Vitafoods Virtual Expo Agenda

During the Virtual Expo week, we offer a variety of live and on-demand content for you to stay informed and inspired

Tune in for LIVE sessions, featuring keynote presentations and lively discussion of the big trends of 2020

Main Stage

09:00 - 09:30 (BST)

How COVID-19 has impacted the global food & beverage industry

The COVID-19 crisis is shaping a new type of consumer. Some of these behaviors are already evident while newer ones might emerge later.

Speaker: Benjamin Theurer, Director, Senior Analyst, Barclays

Moderator: Fraser Grice, Conference Producer, Informa Markets


Main Stage

09:30 - 10:00 (BST)

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Adaptogens and the Ashwagandha boom

Demand for adaptogenic herbs has increased during the pandemic. People seek relief from stress and anxiety, and want more energy, strength and mental focus. Dive into the adaptogens and ashwagandha in particular, with rare images from the field.

Speaker: Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter, Medicine Hunter Inc. (on behalf of KSM-66 Ashwagandha)


Probiotics Community

11:30 - 12:00 (BST)

In association with:

A tour of the probiotic world through IPA eyes

Join the International Probiotics Association to learn about global and regional market data; the regulations and science around probiotics; and IPA’s methodical approach to spreading the good word about probiotics.

Speaker: George Paraskevakos, Executive Director, IPA 

Moderator: Marion Schumacher, Content Manager, Informa Markets


Sports Nutrition Community

12:00 - 12:30 (BST)

In association with:

Global sports nutrition insights and trends

Current global market product and ingredient trends in sports nutrition. What do consumers want from sports nutrition products.Where is the future for sports nutrition and how can brands stay ahead of the curve.

Speaker: Rick Miller, Associate Director, Specialised Nutrition, MINTEL  

Moderator: Fraser Grice, Conference Producer, Informa Markets


Healthy Ageing Community

13:30 - 14:00 (BST)

In association with:

Health & happiness: A holistic approach to healthy aging

This session will highlight the latest market trends shaping the healthy ageing maket, with major themes of holistic wellbeing, ingredient functionality and personalisation driving innovation.

Speaker: Myrthe de Beukelaar, Market Analyst, Innova Market Insights  

Moderator: Fraser Grice, Conference Producer, Informa Markets


Immune Health Community

14:00 - 14:30 (BST)

In association with:

COVID-19 & immunity opportunities

Consumers are more concerned about immune health and looking to make fundamental changes to their diets; it's important for brands to address barriers that exist in better-for-you products.

Speaker: Mike Hughes, Head of Research & Insight, FMCG Gurus

Moderator: Heather Granato, VP Content, Informa Markets


Main Stage

16:30 - 17:00 (BST)

Fireside Chat

Join us for an engaging dialogue wrapping up the first day of Vitafoods Virtual Expo, including insights gained during the presentations, exploring the exhibitors, and more.

Speakers: Laima Liepinyte, Business Development Manager, Health & Performance                         Nutrition, Arla Foods Ingredients

                   Arthur Ouwehand, R&D Group Manager, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences

                   Rob Winwood, Founder, Winwood Bioscience    

Moderator: Heather Granato, VP Content, Informa Markets


Main Stage

09:00 - 09:30

(BST)

How COVID-19 has impacted innovation in the health & nutrition industry

Geared toward innovation and R&D leaders, health-tech start-up and scale-up companies, this session covers the current innovation landscape.

Speaker: Jeremy Basset, Founder & CEO, CO:CUBED

Moderator: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets


Botanicals Community

11:30 - 12:00

(BST)

The post-COVID EU botanical world

COVID-19 is bringing change to the EU supplement market, with possibilities and threats for botanicals, from regulatory compliance to quality control.

Speaker: Luca Bucchini, Co-Founder, Hylobates

Moderator: Heather Granato, VP Content, Informa Markets


Main Stage

12:00 - 12:30

(BST)

Identifying the right contract manufacturer for business needs

In this webinar you will lear how to find the right manufacturing partner to match requirements and capacity needs

Speaker: Peter Heusinkveld, Business Development Manager, NIZO

Moderator: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets


Omega-3 Community

13:30 - 14:00

(BST)

Certified fish sources – a conversation about hygiene

Learn about the development in certified fish and awareness of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) among fish oil consumers. Understand how companies can profit from MSC and help save our seas.

