Western New York Food Industry Expo
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Rochester, NY


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Seminar Schedule....


11:00- 12:30



Food and Business

Discussion of Business Expansion, Mergers & Acquisitions and how companies have found success over the past turbulent years.
Discussion of label claims such as the FDA’s new regulations on “Healthy”, with a focus on cases that may go to trial.


Christine A. Bonaguide

Partner, Hodgson Russ
Christine represents clients in complex domestic and international commercial transactions, including business contracts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganizations, and business sales. She provides corporate and contract law advice to companies in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, technology, healthcare, professional services, and food and beverage. She frequently represents Canadian businesses with U.S. legal issues, such as expanding and operating their businesses in the United States. A significant portion of Christine’s practice involves legal issues facing family-owned and other closely held businesses, including succession planning, shareholder agreements, ownership transfers and minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises. Christine exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in New York and Maryland.
Reetuparna(Reena) Dutta
Partner, Co-Leader False Claims Act & Whistleblower Representation, Food and Beverage, and Financial Institution Subpoena Compliance Practices
Hodgson Russ
Reena specializes in helping clients – in a variety of industries – comply with complicated legal regimes to avoid unwanted and unwarranted government scrutiny. Reena has a background in white collar criminal defense and has extensive experience representing clients in connection with civil and criminal government investigations and prosecutions, most notably in relation to
: ● The Federal False Claims Act
● The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
● The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
● Tax fraud
● Environmental violations
● Contract disputes and civil fraud claims
Reena’s experience encompasses representing clients in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, construction, education, and real estate industries. Given the breadth of her experience, Reena has unique insight into the different patterns of investigations and opportunities for resolution. Moreover, her background in litigating against, and also working with, the government gives her valuable insight in counseling clients on compliance and corporate governance matters and maintaining cooperative and helpful relationships with government regulators. Reena has also assisted companies in conducting internal investigations and in responding to, and addressing, government-initiated investigations, including responding to grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and other forms of legal process. She has also helped individuals navigate the complicated subpoena process when they unwittingly find themselves involved in a legal dispute.

1:45- 2:00


2:00 - 3:00

Food and Beverage Flavor Innovation:
What’s Trending and What’s Next

Tom Vierhile
VP, Strategic Insights NA
Innova Market Insights

No factor is more potent in driving consumer purchase behavior in food and beverage than flavor. According to the International Food Information Council, 80% of U.S. consumers rank “taste” as the number one purchase driver over time for food and beverage, outranking price, healthfulness, convenience, and sustainability.
This demand fuels the eternal quest for the “next big thing” in flavor and high levels of new product innovation. Join Innova Market Insights as we examine flavor innovation trends in food and beverage, focusing on specific flavors and flavor trends driving innovation in soft drinks, snacks, dairy products, ice cream, sauces, and more.

25+ years of experience in packaged goods reporting and analysis. Based in Fairport, New York, he is a new product marketing expert and has been quoted by Ad Age, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR.



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