The Next Generation of Nutrition

Session Track: Health Issues
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012; 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Session Description:

A wide range of medical conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and renal disease, can be ameliorated through dietary intervention. However, the food industry pays too little attention to a number of these conditions, as the percentage of instances in the greater population are relatively low, and they perceive that the current food supply is catering adequately to these needs. This session will explore the definition of medical foods, the global market size of various categories, and how a new approach can assist patients while providing a new revenue stream for food companies.

Speaker Information:

Lu Ann WilliamsLu Ann Williams, M.B.A., Head of Research, Innova Market Insights
Lu Ann Williams started her career in The Netherlands twenty years ago with Wolters Kluwer before becoming Leading Science Publisher for Elsevier. For the past fifteen years, she has been involved in the international food industry, where she partners with the world's largest food and beverage companies on product development and marketing strategies, trends analysis, open innovation projects, and technology scouting. Ms. Williams also oversees the content for the "Taste the Trend" Pavilion at the IFT Food Expo®.


Ray Winger, Ph.D., Managing Director, Inside Foods LimitedRay Winger
A native New Zealander, Dr. Winger graduated with a BTech (foodtech) from Massey University then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship in 1972 and completed his M.S. and PhD degrees. Winger was active in the Student Division of IFT for 5 years and instigated the Graduate Paper Competition. Back in New Zealand (NZ), he was Research Scientist for Meat Industry Research Institute, then Technical Manager in NZ’s leading Health Food Company. As General Manager of an International agri-food consulting company he travelled widely in Asia, and saw first-hand how different the food industry’s requirements are in Vietnam, India, Thailand and other countries.