Unpack New Knowledge

In the snack industry, where tastes evolve and new flavors emerge, even the ordinary can become extraordinary. What begins with an all-natural ingredient can become a permissible indulgence. What starts as a grain of insight can build into business-boosting information. And what starts as simple inspiration can become the next great innovation. Experience the extraordinary at SNAXPO, the premier educational event for snack professionals looking to source the recipe for success.

Through its enhanced conference program, which includes more education sessions than ever before, SNAXPO offers forward-thinking snack industry insiders a sneak peek into all that’s emerging in the snack industry. Specialized education tracks tailored toward the business needs and interests of a wide spectrum of professionals allow you to dive deep into a snack-filled world of discovery and explore packaging and sustainability, regulatory affairs, market trends and insights into the Latin American snack market.


Keynote Sessions

“SNAC Tank” featuring Barbara Corcoran

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 • 12:00 pm–1:30 pm • Osceola Ballroom

See emerging snack brands present their uniquely innovative product in front of a panel of industry expert judges. The winner will take home a cash prize. Also hear from Barbara Corcoran on her self-made success story and the strategies she employs to attain greatness.

“If You Can See It, You Can Be It” by Chef Jeff

Monday, April 01, 2019 • 8:00 am–9:45 am • Osceola Ballroom

From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles as an imprisoned drug dealer to an award-winning celebrity chef, Chef Jeff Henderson has completely turned his life around, and today serves as a popular and powerful voice for self-transformation. The New York Times bestselling author inspires and motivates with his session that unveils lessons to succeed—both in your personal and professional life—in changing times in today’s society and the overall food industry.

Educational Sessions by Track


Packaging and Sustainability


Packaging for a Sustainable Future: A View from PepsiCo

Monday, April 1, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Andrew Aulisi

Senior Director, Global Environmental Policy
Public Policy & Government Affairs

Public concern about packaging’s impact on the environment is putting significant pressure on consumer goods manufacturers to find new ways to ensure packaging is properly disposed of, light-weighted and made of recycled and recyclable material. In this session, Andrew will share his company’s views regarding the long-term sustainability of packaging, and plastics specifically; along with the global pressures facing PepsiCo, their views on the solutions and how the company is seeking to drive progress forward.

Outlook for Snack Packaging Sustainability

Monday, April 1, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Dr. Kay Cooksey, Ph.D.

Professor and Cryovac Endowed Chair
Clemson University
Packaging Science Program
Department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences

Packaging is essential for protecting and delivering our food safely but is often viewed as a wasteful and a problem for the environment. Although the industry has always examined and found solutions for packaging waste and improved sustainability, there are trends that drive change from decade to decade that provide new solutions. This presentation will focus on current drivers and trends for snack food packaging sustainability, circular economy and food waste reduction as well as possible solutions.


Regulatory Affairs


What the Snack Industry Needs to Know to Comply with the Bioengineered Food Disclosure Final Rule 

Monday, April 1, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Martin Hahn

Hogan Lovells and SNAC Legal Counsel

On Dec. 20, 2018, the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard final rule. The rule requires all products made with bioengineered ingredients (commonly known as “GMOs”) be disclosed in a clear, consistent manner, either through on-pack text or symbol, text message disclosure, or through an electronic digital link. The rule establishes January 1, 2022 as the mandatory compliance date for manufacturers with annual sales over $10 million. This session will walk attendees through an analysis of the final rule, and tell you what you need to know to comply.


What to Expect from FDA on Sodium Reduction and Nutrition Claims

Monday, April 2, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Beth Johnson

MS, RD, Principal & CEO
Food Directions

In 2018, FDA Commissioner Gottlieb issued a major new approach to nutrition policy that could have significant implications for snack producers. Further, the updated Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for sodium and potassium, published on March 5, is expected to result in a renewed push by FDA for food companies to voluntarily reduce sodium in their products. The FDA will also be looking at redefining claims such as “healthy” and simplifying ingredient statements. In this session, SNAC’s Nutrition Consultant, Beth Johnson, will walk through what this all means, and outline specific steps you need to take to be prepared.


Proposition 65 and Overview of SNAC Activities/Member Opportunities

Monday, April 1, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Dr. Mark Nelson

Principal, MFN FoodReg and SNAC Technical Consultant

Since Proposition 65 went into effect in California, many snack producers have been sued for having acrylamide levels higher than the threshold set by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), or for failing to provide an on-package warning statement. SNAC Technical Consultant Mark Nelson will walk attendees through the latest Prop 65 developments, including what snack producers need to know about acrylamide and a more recently listed chemical – furfuryl alcohol. Finally, Nelson will inform members of opportunities to get involved with SNAC’s overall Prop 65 efforts.


Market Trends and Insights


State of Global Snacking: New Growth Frontiers

Monday, April 1, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Jared Koerten

Senior Analyst
Euromonitor International

The global snack market continues to grow, extending into every eating occasion and across borders. At the same time, consumers are changing the way they snack, replacing meals with snacking occasions, demanding better-for-you options and desiring an immersive snacking experience. Explore the global snack market, including emerging channels, international consumer preferences, key trends and growth opportunities from around the world. Koerten will also provide recommendations for snack manufacturers using case studies and analyzing Euromonitor data.

Navigating E-Commerce and the Snack Industry

Monday April 1, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Sam Gagliardi

Head of E-Commerce (SVP)

Ecommerce is the fastest growing channel in the CPG industry, and online sales are expected to double in the next few years. This session will help snack producers learn about huge opportunities and risks for brands online and the ways in which brands and retailers must rethink their marketing strategies to successfully compete in this growing and complex channel.


Snacking Evolution in the next Five Years

Tuesday, April 2, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Darren Seifer

Executive Director
Industry Analyst
NPD Group

Snacking is an increasingly important part of our daily routines, but new products, demographic shifts, and lifestyle changes are creating new realities. To succeed, snack producers must gain a forward-looking view of the products, times of day, and consumer segments that will drive growth. This eye-opening discussion will provide you with a fresh perspective on how snacking will evolve over the next five years based on generational shifts, consumer needs, and new solutions available to consumers.


Latin American Snacks


Snack Trends Driving Growth in Latin America

Monday, April 1, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Have Latin American eating preferences such as bold/spicy flavors, interesting textures and emerging ingredients changed or evolved over recent years throughout the snacking world? This presentation will review the performance of various snack categories across the Latin American region and will provide perspective on how broader trends such as category migration, nutritious vs indulgence, and flavor innovation are generating impact. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of local and regional preferences. Finally, Alejandro and Carlos will explore opportunities for future growth in the region.

Alejandro Prieto

Global Analytics Lead and Latam CBP

Carlos Ordonez

Client Business Partner 


PANEL: CEO Perspectives on Growth Opportunities for Latin American Snack Companies

Monday April 1, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

José Luis Prado

Chairman & CEO
Evans Foods

Mónica Contreras

General Manager, Andean Region
PepsiCo Foods

Guillermo Aponte

CEO, Food and Snacks Division 
Arca Continental 

MODERATOR: Mauro Gomez

VP of Sales and Marketing
Anita’s Mexican Foods Corporation

Hear from three senior executives of leading snack companies in Latin America as they share their unique perspectives on the key factors impacting category growth in the region. Discussion topics include product trends, changes in the retail environment, packaging and regulatory requirements.


Health and Wellness Regulatory Trends Impacting LATAM Snack Companies

Monday, April 2, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Lorena Cerdán Torres


This presentation will focus on the latest regulatory developments in the Latin American snack industry, including new labeling laws, taxation of products, and how consumers in the region are reacting. In the future, are lawmakers expected to continue to target snack products with stringent labeling regulations and higher tax rates? Attendees will also learn whether recent regulations have led to a shift in consumer eating habits in Latin America.

WinS (Women in Snacks) Engagement Program

Sunday, March 31 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Angie Bastian

Co Founder 

Laura Maxwell

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Optimization
Pepsico – Frito-Lay North America 


CEO, Wise Foods, Inc., and Chairwoman, SNAC International

Join us for the WinS Workshop at SNAXPO that will feature a panel-based conversation with three special guest speakers: Angie Bastian, founder of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, Laura Maxwell, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Frito-Lay and, Jolie Weber, CEO of Wise Foods, and Chairwoman, SNAC International.  During the first hour, Angie, Laura and Jolie will be sharing insights about their career journeys from three different perspectives, while the second hour will be dedicated to attendees engaging in tabletop discussions led by WinS Steering Committee members.

The Panel will be moderated by WinS Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Cindy Kuester, Snak King and Mike Kaczynski, Evans Food Group. Learn more.

Sanitation Best Practices for the Snack Industry – Pre-Conference Workshop

Sunday, March 31, 7:30AM – 4:30PM

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Workshop Instructors:

Jenifer Kane

Nobius Food Safety Management

Dave Blomquist

EAS Consulting Group

SnackPAC Reception

April 1, 5:30 – 6:30PM

Special Guest Speaker:



National Editor of the Cook Political Report and Former Political Director of ABC News