Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Summit

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Join us, Tuesday, May 14th in the Marriott Pavillion at The Culinary Institute of America to learn what’s trending in the food and beverage industry.

This educational event features influential speakers, panel discussions, vendor booths, tasting and networking opportunities with top Dutchess County food and beverage producers.





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Please join us for our Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Innovation Summit at The Culinary Institute of America on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.


12:00 p.m. Registration/Networking Lunch – Marriott Pavilion                                Conference Center

 1:00 p.m.    Welcome & Opening Remarks – Ecolab Auditorium

                   Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive

Mary Kay Vrba, President & CEO, Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

1:15 p.m.    Opening Speaker – Ecolab Auditorium

                   Dr. Tim Ryan, President, The Culinary Institute of America

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Breakout sessions to repeat

4:00 p.m.    Wrap-Up Session – Ecolab Auditorium

                   Inon Elroy, Israel’s Economic Minister to North America

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.   Vendor booths, tasting, and networking in the Beverage Garden and Heinz Plaza

All day – resources/reps from local and state areas of interest to the attendees.

Breakout Session Information*

Track 1 – Kosher … Not Just for Jews Anymore  

Organized by the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County

Kosher isn’t just for Orthodox Jews.  Currently, more non-Jews than Jews buy kosher. Young kosher foodies and Muslims are helping drive this demand as well as consumer trends for allergen-free, healthy, organic products. Expand your perception of what is kosher, current trends, and the economic advantages of being kosher.

Increasing demand for kosher-certified products increases opportunity for all.  Producers the world-over are stepping up to meet this demand by adding kosher to their label. This track will introduce you to the new possibilities kosher offers.

Session Topics:

      • The Market for Kosher Food & Beverage Products – Industry trends and the business justification for certifying Kosher. (Menachem Lubinsky, Kosher Today)
      • The Law and the Process – an overview of the requirements/standards and how to go about obtaining a Kosher label. (Rabbi Moshe Elefant of the Orthodox Union (OU))
      • Community Stories – Hear about the experience of food businesses headquartered in Dutchess County. (EFCO and My Brother Bobby’s Salsa)

Track 2 – Plant-Powering Business: From “Fringe” to Future!

With Brian Normoyle and Rebecca Moore of HUDSON VALLEY VEGFEST LLC. (and other participants to be confirmed)

In the U.S., vegan food sales in 2018 topped $3.3 billion; people identifying as vegan increased 600% in just 3 years. How can your business benefit from this exciting market? We’ll share some of the latest on incredible culinary innovations from the plant-based sector, hear from business owners who have added vegan options to their menus/product lines, demystify how you can access multiple demographics, and examine the dynamic market drivers that have propelled veganism into the mainstream.

Areas Covered:

      • Understanding Market Drivers and Demographics- Brief overview of the forces that have propelled plant-based innovations into the world’s spotlight.
      • Innovations- Featured Guest report on recent and new innovative food products and companies changing the foodscape – increasing accessibility, providing new opportunities.
      • Community Case Studies- Featured Guests who have grown – even saved! –  their businesses with vegan options.
      • Certification and Support- Information to help you gain access to this market.

Track 3 – Artisanal Landscapes: The Challenges and Rewards

Participants: TBD

The Hudson Valley has always been famous for being a haven for artisans of all kinds, and the landscape has literally been bursting at the seams in recent years with small scale producers creating goods of the highest quality for adventurous and discerning palates. During this panel discussion learn about the adventures, challenges and rewards of bringing visions to market from some of the area’s most successful producers.

Areas Covered:

      • Who Is Your Crowd?- Understanding the artisanal market.
      • Innovations: Ingredients that are exotic- but local!
      • Community Case Studies- Featured guests who are bringing their special treats to larger and larger audiences.
      • The Challenges and Rewards of Doing It Yourself!- Financial and small business area resources that offer support.

Track 4A – Sake: Beyond Sushi 

With CIA Professor John Fischer and a representative from Asahi Shuzo

Do you know that sake is not rice wine? The Hudson Valley will soon be home to a major sake brewery, but most Americans don’t know a lot about this rice-based beverage. The flavor profile of sake lends itself to many types of cuisines far beyond just Japanese food and it is poised for tremendous growth on the American food and drink scene. Join CIA Professor John Fischer and a top executive from Asahi Shuzo—maker of super-premium Dassai sake—for this educational presentation about sake and its place in the future of American dining.

Areas Covered:

      • Overview- Basics of sake production
      • Sake History
      • What’s In a Name?- Different types of sake and what the names represent
      • Taste Test- Sake tastings to be provided

Track 4B – Craft Beer in the Hudson Valley

 With Hutch Kugeman, Alan Daniels, and Gary Dyal

The brewing industry has a long history in the Hudson Valley and the last decade has seen massive growth in the number of local breweries, retailers and industry suppliers driven by high consumer demand for great tasting local beer.  Join CIA Head Brewer and NYS Brewers Association Board Member Hutch Kugeman; Alan Daniels, Owner of Half-Time Beverage; and Gary Dyal, Owner Cryo Pure Corp. to discuss craft beer in the Hudson Valley, how to use the brewer-retailer relationship to grow your sales, and building an affordable gas delivery system that allows your retail or production business to save money and plan for growth.

Areas covered:

      • Brewery Boom- New York breweries by the numbers.
      • Issues and Innovations- Current trends and challenges facing the industry.
      • Win-Win- Maximizing the brewer-retailer relationship to the benefit of both.
      • CO2 Delivery Systems- How to plan for growth in an affordable manner.
*Subjects, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

The day will end with a networking and tasting reception. A select number of vendors will be approved to provide items for tasting. If you are interested in applying to become a vendor, download the link below.

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$25.00 per ticket in Advance, $40 per ticket at the Door

Be sure to check back as we announce our speakers for this exciting event!


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