A Conversation on the Disruptive Changes Impacting the Food & Beverage Industry

WCNY Retail Network (WhRN) / Food and Beverage

The WCNY Retail Network/ Food & Beverage invites you to join an informative panel on the outlook for the food & beverage industry. The panel will be moderated by Jonathan Tretler (C'93, MBA'97), Managing Director and co-head of Food & Beverage Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets and Carlos Trostli (MBA'86), President of OnPoint Business Development Consulting. The panelists are a diverse group of executives with signifcant operational, strategic and investing experience in the sector.

Joining the panel will be:

Patrizia Barone - Vice President, Regional Regulatory Affairs at Unilever
Patrizia leads the strategic regulatory activities for the North American region and Global Foods & Refreshment categories.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Georgetown University.

Wendy Weinstein Karp (C'84) - W2K Consulting, a consumer focused marketing resource
Wendy is a marketing consultant with over 25 years of food & beverage and on-premise restaurant experience. Her last corporate assignment was as Director of Global Marketing for The San Pellegrino Group. She currently outsources CMO thinking and implementation for restaurant, food and beverage clients. She is also an owner of PLATES Restaurant in Larchmont, NY.

Nick Morris (W'95) - Co-founder of Health Warrior, a Chia based snack food company
Nick co-founded Health Warrior in 2010 and in five years it has grown to 75 employees with products in over 11,000 stores. In 2015, VMG, a consumer focused private equity firm, invested in the company. Nick is currently head of trading at Weiss Multi Strategies.

Robert Whipple (MBA'09) - Principal at Apax Partners, a global private equity firm
Robert is a Principal in the Consumer team at Apax Partners. He has extensive experience assessing investment opportunities in the consumer, food & beverage sector and was actively involved in all phases of Apax’s successful investment in Advantage Sales & Marketing, a leading service provider in the food & beverage industry.

A representative set of discussion topics include:
  • How is the definition of health and wellness evolving?
  • What are companies doing to embrace and be part of the disruptive changes in the industry?
  • What role will digital play in the industry?
  • How are Millenials influencing the strategic direction of food & beverage companies?
  • What is required to launch a business in today’s environment?
  • What is the investment climate in the sector expected to be like going forward?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (the panel will start promptly at 6:00)


Midtown location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests 24-48 hours prior to the event to the "Primary Email" address listed in your profile. Please review your profile to confirm that the email address listed is correct.)

WCNY Supporting Members - $20.00 (WCNY supporting membership costs $95/yr at Join/Renew Membership)
Silver, Gold & Benefactor Members - $0
Other Wharton Alumni/Guests - $40.00

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Those attending will also receive a complimentary “swag bag” of leading edge innovative food & beverage items from several vendors:
For questions, please contact whrn@whartonny.com.

Due to building security requirements, you must pre-register for this event.  Walk-ins cannot be accepted.
Registration is subject to availability and will close on Tuesday, February 9 at 4:00pm Eastern - No Exceptions!