Education sessions at Fi North America

Have a look at the exclusive educational sessions waiting for you at Supply Side West/ Fi North America 2023!

The formulation and regulation of plant-based food and beverage products


The global plant-based food market is expected to triple in the next decade, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.2%, according to Future Market Insights. With growth, however, comes challenges. Considering FDA’s recent draft guidance on the labeling of plant-based milk, companies producing plant-based food and beverage products should be prepared for the unexpected. In this SupplySide West/FiNA education session, you’ll learn more about the regulatory stipulations behind various aspects of these products, formulation opportunities and challenges, and how plant-based technology is bringing this ever-growing category to new heights.

Join us for stimulating, relevant lessons in:

  • The market size and changes in consumer demand.
  • Understanding the particulars of the regulation of plant-based products.
  • Unique formulation challenges and how to overcome them.
  • New technologies that could change the game of creating plant-based products.


Date & Time: Tuesday October 24th, 2023 9:am - 12:00pm (PDT)

Location: Islander Ballroom E

Food and Beverage

One of the most popular education sessions of SupplySide West and Fi North America 2022, we’re back in 2023 with a whole new cast of characters. While the session is designed for newcomers to the industry, it also serves as a great primer for veterans. We’ll delve into topics always top of mind, including food
safety, supply chain challenges and best practices for working with a co-packer. Expect, as always, experts discussing emerging trends, plus a case study of a successful CPG to learn from the brand’s experiences.

Those who come will gain valuable insights such as:

  • Navigating a rather complex supply chain, including working with co-packers and ingredient manufacturers.
  • Understanding color, flavor and texture, and how to formulate with the right combination.
  • Learning the ins and outs of food safety, and the regulation that impacts food and beverage manufacturing.


Date & Time: Tuesday October 24th, 2023 1:00pm - 4:00pm (PDT)

Location: Islander Ballroom E

Fermentation’s role in the future of food and beverage (FiNA)

Fermentation technology has ancient roots, but its contemporary applications are numerous and growing. Beyond what’s considered traditional fermentation—which helps create products like kimchi and kombucha—other types are being used to create alt-dairy and alt-meat products. Professional organizations are actively helping educate on these technologies to bring greater awareness and spark innovation in our industry. Learn more about why all types of fermentation matter and how they’re being utilized to craft groundbreaking fermented food products.

Come learn more about:

  • The differences and utility of the three types of fermentation.
  • How precision fermentation is being used and its greater impact on food and beverage products.
  • The role fermentation will play in the growth of the food and beverage market.
  • Burgeoning technologies implementing fermentation.


Date & Time: Wednesday October 25th, 2023 9:00am-12:00pm (PDT)

Location: Islander Ballroom H


A day in the life of food science

Look at any successful food or beverage consumer packaged goods, and without a doubt, food science was integral to its creation. Often the unsung heroes behind the scenes, product formulators and scientists face
monumental challenges. On the daily, their job may entail responsibilities such as helping craft high-quality products with limited resources; developing craveable eats or drinks with a fraction of the (fill in the blank—fat, calories, sugar, preservatives, ingredients, sometimes all the above);
experimenting with additional parameters such as optimal colors, flavors,
texture, shelf life; and so much more. This session provides perspective from a handful of science professionals in the trenches of the food and beverage

Attendees will gain insight into:

  • Balancing scientific work within the context of being part of a broader team.
  • Navigating the challenges of ingredient substitutions.
  • Reconciling authenticity and nutritional implications around trends.
  • Finding common ground between form and function.
  • Branching into leadership roles, whether as boss or employee.
  • Establishing a consistent product development methodology.


Date & Time: Thursday October 26th, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm (PDT)

Location: Islander Ballroom H

Exploring the latest in beverage innovations, trends and more

This session focuses on current and emerging beverage trends. We will examine functional beverages and discuss how colors, flavors and textures play a significant role in innovation. Additionally, we will explore the importance of market research, global flavors, diet trends, and ingredient efficacy in developing successful beverages. The audience can also expect to learn the challenges of this ever-changing market, including generational differences in consumer preferences.

Takeaways include:

  • Market data illustrating where the beverage industry is and could be going.
  • Trending ingredients and beverage types, and the consumer demand for health benefits.
  • Innovative formulation strategies.


Date & Time: Friday October 27th, 2023 9:00am-12:00pm (PDT)

Location: Islander Ballroom H