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Keynote Speaker

Inside the White House: From Nixon to Obama Topics:

Bob Woodward
The most famous political investigative reporter in America and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Bob Woodward provides a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of government, politics and the role of leadership.

Consistently revealing the inside, hidden stories of Washington and the American Presidency—from Watergate to the Supreme Court, the CIA, Pentagon, Federal Reserve, the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the efforts to resolve America’s fiscal condition, Bob Woodward is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post associate editor who has earned iconic status in American journalistic heritage. An experienced observer, Woodward highlights and analyzes the most important issues of the day sharing with audiences’ critical timely insights while providing the depth and breadth of information needed to gain perspective into today’s current state of affairs both at home and abroad.

General Session Speakers

Upcoming Trends and What They Mean for
the Snack Food Industry

Phil Lempert, AKA The Supermarket Guru®
Television & Radio News Reporter / Newspaper Columnist / Author / Consumerologist / Food Marketing Expert

For more than 25 years, Phil Lempert, an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape, has identified and explained impending trends to some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as The Supermarket Guru®, Lempert is a distinguished author and speaker who helps organizations identify how shoppers think today and how they’ll think in 2020.

The State of Snacking: Finding an Identity in a
Rapidly-Changing World

Jared Koerten
Senior Analyst, Euromonitor International

In the context of a relatively stagnant U.S. packaged food market, savory snacks continue to show steady growth. While consumers continue to snack more often, savory snacks have outperformed other snack offerings like confectionery, ice cream and baked goods. Despite this overall market growth, a series of distinct trends are pulling the savory snack market in different directions. In this environment, savory snack manufacturers must identify their own niche in order to succeed. This presentation will discuss the key demographic and lifestyle factors driving growth in various segments of the U.S. savory snack market, as well as key sources of competition. It will also provide suggestions for the future using case studies and Euromonitor’s market projections through 2019.