Speaker: Ellen Bruno,Senior Commercial Manager Nordics, Marine Stewardship Council

Moderator: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets


Main Stage

14:00 - 14:30

(BST)

Keynote: D&I: Racial injustice and climate change

Session details will soon be confirmed

Speaker: Robyn O'Brien, Co-Founder, rePlant Capital  

Moderator: Heather Granato, VP Content, Informa Markets


Main Stage

16:30 - 17:00

(BST)

Fireside Chat

Join us for an engaging dialogue wrapping up the second day of Vitafoods Virtual Expo, including insights gained during the presentations, exploring the exhibitors, and more.

Speakers: Dalal Alghawas, Program Director, Big Idea Ventures (BIV)

                   Holly Johnson, PhD, Chief Science Officer, American Herbal Products                                Association (AHPA)

                   Nathan Gray, Managing Director, Nutraceutic         

Moderator: Marion Schumacher, Content Manager, Informa Markets


Main Stage

09:00 - 09:05 (BST)

Working together to tackle Malnutrition: An introduction to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and the Sun Business Network

Speaker: Laurène Aubert, Manager for the SUN Business Network Global Partnerships and Nutrition for Growth Lead at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition


Main Stage

09:00 - 09:30 (BST)

Sustainable CPGs: Maintaining commitments & protecting profits

An inspiring look at how some of the most innovative companies maintain their social and environmental sustainability commitments while maintaining the bottom line.

Speaker: Erin Kappelhof, Managing Partner, Eat Well Global

Moderator: Marion Schumacher, Content Manager, Informa Markets


Healthy Ageing Community

11:30 - 12:00 (BST)

Healthy Ageing in 2020: The microbiota, natural compounds, and vitagenes

Session details will soon be confirmed

Speaker: Prof. Francesco Marotta, Managing Director, ReGenera R&D International for Aging Intervention

Moderator: Fraser Grice, Conference Producer, Informa Markets


Immune Health Community

12:00 - 12:30 (BST)

Nutritional support for immune health

Immune health is increasingly recognized as whole body health, and there are a host of ingredients that manufacturers can consider to drive innovation in product development.

Speaker: Gene Bruno, Provost & Professor of nutraceutical science, Huntington University of Health Sciences

Moderator: Heather Granato, VP Content, Informa Markets


Probiotics Community

13:30 - 14:00 (BST)

Are you talking to or talking with your microbiome?

Explore how the gut microbiome affects the rest of your body and what can be done to prevent microbiota imbalance.

Speaker: Sergio Pumarola, Consultant, Open Innovation

Moderator: Marion Schumacher, Content Manager, Informa Markets


Sports Nutrition Community

14:00 - 14:30 (BST)

ESSNA's perspective on EU regulation within the sports nutrition market

Session details will soon be confirmed

Speaker: Luca Bucchini, Vice Chair, European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance

Moderator: Fraser Grice, Conference Producer, Informa Markets


Main Stage

16:30 - 17:00 (BST)

Fireside Chat

Join us for an engaging dialogue wrapping up the third day of Vitafoods Virtual Expo, including insights gained during the presentations, exploring the exhibitors, and more.

Speakers: Nard Clabbers, FoodNed.com

                   Sophie Medlin, Co-founder, CityDieticians

                   Julia Wiebe, Director of R&D, Nektium

                  Niamh Hunt, Marketing Analyst, Kerry

Moderator: Fraser Grice, Conference Producer, Informa Markets


Main Stage

09:00 - 09:30 (BST)

10 things to know when marketing food supplements in the EU

Update on the current regulatory framework for food supplements in the EU

Speaker: Patrick Coppens, Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Food Supplements Europe

Moderator: Fraser Grice, Conference Producer, Informa Markets


Omega-3 Community

11:30 - 12:00 (BST)

Plant derived Omega-3s - a supply chain meeting consumer preference

The majority of human consuming diets considered chronically deficient or imbalanced in omega-3. Despite compelling science, why is there such low acceptance?

Speaker: Andrew Hebard, Founder & CEO, Natures Crops International

Moderator: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets


Main Stage

12:00 - 12:30 (BST)

Securing IP protection & avoiding infringement

In this presentation, learn the basics of IP protection encompassing patent, trademark, designs and trade secrets; also, hear about measures to take to avoid infringement when launching products.

