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Take a look at the 2020 agenda below, which included experts from Mintel, Imbibe, Flavorchem, Orchidia, RIFM, Lebermuth, IFRA, and Brightfield Group.

Top Trends Influencing Both Flavors and Fragrances
Rebecca Shurhay – Marketing Analyst, Flavorchem

Understanding the movements influencing flavor and fragrance trends is critical to navigating changing demands and uncovering new opportunities. Flavor and fragrance market analysts will deliver a curated presentation utilizing data from market intelligence reports, primary research, and social media influencers to reveal the top trends influencing both sectors and how those trends translate into flavors and fragrances seen in the marketplace today.
Olivia Carlize | Marketing Manager, Orchidia Fragrances
CBD in Flavors and Fragrances
The US CBD market exploded in 2019 with the passage of the Farm Bill. As the industry has rapidly progressed, complex consumer behavior and innovative products have taken shape. The trends driving this industry forward vary across product types and categories. From Food and Beverage to Beauty and Skincare, the CBD industry is cementing its place in the mainstream.
Virginia Lee | CBD Research Manager, Brightfield Group
Foreseeing Flavor for the Fit, the Family, the Fancy, and the Future
Imbibe has identified five consumer values (aka the ATIONS) that allow us to make attributions, predictions, and easily categorize nearly all new CPG product development. By keeping those in mind while combining inputs from recent product launches and projects from our lab, we can paint a more complete picture of what we can expect the flavor landscape of the CPG marketplace (beverage in particular) to look like in the coming years. This presentation will highlight some of the beverage categories experiencing the most growth and corresponding flavor profiles within those segments. Together we will examine several beverages that exist at the intersection of flavor and function and call attention to some of the hottest flavor trends (botanicals, exotic fruits, nostalgia, etc.) appearing with prominence across beverage categories.
Ilana Orlofsky | Creative Marketing Manager, Imbibe
Traveling Through Taste Buds: Opportunities in Regional Flavor Innovation
Melanie Bartelme – Senior Global Food Analyst, Mintel

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting where and if U.S. consumers are traveling. Now, more than ever, there is an emphasis on domestic travel, creating opportunity for consumers to explore regional cuisines. And while we may be in the midst of a pandemic, that doesn’t mean innovation is dead. CPG and foodservice customers are open to exploring new flavors and cuisines, even if it’s from the comfort of their own couch. Join Mintel’s Associate Director of Foodservice Research, Amanda Topper, and Senior Global Food Analyst, Melanie Bartelme, as they road trip across America to identify opportunities in regional flavor and cuisine innovation in CPG and foodservice.
What you will learn:
  • The impact of COVID-19 on how consumers discover new flavors
  • How to make new flavors approachable in both CPG and foodservice
  • Which regional flavors consumers are most interested in
  • Opportunities for regional flavor innovation and best practice examples

Amanda Topper | Associate Director of Foodservice Research, Mintel
Networking / Q&A Sessions
Q&A sessions with speakers will be held in the Networking Lounge.
Q&A Session with Melanie Bartelme and Amanda Topper

Amanda Topper, Associate Director of Foodservice Research, Mintel

Melanie Bartelme | Global Food Analyst, Mintel
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Back to the Future: How Technology Can Amplify Nature in the Pursuit of Clean Label
Lauren Goodsitt – Global Beauty Analyst, Mintel

This session will explore the ways that science and nature can work hand in hand to promote sustainable ingredients. Highlighting naturally derived, lab-modified ingredients while championing environmental protection will resonate in markets driven by naturality – even food and drink. Additionally, the presentation will address transparency without compromising brand image. Education should be all-encompassing and approached through experiential learning. The session will help guide brands in answering consumers' questions about ingredients and clean concepts and give them insight into the processes behind scent and ingredient creation.
Melanie Bartelme | Global Food Analyst, Mintel
Technical Trends in Natural Fragrances
Natural fragrance blends are becoming more commonplace in household and personal care products. As consumers increase their demands for natural blends, we are seeing a shift in the desired olfactive signatures. We are also seeing trends in how the consumer and the formulator are specifying the composition of their natural blends, particularly in light of the changing regulatory landscape.
Jill B. Costa, PhD | The Lebermuth Company, Chief Perfumer
Bio-Based Additives for Sustainable Fragrance Formulations
Consumers are increasingly seeking formulations that contain bio-based and environmentally friendly components and that can deliver high levels of sustainability through their manufacture and use. While fragrances are under growing scrutiny to meet such sustainability requirements, it is also important that complementary ingredients such as solubilizers and delivery aids also meet these same standards. To help meet these needs, Croda is developing high performance components for fragrance formulations that are safe, environmentally friendly, and support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The sustainability of these materials is documented by ecotox data, bio-based carbon content measurements, and calculated reductions in carbon footprint. We will present three product areas that demonstrate these sustainability features and discuss how they can be used to help develop sustainable fragrance formulations. These products include our ECO Range of 100% bio-based fragrance solubilizers, high bio-based gellants for the formulation of fragrance gels, and the Zinador range of high bio-based odor neutralizers.
Scott Jaynes | Applications Manager, Croda, Inc.
A Step-Wise Safety Evaluation Process for Natural Complex Substances
The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc. (RIFM) has evaluated the safety data for fragrance materials for over 53 years. A common misconception is that “natural” materials inherently means safe and simple, but determining the safety of natural complex substances (NCS) is an issue facing many industries. RIFM will apply the latest science and the extensive knowledge compiled over the years concerning the components of NCS to determine material safety. A series of decision trees, reflecting advances in the risk assessment approaches of mixtures, and classical toxicological methodologies will follow a similar 4-step process with testing only as a last resort: 1) evaluate the available data on the NCS; 2) apply the Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC) if appropriate; 3) evaluate the NCS on a component basis; 4) generate data if needed. Using in silico tools, RIFM examined NCS similarities based on the plant part, processing methods, and composition of materials across 81 plant families to address data gaps. Data generated from the Creme RIFM Aggregate Exposure Model for over 900 fragrance NCS demonstrates very low human health exposure, primarily through dermal exposure. This process provides a comprehensive and robust safety assessment of NCS.
Danielle Botelho, PhD | Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), Safety Assessment Manager
Q&A sessions with speakers will be held in the Networking Lounge.
Q&A with Lauren Goodsitt & Melanie Bartelme
Melanie Bartelme – Global Food Analyst, Mintel
Lauren Goodsitt | Senior Global Beauty Analyst, Mintel
PANEL DISCUSSION: Looking to the Future of Flavors
  • Rebecca Shurhay – Marketing Analyst, Flavorchem
  • Melanie Bartelme – Global Food Analyst, Mintel
  • Ilana Orlofsky – Creative Marketing Manager, Imbibe
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