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The NutraIngredients-USA Digestive Health Forum

GoodBelly CEO joins R&D and market research experts to talk digestive health

By Stephen Daniells+

25-Aug-2014
Last updated on 26-Aug-2014 at 18:50 GMT2014-08-26T18:50:27Z

GoodBelly CEO joins R&D and market research experts to talk digestive health

Leading minds from the world of digestive health will join NutraIngredients-USA’s Stephen Daniells for an hour-long discussion of the sector, from science and claim substantiation, to market sizing and key consumer demographics.

Is it all about probiotics and prebiotics? What’s happening with synbiotics? What are the best delivery methods? Has Jamie Lee Curtis been good or bad for the category? Are polyphenols finding their way into formulations? Which demographics are best for marketers to target? What’s happening with functional foods for digestive health? These questions and more will be answered during the NutraIngredients-USA Digestive Health Forum on September 25.

For more information and to register for free, please click HERE .

The expert panel includes:

Alan Murray, CEO, NextFoods, makers of GoodBelly: Alan has over 30 years of experience as a supplier to the food industry in three continents.  He spent 10 years with Unilever, primarily in marketing roles both in the Netherlands and South Africa. From 1990 to 2010 he worked for Tetra Pak, the world leader in processing and packaging systems serving the food industry. During this period he led their operations in Southern Africa, Central Europe (Czech Republic and Slovakia) and North America. Alan has been a Board member of the National Food Processors Association, now merged with Grocery Manufacturers Association, and the International Dairy Foods Association.

Alan also sits on the boards of a number of private equity and venture capital backed companies and is also Chairman of Nasdaq listed SunOpta Inc. a leading global company focuses on natural, organic and speciality food products.

Tom Vierhile, Innovation Insights Director, Datamonitor: Tom has over 20 years of experience in consumer packaged goods reporting and analysis, much of that with Datamonitor Consumer’s Product Launch Analytics database of new products.  He is an internationally recognized expert on new product marketing and is often quoted in publications like USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.  Tom has authored many articles on new products for a variety of publications and is a regular contributor to Prepared Foods magazine, Natural Products Insider and Just Drinks.
Tom has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Dr Ralf Jäger, President, Increnovo: Dr. Jäger is a leading researcher of functional foods and dietary supplements, as well as an award-winning speaker in these subject areas. He has designed and conducted clinical studies on prominent ingredients and respected products. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers on sports nutrition, brain, joint, heart, and gut health, and writes for industry publications and mainstream media. A postdoctoral scholar in bio-organic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, Calif., Dr. Jäger originally earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Bonn in Germany. He is a member of numerous scientific associations, most notably, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), a Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN), and is an editorial board member, a co-editor and reviewer for several leading peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Navindra Seeram, University of Rhode Island: Dr Seeram is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, USA. His research group, the Bioactive Botanical Research Laboratory, investigates plant foods and natural products for preventive and therapeutic effects against chronic human diseases. Dr. Seeram has co-authored over 115 original peer-reviewed research articles, 6 review articles, 16 book chapters, and 6 international patents. He has co-edited 3 books and is the founding editor of the Clinical Pharmacognosy book series published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis. He was the recipient of the 2009 Young Scientist Award from the American Chemical Society Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division and is regularly quoted in the popular press about medicinal plant foods.  Dr. Seeram did his doctoral and postdoctoral studies at the University of the West Indies (in Jamaica) and at Michigan State University (MI, USA), respectively.

The forum will be moderated by Stephen Daniells, Senior Editor of NutraIngredients-USA.

The event is supported by the following leading digestive health ingredient suppliers (alphabetically):

Cargill’s Oliggo-Fiber Inulin: Oliggo-Fiber inulin, known as the “invisible fiber”, can be incorporated into almost any food or beverage without affecting taste or texture.  Inulin is a prebiotic ingredient that supports digestive health and enhances dietary calcium absorption. 

Nebraska Cultures: Founded in 1981, Nebraska Cultures supplies the Dr. Shahani's custom-manufactured probiotics, founded on the DDS-1 strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus.  Its full line of microorganisms is available either individually or in combination, and with or without enzymes, colostrum or phytonutrients.

Nutraceutix: An NSF Certified GMP contract manufacturer and private labeller of probiotics and other premium nutritional supplements. The company specializes in producing high-quality probiotics in bulk powder, capsules and tablets from its broad, factory-direct offering  of natural probiotic organisms.

Sabinsa: A manufacturer, supplier and marketer of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals, dietary supplements and specialty fine chemicals for the nutritional, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries.

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