Speaker: Juan Arias Sanz, Managing and Founding Partner, ABG Intellectual Property 

Moderator: Heather Granato, VP Content, Informa Markets


Botanicals Community

13:30 - 14:00 (BST)

TCM needs TQM

As Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) informs the country’s health care practices, China is uniquely positioned to offer new solutions to the global industry

Speaker: Ray Cooper PhD, Professor and University Lecturer, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Moderator: Heather Granato, VP Content, Informa Markets


Main Stage

14:00 - 14:30 (BST)

Mastering hard quality standards in our soft gel universe

This session covers how to combine quality, safety and compliance of products - specifically looking at soft gels as an example.

Speaker: Dr. Bettina Priewe, Head of Quality, Qualified Person, AYANDA

Moderator: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets


Main Stage

16:30 - 17:00 (BST)

Fireside Chat

Join us for an engaging dialogue wrapping up the fourth day of Vitafoods Virtual Expo, including insights gained during the presentations, exploring the exhibitors, and more.

Speakers: Richard Clarke, Owner, Ingredient Communications

                   Matthew Zhao, Food Scientist, BIV

                   Cosimo Palumbo, Dietary Supplements Segment Lead, DSM

Moderator: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets


Main Stage

09:00 - 09:30 (BST)

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State of the Nation: Key trends shaping consumer attitudes and behaviours

This presentation will examine the key trends influencing the food, drink, and supplement industries in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Speaker: Mike Hughes, Head of Research & Insight, FMCG Gurus

Moderator: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets


Main Stage

09:30 - 10:00 (BST)

Future of food post-COVID-19: What ingredients companies need to know

This session dives into four different angles shaping the post-pandemic food industry. Within each angle, a number of trends will highlighted and explained.

Speaker: Cyrille Filott, Global Strategist, Rabobank

Moderator: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets


Main Stage

15:30 - 16:00 (BST)

Why brands and manufacturers should still invest in China

This presentation will examine the key trends influencing China's supplement industry in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and how to enter the market

Speaker: Jeff Crowther, Executive Director, HPA-China

Moderator: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets

Main Stage

16:30 - 17:00 (BST)

Fireside Chat

As we wrap up Vitafoods Virtual Expo, don’t miss the opportunity to
engage with our Vitafoods Content Team, as we recap the highlights of the week including presentation insights, new ingredients, engaging meetings and much more.

Speakers: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Informa Markets

                   Heather Granato, VP Content, Informa Markets

                   Fraser Grice, Conference Producer, Informa Markets

                   Marion Schumacher, Content Manager, Informa Markets


Discover the latest science and innovation within health categories of your choice. 

Available on-demand, from Monday 7 September

 

Immune Health Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Minerals as booster for your immune system

During this webinar, you'll learn how to use mineral salts as ingredients for your new product development, with a focus on their role in immune system support--which is more important than ever.

SpeakerDr. Sonja John, Product Manager Food, Dr. Paul Lohmann GmbH & Co. KGaA


Immune Health Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Unlock all quercetin benefits with QUERCEFIT® (QUERCETIN PHYTOSOME®), the new bioavailable ingredient for immunity and allergy prone

In this webinar, take a deep dive into the queen of flavonoids, quercetin, and its ability to modulate immune response. Specifically, understand how QUERCEFIT® improves oral bioavailability and enhances multiple properties based on unique Phytosome® technology.

SpeakerElisabetta Frattini, Senior Research Scientist, INDENA S.p.A


Immune Health Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Understand the consumer to create successful immune boosting food and drink

Which flavours or colours do consumers associate with immunity? Do consumers want low sugar or low calories when a specific benefit is highlighted? Which claims resonate? We’ll take a deep dive into the minds of consumers to create a roadmap for the future of functional food and beverages.

SpeakerMieke Acda, Product Manager Natural and Nutrition EAME, NATUREX part of Givaudan

Probiotics Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

The microbiome and metabolic health

In this webinar we will explore global trends in metabolic health and recent relevant advances in microbiome research and microbiome therapeutics.

SpeakerRichard Day, Head of Medical Affairs, ADM


Probiotics Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Chronic pain, obesity and male fertility: A disregarded triangle in probiotic supplementation

Hear about the Disregarded Triangle in Probiotic supplementation. The Probiotic Research Initiative studies the role of probiotics in disruptive applications based on comprehensive understanding of human physiology.

