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Innovation Roadshow eXclusive!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

We are eXactly siX weeks out from David Michael’s 2013 Innovation Roadshow® X. Here at the office and in our labs, we are operating at full speed as we prepare for the 10th anniversary of our industry-recognized event. Consider this your sneak peek at some of the innovations you can expect to see and taste at this year’s showcase on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

Innovation Roadshow® X Product Photography

Our talented photographer, Anthony Sinagoga, always aims to get the best shot.

Innovation Roadshow® X - Food Props

The staging area is home to our many fresh props. A little zest goes a long way when you’re styling food!

Innovation Roadshow® X Product Photography Session

You’ll just have to come to the Roadshow for yourself to find out what this little sweet treat has in store!

Innovation Roadshow® X - Macarons

As beautiful as they are delicious! (One of the best benefits of a food photo shoot is getting to snack on the products once they’ve had their turn in the spotlight)

Innovation Roadshow® X - Foof Photo Prep

The team hard at work to get the products looking just right and then making sure they stay that way under the hot lights.

Innovation Roadshow® X - Animal Crackers in the Wild

Yes, you should be intrigued!

We can’t reveal much, but we promise this Roadshow will renew your sense of creativity while re-charging your innovation energy.

Register Here!

And be sure to follow us on Twitter @DMFlavors to stay in the know about the upcoming Roadshow and all things food and flavor!

We’re Getting eXcited for Roadshow X!

Monday, February 25th, 2013

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but our Innovation Roadshow® is ten years old! What started as an idea to share our innovations with the world, has blossomed into an international, industry-recognized, must-attend event.

Each year, the Innovation Roadshow® highlights our best ideas in technical creativity, new flavor development and cost-saving technology, in addition to thought-provoking and timely discussions from some of the brightest minds in the food and beverage industry.

We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary with timely trend-spotting, amazing innovative products and an insightful keynote presentation.

As we near David Michael’s 2013 Innovation Roadshow®, keep up on the latest developments by following us on Twitter @DMFlavors.

Register Here!

Innovation Roadshow® X Poster

Revisiting the Roadshow

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Just like that, our 9th Innovation Roadshow is in the rearview! All of the months of innovating, planning and hard work culminated in another successful event. One trends presentation, two technical sessions, a keynote speaker, 25 new product booths and over 100 different flavors– all built around the theme of, “Make the Known Your Own.” Guests enjoyed a wide array of unique and innovative products covering everything from beverages to savory dishes and sweets. For those of you who couldn’t join us, here are some key highlights:

Skip Rosskam, President and COO - DM Flavors









Skip Rosskam, President and COO, welcomes the audience.


Presenting the Roadmap to the Roadshow









Yours truly delivering the Roadmap to the Roadshow presentation – a deep dive into the trends that inspire our product and flavor innovation.


Savory Natural Flavored Syrups









Guests sample our sweet and savory naturally flavored syrups.

Donna Mascaro - Beverage Applications Project Leader









Beverage Applications Project Leader, Donna Mascaro, doles out her savory cupcakes to eager guests.


International Flavors  - China and Maxico









Adding some international flair were some authentic products and flavors unique to China and Mexico.


 Jeff Miller, Director of Culinary Research & Development for Dunkin’ Brands









Our keynote speaker, Jeff Miller, Director of Culinary Research & Development for Dunkin’ Brands, closed out the day by captivating the audience with his take on how to differentiate a product by adding a twist to the familiar.

Toy Car









It was a fabulous and fun day of innovation, education, networking and of course everyone’s favorite part – tasting and indulging!

Lights, Camera…Roadshow!

