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2019 State of the Industry Conference: Supply Chain Today: Strategies & Technologies to Modernize your Supply Chain

Jim Waggoner, President, ReTrans Logistics Will Geary, Vice President, Solutions Engineering, ReTrans Logistics Jeff Modica, Chief Procurement and Logistics Officer, Monogram Food Solutions Ask anyone in the business and they’re likely to cite rising transportation costs and difficulty with on-time deliveries as common supply …

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: Regulatory Update: Disclosing GMO/BE Ingredients – What are the Rules?

Debra Miller, Senior Vice President Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, NCA The issue of “GMO” or genetically modified organisms/ingredients in food (also referred to by the USDA as bioengineered or BE ingredients) has been a highly contentious topic in recent years. In 2016, federal law …

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: The Power of Storytelling: How Brands Can Tell Stories That Deliver Growth

Christopher Brace, Founder & CEO, Syntegrate Consulting You know a compelling story will make or break a movie or a book, but do you value the importance of story when it comes to building your brand? Today’s confectionery consumers are more inspired by stories …

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: Cracking the Online Retail Puzzle

Chieh Huang, Co-Founder & CEO, Boxed Renowned entrepreneur Chieh Huang started Boxed with only $40,000 in sales in his parents’ garage in 2013 – and now Forbes Magazine has named Boxed one of the next “billion dollar startups.” Through a unique combination of business …

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: Retailmageddon: Maintaining Relevance and Positioning for Growth in a Changing Retail Landscape

Neil Stern, Sr. Partner, McMillanDoolittle, The Retail Experts The retail environment is rapidly changing, driven by new competitors, changing consumer wants and needs, and a series of societal and macro trends, ranging from technology and transparency to holistic well-being and convenience. The changing landscape …

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: Z-Ruption: A First of its Kind Study of Gen Z (By Gen Z)

John Gerzema, CEO, Harris Insights & Analytics/The Harris Poll Hacker. Instagrammer. Activist. Global Citizen. No single word can describe the emerging generation of 13-22 year olds. Known commonly as Gen Z, they are the largest generation in American history – and will soon become …

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: Economic Outlook

Dan Skelly, Executive Director, Wealth Management Investment Resources, Morgan Stanley For insight into the current economic trends and policies shaping the world today, look no further than Dan Skelly. Skelly’s worldview is shaped by curiosity and a voracious appetite for information; in fact he …

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: Confectionery Across the Generations

John Downs, President & CEO, NCA Baby boomers are optimists. Generation Xers are independent. Millennials are out to change the world. Gen Z are fluid. You’ve heard all this and more about the generations in recent years. But what does it mean for the …

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2019: February 24 IRI Retail Sales Data

Gum and Non-Chocolate Drive Sales Gains in Early 2019 Total candy and gum sales were up 1.2 percent over the 52 weeks ending February 24, 2019, according to IRI. Gum sales led dollar sales growth, up 2.3 percent, followed by +1.8 percent for non-chocolate …

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2019: January 27 IRI Retail Sales Data

2019 is off to a strong start! The sales results for the first four weeks of the year are in and 2019 is off to a great start with dollar gains of 3.5 percent, according to IRI. The 12-week look (+2.4 percent) and 52-week …

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