Consumer Trends: Strategic Themes in Food and Nutrition: A Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 had an unprecedented impact on food and nutrition, an industry that was already in a continuous pattern of change. Through extensive worldwide research, Euromonitor International identified a series of strategic themes in food and nutrition that shape both consumer preferences and producer responses, molding the global market as a result. In this presentation, Euromonitor International assesses the impact COVID-19 has had on these themes, indicating how consumer concerns and behaviors shifted, how food and nutrition producers responded and how all are evolving alongside the pandemic.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the overarching global trends in food and nutrition
  2. Discover the impact of the pandemic on these trends and implications for consumer behavior
  3. Learn which consumer preferences and concerns in food accelerated because of COVID-19 and determine the best opportunities going forward

Tom Rees
Euromonitor International

Presentation Date & Time
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
1:00 pm – 1:35 pm CT

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Engineering Ask-the-Expert Lunch & Learn Session 2: Ovens & Spraying Technology

COVID 19 has brought renewed focus on how our teams interact.  Today’s bakeries have been forced to find new ways to ensure cohesive and functional techniques that allow production, sanitation, and maintenance to work safe yet effectively.  The “new” normal has even changed the way bakers interact with suppliers, with a new focus on working remote and limiting the presence of onsite support.  Suppliers have reinvented how they support projects, training, troubleshooting, and sales to ensure their customers needs can still be met.  This has also brought about ways suppliers and bakeries can rethink the intelligent design of future machines and retrofits to allow for better remote learning, troubleshooting, and maintenance.

During this session the team will share some of their learning’s, best practices, and thoughts regarding what to expect in the future.  One thing is for sure, COVID 19 has forever changed how we do business and live our lives.  Please plan to join us:

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
12:00 pm – 12:35 pm CT
Speciality/Focus: Ovens/Spraying Technology

Rowdy Brixey, Brixey Engineering, Inc.

Chris Gizzi, Puratos Corporation
Clay Miller, Burford Corporation
Jeremiah Tilghman, Flowers Foods
Liborio Villalobos, Grupo Bimbo


Opening Remarks & Keynote Address by Alan Beaulieu

Beaulieu is a leading economics expert and his presentation will provide a 2021 economic forecast and how it applies directly the wholesale baking industry in the year ahead. Beaulieu’s company, ITR Economics, is the oldest privately-held, continuously-operating economic research and consulting firm in the U.S. ITR Economics forecasted major economic events, such as the 2008 recession, well in advance and possesses a long-term 94.7% accuracy rating.

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MarketPlace (Open Hours)

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  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 2:15 – 5:15 p.m. CST
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST

Click here for complete list of MarketPlace 2021 Virtual Exhibit Booths.


Pokara Wafel by University of Florida

Pokara Wafel is a cookie sandwich consisting of two crispy wafer layers and a smooth blueberry filling. The wafer is made using okara flour, a by-product of soymilk production, generally discarded as animal feed or landfill [3]. Okara flour is a traditional gluten-free superfood, high in fiber and protein [9]. The pale-yellow color of the flour, with a mild taste and light aroma, makes it an adequate substitute in baking applications. The blueberry filling is made with fresh blueberry pomace, recovered from the blueberry-wine making process.

Team: University of Florida
Mario Guadalupe – Team Captain
Devanshu Mehta
Vicnie Léandre
Victor Cedeño


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