2018 Innovation Summit

The Food Marketing Center of Excellence presents the Second Annual Food Innovation Summit

Managing Disruption and Change in the Food Industry: Entrepreneurial Innovation, Technology and Breakthrough Management for Success

April 19, 2018

Adam’s Mark Hotel
120 Church Street, Buffalo NY 14202
Registration Fee $130

11:15–11:55 a.m. Registration and Networking

12-12:50 p.m. - Welcome and Lunch

With opening remarks by Rev. James J. Maher C.M., President, Niagara University, and Mr. Bill Chiodo, Executive Vice President, Grocery Sales, Acosta and Chair of the Advisory Board, Food Marketing Center of Excellence.

12:50 p.m. - Sessions Begin

  1. The Innovation Imperative.
    Kevin Coupe, Content Guy, MorningNewsBeat.com

    Kevin Coupe

    At a time of cutthroat competition and incessant disruption, retailers and suppliers have to bring their “A-game” every hour of every day, innovating constantly as they seek both relevance and resonance. They have to offer an advantage, not just an alternative. That's just the starting premise for MorningNewsBeat "Content Guy" Kevin Coupe, as he offers a compelling perspective and real-world examples of the enormous challenges facing every retailer and supplier. Kevin’s presentation is laced with what he calls "serious levity,” focusing on the need to act strategically, move swiftly, think differently, and take “big swings” … all of which he believes are absolutely necessary to survive in a fast-changing, revolutionary business environment.

  2. How to Maintain Relevancy in an Uncertain Future
    Neil Stern, Senior Partner, McMillan Doolittle, LLP, The Retail Experts

    Neil Stern

    When looking at food retail across the globe, there are clear indicators that the industry is changing at an accelerated pace. We’ll take a look at the macro trends impacting the food retail industry and the market as a whole, from the growth of e-commerce, impact of discount retail and innovative new formats. We will provide examples of a wide range of innovative concepts from brick and mortar to pure-play retailers and everything in between, showcasing best practice examples from around the world.

  3. Fresh Solutions: The Future of Food Retailing
    Mike Urness, founding Partner of Seurat Capital and Managing Partner at The Seurat Group


    As the role of food evolves among the next generation of consumers, the Grocery industry will need to transform its ability to use fresh solutions compete for share of stomach against an emerging competitive set. We will examine the changing landscape for fresh solutions, the barriers to overcome and what it means for Retailers and Manufacturers to win with fresh in the future.

3 p.m - Coffee Break

3:10 p.m. - Panel Discussions Begin

Industry Disruption, Needs, and the Future
Moderator: Mr. Kevin Coupe

Panelists Include:

  • Mike DeCory, SVP, Wegmans Food Markets
  • Ian Prisuta, SVP, Giant Eagle
  • Larry White, VP of Sales, Dole Foods
  • Kurt Schertle, COO, Weis Markets
  • And others to be announced

5–6 p.m. - Wine, Beer, Hors d'oeuvres and Networking