Friday, February 10th, 2012

It’s hard to believe that we’re only 11 weeks out from the 2012 Innovation Roadshow® – and it will be here before we know it.  As our biggest annual event nears, we’ve all been working hard to ensure that April 25, 2012 will be our most impressive Roadshow yet!   Last week, David Michael’s technical team finalized their Roadshow concepts and after a few days of tasting, the 3-day long photo shoot ensued. The hardworking squad is made up of some of DM’s finest: our fearless photo shoot leader, Denis Blais (Senior Account Manager) teamed up with Danielle Durso (Marketing Coordinator), Kelly DeFusco (Senior Food Technologist, Bakery & Cereal) and photographer, Anthony Sinagoga. As a DM freshman preparing for my first Innovation Roadshow®, I have to say I was inspired by watching this well-oiled machine make their magic happen.

So, do you want to know what we’ll be showcasing this year?  Ready, here it goes:                           Oh, come on – did you really think we would tell you now?  You’ll just have to come find out for yourself!

Although I can’t yet divulge the concepts and products you can expect to experience at this year’s Roadshow, we thought you’d enjoy a sneak peek at the photo shoot.  You may not know exactly what concepts you’re seeing below – but here’s a hint to keep in mind: the 2012 Innovation Roadshow® centers on making the known your own (and we sure had a lot of fun doing it).

Kelly creating chocolate shavings for the 9th Innovation Road Show

Kelly is hard at work creating the perfect chocolate shavings.


Anthony takes a shot at styling alongside Kelly – he’s so much more than just a photographer!

Anthony takes a shot at styling alongside Kelly – he’s so much more than just a photographer!


Denis and Kelly prep garnish for the next shot.

Denis and Kelly prep garnish for the next shot.


Danielle uses dry ice to keep water ice from melting during this photo shoot

Dry ice to the rescue as Danielle keeps these water ices from turning to just water.


Denis concocts a beautiful beverage.

Denis concocts a beautiful beverage.


Food Product Photography Prep

Yes – they taste as good as they look!


Anthony gets in for a close-up  - Food Product Photography

Anthony gets in for a close-up.


Prepping for Food Product Photography

The group, hard at work at the prep table.


Danielle keeps cool while applying dry ice to one of our new ice cream concepts.

Danielle keeps cool while applying dry ice to one of our new ice cream concepts.


Kelly and Denis prep a concept in the “igloo.”

Kelly and Denis prep a concept in the “igloo.”


Save the Date: We’re Getting Roadshow-Ready!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

It’s that time again! Ok, well it’s almost that time again. Here at David Michael we’ve started our annual countdown to our favorite time of the year. No, it’s not Thanksgiving, the winter holidays or the super bowl (although any food-centric events certainly make the list). In just six months we’ll be hosting our ninth Innovation Roadshow®!

We’re already working hard to prepare for the highly-anticipated April 25th event and make it our most impressive Roadshow yet. There’s nothing we love more than the opportunity to showcase to our customers what we work on day in and day out.

Each year, the Innovation Roadshow® highlights our best ideas in technical creativity, new flavor development and cost-saving technology. With a laser focus on innovative products, our crystal ball view of food & flavor trends and sage insights from our keynote speakers our goal is to bring our customers pioneering ideas and emerging trends with which to recharge their innovative edge.

As the countdown continues, keep an eye on our website for more updates and sneak peaks about David Michael’s 2012 Innovation Roadshow®!

2012 David Michael Innovation Roadshow - Hyatt Regency Philadelphia

Reflections on the Roadshow

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

2011 Innovations Roadshow room 267

It’s hard to believe that another Innovation Roadshow® has come and gone. With 18 months of planning, our annual event was over quicker than you can even say the word “Roadshow.”

Throughout 26 booths, our global technical staff showcased almost 100 new concepts, flavors and technologies that got our attendees’ creative juices flowing.

All that noshing built up energy for presentations on food & beverage trends, alternative natural sweeteners and new EU flavor legislation. And the day culminated with a keynote presentation from Mary Wagner, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Global Research & Development/Quality for Starbucks Coffee Company. Her presentation educated our attendees on how to remain authentic to your brand, yet appeal to the local market to which you are selling.

But back to the food! When it comes to the products we show at our Innovation Showcase, the tabletop exhibit mentioned above, everyone has their favorites – based on personal preference, uniqueness and applicability – but let me share with you some of mine….

