Education Sessions

Mainstage Speakers


Monday, August 23

Sally Lyons Wyatt, IRI


Consumer Snacking Mania and Growth Opportunities

8:30 – 9:00 AM ET
Speaker: Sally Lyons Wyatt, EVP, Client Insights, IRI

The snack industry has been resilient through recessions and a pandemic, however will the positive trends last for the next few years? Join Sally Lyons Wyatt for a closer look at the snacking dynamics and which trends will persist or change going forward. Lyons Wyatt will examine the attitudes consumers have about snacking and the impact those attitudes are having on retail sales; how different generations are snacking; and what new innovations are redefining the category.

Peter Sheahan, Karrikins Group

Turning Disruption into Opportunity

9:00 – 10:00 AM ET
Speaker: Peter Sheahan, Founder & Group CEO, Karrikins Group

Peter Sheahan will explore how to lead your team into a future of sustained change by staying ahead of the curve and anticipating market transformation. By harnessing a creative environment designed to take risks, your company can align its mission and values toward a new, progressive way of thinking and doing. Sheahan emphasizes that with the right mindset, team dynamics and environment, leaders can intentionally curate a culture that values innovation over perfection, accelerating growth and putting your company ahead.

Tuesday, August 24

Vi Alexander Lyles, Mayor of Charlotte


Opening Remarks by Charlotte Mayor Vi Alexander Lyles

8:00 – 8:10 AM ET

Now in her second term, Mayor Lyles presides over one of the top 5 fastest-growing large cities in the U.S. Mayor Lyles has led efforts to anticipate and plan for growth, focusing on the key areas of transportation infrastructure and community safety. She is a champion for those who face barriers to employment, helping them develop their skills and talents, and ensuring that the city is committed to opportunities for all.

Val Oswalt, Campbell Snacks

A Conversation with Val Oswalt, President, Campbell Snacks

8:10 – 9:30 AM ET

Join this wide-ranging discussion on everything from Campbell’s Snacks strategic growth plan to Val Oswalt’s views on the greatest opportunities and challenges facing the snack category. Mayor Vi Alexander Lyles will also rejoin Oswalt on stage for a dynamic discussion on workforce development, infrastructure and women in leadership.

Education Sessions


Monday, August 23

Alejandro Prieto and Carlos Ordoñez, NielsenIQ

Latin American Snack Trends

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM ET
Speakers: Alejandro Prieto and Carlos Ordoñez, LATAM Client Business Partners, NielsenIQ

NielsenIQ’s Alejandro Prieto and Carlos Ordoñez will discuss current snacking trends and examine what consumer behavior in the region means for snack industry retailers and manufacturers.

Creating an Inclusive Culture Presented by (WinS) Women in Snacks

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Speakers: Mike Harper, CFO & VP, Finance, Rudolph Foods; Shannan Redcay, SVP, Productivity and Development, Utz Brands, Inc.; and Moderator: Cathy Harrell, Founder and Consultant, DreamVision Diversity & Inclusion Consultants and Former VP, Field Marketing, Sonic Drive-In

In this panel discussion facilitated by Cathy Harrell, Darcy Arata, Mike Harper and Shannan Redcay will discuss how to build a foundation for a more inclusive workplace.

Tuesday, August 24

Lynn Dornblaser, Mintel

Flavor Experimentation—a Key Growth Area for Snacks

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM ET
Speaker: Lynn Dornblaser, Director, Innovation & Insight, Mintel

Lynn Dornblaser will examine what consumers are looking for when it comes to flavors, the flavors they’d like to try, those that are a bit “tired,” and what’s out there to draw consumers in to new snack offerings.

Martin Hahn, Hogan Lovells

Stay Ahead: Key Regulatory Developments Impacting the Snack Industry

2:30 – 3:15 PM ET
Speaker: Martin Hahn, Partner, Hogan Lovells and SNAC International Counsel

Using his background in food technology and his comprehensive understanding of the laws governing the food industry, Martin Hahn will help attendees navigate through pressing regulatory and business issues impacting the snack industry, including bioengineered food disclosure, Proposition 65, the definition of ‘Healthy’, and sodium reduction.