Prepared Foods' R&D Applications Seminar Chicago
Is a practical 2 day "how to" applications-oriented event dedicated to further educating the food & beverage industry's formulators on specific application challenges.

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2014 Keynote Speakers

koetkeChristopher Koetke, MBA, CEC, CCE Vice President, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Vice President, Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts
Ethnic Adventure: What's Next in Global Flavors, Seasonings?
As a seasoned culinary educator at Kendall College and vice president of Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts, Chris Koetke regularly travels across five continents. His recent sojourns to Ecuador, China, Chile, Mexico, Malaysia, Turkey and beyond have unleashed new flavor experiences and ingredient concepts that have already begun to birth new, tantalizing foods for American consumers. As part of the session, Chris will share will take attendees on an adventure to unearth the specific international flavors, ingredients and products that have the power to go “mainstream” in the United States. Additionally, he’ll instill within attendees a sense of passion and understanding of how to integrate these different ideas, flavors and concepts into our current food culture and, specifically, new product development.


levineLarry Levin, Executive Vice President, Industry Insights
New products are the lifeblood of manufacturers, bringing inspiring ideas to life that appeal to the hearts and minds of consumers and shoppers. However, product launches must be a catalyst not only for new product trial but also for repeat purchases. Larry Levin profiles IRI’s 2013 “New Product Pacesetters” honorees and shares company and consumer insights. Learn what products have enjoyed strong sales in the first year and afterward…and which have demonstrated innovative efforts to sustain success well past launch.

NEW for 2014

Prepared Foods is pleased to announce that a number of R&D Applications Seminar Chicago sessions meet RCA guidelines for acceptable continuing education for CRC and CS certification renewal purposes. Qualifying sessions are indicated with leaf
* 40 min presentations will be worth 1 credit hour and the App. Labs will be worth 1.5 credit hours.

RCA members - don’t miss this opportunity to learn while upping your portfolio of creations! Now you can attend R&D Applications Seminar Chicago sessions and receive CE contact hours towards RCACC recertification.

Topics and Highlights

  • Wide choice of over 40+ different technical sessions.
  • Copies of presentation papers
  • There are separate tracks each dedicated to a specific application [bakery, dairy, healthy ingredients, etc.] and to specific ingredients [healthy ingredients, starches, gums].
  • Questions answered on-site by experts.
  • Unique opportunity for your team to learn together.
  • Expert presenters in every session.
  • The industry's most comprehensive choice of application-oriented sessions.

Who Should Attend

The R&D Seminar was developed specifically to help further educate formulators from food/beverage, ingredient and service companies.Those who should attend include:

  • Bench-level R&D
  • Technical service
  • Middle R&D management
  • Product formulators
  • Quality Control
  • Application R&D

2014 Venue

Hilton O’Hare Rosemont
5550 N River Rd
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Toll Free: 1-800-HILTONS
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Educational Sessions

The schedule will feature up to 5 concurrent technical tracks. Each track will be devoted to a specific application challenge (beverage, baking, dairy, emerging ingredients, etc) or specific ingredient functionality (gums, starches, emerging ingredients, etc.).

Applications Lab Sessions

The interactive Applications Lab Sessions will feature the use of product samples to more effectively demonstrate an ingredient’s functionality, or its application in a finished consumer product or model system.

The Application Lab sessions are longer, more hands-on, interactive, in-depth and comprehensive than the traditional sessions. Tuesday morning is dedicated to just Application Lab Sessions.

Registering Early will help you attend your desired session.