Disruption in the food business is the new normal. Find your edge.


Innovation and Design Building
May 1st - 2nd | Boston, MA

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Brands that want to be leaders in the industry of the future must find their innovative edge.

We believe innovation will define the future of the food industry. Our second-annual summit provides a unique opportunity to bring together the industry leaders, disruptive startups, leading researchers, and brands, to connect, share, and find their EDGE.

Packed with two days of keynotes, innovation workshops, and fireside chats, and nearly 400 attendees, we'll explore the trends, strategies and capabilities that will transform food as we know it.

We'll hear from experts on...

  • Technology and sugar

  • Rise of small brands and redefining growth

  • Food retail 3.0

  • Personalization and the microbiome

  • Blockchain for food

  • Human behavior and food purchasing

  • Innovation and investment

  • The new age of protein

  • 360 virtual reality for food

  • Digitally native brands

  • Artificial intelligence and product development

  • + more! 

Full agenda coming soon!




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DAY 1 



9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: A Week of Eating in 2023
Presented by Hill Holliday

The year is 2023. Technologies, trends, innovation - and consumer expectations - have changed how people order, shop, analyze and discover every ingredient, meal and beverage.

In a 3-hour workshop, we’ll explore a week of food & beverage consumption and how automation, environmentalism and cultural shifts will impact every sip, bite and purchase. Participants will then be invited to collaborate on ideating their own future-fit food solution, and how they would bring that concept to market.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



1:00 PM - 1:10 PM

Welcome Address: The why of FOOD EDGE
Lauren Abda
, Founder, Branchfood and Co-founder, Branch Venture Group

1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

Opening Keynote: The Future of Product Development and Food Branding
Mike Messersmith
, General Manager, Oatly USA
Carol Ortenberg, Editor, NOSH


1:50 PM - 2:20 PM

Keynote: From Innovation to Acquisition
Nick McCoy
, Co- Founder and Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital

2:20 PM - 2:30 PM

Coffee Break

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Keynote: Blockchain, The Ingredient Your Food Is Missing
Suzanne Livingston
, Offering Director, IBM Food Trust

2:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Keynote: How Diversity Drives Innovation
Sarah Alter,
President and CEO, Network of Executive Women (NEW)
Ellen Siebenborn, Vice President US Sales, General Mills

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Lightening Talks: Peer into the Future of Food
Yves Desjardins
, Researcher, Laval University
Adam Behrens
, CEO, Cambridge Crops
Larissa Zhou, Researcher, Harvard

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM


4:15 PM - 4:40 PM

Keynote: Serving Life Beyond Lunch
Mark Berinato,
Vice President of Digital Experience, Panera Bread


4:40 PM - 5:20 PM

Fireside Chat: The New Age of Flavors, Fragrances, and Ingredients
Jonathan McIntyre, CEO, Motif

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Reception: The Future of Wine and Cheese @ America’s Test Kitchen
hosted by Fran Middleton
, Chief Digital Officer, America’s Test Kitchen

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

How Connected Consumers are Influencing Food Experiences
Fran Middleton
, Chief Digital Officer, America’s Test Kitchen

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Panel: Health Claims and New Product Development
Paul-Thomas Lacroix
, Natural Products Canada
August Horvath, Partner & Co-Chair, Advertising & Marketing Practice at Foley Hoag
Lisa Tirino, Director of New Platforms at Ocean Spray


10:15 AM - 10:35 AM

Keynote: Understanding Customer Insights to Drive Product Innovation
Megan Grocki
, Founder at Fork In The Road Partners

10:35 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Fireside Chat: Conversational Commerce, Digitally Native Brands, and the Future of Beverage
Zak Normandin
, Founder & CEO, Iris Nova (DIRTY LEMON, The Drug Store)
Kellem Mattie, Chief Marketing Officer, Venturing & Emerging Brands, The Coca-Cola Company
Janelle Nanos, Reporter, The Boston Globe

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Fireside Chat: Tech, Science, and the Future of Sugar
Andress Blackwell
, Founder, Swerve Sweetener


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch presented by Motif and provided by b.good


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Fireside Chat
Brent Feldman, CMO, b.good
Luke Higgins, VP Growth, Hill Holliday

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Custom Beverages, Robotics, and Water
Sean Grundy
, Co-Founder and CEO, Bevi


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Keynote: MVPs for CPGs: How Food and Beverage Brands Evolve
David Edwards, Founder, Incredible Foods


2:30 PM - 2:45 PM



2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Lightening Talks: Peer into the Future of Food
Nolan Decoster,
Head of Sales, Ohmygreen
Michael Raspuzzi
, Co-Founder, Culiniary Labs
Tracy Bell, Co-Founder and CEO, Millennia TEA

3:15M - 4:00 PM

Closing Keynote: Supporting High-Growth Food Brands in Retail
Jim Foltz,
Vice President, Business Ventures, Albertsons
Jeremy Halpern, Co-Chair, Emerging Companies Group; Co-Lead, Food and Beverage Group, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP