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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Flavors and Fragrances 2019 focused on innovations changing the flavors and fragrances industries. Topics   included industry updates and growth opportunities, consumer demands, CBD, trends, ecommerce, sustainability, and more.

There were combined sessions so that attendees could network with both value chains and hear content that applies to both industries, and separated tracks so that attendees could deep dive into flavors and fragrances trends.   

Included networking breaks, networking lunch, and an evening network reception encouraged discussion and connection in a sociable environment.

Meet The 2019 Speakers   

September 11, 2019

Registration and Welcome


  1. Registration

  2. Opening Remarks

    Alyssa Perna, Conference Producer, Smithers & Jack Corley, Chief Sales Officer; President - Natural Fragrance Division at Custom Essence, Inc.

Session I: Industry Updates and Growth Opportunities

Moderator: Jack Corley, Chief Sales Officer; President - Natural Fragrance Division at Custom Essence, Inc.

This session provides an overview regarding market growth and opportunities in the flavors and fragrance industries. Start the conference by hearing a global overview including growth projections through 2022, and what regions, new technologies and products to consider investing in.  Learn more about opportunities in the US market with focus placed on the increased demand for more natural ingredients and product transparency.  Find out about the rapidly increasing spending power in Asia and Latin America which will have a huge effect on retail products and the overall flavor & fragrance industry in the future.

  1. Innovation: A Norm Not A Goal

    Laura Coelho | Vice President, Consumer Fragrance of Symrise

    The Fragrance & Flavor (F&F) industry has, historically, been a unique and creative blend of Art and Science.  But now, as the 4th Industrial Revolution gains momentum, the industry is challenged to capitalize on new and emerging developments in science and technology that are disrupting traditional business models and everyday life.  In tracking the history of the F&F industry through the lens of innovation and drawing parallels between the past and present, it is evident that the evolution of our industry will largely depend on a collective shift towards regarding innovation as a standard norm and not a target goal.

  2. The US Natural Household Consumer

    Jamie Rosenberg | Senior Global Household and Personal Care Analyst of Mintel

    The natural household consumer is complex and sometimes contradictory, but is also evolving. The opinions of committed natural consumers differ sharply with consumers who are inextricably linked to mainstream products. Yet in making natural products more relevant to more consumers, brands also have a lot of common ground with which to work. This presentation will look at how health, sustainability, efficacy and social justice are coalescing to create a more dynamic natural household product market.

  3. A Focus on Global Opportunities: Asia-Pacific

    Xiaolu Wang | Regulatory Research Analyst, Asia Pacific of 3E Company

    The combined flavors and fragrances market is the most significant in Asia-Pacific, followed by North America and Western Europe.  However, there is rapidly increasing spending power in Asia and Latin America which will have a huge affect on retail products and the overall flavor & fragrance industry in the future.  Learn more about global opportunities through this engaging talk.

  4. Networking Break

Session II: Consumers Are in Control: Responding to Demand

Moderator: Catalina Monroy, Worldwide Director of Flavors and Fragrances, Colgate-Palmolive Company

With consumers asking for transparency in their products, while demand for products with natural ingredients continues to grow, the focus remains on the consumer when looking towards future growth.  Learn about new trends, industry challenges, and how to market your products to consumers through success stories and innovative examples.  From the impact of ecommerce to sustainable sourcing, you’ll gain insight into these pressing topics.

  1. Decoding the Consumer and Breaking Down Barriers: Understanding the “New” Language of Consumers

    Mikel Cirkus | Global Creative Director, Foresight & Trends of Firmenich

    We work in the industry day-to-day, but the consumer does not.  Understanding the relationship between the consumer and the product, from how they categorize the products they select and use, along with the feelings and emotions felt by the consumer all play into the choices they make.  Find out what brand values the modern day consumer relates to, and the “new” language of the aware consumer.  Gain insight on new, innovative developments that (potentially) will cause market disruption, and uncover valuable insight regarding global opportunities of emerging importance which will impact the near future of our businesses in flavors and fragrances.

  2. The Demand for Transparency is Reshaping Brands

    Kelly Kovack | Founder and CEO of BeautyMatter

    Beginning her career in the fashion business working with brands like Bergdorf Goodman and Chrome Hearts, and after spending time on the supply side of the fashion industry Kelly pivoted her career into beauty.  Through her experience with Bliss Out catalog, Kelly fundamentally changed the way cosmetics and personal care were merchandised, developed and presented to consumers.  From founding Odin Fragrances, a high-end perfume and fragrance company to consulting for major brands like Mattel and Old Navy, learn more about how consumer demand for transparency is reshaping the beauty, personal care and fragrance industry.

  3. The E-commerce Effect on Retail Products

    Musab Balbale | Vice President, GM of Health, Beauty, Wellness and Pets of Walmart eCommerce

    Hear how e-commerce is reshaping the retail giant’s supply chain from hearing about Walmart’s initiatives and learn how to develop products which meet retail’s evolving need.  From creating products that can be sold not only in stores, but online and answer pressing questions like: How has the industry evolved over the years in regard to moving from shopping in-store to online and where do you see it going in the future?

  4. Panel Discussion: Trends in Flavors & Fragrances: Seizing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges

    Panelists include: Walmart, Firmenich, Symrise and Mintel

    During an engaging panel discussion, dive into pressing industry questions like:

    • Are naturals truly a trend, or is it a change in consumer mindset?
    • How do trends become a state of mind?
    • Where is there the most opportunity for growth in flavors or fragrances?

    Moderator: Catalina Monroy, Worldwide Director of Flavors and Fragrances, Colgate-Palmolive Company

    Panelists include:

    • Mikel Cirkus, Global Creative Director, Foresight & Trends, Firmenich
    • Laura Coelho, Vice President, Comsumer Fragrance, Symrise
    • Jamie Rosenberg, Global Personal Care Analyst, Mintel
    • Musab Balbale, VP, GM Health, Beauty, Wellness, Pets, WalMart
  5. Lunch

Session III: One Ingredient that Transcends Both industries: CBD in Flavors & Fragrances

Moderator: Thomas Lauzurica, Marketing Manager, Berje Inc.

The health and wellness industry is in huge demand. From organic and CBD products, to aromatherapy emerging as a trend, this session will cover the topics driving conversations
towards future growth and innovation in the industry.

  1. CBD in Topical Products: Beauty and Skincare Case Study with Cannuka

    Michael Bumgarner | Founder and CEO of Cannuka

    Cannuka combines the finest Cannabis with the best Manuka honey to create a unique
    medically inspired beautifully unexpected beauty and skin care line.

  2. Rome Wasn't Built in a Day and Neither Was This Consumable CBD Beverage Brand

    Graham Wasilition | Founder of Endless Fields

    Hear about the challenges a consumable beverage brand faced when launching a new product with CBD.  Learn more about how they navigated the complicated regulatory landscape and unique startup challenges.   Learn about how the decisions were made regarding ingredients, flavors, suppliers, and packaging.  Find out why we think that it is impossible to make a decision in a vacuum when building a product from the ground up to create a beverage that people will care about, and that cares about people.

  3. Beyond CBD: Creating Products with Purpose

    Co-Founders of The American Cannabinoid Clinic and ADVENT Academy


    Dr. Jessica Knox, MD, MBA, MPH, and CEO of American Cannabinoid Clinic

    Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, MBA, and CEO of Advent Academy

    Dr. Janice M Vaughn-Knox, MD, MBA, Co-Founder of American Cannabinoid Clinic and Co-Founder of Advent Academy

    The Knox family of physicians is pioneering and championing the field of endocannabinology, a burgeoning medical discipline rooted in the science of the endocannabinoid system. Their clinical work harnesses the power of cannabis and botanical medicine in conjunction with other foundational lifestyle therapies to revolutionize health care as we know it. But the significance of the endocannabinoid system isn't limited to the clinic - it extends to the home, where consumers make dozens of choices daily about which products they will or won’t use.

    In this discussion, the Knox doctors will shed light on the critical role the physiology of the endocannabinoid system should play in product formulation. It’s about more than just adding CBD - it’s about applying the nuanced pharmacology of CBD and botanical synergy to create effective products with a purpose that conscious consumers will love.

  4. Networking Break

  5. Compliance Complexities: A Guide to Incorporating CBD into Consumer Products

    Robert T. Hoban, President & Founder, Hoban Law

    Since 2009, HLG has been the nation's premier full service 'cannabusiness' law firm, with offices in 13 states in the U.S.  HLG also operates HLG Global, which is a global cannabis consulting and legal firm, with a presence in 10 international locations. If you are considering manufacturing or selling a product for human consumption, Hoban helps clients comply with Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations regarding advertising and labeling your food item or nutritional supplement.  If you advertise or market any product or service to consumers, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines will determine how you can communicate to consumers.  Hoban Law helps key industry players navigate through these regulations.

    Beginning in 2008, Bob successfully assisted in opening several of Denver's first marijuana dispensaries.  In 2010, he won the landmark Cannamart case, which led the Colorado's groundbreaking commercial cannabis regulatory system in 2011.  He is largely responsible for the creation and growth of the CBD industry due to the legal strategies, litigation matters, and policy efforts that he has developed for HLG clients.  

    Mr. Hoban is known as a cannabis industry dealmaker.  Because of its focus on business matters, HLG has represented the cannabis industry's titans for nearly a decade and it sits at the center of the world's largest cannabis industry network.  Mr. Hoban is a leading cannabis industry expert, who has transcended the practice of law and is regularly involved in U.S.-based and international cannabis industry M&A transactions. 

  6. Panel Discussion: Navigating the Complexities of Incorporating CBD into Consumer Products

    Panelists Include: Cannuka, Endless Fields, Hoban Law, America Cannabinoid Clinic, and Lebermuth

    Moderator: Dr. Janice M Vaughn-Knox, MD, MBA, Co-Founder of American Cannabinoid Clinic and Co-Founder of Advent Academy

    Panelists include:

    • Michael Bumgarner, Founder & CEO, Cannuka
    • Graham Wasilition, Founder and Managing Partner, Endless Fields
    • Robert T. Hoban, President & Founder, Hoban Law
    •  Rob Brown, President & CEO, Lebermuth
    • Dr. Jessica Knox, MD, MBA, MPH, and CEO of American Cannabinoid Clinic
    • Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, MBA, and CEO of Advent Academy
  7. Closing Remarks

  8. Evening Welcome Reception