The Future of Food is a four part series exploring topics surrounding the Future of Food. The series is jointly hosted by Branchfood and CIC. Tickets are available to purchase for individual events or an all-access series pass. Join the Branchfood mailing list to receive updates and learn more about this and future events!
Future of Food Series: The Future of Food Products
Flavor Clouds, Gelato with zero added sugar, and prickly pear water are just a few examples of the new food products, trends, and businesses that are emerging daily. Though we're seeing innovative consumer packaged goods startups launching around the world, Boston is home to some of the most progressive food product innovations out there.
In our 2nd Future of Food Series panel, we will speak with Boston's leading startup founders, investors, and manufacturers to discuss the latest trends in food product innovation, development and marketing.
Adam Melonas, Founder & CEO at Chew LLC and Nursery
Adam is one of the worlds most respected innovators in the experimental culinary arts. In 2013 he founded Chew, a food innovation lab in Cambridge, MA that redefines what is possible in the world of packaged food by creating game-changing products that are not only delicious but also nutritious and sustainable. Adam's latest venture, the Nursery, is a food and beverage incubator designed to build and scale both new food and beverage products, as well as technology.
Risa Sherman, Philanthropy, Social Impact and Cause Marketing at The Boston Beer Company
Risa's role at The Boston Beer Company is to oversee all philanthropy across multiple brands including the company’s award-winning initiative, Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a program she helped to create in 2007. The program connects hard-working entrepreneurs in the food, beverage and brewing areas with working capital, coaching and networks they need to start, strengthen and grow their small businesses.
Marty Kolewe, Director of R&D at Incredible Foods and perfectlyFree®
Marty is the Director of R&D for Incredible Foods. Incredible Foods is creating new food and consumer health experiences that are inspired by nature. The innovation team at Incredible Foods integrates their proprietary technology platform into various food products across categories, developing new products from concept through commercial manufacturing, and reaches consumers through the perfectlyfree® brand. Their next product, perfectlyfree® fruit bites, is a new category of fruit snack: in form and nutrition they are just like berries you’d find in nature, but they come in any flavor imaginable and have extended shelf-life for convenience.
Janelle Nanos, Reporter at The Boston Globe
Janelle is a writer, editor, and journalism professor in Boston. She is currently a business reporter at the Boston Globe, where she writes about retail, e-commerce, the food industry and consumer culture. She thrives on diving deep into the ideas, people, and businesses that drive Boston’s economy.