Inspiring Brands. Consumer Experts. Investors Galore. Famous Entrepreneurs. They’re all featured in our NOSH Live Winter 2017 agenda, which we’ve officially posted on the event site.
Note the triple threat of groundbreaking category builders to start the day, with repeat entrepreneurs John Foraker (Annie’s, Once Upon a Farm), Adnan Durrani (Stonyfield Farms and Delicious Brands, Saffron Road) and Neil Grimmer (Plum, Habit) sharing insights and inspiration from the industry that they’ve returned to repeatedly, each time with new ventures that move the needle.
After a break, perspectives on the changing role between the retailer and the supplier, the investor and the brand, and the challenges of growth for newer entrepreneurs will come to the fore: Consumer Insight Inc. CEO Phil Lempert (the “Supermarket Guru”), Janica Lane of Piper Jaffray (who recently helped orchestrate the sale of RX Bar to Kellogg’s), Tyler Merrick of Project 7 (a highly innovative, fast growing candy company), and the leaders of millennial-focused investment group Echo Capital will all take the stage.
Brands need cash to grow, and Echo is one of three key investment institutions sharing insights at NOSH Live; its founders, Sabrina Merage Naim and Benjamin Levy, will be followed later in the day by Brett Thomas of CAVU, a fast-moving fund that features some of the most experienced operators in the CPG space, and also Alison Ryu of CircleUp, who is bringing a new, $125 million fund — with the mandate to make more than a dozen deals in the next year and even more in the years to follow — to the event, aided by the machine learning program Helio.
Trends are affecting brand building and distribution, and speakers from KeHE — Mike Renkosiak, a longtime category manager and director covering snacks and CPG — and information services SPINS and IRI (the dynamic pair Kathryn Peters and Brian Reed) will explain the ways brands can advocate for themselves with key institutions and consumers during their presentations that afternoon.
Wrapping the day up is another high-profile entrepreneur, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen. A longtime writer, athlete and nutrition expert, Sisson is in the process of growing a CPG brand of his own, based around the primal and paleo diets that he has helped bring into the mainstream. His inspiring story and the way Sisson has built a food company from the lifestyle trend he pioneered will provide guidance and motivation for the entrepreneurial cohort that NOSH Live supports and helps to grow.
We hope to see you in Santa Monica. Conference registration is open right now.
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