MARINA DEL REY, Calif., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Axiom Foods, the largest maker of rice and pea protein ingredients in the U.S. will host the second annual CEO Summit (#CEOSummitByAxiom) on Saturday, March 11, 2017 during the Natural Products Expo from 2:00 – 4:30 pm. A peer-to-peer group of leaders from different verticals of the naturals industry are coming together to discuss current issues in a "Did You Know" styled press conference and present statistics, research and little-known facts about the naturals industry. The CEO Summit is held annually when the group brings forward newsworthy topics and presents them to the press. The group will be convening at Morton's adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center and the press is invited to join the executives for a cocktail hour following the press conference in the same location.
This year's members include:
Dino Sarti, CEO, Aloe Gloe: An Aloe Vera Ready-to-Drink on which Coca-Cola Made a Big Bet
David Janow, CEO, Axiom Foods & Growing Naturals: Proving that Animals Are Not Needed to Fuel Pro UFC Athletes
Kelly Vlahakis, CEO, Earth Friendly Products: A Political Live Wire Between Legislators and the Greening of American Business
Vanessa Dew, Co-Founder, Health-ade: Making Kombucha a Mainstream Thing in 7-11 and Gas Stations Near You
Philip Richardson & Tucker Garrison, Co-Founders, Imlak'esh Organic: Super-food Supermen
Annie Ryu, CEO, The Jackfruit Company: The #1 Supply Chain Link Which has Re-Purposed Jackfruit into a Savory Main Course
Michael Miscoe, CEO, Lilly's Hummus: A Garbanzo Bean Paste Turned Lunch Pail Staple
Marci Zaroff, Co-Founder, Metawear: One of 20 Eco Amazons Who Has Been Recognized For Changing the World
Rob Robillard, President and CEO of Sensible Organics, Inc.: Former Keihl's and L'Oreal Executive Launches His Own
Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., CFS, Moderator: Internationally-acclaimed food scientist whose executive background includes ACNielsen and Ben & Jerry's; her writing has been seen on the pages of Penton Publications and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America.
"We are now a $180B industry and the millennial population of the U.S. is turning away from convention, looking for mission-driven products," said CEO Summit organizer, David Janow. "In 2016, organic produce alone represented $65.8B in sales and Wall Street is now part of the plant revolution. Wedbush reported that the overall plant-based foods industry represents more than $3.5Bin sales. The most conventional players like Kellogg's, Tyson, Hormel, Campbell's, Pepsi and Coke are moving quickly in this direction and even Walmart is one of the largest purveyors of organic food. We are inspired by influencers like Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Alphabet, whose plant protein predictions are hitting the mainstream news. These movements are the result of an Oxford University study that indicated costs of up to $1.5 trillion in healthcare and climate change-related could be saved by 2050 if people reduced their reliance on meat in their diet. We are a group of business people who care deeply about the integrity of this industry and are coming together to ensure all things natural can be trusted. As this Summit builds annually, we look forward to the continuation of our discussion and its positive effect."
About the CEO Summit (#CEOSUMMITBYAXIOM): A peer-to-peer group where natural industry leaders discuss hot topics and share them with the press. The group was created because founder David Janow believes that the naturals business should be the most transparent when it comes to truth in labeling and natural processing methods.
About Axiom Foods: We are on the cutting edge of plants and protein. We're involved in clinical trials and education by sponsoring Plant Protein Month launching April 2017. We are affecting change in the global food supply by, bringing compassion to the food business and showing the world that animals are not necessary to build muscle. We're at the forefront of rice becoming the new wheat – and the new meat. Just ask CNBC.
Alyson Dutch, BROWN + DUTCH PR, INC.
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