Varietal Mint Ice Creams - developed with David Michael’s Michtex® technology

  • Varietal Mint Ice Creams – Inspired by chewing gum, we explored the use of spearmint (paired with blackberry) and wintergreen (paired with vanilla) in ice cream, as well as a new texture. Utilizing David Michael’s Michtex® technology, we were able to replicate the “stretchy” texture of Turkish-style ice cream, also known as dondurma.

 Fortified Fruity Chicken Nuggets Varieties - Cherry Pir and Apple a la Mode

  • Fortified Fruity Chicken Nuggets – For the picky eater in need of a nutritional boost, these nuggets boast vitamins and minerals, or deliver a serving of fruit. Choose from Cherry Lime or Apple Pie a la Mode (coated with real pie crust and vanilla ice cream flavored icing!).

Aloe Beverages - Borojo Rooibos Tea, Old Fashioned Lemonade, and Spiced Peach

  • Aloe Beverages – Each year at the Fancy Foods Show, the number of vendors showing aloe beverages grows and grows. With their sweet taste and flavorful adaptability, why haven’t these taken off? One theory is the large pulp. Our beverage group addressed this with three flavors with varying degrees of pulp. And the flavors! The beverages were shown in Borojo Rooibos Tea, Old Fashioned Lemonade, and Spiced Peach (with cinnamon, vanilla and mastic).

Mood Truffles - Aphrodisiac Foods

  • Mood Truffles – As in get-in-the-mood truffles. We’ve spotted some trends lately pointing toward aphrodisiac foods gaining favor with baby boomers. Anti-aging foods that enhance energy and vitality, are going a step further. The flavors also test our level of comfort, another emerging trend, with oyster and uni (sea urchin roe).

Maghreb Fruit & Almond Smoothie

  • Maghreb Fruit & Almond Smoothie – Not only does this fruit and almond milk smoothie highlight dairy alternatives, and North African flavors (honey fig, and honey fig with orange blossom and cumin), but it’s also a multi-purpose beverage. The smoothies can also be used as sauces for meats.

But these are just a few of the amazing items showcased this year. Learn more about the Innovation Roadshow. To taste samples from this year’s show, or get copies of the presentations, please contact your account manager.

On the Fence?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

David Michael Innovation Roadshow Convention Floor

By now, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the David Michael Innovation Roadshow – whether on our Twitter feed, an industry magazine, or right here on this very blog. If you’re a procrastinating gal (or guy) like myself, you may be thinking, “oh yeah…I’ll have to look into that…”

Well, I’m here to tell you that time is running low! We are a mere FIVE weeks away from our eighth annual show – and registrations are at an all-time high.

So, if you’re in need of a little push, I’m here to give it. Below are our top 10 reasons to attend this year…

  1. The Innovation Roadshow is a FREE event! There is no cost other than your travel and accommodations.
  2. You will experience innovative flavors and applications – from out-of-the-box concepts to ideas that are ready for market.
  3. Learn from experts on technologies and regulatory issues that impact product formulation in today’s marketplace.
  4. Re-charge your innovative edge – we’ll get you thinking in new ways!
  5. See and taste product concepts in a variety of categories – from confections and baked goods, to distilled spirits and ice cream!
  6. Learn how to adapt these concepts to your own product line. Think a savory frozen snack concept doesn’t have applications for your cookie line? Think again.
  7. Learn how to create, or adapt, a brand that is market flexible – how to remain authentic, yet appeal to local tastes.
  8. Interact with David Michael’s global creative team, as well as others in your field.
  9. Learn more about current and emerging food and beverage trends.
  10. Taste exotic flavors from around the world!

It’s (almost) Roadshow Time!!!

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

This last month has been busy, to say the least. As the 2011 Innovation Roadshow® nears, we have been flooded with preparations.

