Fans of new food and the people who make it.

Food Entrepreneur® Experience

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
1-2:30 pm CT

Explore what’s new and what’s next in the packaged food and beverage marketplace with the Food Entrepreneur Experience.

The Food Entrepreneur Experience is a free, digital event featuring engaging conversations with disruptors and visionaries. During the 90-minute session, participants will learn the latest trends and opportunities in the functional food and beverage market, plus the founders of four functional food brands will discuss the inspiration behind their innovative products. A limited number of product sample packets will be available to purchase for $10.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
1-2:30 pm CT


Get a taste of four of the brands behind the functional food movement. A limited number of tasting packets are available to purchase to sample before, during or after the presentation. 

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Event Speakers

Learn about the functional food market, emerging ingredients and opportunities for innovation.

Scott Dicker

Market Insights Director

As market insights director for SPINS, a wellness-focused data company, Scott Dicker identifies emerging trends and explores shifting consumer behavior, helping retailers and brands better understand the market and their audience.

Sam Kressler

Stir Innovation

Sam Kressler runs Stir Innovation, a culinary-driven, sustainability-centered consumer packaged goods consulting firm focused on creating delicious food products for clients ranging from pre-revenue startups to brands with several hundred million in annual sales.

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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