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Attending SNACKEX will help you better understand the new snacking landscape and will embolden you to grasp the business opportunities that the surge in snackification is creating.

Eating and drinking what they want, when they want and anywhere they want – today’s consumers are forging a fresh landscape of snacking that works best for their challenging lifestyles.

With the ongoing erosion of traditional meal patterns and eating occasions being in a state of flux, snackification is at the centre of consumer behaviour, with consumers willing to try new tastes, new ingredients and new product types. And they are willing to pay a premium if they taste good.

Savoury snacks have shown strong volume growth over recent years, often outperforming other snack products. But snackification is driving change in consumer purchasing patterns, creating huge opportunities for savoury snack makers – and huge challenges too.

Savoury snacks must meet multiple requirements, like convenience, portability, innovation, nutrition and health, versatility, variety and the memorable ‘WOW effect’.

Whatever the snack, transparency plays a significant role in snacking choices. With an emphasis on better-for-you snacking, consumers are conscious of a snack’s ingredient list and check to see if the list is recognisable and easy to understand. This holds true for even indulgent snacking.

The proliferation of new snack product types and brands has made the traditional bagged snacks retail snacking space intensely competitive and the fight for shelf-space, as well as online space, is tougher than ever. Globally, consumers have increasing access to technology and information and, as a result, are demanding more of everything, including individual product customisation, service and corporate accountability – not to mention value.

Hence, snackification has become one of the biggest drivers of change and opportunity in the food industry, and our sector sits at the crossroads of this development.

Register on this page as a conference delegate and your fee includes access to all areas, social functions and to all programme sessions as follows.

Wednesday 26 June

13:00 19:30

Conference delegate registration

CCIB Foyer


19:30 22:00

Welcome reception networking dinner


CCIB top floor banquet hall and terrace

Reception kindly sponsored by PepsiCo



Thursday 27 June


08:30 10:00


The SNACKEX Kick-off breakfast


Portioning lives and meals – snackification as the new normal
Guest speaker: Steven van Belleghem


11:00 12:00


Global trends & innovations in savoury snacks


David Jago, Trends & Innovations Director, Mintel

Workshop     12:00 12:25     Show Floor


New perspectives in in-process measurements for the snacks industry


Andrew Brunt, Sales Manager, NDC Technologies



12:15 13:15


Snack packaging, littering and the environment:

An opportunity for our sector?
Panel discussion:


Paul Collins, R&D Packaging Director, European Snacks and Foods, PepsiCo


Prof. Dr-Ing. Achim Grefenstein, Senior Vice President Group R&D, Constantia Flexibles

Alba Garcia Rodriguez, Greenpeace

Workshop      14:00 14:25     Show Floor


Cost reduction and sustainability through reusable distribution packaging


Fred Dowd, Managing Partner, Technology Container Corp.



14:30 15:30


2020 retail:

Your clear line of sight to the future of shopping


Gareth Nash, Insights Director, HIM!


Workshop       15:45 16:10     Show Floor


Regulatory legislation for process contaminants in savoury snacks


Andrew Curtis, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, European Snacks Association


Workshop       16:30 17:00     Show Floor


How to make your snack products more authentic and clean label


Kees den Uijl, Business Development Manager, Euroma



Friday 28 June


09:00 10:00


Growing importance of online and related marketing platforms in social media


Manfredi Minutelli, European Food and Beverages Category Leader, Alibaba

Workshop     10:30 10:55    Show Floor


Innovative ideas on achieving a more intense taste experience and an attractive visual presentation for savoury snacks


Christoph Wenzel, Project Manager R&D, Bösch Boden Spies



11:00 12:00


State of the European savoury snacks industry


Jared Koerten,
Industry Manager - Food & Nutrition, Euromonitor

Workshop     11:45 12:10    Show Floor


The importance of metal detection testing in savoury snack manufacturing


Rob Stevens, Market Manager, Mettler Toledo Safeline


12:15 13:00


Generation Z and foods – a sustainable love story?


David Jago, Trends & Innovations Director, Mintel


Workshop     12:30 12:55    Show Floor


Processing guidelines for non-traditional sheeted baked snacks


Ken Zvoncheck, Director of Process Technology, Reading Bakery Systems


Workshop     14:00 14:25    Show Floor


Optimisation of batch fried potato chip systems – energy, efficiency and oil management


Göran Wadsten, Director, Rosenqvists Food Technologies

18:00  21:00

Closing reception and poolside party

Purobeach, Hilton Diagonal Mar hotel



To expedite the conference speakers may be substituted and subjects may be presented in a different running order, or on a different day than shown.

Please visit this page regularly for news and updates about the conference programme content and guest speakers.

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Don't forget the

informative workshop sessions presented in the ESA Knowledge Centre on the show floor:

• Best practice
• Practical advice
• New processes

• Emerging technologies


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