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2019 State of the Industry Conference: Annual Report

NCA convenes its annual meeting to update members on the current state of NCA and provide a look into both the year ahead and the refresh of the association’s 2020-2023 strategic plan.

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: Driving Transformational Leadership

Rand Stagen, Managing Director, Stagen Leadership Academy and Board Member, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Next-level leaders see global movements that change the rules of the game for running a business – and use this vision to outmaneuver competitors. One such movement is the connection between …

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: State of the Industry

Larry Levin, EVP, Consumer and Shopper Marketing & Thought Leadership, IRI Sally Lyons-Wyatt, EVP & Practice Leader, Client Insights, IRI Consumer behaviors continue to reflect a growing number of snacking and treating occasions driven by multiple generations, multiculturalism, disposable income growth, and the confectionery …

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2019 State of the Industry Conference: The Confectionery Consumer

Dave Portalatin. Vice President, Food Industry Advisor, The NPD Group, Inc. Generational change, emerging food values, and the digital revolution are all driving significant change in food and beverage consumption patterns. We will examine the current state of the confectionary consumer, explore the role …

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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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