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If you have any unique case studies or topics you would like to see covered on the agenda please contact the program director below if you have any questions or queries.

Vincent Beard
+44 (0) 207 936 6978


    • 08:30 - 08:50
      • Registration and refreshments

      • 08:50 - 09:00
      • Chairman’s opening speech

      • 09:00 - 09:30
        • Speaker

          Pedro Ibañez – Latin America Commercial Director, GLOBALDATA

        GlobalData Opening Address: Exploring the changing landscape of non-alcoholic beverages to identify the innovations to drive your product

        •Investigating the drivers behind soft drink innovation to develop new recipes and products

        •Utilising consumer trend data to maintain market positions

        •Analysing the ongoing diversions within the soft drink categories to see where you can develop innovations

        •Reviewing disruptions in non-alcoholic beverages to predict future trends

      • 09:30 - 10:00
        • Speaker

          Jane Milligan – International Director Beverage Development, Advanced Beverage Technologies

        Understanding the next big thing in soft drink flavours

        • Understanding what the new magic and seductive flavours are

        • Creating a delicious and “better for you” beverage for the consumer

        • Defining what exactly an "adult soft drink" means for the market

        • Deciding what constitutes “craveability?” and how we can understand it

      • 10:00 - 10:30
      • Creating a beverage focused around consumers’ need to be relaxed and the future of functional drinks

        • When it comes to relaxation, what do many people do? l

        • Understanding how the market is evolving from functional energy drinks

        • Future of functional drinks to keep consumer on a balanced level

        • Back to normal state of person’s functioning, like Tranquini water, the body takes what is needed

        • Consumers looking for active and positive relaxation as well as choosing an actively-relaxed positive lifestyle

      • 10:30 - 11:00
        • Morning refreshments and networking

        • 11:00 - 11:30
          • Speaker

            Basak Oker – Category Manager Beverages, EAME, Givaudan

          Holistic Approaches to achieve great tasting healthy beverages

          • Introducing a holistic approach covering different pillars of healthy beverages: market trends, consumer expectations, healthy flavours and flavour technologies

          • Using Givaudan’s Moods & Emotions global study to connect consumer emotions with flavours and products and to inspire future innovation

          • Winning directions of healthy beverages concepts, driven by consumer insights

          • Which flavours and technologies work with health-savvy consumers in EAME? Sugar reduction solutions and beyond

        • 11:30 - 12:00
        • Interview with the founders of Double Dutch to learn from their product development journey to create non-traditional flavoursInterview with the founders of Double Dutch to learn from their product de

          •Discussing challenges with utilising non-traditional flavours to increase consumer acceptance

          •Adding fruit flavour to create exotic and significant taste

          •Creating well-balanced flavour to blend well when mixed with alcoholic drinks

        • 12:00 - 12:30
        • Evaluating how to choose more sustainable packaging solutions

          • Understanding the correlation between human behaviour, our brain capacity and the autopilot

          • Identifying how we see and what this means in a shopping situation

          • Utilising unique packages in order to stand out in a crowded space

        • 12:30 - 13:30
          • Lunch and networking

          • 13:30 - 14:00
          • Dash Water - British sparkling Spring water infused with wonky fruit and vegetables

            •The story so far

            •Use of wonky fruit and vegetables

            •Unsweetened emerging category within flavoured water

          • 14:00 - 14:30
            • Speaker

              Olivier Kutz – Director, EMEA Region Sales, Pure Circle

            The future of stevia in the beverage industry

            • Understanding the trends to date and evolution of the sweetener mix in beverages in improving taste

            • Painting a clearer picture of the European consumer insights into sugar reduction to educate businesses

            • Magic Crystal Ball moment

          • 14:30 - 15:00
          • Creating an innovation culture the CO-RO way

            •Developing the right company culture to enable the creation of innovative products

            •Avoiding the horses arse of corporate structure AKA innovation stiflers

            •Developing the fuzzy (or fluffy) front end

            •The role of the PMO

          • 15:00 - 15:30
            • Afternoon refreshments and networking

            • 15:30 - 16:00
            • Understanding the real benefits and innovation in tea for consumers today

              •How have consumer preferences changed and how is this influencing food and drink choices?

              •What part can tea play in meeting current and new consumer needs?

              •How can tea be used for innovative consumer solutions?

              •Is there a sweet spot for taste and function for drink innovation today?

            • 16:00 - 16:30
            • Developing relationships with suppliers in developing countries for sustainable supply chains

              •Discussing the global trend on healthy and less sugary juice

              •Finding and building relationships with local farmers to source quality fruits for healthy juices

              •Exploring the packaging options for the best quality of your natural product

              •Developing CSR agreements with your supply chain – ensuring safe and legal working environments

            • 16:30 - 17:00
            • No Sugar? No Problem! - How beverage companies are being effected by the reduced sugar shift

              • Highlighting the trends in the carbonated soft drinks market and the future of new product development

              • Discussing the difficulties in the bottling of diet/low sugar carbonated drinks

              • Identifying the steps in foam production and carbonation loss

              • Finding solutions to reduce consumer complaints with Sustain

            • 17:00 - 17:45
              • End of Day 1 and drink reception