The innovative, discussion-based format of this event will foster networking at a deeper level than a typical industry conference, allowing you to make real connections with peers across the industry. Conversations are designed to be industry-level and forward-looking, to avoid sharing any sensitive or proprietary information

In a series of four Idea Germination and Cultivation discussions on key business issues we’ll cover topics such as:

The Evolving Customer

Health and wellness
Social impact

Global Food Production


Combating Food Loss

Food deserts 
Smart packaging

The Blurring Boundaries of Foodservice

Home delivery
Meal kit services


Participants will be divided into small teams of retailers and suppliers. During each session, an industry thought-leader or panel will provide leading-edge perspectives on the subject. Professional facilitators will pose questions or challenges related to the topic for teams to discuss. Key findings will be shared with other teams and thought-leaders; subject matter experts will share their reactions. To encourage networking, team members will change after each 2-hour discussion.

To provide maximum value from this unique experience, we’ll capture and aggregate the findings and share them exclusively with attendees after the event. These insights can help shape your own response to some of the most significant industry trends and position you and your company for future success.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Happy Hour

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Partner Dinners

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Breakfast at ACE Hotel

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome to the Idea Farm

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Planting Seeds

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM


9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Idea Germination and Cultivation: The Evolving Customer

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Idea Germination and Cultivation: Global Food Production

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Idea Germination and Cultivation: Combating Food Waste

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Idea Synthesis

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Sponsored Reception and Dinner at ACE Hotel

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at ACE Hotel

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Idea Germination and Cultivation: Blurring Lines of Foodservice

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Idea Synthesis

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Food for Thought