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Topic 1: The Meaningful Outside: The 21st Century Environment
Big Food companies were built for large worlds but are now forced to play by small-world rules. Each customer has a different service criterion to suit their financial needs and operational structures. Meanwhile, downward price pressure from hard discounters and private label are throttling industry margins. Let’s talk about what it all means.
Topic 2: An Award-Winning Approach to Food Industry Innovation
Chief executives know that innovation is central to their organizations’ growth objectives, yet old and inefficient practices remain in the absence of better alternatives. Re-setting the approach and thinking around innovation reduces costs, risk, and failures, with award-winning methodologies that elevate it to a Profession inside the organization.
Topic 3: Corporate Strategy Imperatives for Navigating Today's Operating Environment
The most important thing on the CEO’s agenda, shareholders are waking up to strategy as more than statements of activity. Growth reported in fractions or in pockets of categories or brands will not enable winning. Strategy is about placing bets and making difficult choices around doing three important things consistently better than anyone else. What are they?
Topic 4: Investor-Grade Business Models and Growth Engines
Despite seismic shifts in the operating environment, food company Business Models remain unchanged. Defined as the logic for how a company generates value for consumers, customers and itself, business models are expiring faster than ever. Here’s the gold standard approach used by thousands of companies to position your organization for the future of the food industry.
Topic 5: The End of the Food Industry as You Know It
Disruption and acceleration are driven by how consumers live, work and play, making many long-standing industry practices obsolete. Implications of unexpected and unstoppable new forces will not wait for organizations to catch up. This session will equip executives with knowledge of what’s ahead to enable better navigation and control over their organization’s future.
Topic 6: Food Industry Financialization: What Are the Implications?
Financialization is the stark rise in the size and power of financial institutions and investor elites relative to the industry itself. Several key failures have made financialization in Food a certainty, and brought about a significant role reversal between manufacturers and customers, as well as a migration of value to where consumers and users want it now. We will discuss the implications and what to do about them.
Topic 7: Clarity Around North America's Foodservice Industry
Foodservice in North America is getting messier by the nanosecond. Customers are skittish; doing business has never been more complex. Each route, channel and operator type runs on a different set of rules. Failing to know what those rules are places manufacturers on dangerous ground. Our session confirms that history is no longer a prologue to this segment's future.