Next Event: October 17, 2019
About the Event
The Supper Club is an invitation-only executive food & beverage event. Launched in Philadelphia, it features food, drink and lively discussions among industry leaders from companies such as Campbell’s, Aramark, Mars Wrigley, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Insomnia Cookies, La Colombe, J &J Snack Foods and others.
The most recent meeting on June 13, 2019, was orchestrated around the theme of the "food-conscious" trend and began with a short keynote by Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, of Drexel University's Food & Hospitality Management & Department of Nutrition Sciences. The keynote cited inspiring examples of local, responsible and sustainable food product development.
This was followed by table discussions with attendees, who exchanged insights about specific topics that included conscious consumerism, brand protection, supply chain adaptation and more. The discussions covered various aspects, from finding inspiration in different industries to calculating risk in new opportunities to learning how to quantify the benefits.
The Supper Club connects some of the brightest minds working in the food & beverage industry, engaging them around topics and trends that drive today's and tomorrow's food business concerns, activity and consumer outlook.
The next Supper Club is scheduled for October 17, 2019, in Chicago.
Thanks to our Speakers
Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Food and Hospitality Management and Department of Nutrition Sciences
Jonathan is a professor in the Center for Food and Hospitality Management and Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University. He was the James Beard Foundation Impact Fellow, leading a national curriculum effort on food waste reduction for chefs and culinary educators and was named a Food Waste Warrior by Foodtank. Before moving to Drexel, Deutsch built the culinary arts program at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the Ph.D. concentration in food studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and School of Public Health. He is the author or editor of eight books and numerous articles in journals of food studies, public health and hospitality education.
Round Table Leaders
Director, Consumer Test Kitchen
How to adapt to shifting consumer palates for retail
Jane Freiman leads the Consumer Test Kitchen, which provides Campbell’s businesses day to day support that grounds the teams in the Consumer Kitchen’s realities when it comes to food preparation in home. Jane joined Campbell Soup Company as a Senior Product Specialist in the Test Kitchen, and over the years, has worked on every brand. She has developed a keen understanding of consumers’ cooking needs and behaviors. Jane has consulted with our global teams sharing best practices for recipe development. For the last eight years, Jane has led the Consumer Test Kitchen, with a mission to bring it to life.
Vice President of
Marketing & Retail Solutions
How does the supply chain need to adapt to consumer demands
At AgroFresh, a global leader in food waste reduction solutions, Bill is the Vice President of Marketing & Retail Solutions where he has responsibility for how the company presents itself internally and externally, as well as P&L responsibility for AgroFresh’s offering to national retailers. Prior to AgroFresh, Bill was with Newell Brands, managing a variety of businesses, such as the Oster & Sunbeam kitchen appliance and Paper Mate pens & pencil portfolios. Previously, Bill was with Lexmark printers and Kraft Foods where he had roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing and Product Development.
Senior Brand Manager
How can you protect the brand while appealing to the food conscious consumer
Passionate brand marketer with 10 years of experience including P&L, strategy, innovation, brand building, creative development, media planning, strategic partnerships, and people leadership. Experience on iconic global brands such as M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, MALTESERS®, and TWIX®, leading cross-functional and agency teams to tackle challenges with an entrepreneurial and innovative approach through growth, turnaround, and new brand development.
Alissa Purcell Davis
Vice President, Marketing
J&J Snack Foods
How do consumer insights and trends help drive product innovation and marketing