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Plant-based gets mainstream

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021:1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Lower Level, South Pacific G


Plant-based eating is nothing new, but with each passing year, it moves more into the mainstream. Increased attention to personal health, coupled with growing concerns over the planet and animal well-being, have pushed plant-based out of niche territory and into the spotlight. From dairy alternatives to meat analogues and more, plant-based can be found everywhere from McDonald’s to “Shark Tank.” Smart brands can use winning strategies to continue to delight consumers.

This session will cover:

  • Consumer attitudes toward plant-based eating, including flexitarian, as non-vegetarian/vegan consumers turn to plant-based offerings.
  • Novel formats and ingredients in the plant-based space, from dairy and meat analogues to snacks, bakery and more.
  • The future of plant-based and where the market will go from here.


1:00 - 1:03pm     Opening Remarks and Welcome 

Emcee: Alex Smolokoff, Associate Editor, Natural Products INSIDER

1:03 - 1:29pm     The plant-based phenomenon: Examining global market dynamics and prospects

Speaker: Tom Rees, Food and Nutrition Industry Manager, Euromonitor International

Plant-based eating and alternative proteins are on the rise. More consumers are limiting consumption of meat and animal-derived products, and this dynamic food and nutrition segment is seeing continued advancement. Health, sustainability and animal welfare are major motivators, and consumer preferences point to a prosperous future. In this pre-recorded session, Euromonitor 

1:30 - 1:45pm     The plant-based phenomenon: Examining US market dynamics and prospects

Speaker: Tara Burkley, Strategic Account Manager, NEXT at Informa Markets 

In this presentation, Tara Burkley of NEXT Data and Insights team will take a deeper dive into the plant-based market and the consumers it serves here in the U.S. Examining U.S. market dynamics, consumer behavior and key innovations, Tara will highlight the mindsets driving American plant-based consumers.

1:50 - 2:10pm     Keeping your plant-based product compliant 

Speaker: Todd A. Harrison, Partner, Venable 

As plant-based food and beverage continues to permeate store shelves, regulatory considerations for these products have hit the fore. From how to label certain ingredients to which words can appear on pack, keeping a plant-based product compliant with current regulations is a full-time effort. Todd Harrison, partner, Venable LLP will explain the current—and likely future—regulations and how to stay above board.

2:15 - 2:40pm     Plant Power

Speaker: Kantha Shelke, Principle, Corvus Blue

Plant-based has extended its reach to nearly every category of food and beverage. Kantha Shelke, principal, Corvus Blue will discuss the impact of this expansion, including the disruption of food categories and global supply chains by plant proteins, the technical realities of plant proteins as a solution to complex problems in nutrition and food security, and the implications of plant proteins on emerging world needs and expectations.

2:45 - 3:00pm     CPG brand discussion 

Moderator: Alex Smolokoff, Associate Editor, Natural Products INSIDER

Speaker: Hailey Swartz, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Actual Veggies 

Hear from Actual Veggies co-founder and co-CEO Hailey Swartz on how the emerging plant-based brand is using emerging trends and innovative ingredients and technologies to deliver a tasty, nutritious, plant-based product to the masses.

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Underwritten by:


Alex Smolokoff
Associate Editor
Food & Beverage Insider
Hailey Swartz
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Actual Veggies
Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., CFS
Corvus Blue LLC
Shahin Rothermel, Esq.
Venable LLP
Tara Burkley
Senior Research Strategist
New Hope Network
Tom Rees
Food and Nutrition Industry Manager
Euromonitor International