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Food Entrepreneur® Experience

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Explore what’s new and what’s next in the packaged food and beverage marketplace

Food Entrepreneur Experience is a free, digital event featuring engaging conversations with disruptors and visionaries. This spring’s Food Entrepreneur Experience featured interviews with finalists from SNAC International's SNX SNAC Tank competition. Additionally, Scott Dicker, market insights director, SPINS, shared market data and insights on the latest snack trends.

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Event Speakers

Gain insights on today’s consumer venture capital landscape and meet the founders behind five “Shark Tank” famous food and beverage brands.

Scott Dicker

As market insights director for SPINS, Scott Dicker identifies emerging trends and explores shifting consumer behavior, helping retailers and brands better understand their audience.

Betty Lu

Betty is the founder and chief executive officer of venture-backed Confetti Snacks, an award-winning gourmet snack made from nutrient-dense vegetables.

Grace Mittl and
Eli Bank

Grace Mittl and Eli Bank are cofounders of Absurd Snacks, a plant-based line of snacks featuring crunchy roasted chickpeas, fava beans, granola clusters and dried fruit.

Theo Mourad and Aaron Brodkey

Theo Mourad and Aaron Brodkey are cofounders of THEO's Plant-Based, a brand of plant-based jerky inspired by techniques Theo learned in Michelin Star farm-to-table kitchens.

Kristoffer Quiaoit

Kristoffer Quiaoit is CoFounder of Good Journey Donuts, a brand of low-carb cake donuts packed with fiber.

Keya Wingfield

The 2021 champion of Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship,” Keya Wingfield is not only a talented baker, but also a successful entrepreneur with her own brand of potato chips, Bombay Chips.

Meet the Brands

The functional food movement is gaining momentum. Meet the founders behind four functional food brands featured during the Food Entrepreneur Experience. Attendees may taste the products highlighted during the presentation by purchasing a sample packet. Limited quantities are available.

Parker Olson


Granola formulated with functional mushrooms

Parker Olson is the founder of Forij, a brand of granola formulated with functional mushrooms and nutrients to support brain and bone health.

Priya Mulvihill

You Again

Pantry staples rooted in ancient Indian nutrition

Priya Mulvihill is the founder of You Again, a superfood brand bridging the gap between ancient nutrition and modern pantry foods.

Ilene Chen

Founder and CEO
Power Up Foods

Cookies caffeinated with green tea extract

Ilene Chen is the founder and chief executive officer of Power Up Foods, a snack brand on a mission to reimagine energy and how we consume it. The brand's brownies and cookies are vegan, gluten-free and made with green tea extract for sustained energy without jitters.

Mathew Thalakotur

Founder and CEO
Mighty Gum

Chewing gum boosted by beneficial botanicals

Mathew Thalakotur is the founder and chief executive officer of Mighty Gum, a brand of chewing gum boosted by beneficial botanicals and vitamins to support immune health.

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