Free On-Demand Webinar: Future Forward: Top Consumer Trends Set to Impact the Chocolate Aisle

With a wealth of ingredients to choose from and an ever-growing focus on consumer trends and insights, how can manufacturers ensure they are developing the most compelling chocolate products that will stand out from the competition in the confectionery category?

In this free, 40-minute on-demand webinar, Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Innova Market Insights, and Richard Cusick, founder of Evolution Artisan Confections, discuss the trends shaping the confectionery aisle and how manufacturers can apply them to their products.

Lu Ann Williams highlights the top trends that will most impact how consumers purchase chocolate products, and identify ways that manufacturers can meet the demand through product, packaging and labelling innovation.

Richard Cusick shares recipe inspiration that aligns with consumer trends. Highlighting ways to meet ever-evolving consumer tastes without sacrificing flavor, Richard discusses how and why he selects specific ingredients like California almonds and which techniques help him maximize the flavor and texture of the almonds and each of the accompanying ingredients.

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Lu Ann Williams

Director of Innovation, Innova Market Insight

Lu Ann has been active in the food industry globally for more than 20 years and is an expert in trends driving the food and beverage industry. She is an active global technology scout and frequent speaker at industry events. She leads a team of analysts at Innova Market Insights that tracks new trends in more than 70 countries.



Richard Cusick

Founder, Evolution Artisan Confections

Richard is a chocolatier and owner of Evolution Artisan Confections, a small-batch producer of artisan chocolates and desserts. He is also the founder and principal of Evolution Concepts, a consulting company focused on the confectionery business category, offering technical assistance and guidance, prototype design, testing and scaling. In his more than 20 years of experience, Richard has held positions at companies including Barry Callebaut, Little Lady Foods, Sara Lee and Kellogg, among others.