2022 Clean Label Conference Program

Originally Published: January 20, 2022
Last Updated: May 2, 2022
2022 Clean Label Conference-in-person

Global Food Forums is pleased to announce the 2022 Clean Label Conference Program. This 8th annual in-person event is scheduled for May 24-25 at the Westin NW Hotel, Itasca, Illinois (a northwest suburb of Chicago). Many presentations will be relevant to plant-based ingredients, formulations, and consumer trends. Some focus will be placed on sugar and salt reduction on the second day. Click the buttons below to access details for each days’ programs. Also, see more Technology Snapshot presentation details below.

The May 24, Day 1, and May 25, Day 2 Program Buttons above link to descriptions of the following general session presentations and details of the 24 innovative ingredients selected by the Technical Snapshot Advisory Panel for the clean label conference program. All meals, networking opportunities, and schedule times are also listed. Presentations that include information on product and consumer trends, ingredients, and formulations relevant to the development of plant-based foods and beverages are marked by a leaf.  2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon


2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Unpacking the Ever-Evolving Narrative of Clean Eating in Order to Inform InnovationRachel Cheatham, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Foodscape Group, LLC

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Clean Label Opportunities & Challenges Arising from Innovative Products and Claims — Chip English, Partner-in-Charge, Washington D.C., Davis Wright Tremaine

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Powering the Evolution of Fermentation ProcessingPaulo de Boer, Ph.D., Scientist/Project Manager, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Understanding Hydrocolloid Properties to Tackle Supply Chain InstabilityNesha Zalesny, MBA, Technical Consultant, IMR International

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon The State of Natural Colorants: Advice on Applications to Updates on Recent Research  — M. Mónica Giusti, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Dept. Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Practical Formulation with Plant-Based TechnologiesJulia Thompson, Culinologist III, CuliNex

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Facets of Sustainability: How Food Companies Can Measure and Communicate Progress to ConsumersSean B. Cash, Ph.D., Bergstrom Foundation Professor in Global Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Sodium Reduction Using Clean Label Salty, Umami and Kokumi Taste Modulation  — Alex Woo, Ph.D., CEO, and Founder, W2O Food Innovation

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Beyond Stevia: Are Protein Sweeteners the Next Big Thing?John C. Fry, Ph.D., CChem, FRSC, FIFST, Director, Connect Consulting

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Labeling Fiber & Sugar: Maximizing Clean Label Advantages, Minimizing Class Action and Recall RiskDavid Plank, Managing Principal, WRSS Food & Nutrition Insights /Senior Research Fellow, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Considerations in Natural Flavoring Use in a Clean Label WorldKeith Cadwallader, Ph.D., Dept. of Food Science & Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Application Panel:  Technical Challenges and Solutions in the Development of  Three Application Categories

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon Technical Challenges of Alternative Dairy Beverages + A Comment on Botanicals
Lindsay Wisener, MSc, Owner & Lead Product Developer, WiseBev

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon  Considerations for Selecting and Evaluating Clean-Label Antimicrobial Ingredients for Salad Dressings
Malcond Valladares, Ph.D., Food Scientist, Product and Process Development, The National Food Lab (The NFL)

2022 Clean Label Conference leaf icon A Food Scientist’s Role in Advancing Clean Labels and Sustainable Food Systems
—  Jonathan Gordon, Ph.D., Founder and President of Glasgow Consulting Group LLC


An independent panel selected 24 ingredients, each for a 15-minute Technology Snapshot Presentation. These newer-to-the-market ingredients provide benefits to formulators striving for simplified, consumer-friendly labels.

> ADM – Fruit Up™ Fruit Syrup. Fruit Up™ is a unique nutritive sweetener that comes from a blend of carob and apples. With its clean-tasting, low-glycemic index, and clear “fruit syrup” label, Fruit Up™ is an ideal solution.

> Bay State Milling – HealthSense®-Fiber. HealthSense® high fiber flour delivers flour functionality with prebiotic fiber benefits to wheat flour food applications. It enables fiber claims without fiber additives in foods consumers love to eat. It is cost-effective and label-friendly.

> Bay State Milling – SowNaked™ Oats. SowNaked™ gluten-free oats are a sustainable source of nutrition and functionality. With 40% more protein, 50% fewer carbon emissions than traditional oats and a sweet, toasted flavor, SowNaked oats will transform your oat-based formulations.

> Cargill – EverSweet® stevia sweetener and ClearFlo™ natural flavor. EverSweet™ stevia sweetener + ClearFlo™ natural flavor is the only label-friendly ingredient on the market that can address solubility and dissolution limitations of stevia and provide unparalleled sensory benefits, including sugar-like sweetness quality and taste modulation.

> Cargill – SimPure Soluble Rice Fiber. Soluble Rice Flour is an innovative (non-GMO) ingredient addressing an industry need to identify label-friendly alternatives to maltodextrin. It has displayed excellent functionality when replacing maltodextrin in many applications, including snacks, flavor, and culinary.

