Lynn Dornblaser, Director of Innovation & Insights at MINTEL, will discuss how COVID-19 has changed how we cook, eat, and shop. Ms. Dornblaser will also cover how meal prep has changed, the role that immune-boosting and other health claims play in innovation, and how new products continue to answer consumers’ desire to have a treat. Alison Bodor, President and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), will share insights on how the frozen food industry supply chains and retail outlets were immediately impacted by COVID-19 in 2020 and the lessons learned as we head into the second wave and 2021. Ms. Bodor will also discuss her perspective from Washington, DC and the role of the government, both on a federal and state level, in keeping workers safe and manufacturing facilities operational.

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