Speaker: Fereshteh Dardmeh, PhD, Assistant Professor AAU, Probiotic Research Initiative (on behalf of Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes)


Probiotics Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Challenges in designing gold standard clinical trials with probiotics in Europe

Conducting gold standard clinical trials for probiotics in the EU possess specific challenges: strain characterization, stability; bioavailability and colonization assessment methodology; EU/EFSA regulated study design and ICH/GCP standards.

SpeakerAlvin Ibarra, Clinical Trials Director, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences


Probiotics Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

L. plantarum ROSELLA – her ally for a healthy intimate flora

Discover one of the most innovative probiotics in women's health, L. plantarum ROSELLA, a unique strain with full mechanistic and clinical efficacy evidence indicating maintenance and equilibrate support of normal vaginal microflora when taken orally.

SpeakerElodie Aragon, Product Manager, LALLEMAND HEALTH SOLUTIONS


Probiotics Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Building consumer loyalty through clinical efficacy

Learn about the unique health benefits that Probi® probiotics offer. Discover the solid and repeated clinical evidence supporting efficacy for gastrointestinal health, immune health, increased iron uptake and improved bone strength.

SpeakerDr Caroline Montelius, Research Scientist, Probi AB


Probiotics Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Opportunities for probiotics in the Covid-19 era: evidence-based solutions from Probiotical in immunity and mental wellbeing

Examine challenges, opportunities and key success criteria for developing the right probiotic supplements to meet today's specific consumer demand, including a focus on evidence-based solutions for immunity, and a brief about "psychobiotics".

Speaker: Nina Vinot, Area Sales Manager and Product Development, Probiotical


Healthy Ageing Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

New science: the latest research into the efficacy of native type II collagen b-2Cool for joint health

Join Bioiberica's webinar to discover the latest scientific research exploring the role of native type II collagen in joint health solutions.

SpeakersMónica Gómez Navarro, Strategic Marketing / Product Manager, Bioiberica

                    Daniel Martinez Puig, Head of R&D Human and Animal Health, Bioiberica


Healthy Ageing Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Moving with the times™: a new generation joint health solution for today’s consumer

Address increased global demand for bone and joint health solutions with groundbreaking insights into the changing consumer landscape and science behind Lonza’s UC-II® undenatured type II collagen ingredient. Plus, discover Lonza’s new generation of innovative mobility formulations.

SpeakerJoris Dewit, Director, Business Development & Project Mgmt, LONZA CAPSUGEL


Healthy Ageing Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

With Pep2Dia®, type-2 diabetes prevention becomes a reality!

Blood sugar support is a growing segment in the dietary supplement market. A new preclinical study supporting healthy ageing assessed impacts of Pep2Dia®, a new bioactive ingredient, on biological parameters related to post-meal blood sugar levels.

Speaker: Audrey Boulier, Scientific and Innovation Manager - Bioactives and Nutrition, Ingredia


Healthy Ageing Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Maintaining freedom of movement during aging with MITIDOL®

In this webinar, you’ll meet MITIDOL®--an amazing duo of ginger and the made-in-Italy acmella. The food-grade formulation effectively counterbalances aches and inflammation through modulation of the endocannabinoid system, as demonstrated in human studies.

SpeakerElisabetta Frattini, Senior Research Scientist, INDENA S.p.A


Healthy Ageing Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Vitamin K2: The key to securing general health

Learn how newly understood benefits of Vitamin K2 can deliver long-term health benefits to bone and heart health, for all ages, and how decades of clinical research have proven efficacy and safety, creating opportunities for wider population use.

SpeakerEric Anderson, Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Business Development, NATTOPHARMA


Healthy Ageing Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

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From existing bioavailable turmeric formulations to the first bioequivalent natural turmeric solution in the world; discover TurmiPure Gold

Touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is the go-to botanical for healthy ageing. In this webinar, learn about the world’s first bioequivalent turmeric, Naturex’s TurmiPure GOLD®, at a low dose of 300mg. A must-attend for anyone working in marketing, innovation and R&D.

SpeakersAlexis Manfre, Global Product Manager, NATUREX part of Givaudan

                   Pascale Fanca Berthon, Category Technical Leader, NATUREX part of Givaudan

Botanicals Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

KSM-66 Ashwagandha: King of herbs & sustainability

Ashwagandha root is surging in popularity bolstered by new technologies and research. We’ll examine the scientific methods and focus on biological and cultural sustainability from KSM-66 that add up to superior quality and profound health benefits.