> Comet Bio – Arrabina™ Fiber. With its excellent solubility, stability in solution, and superior tolerability, Arrabina™ offers an easy way for supplement, food, and beverage makers to create delicious products while strengthening their nutrition labels and sustainability claims.

> CP Kelco – KELCOGEL DFA Gellan Gum. Eliminate (significantly lower) locust bean gum or other viscosity modifiers in plant-based dairy alternative beverages with a single ingredient that can deliver on suspension and viscosity.

> CP Kelco – NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber. As the clean label megatrend strengthens, for F&B manufacturers NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber serves as a unique solution providing both nutritional benefits and distinctive rheological properties in various applications while meeting clean label needs.

> DDW – Galdieria Blue. Galdieria Blue Extract is an acid-stable natural blue color gently extracted from sustainably grown microalgae. This new phycocyanin source finally provides stable blues, purples, and greens for low pH beverage and confection applications.

> Fiberstar – Citri-Fi® Citrus Fiber-MC Free. Create methylcellulose-free meat substitutes using the new Citri-Fi® TX20 texturizing citrus fiber in user-friendly clean label systems containing potato or canola protein to create meat-like texture, succulence and hot bite in meat alternative products.

> Florida Food Products – VegStable® Plus – Rice Bran Extract. VegStable® Plus is a natural phosphate replacer designed for meat and poultry products. It increases yield improves texture and binding like synthetic phosphates without compromising the product quality or flavor attributes.

> GNT U.S. – EXBERRY® Color. GNT launches EXBERRY® Compound Autumn Red, an encapsulated fat powder that transforms the color shift desired in plant-based meat alternatives during cooking using clean, simple vegetable juice and vegetable oil ingredients.

> IFF – SEAFLOUR™ Natural Seaweed. SEAFLOUR™ is the best-in-class clean label solution provided by IFF, is minimally processed, and adds natural functionality to protein-based beverage applications. It can be listed as “natural seaweed” on the ingredient statement of the package label.

> Ingredion – NOVATION® LUMINA Functional Native Rice Starches. NOVATION® LUMINA 8300/8600 are high-performance clean label texturizers designed specifically to let all applications’ natural flavors and colors shine through. Meet consumer demands without compromising on product attributes.

> Kalsec – DuraShield™ Food Protection Blends. DuraShield™ Food Protection Blends are scientifically proven to improve shelf-life by combining natural antioxidant products with antimicrobials. They provide a cleaner, consumer-preferred label solution for a multitude of food protection needs.

> Merit Functional Food – Puratein® C & Puratein® G Non-GMO Canola Protein. Merit’s Puratein® C and Puratein® G are non-GMO canola proteins with superior nutrition and functionality. With 90% protein, these products deliver functional benefits in plant-based baking, meat alternatives, dairy alternatives and nutritional beverages.

> Nexira – inavea™ BAOBAB ACACIA. inavea™ baobab acacia is an organic synergistic formulation with proven prebiotic effects offering high digestive comfort. All-natural, it is the first ingredient with a carbon-neutral footprint. Easy-to-use in powders, bars, dairy products or beverages.

> Novozyme N.A. – Saphera Fiber Beta-Galactosidase Enzyme. What if you could achieve 25% less sugar in your dairy products, AND an additional claim of a good source of fiber without adding fiber ingredients to dairy formulas? Novozymes Sapher. Fiber delivers this for you!

> NuTek Natural Ingredients – NuXtend preservative. Make a Clean Swap – NuXtend, a clean label, plant-based shelf-life extender, effectively controls yeast and mold with the same functionality and ease of use as chemical preservatives.

> NZMP – Fonterra SureProtein Functional Performer Milk Protein Conc. 4881. More protein, fewer ingredients – what more could you want to simplify labels and boost beverage nutrition? NZMP SureProtein™ Functional performer Milk Protein Concentrate 4881 delivers just that, plus complimentary grass-fed and sustainability claims.

> The Protein Brewery – Fermotein-fermented protein®. Are you looking for a sustainable, affordable, bland, boring, yet complete protein high in fiber? The Protein Brewery introduces Fermotein®, an innovative fermented plant protein, to help meet your development needs.

> Sensient Flavors – Trueboost. Texture and mouthfeel play a big role as purchase drivers in today’s food and beverage market. TrueBoost provides an enhanced flavor profile that delivers positive Milky, Fatty, Sweet Aromatics, and Creamy mouthfeel notes, and reduces undesirable aftertaste.

> Solnul – Solnul™ RS2-Resistant Potato Starch. Solnul™ RS2 is a whole-food source, unmodified, low-allergen and well-tolerated prebiotic resistant starch ingredient derived from upcycled potatoes. Support microbiome health in supplement, functional food, and beverage applications with the ultimate clean label ingredient.

> Solvay – Rhovanil Natural Vanillin. Meet your Vanilla Flavoring needs with Rhovanil Natural CW, a Global Natural Vanillin made from a Non-GMO GMM bioconversion process. Rhovanil Natural CW will simplify your label and R&D time.