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Food Industry Leaders Plan To Gather In Boston For Food Edge 2019

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Food Edge 2019, the second annual summit hosted by Branchfood, is happening in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 1-2 at the Boston Innovation & Design Center. It will bring together the food industry’s largest brands alongside startups and leaders. Food Edge 2019 will cover topics such as sustainable sourcing and recipe innovation to product design, customer experience and social media.

Some event speakers include:

  • Jim Foltz, VP, business ventures, Albertsons;
  • Zak Normandin, co-founder and CEO, Dirty Lemon;
  • Andress Blackwell, president and CEO, Swerve;
  • Scott Nelson, VP marketing, Panera Bread;
  • Jonathan McIntyre, CEO, Motif Ingredients; and
  • Mike Messermeth, general manager, Oatly USA.

“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm for this summit. Food innovators and food entrepreneurs are going to help our food systems evolve into a more positive existence in this world and Boston is at the forefront of this movement,” said Lauren Abda, founder of Branchfood. “We look forward to bringing together the leaders to discover how practicality meets innovation.”

Panel topics include:

  • Technology and sugar;
  • Rise of small brands and redefining growth;
  • Personalization and the future of food;
  • Innovation and investment from a nationwide retailer;
  • The new age of protein; and
  • A.I. and product development.

In addition to Branchfood, The Boston Globe and Hill Holliday are presenters of the summit.  Sponsors include The Consulate Canada, Fresh Communications, the Network of Executive Women and Motus Experiential.

Branchfood seeks to promote food entrepreneurship and support the community of founders launching and scaling transformative businesses. It strives to cultivate community, inspire innovation and elevate New England as a leading food hub.  

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Kristen Brissette

Kristen lives on Cape Cod and enjoys working in the food industry and loves meeting others in the field.

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