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Food Culture Forecast 2019

September 12, 2019 | Chicago


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Resolving the Tensions At the Intersection of Food Technology Innovation and Consumers’ Desire for Fresh Less Processed Food.

Technological innovations offer enormous possibilities for companies at every point of the food industry, but the key to success lies in understanding what consumers will accept and embrace. Innovative producers and categories are disrupting the food and beverage landscape from farm to table — and all the manufacturers, distributers, retailers, and restaurants in between.

Food Culture Forecast 2019 will provide you with provocative, inspiring insights and strategic direction about how to navigate these new waters, making it an essential knowledge summit to attend for anyone with a stake in the food and beverage industry today.

Early Registration Special

We invite you to join us in Chicago on Sept. 12, 2019 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Register today to get the best price for this year’s summit. Use promo code actfcf2ch19 to save $300 when you complete your registration online.

Food Culture Forecast 2019 is a special summit that features a compelling, content-rich program of unique, proprietary industry perspectives, networking, peer-to-peer discussions and engaging conversations on future strategic pathways based upon the scenarios established by The Hartman Group.



September 12, 2019
Chicago, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
7:45am – 4:00pm | Networking Reception 4 – 6 p.m.
7:45 AM

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

Housekeeping Details

8:35 AM
Shelley Balanko
Shelley Balanko, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:50 AM
Shelley Balanko
Shelley Balanko, Ph.D.

Future of Food Technology

  • How do consumers reconcile the desire for fresh, less processed foods and beverages with technological innovations in farming, food processing, and production resulting in products like lab-grown meat?

9:50 AM
Tamara Barnett
Tamara Barnett

Tapping Into Personalized Nutrition

  • Consumers are seeking customized solutions that address their unique needs and challenges. But just how far will consumers go in their quest for personalized nutrition and how will it impact broader food culture?
10:50 AM

Morning Break

11:10 AM
Stas Shectman
Stas Shectman, Ph.D.

Industry Panel: Embracing Technology & Innovation

  • This panel brings together key influencers and leaders from companies that are embracing technology to fuel innovation.
12:15 PM


1:30 PM
Helen Lundell
Helen Lundell

Technically Plant-Based

  • This session explores how you can capitalize on the plant-based trend, the limits of the positive halo of plants in products and what happens when plant-based and processed collide.
2:30 PM

Afternoon Break

2:45 PM
Iva Naffziger
Iva Naffziger

Navigating Alternative Proteins

  • Demand for alternative protein is being fueled by consumers looking to improve their personal health and reduce their impact on the environment. But what are the consumer perceptions of the different options from plant-based to lab grown and cellular agriculture?
3:45 PM

Thank You and Closing Remarks

4-6 PM

Networking Reception

  • Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel: Red Sea/Black Sea Hospitality Suites with Outdoor Terrace


Learn from The Hartman Group's cultural experts.

Shelley Balanko

Shelley Balanko, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President

Tamara Barnett

Tamara Barnett

Vice President, Strategic Insights

Iva Naffziger

Iva Naffziger

Director, Marketing Research
and Strategic Insights

Helen Lundell

Helen Lundell

Senior Consultant

Stas Shectman

Stas Shectman, Ph.D.

Director, Strategic Insights


Event Venue

Location that you'll be looking for

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Near the Lakefront and Millennium Park

Dive into the rich culture of downtown Chicago from the striking Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, minutes from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Designed by famed architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, our hotel places guests in the heart of the city, surrounded by noteworthy attractions and Financial District businesses. The Aqua Hotel was the first Radisson Blu in the United States, offering an innovative new standard for upscale accommodation in Chicago. It is also the only hotel in the city to achieve Platinum level status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program.

Within 18 miles of both Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).


221 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312 565 5258
Website: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Venue: Networking Reception

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel:
September 12, 2019, 4 – 6 pm
Red Sea/Black Sea Hospitality Suites with Outdoor Terrace


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