Our Roadshow committee sat down with the David Michael technical team to taste final concepts for the show. (It’s a hard job, folks – but someone’s got to do it!) While I can’t reveal any of the concepts for this year’s show, I’ll give you a few hints…

We’ve got a couple of hand-held foods to show, and at least one gives a new meaning to sweet & savory. One of our ice cream concepts will literally have you playing with your food. A number of exciting new healthy trends will be on display, and with all of the global flavors, you may feel like you’ve toured the world in two hours. Plus, we’re showing an interesting take on the aphrodisiac trend. And, as always, everything tastes FABULOUS!

Of course, once the review is over, it’s time for each of our concepts to get their close-up. Once again, committee members Denis Blais (senior account manager) and Danielle Durso (marketing coordinator), as well as Kelly DeFusco (senior food technologist, bakery & cereal) took over our board room, along with photographer, Anthony Sinagoga for an intensive photography session, styling for this year’s 26 booths!

Below are some behind-the-scenes shots of the photo shoot – be on the lookout for clues!

David Michael Flavors Food Photo Shoot

Just a small selection of the ingredients needed for this shoot.

Denis prepping for Food Photo Shoot - David Michael Flavors

Denis “in the zone.”

Danielle - Food Photo Testing - David Michael Flavors

Danielle tries out the role of photographer for a shot.

Kelly  - Food Styling for Photo Shoot - David Michael Flavors

Kelly styling her own creation!

Chef Anh Nguy - Food Photo Shoot - David Michael Flavors

The group works alongside Chef Anh Nguy.

David Michael Flavors Photo Shoot Team (Clockwise from left, Anthony, Kelly, Denis, Danielle.)

At the end of three long days, the team takes a breather! (Clockwise from left, Anthony, Kelly, Denis, Danielle.)

Isn’t it time for the Roadshow?

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The Innovation Roadshow is an autumn tradition here at David Michael. Held every October, the Innovation Roadshow is…

Wait a minute… You’re thinking – I haven’t received my invite yet! Do not fret – for the first time in seven years, we’ve moved the show, to the springtime.

Yup! We’re changing the timing this year. Based on attendee feedback, we learned that the spring is a much more convenient time to attend. But don’t worry,  the show is still the classic balance of tabletop exhibition and speaker presentations that you’ve come to love.

Keep an eye on our website for updates over the coming weeks, as well as more information in your mailbox. Don’t think you’re on our mailing list? Drop us a line and let us know you want to receive an invite. Remember, the Innovation Roadshow is an industry only event – food, beverage and foodservice manufacturers only, please.


David Michael Innovation Roadshow®

March 30, 2011

Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA

End of the Brand?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

National vs Private Label Food Brands

We’ve been reading a lot lately about stores cutting back on national brands to make room for more private label goods. And perhaps the greatest impact will be that made by Wal-Mart. When one manufacturer generates a significant portion of your annual sales, it becomes a bit worrisome, to say the least.

But is this a long-term trend, or a short-term reaction to our current economic situation? The current private label boom can be directly attributed to the economy. Food prices went up…personal finances went down. We all looked at our own carts and said, “Well, maybe we’ll try the store brand this week.” I know I did.

There are stores dedicated to private label brands – Loblaw’s No Frills, Trader Joe’s and Aldi. But the idea of entire sections in traditional markets, converting to private label, may be a bit much for consumers to handle.

There are just some loyalties that consumers are not willing to give up. You know what brands you cannot live without. Personally, I make no exceptions when it comes to my favorite peanut butter. If a store is out of stock, I’ll go to another. And at our Innovation Roadshow®, keynote presenter Doug Palmer of A&P noted a store brand laundry detergent that beat the brand-name leader in blind tests, but couldn’t keep up in sales.

Our favorite brands aren’t going away. They’re in for the long haul. But it will take some time and recovery to win back customers that have strayed in favor of lower prices. In the meantime, some U.S. manufacturers are looking to fuel growth with emerging overseas markets.

But that doesn’t mean an end to private label either – far from it. Private label brands have won over unbelieving consumers with quality and price. Moving forward, competition between the two will be intense, as national brands fight for space on the shelf.

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