Gil leads innovation for the world’s biggest snack food manufacturer and is driven by a passion to innovate and grow new brands. After completing an MBA with Kellogg, he managed a $500 million snack bar portfolio for PepsiCo and led a global chocolate innovation strategy for Kraft Foods. Today he is managing global chocolate innovation for Mondelēz International. Throughout a 12-year career he has supported iconic global brands including Quaker Oats, Pepsi, Toblerone, Cadbury and Milka.
A moment of indulgence, an energy boost, a shared experience or a re-fuel on the move – consumers have increasingly high – and varied – expectations of the snacks that have become such a big part of their lives. They’re making a big ask of a small meal but, unless food manufacturers respond with innovation, they’ll see their market share disappear in bite-size chunks. Gil’s innovation agenda on some of the world’s most iconic chocolate brands, is driven by the consumer trends he’ll share with us today, along with examples of responsive innovation from developed and emerging markets.