Better-for-you snacks: Join PepsiCo, KIND and Mission Ventures at Positive Nutrition 2023

By Flora Southey

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Join us at Positive Nutrition 2023 in central London, 29-31 March
Join us at Positive Nutrition 2023 in central London, 29-31 March

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Reformulation and innovation are key to security a healthier and more sustainable future for food. How can key public health challenges be met by leveraging technical advances and ingredient innovation? Join us at FoodNavigator’s Positive Nutrition Summit to find out.

Our sister publication FoodNavigator is putting nutrition forward food and drink centre stage at Positive Nutrition: Healthy Innovation for the Mass Market. The face-to-face event will run 29-31 March in central London.

Over three days, Positive Nutrition 2023 will take a deep dive into core themes, including reformulation and healthy food for Gen Z.

Our full list of speakers can be found here​, and further details on the programme here​.

Panel discussion: Is Healthy Food Hitting the Mark with Gen Z

Being a teenager or young adult isn’t easy. It is a time when we face heightened risk of dietary-related issues, from obesity to eating disorders. What food brands are currently engaging with this demographic? How are better-for-you brands reaching teens? Is F&B innovation meeting the nutritional needs of generation Z in an appealing and accessible way?

Panellists include:

  • Louis Bedwell​, co-founder and managing director, Mission Ventures
  • Kimberly Howard​, commercial semiotician, VERVE
  • Lou Antonio Matera​, founder and CEO, Youth Sport Nutrition
  • James Toop​, chief executive, Bite Back 2030

At the event, we’ll also hear from Rakesh Sharma​, R&D Director, Europe Sustainability and NWE Foods at PepsiCo, who will talk us through the company’s shift towards better-for-you snacks.

And Orlaith Danaher​, Nutrition Manager at KIND ​will share the company’s approach to HFSS compliance.

And it’s not all about snacks, over three days Positive Nutrition will take a deep dive into five core themes:

Session 1: Rethinking Reformulation

Nutritionists have been encouraging us to eat more fruit, veg and whole grains for decades - but this approach has failed to tackle issues like obesity. Reformulation and innovation are therefore key to securing a healthier and more sustainable future for food. In this session, FoodNavigator journalists will be joined by an expert line-up of speakers to discuss how public health challenges can be met by leveraging technical advances and ingredient innovation. What will healthier products look like in 2023 and beyond?

Session 2: Plant-Based Potential

Most of us need to increase the plant-based content of our diet to meet government-backed recommendations like the Eatwell Plate. But with the term ‘plant-based’ being stretched to include anything from ultra-processed burger patties, to bakery products and vegan nuggets, is there a risk that the plant-based category is falling fowl of health-washing? How can innovation in the plant-based space ensure products are delivering nutritionally dense, clean label products that also meet the organoleptic expectations of consumers?

Session 3: Food as Medicine

Between dietary interventions that promise to help reverse the onset of NCDs like obesity and a rejection of ‘diets’ in favour of wellness maintenance and body positive weight management, a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between diet and health is coming to shape consumer attitudes to food – and the innovation strategies of the brands that serve them. But, looking beyond the hype, what ingredients and strategies are truly delivering in this area? And how can the benefits be communicated?

Session 4: How Tech is Transforming Wellness and Diet

Digital technological developments are having a profound impact on what we eat. From digital apps that promise personalised dietary advice and consultation, to AI that can help reformulate products further and faster, we’ll analyse what the digital revolution means for positive nutrition and population health.

Session 5: Lifecycle Nutrition

The nutrients we need change dramatically as we age. From tot to teen, zoomers to boomers, our bodies need very different diets to support wellness. What innovation opportunities does the deepening understanding of lifecycle nutrition offer and how can the food industry meet the segmented needs of the mass market?

Positive Nutrition will bring together stakeholders from industry, academia and civil society to profile the latest in nutritional science and discuss why good food is good business. Alongside the informative and interactive content programme, the three-day event will be packed with quality networking opportunities for you to connect with your peers and discuss the innovation opportunity presented by healthy innovation for the mass market.

For more information or to register, click HERE​. 

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