The Specialty Diets Forum
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They’re out there—the specialty diet shoppers of the world who needs you to help them navigate their gluten-free, vegan or allergen-free lifestyle. Challenges abound:
How can you successfully merchandise to avoid co-mingling and cross-contamination?
What are the best ways to work with the special diets community to promote your store?
How do you foster community and a safe haven for shoppers that look to you for guidance?
Catering to these shoppers calls for a specialty forum. That’s why we’ve put together The Specialty Diets Forum, the newest Expo West educational event. You’ll learn how to successfully serve shoppers like me, the forum’s Track Chair and vegan, so that by the time I leave your store, I can’t wait to come back.
I’ll see you in Anaheim on March 7 for this half-day event!
Senior Editor, Digital & Social Media (and vegan)
Add to your registration today for just $195 (includes Conference Pass)
For more information contact Jody Mason
, Conference Manager.
Keynote Speaker - Robyn O’Brien
Author, The Unhealthy Truth; Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer, AllergyKids Foundation
As a former food industry analyst, Fulbright grant recipient, author and mother of four, Robyn O’Brien brings compassion, insight and detailed analysis to her role as the founder of the organization and her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of children.
The daughter of a New Zealand nurse with Save the Children and a former U.S. Army lieutenant turned entrepreneur, Robyn’s passion to restore the health of the world’s children has deep roots, and on Mother’s Day 2009, Random House published her first book, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It.
Robyn’s work has been recognized by Ted Turner, Yoko Ono, His Royal Highness Prince of Wales, and Dr. Oz. She has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show and in other media and has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by the New York Times, “Visionary” by the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green, one of ten “Women to Shape the World” by SHAPE Magazine and one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter” by Forbes Women.
Robyn ‘s writing has appeared in the press and on countless websites including leading pediatric websites and Martha Stewart’s Whole Living , and she is a sought-after expert on children’s health policy by organizations around the globe.
Born and raised on Twinkies and PoBoys in Houston, Texas, Robyn is an inspiring speaker who believes that each of us are capable of affecting remarkable change in our lives. She lives in Colorado with her husband and four children. Additional resources, media appearances and information are available at www.robynobrien.com.
The Healthy Voyager - Carolyn Scott-Hamilton
The Healthy Voyager (AKA Carolyn Scott-Hamilton) is the Executive Producer, Creator, Host and Writer of The Healthy Voyager web series, site, and overall brand. A holistic nutritionist, plant based vegan chef, best selling cookbook author, sought after speaker, film making, screen writing, traveling, singing, dancing, fun-loving, healthy & green living wife, The Healthy Voyager aims to help people live well, one veggie at a time!
Luncheon Speaker - Kristin Bauer
Actress and animal rights activist Kristin Bauer plays the sarcastic vampire Pam on HBO’s True Blood series. Ironically, in her personal life Bauer pursues a lifestyle of compassion and nonviolence, which includes being a vegan. She recently told Natural Foods Merchandiser about her appearance at Expo West, "If we can shift how we think about mealtimes, the door will open for a healthier future. I plan to offer attendees tools to help their customers make that shift." Read more about Kristin on page 12 of the Conference Preview or on her website.