. Whether its consumers seeking more natural, “clean” foods, or increased demand for transparency across food chains, or smart technologies raising consumers’ expectations of product “experience,” the dairy industry is adapting and evolving to thoughtfully respond to consumer demands.

In this podcast, guests Veronique Lagrange, consultant for the American Dairy Products Institute and Matthew Pikosky, Vice President of Nutrition Science and Partnerships at Dairy Management Incorporated, take a closer look at the macro forces at work, their challenges and opportunities, and what science of food professionals working in this industry today need to consider as they innovate and work to ensure safe, nutritious, and sustainable dairy products for all.

Episode 4: What to Look Out for in Tomorrow’s Job Market

With stagnant sales revenues, the 3G effect, and changing consumer preferences, the food industry has experienced massive shifts with constant change being the only norm. Retailers are increasingly pressuring “big brand” food companies to lower their pricing forcing margins to become exceedingly thin driving the need for growth in sales among categories where sales have been flat or declining in past years. This has created considerable acquisition activity of growth brands being acquired by larger brands of holding companies, hungry for products that will drive growth in sales. With all this flux, how are science of food professionals fairing and what do they need to do to keep themselves relevant in the job market?

In this podcast, we will explore the how changes in the industry are impacting the current and future job market, including compensation and benefits. We’ll also share some go-to tips to help you advance your career.

Episode 3: Blockchain Technology: Revolutionizing Food Traceability and Security

As the world’s population continues to grow at a rapid pace, so must our ability to feed it. To meet this need, companies are seeking new ways to enhance and expand their capabilities to safely produce and distribute food across the globe, making the journey from farm to table more complex than it once was. Although rare, food safety and security concerns do arise, and when they do, time is of the essence as public health and lives are at stake, not to mention the livelihoods of industries, companies, and employees. Because of this, food traceability has become increasingly important.

In this podcast episode, we will explore the benefits, challenges and opportunities traceability provides and how disruptive technologies like blockchain can help to revolutionize our ability to respond to critical food safety and security concerns.

Episode 2: So You Want to Start a Food Start-Up?

There’s more to starting a food company than a new idea or a family recipe. Creating a food-related product that is scalable, in a market segment that isn’t already saturated can be difficult – no matter your connection to the industry. Even if you get that far, selling into stores and gaining market traction is another hurdle to tackle. During this episode, Dan Staackmann, founder and CEO of Upton’s Naturals and Paul Tasner, CEO of PulpWorks, Inc., will discuss how they got their start, how they scaled their business, and what the roadmap looks like for a successful food start-up.

Episode 1: What Is Food Disruption And Why Is It Important?

Food security, climate change, and energy deployment are among the many issues we face today. These challenges demand innovative solutions and a multidisciplinary approach to collaborative problem-solving. Issues in food like preservation, nutrition, and disease prevention are becoming even more prevalent. To meet these challenges head-on, we must replace conventional strategies with provocative ideas and disruptive innovations. In the first episode of “Food Disruptors,” Dr. Joshua Peschel and Prof. John Coupland will discuss why investing in entrepreneurship in the Science of Food is essential and will provide an overview of the innovations of today that will ensure that the food system of tomorrow is sustainable, safe, nutritious, and accessible to all.