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Live debates: Nestlé and Mondelēz among ISM and ProSweets panelists

By Oliver Nieburg+

Last updated on 22-Jan-2016 at 09:02 GMT

Free-to-attend sessions for ISM & ProSweets visitors
Free-to-attend sessions for ISM & ProSweets visitors

ConfectioneryNews is hosting three live debates at the world’s largest confectionery trade fair next year, featuring representatives from the industry’s biggest players.

Finished goods exhibition ISM and supplier show ProSweets takes place in Cologne, Germany, from January 31 to February 3 2016.

Our panel discussions are free to attend for any ISM or ProSweets visitor.
Panellist recruitment for the discussions is almost complete, but there is still time to participate in some sessions, particularly if you are working for a big brand confectioner.

Session One: Reaching Millennial consumers


Why join our panel?
  • A free pass to the world’s largest confectionery fair
  • Showcase your expertise to big retailers and industry peers
  • Be part of ConfectioneryNews’ social media campaign, pre-show panelist interviews and video highlights reels

Please contact ConfectioneryNews editor Oliver Nieburg -

Sunday 31 January 2016 from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Host: Oliver Nieburg
Location: ISM Speakers Corner

Millennials - those aged 15 to 35 – account for a third of the world’s population, according to Innova Market Insights and are poised to overtake Baby Boomers as the biggest generation of candy buyers. How can companies connect with this socially and digitally engaged group?


  • Bas Smit, Global Marketing Director, Food Manufacturers, Barry Callebaut
  • Christoph Knoke, Senior Director, Client Growth Delivered, IRI Germany

STATUS: Seeking x1 panellist

Session Two: The Future of Confectionery Packaging


Monday 1 February 2016 - 10:30 am to 12:00 noon
Host: Jenny Eagle
Location: ProSweets Speakers Corner

Your company can have the best-tasting confectionery formulation in the world, but consumers will ultimately judge it by its cover. What does it take to have standout shelf appeal in today’s digital world? How can confectioners reduce the environmental impact of their wrapping materials while protecting product integrity? And how will packaging’s role change as e-commerce sales boom?

STATUS: Seeking panellists

Session Three: Reformulating chocolate to meet nutrition goals


Tuesday 2 February 2016 - 10:30am to 12:00 noon
Host: Oliver Nieburg
Location: ProSweets Speakers Corner
Chocolate manufacturers are coming under growing pressure from state and international bodies to cut sugar and fat. What options exist to reformulate? How can companies comply with legislation, preserve taste and maintain profit margins?


  • Clare Leonard, Director Scientific Affairs, Regulatory Affairs & Nutrition, Mondelēz International
  • Bianca Maria Vecchio, Senior Nutrition Specialist, Nestlé
  • Rinus Heemskerk, Global Head of Product Development & Innovation, Olam Cocoa
  • Marijke De Brouwer, Innovation Manager, Barry Callebaut


STATUS – panel complete

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