Western New York Food Industry Expo
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 • Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center • Rochester, NY
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9:30- 10:00
Coffee Break
10:00 - 12:00
Food Evolution: The Movie

"But, we, as storytellers, showed them, in the words of writer Nathanael Johnson of Grist that “The GMO debate is not about GMOs at all at this point.” GMOs had become a metaphor for almost every issue we have with food and our food system and we wanted to explore if that metaphor had any merit or scientific truth to it. And perhaps, by better understanding the GMO debate, we would be able to make more informed decisions about science and technology in general. No matter the topic.
And that was the film we made — a fully independent investigation into the topic of GMOs every step of the way, interviewing experts on both sides of the aisle and including all points of view. " - Trace Sheehan and Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Writers, Producers
Q&Q to follow, moderated by Carolyn Fisher, Ph.D., Senior Scientist of Decernis and Eric Schneider, IFT’s Senior Vice President of Strategy & Communications.

12:00 - 12:45



12:45 -1:45

Clean Label and Beyond

Ryan Fournier,
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The “clean label” movement continues to expand in complexity and application. On top of easily pronounceable ingredient names, consumers now want industry to address global supply chain topics like sustainability, verification procedures of foreign sources, and fair trade practices. The more extreme end of the spectrum relates to claims addressing renewable energy, specific origin of ingredients, and carbon emissions. However, clean label claims require careful review and proper investment before they can make their way onto a product label or marketing materials. The legal consequences of communicating inaccurate information, or being unable to substantiate the clean label claim due to a complex global supply chain, exposes companies to class-action plaintiff attorneys who view food litigation – particularly in the clean label space – as the next asbestos or tobacco frontier. Fortunately, there are strategies that companies can employ to mitigate these risks. The presentation will provide the latest updates from a regulatory and litigation standpoint, as well as provide a checklist of best practices for companies embracing the clean label movement.

Ryan Fournier advises clients on matters relating to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US
Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Clients
regularly seek his counsel on a broad range of legal issues, including compliance, regulatory, and
enforcement matters impacting the food and beverage, dietary supplement, medical device, cosmetic,
drug, animal, and alcohol/tobacco industries.
Ryan’s experience extends to supply chain matters, food safety compliance, advertising and label/labeling
obligations, recalls, transactional matters, import/export compliance, government inquiries, and relevant
state matters. His practice also focuses on businesses that utilize new and emerging technologies, such
as the at-home meal and online delivery industries.
Additionally, Ryan regularly handles issues relating to medical device reporting requirements, regulatory
pathway options, market entry, current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) and quality system
regulation (QSR) compliance, and post market compliance. He regularly assists all actors in the supply
chain, including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ryan spent his time focusing on food and drug law and served as coleader
of a food and agriculture industry team.
Education: Georgetown University Law Center, 2013, LL.M., International Business and Economic Law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2011, J.D.
Ohio State University, 2008, B.A.
2018 Global Food and Drink Trends
Lynn Dornblaser
Director of Innovation and Insight, Mintel

Mintel’s 2018 Global Food & Drink Trends are the result of collaboration between 60 of Mintel’s expert analysts in more than one dozen countries around the world. The concepts reflect current consumer themes including trust, self-care, stress, individuality and sustainability. The trends also incorporate elements that are evolutions of Mintel’s 2016 and 2017 Global Food & Drink Trend predictions, which continue to be significant influences in many categories and countries. To further showcase the relevance of the five future-looking trends, our analyst insights have been supported by evidence gathered from Mintel’s proprietary consumer research, innovative developments observed by Mintel’s expert team of trend spotters and international food and drink products collected in Mintel's Global New Products Database (GNPD).
These five trends for 2018 will be explored in this presentation: 
- Full Disclosure 
- Self-Fulfilling Practices 
- New Sensations 
- Preferential Treatment 
- Science Fare

Lynn Dornblaser brings 30 years of product trend knowledge to Mintel, which she joined in 1998. She applies her unique perspective on the market and new product development to tailored client research and to extensive public speaking.
Prior to joining Mintel, Dornblaser covered new product trends at several trade magazine publishing companies, as editor and editorial director of publication New Product News. She has been quoted by major US news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times and CNN. In addition, Dornblaser has also served as keynote lecturer and speaker for numerous industry groups and sales forums.

Dornblaser holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois and has also contributed to a textbook on new product development. She can usually be found in the aisles of a supermarket somewhere in the world.

She has been involved in the food industry since she was 10 years old, baking Swedish coffeecakes for her father to sell at his Swedish butcher shop. Dornblaser is also an avid fly-fisher and enjoys standing in stream with her fly rod and waders.



Snack Break