Food and beverage 101  - Video

If you’re new to food and beverage, the best way to master the basics, get up to speed and future-proof your food and beverage journey is to learn from industry experts. This video covers everything from navigating the supply chain to mastering food safety, with insights from successful brands and emerging trends.

Price: $59

Audarshia Townsend, Content Director, Food & Beverage Insider

June 28, 2024

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At a Glance

  • Navigating a rather complex supply chain, including working with co-packers and ingredient manufacturers. 
  • