Global cranberry supplier, Ocean Spray Ingredient Technology Group, is welcoming manufacturers, distributors and others to its headquarters via an online virtual event. On 29 September 2009, the first Cranberry World Summit will give food industry members from around the world the opportunity to chat with Ocean Spray representatives, browse and download information, network with other attendees and hear independent experts’ views. Interested companies and individuals can find out more and register now at www.cranberryworldsummit.com.
The Cranberry World Summit will play host to two highly regarded independent speakers – Mr Lee Linthicum, head of food research at Euromonitor International and Professor Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, senior scientist and director at the Antioxidant Research Laboratory, at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Blumberg will first outline the connection between diet and health and explain how the industry can translate scientific knowledge into general understanding. Lee Linthicum from Euromonitor will then give a market intelligence overview and highlight opportunities for new product development. Both sessions will be followed by a live Q&A, in which attendees can pose questions to the speakers directly. More details and speaker biographies can be found at www.cranberryworldsummit.com.
“The Cranberry World Summit is our answer to the economic downturn,” says Kristen Borsari, senior marketing manager for Ocean Spray’s Ingredient Technology Group. “We know companies are spending less on travel, so this is the opportunity for manufacturers and others from around the world to visit us, browse our product range and ask us questions on anything from harvesting techniques to cranberry applications and health research.
“Attendees will be able to chat with our R&D, sales, marketing and scientific staff and our agents, or download our brochures in various languages. There’s also a private chat facility, so people can search for colleagues and contacts in the networking lounge and share experiences of working with cranberry. With our two esteemed speakers on board, we hope this will be a great way for manufacturers and others to gain valuable market information from the comfort of their own office.”
The Cranberry World Summit will take place on 29 September 2009 at 9.00 – 12.00 (Boston, MA) / 14:00 – 17:00 (London) and will be available to access for 30 days following the event via www.cranberryworldsummit.com.
Ocean Spray ITG is part of Ocean Spray. Ocean Spray in the US currently ranks as one of the top 50 food and beverage companies. In Europe, combined sales of branded products and ITG ingredients have topped $100 million. Ocean Spray ITG offers an extensive portfolio of fruit ingredients including sweetened dried cranberries, BerryFusions® Fruits, cranberry powders and purée – all available year round.