SpeakersChris Kilham, Medicine Hunter, Medicine Hunter Inc. (on behalf of KSM-66 Ashwagandha)

Trish Flaster, Executive Director, Botanicals Liaisons, LLC


Botanicals Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Astagile™, naturally stable astaxanthin for healthy aging

ASTAGILE™ microcapsules are an all-natural microencapsulated astaxanthin with other bioactive algae ingredients, stabilized to provide enhanced benefits, including proven neuroprotective efficacy. Learn how the technology delivers health benefits.

Speaker: David Padró, Global Nutraceutical Business Manager, Lubrizol Life Science


Botanicals Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Clinically tested botanicals for cognition and stress management

During this webinar, Deepak Mundkinajeddu Ph.D., head of R&D at Natural Remedies, will shed light on the clinically tested brain health and stress management solutions from traditionally used herbs: Bacopa monnieri and Ocimum tenuiflorum.

SpeakerDr. Deepak Mundkinajeddu, Head of R&D, Natural Remedies


Botanicals Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

ABG+®: Designed to gain consumers heart

In a world with a constantly growing aging population and increasing awareness about the importance of preventive medicine, there are new opportunities emerging to conquer consumer's hearts. In this webinar, you will learn about ABG+®. This product uniquely holds the bio-active compounds from the oriental superfood aged black garlic to support cardiovascular health and support antioxidant effects.  

SpeakerDaniel Gonzalez-Hedström,Scientific Researcher, Pharmactive Biotech Products, S.L. 


Botanicals Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Ancient plant-based ingredients emerging to create new consumer experiences in innovative nutrition

Funtrition provides an overview of clean-label plant-based hydrocolloid ingredients for moving beyond gelatin. Formulating with novel formats in gummies produces a new generation of nutritional sensations & experiences for innovative brands.

SpeakerAndrea Ocampo, R&D Director, Funtrition by Procaps

Omega-3 Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Omega 3, health and super foods

The essential role played by omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the
organism is widely documented. In this webinar, the benefit of two microalgae and oil derived from Inca inchi will be presented.

Speaker: Dr Edith Filaire , Scientific Director, Greentech


Omega-3 Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Fermentation & Green Extraction: The Future of Sustainable, Ethically Priced Ingredients

Non-GMO fermentation: The future of sustainable, ethically priced ingredients – Algal
EPA, CoQ10 & other launches in our pipeline.

Speaker: Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, President - Nutrition and Biosciences, Camlin Fine Sciences


Omega-3 Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

HealthTargeted nutrition: DHA and carotenoids for cognitive health

This webinar, presented by Professor John Nolan, features a summary of the published CARES study, and insights on clinical research about the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids and carotenoids in maintaining visual and cognitive health as we age.

SpeakerProfessor John Nolan, Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (on behalf of EPAX Norway) 

Sports Nutrition Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

New formats of tasteless and clear protein drinks

Demand for protein and functional beverages, plus the success of the sports nutrition category are driving increased consumer interest in clear protein drinks. In this webinar, you’ll learn about novel ready-to-drink and ready-to-mix protein solutions with great taste and superior clarity.

SpeakerLaima Liepinyte, Business Development Manager, Health & Performance Nutrition, Arla Foods Ingredients


Sports Nutrition Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

Collagen solutions for the white tissue: the missing link in sports

Muscular power requires strong joints, tendons, ligaments and muscle fascia – the white connective tissue. GELITA will show how Bioactive Collagen Peptides® are relevant in every sport. Unleash the full potential of collagen in within your products.

SpeakerSuzane Leser, Director Nutrition Communication, Business Unit Health & Nutrition, GELITA AG


Sports Nutrition Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Sponsored by:

How does sports look like in the new normal, new opportunities in active nutrition with collagen peptides

The pandemic has changed consumers' behaviors and mentalities, from at-home workouts to biking to work. Join us to answer questions, including: What does this new normal mean for sports nutrition product manufacturers and what opportunities are giving collagen peptides a product development edge?

SpeakerDr. Sara de Pelsmaeker, Product & Business Development Nutrition, EMEA, ROUSSELOT


Sports Nutrition Community

Available from 9:00AM (BST)

Where and how international sports nutrition brands can win in China

The Chinese sports nutrition market holds a wealth of opportunities for foreign investment. This session, presented by QIVA Global, will highlight key considerations for market entry, and inform brands on how to captivate an audience within the market.

SpeakerEllie Adams, Nils Hoem, Associate Director, Qiva Global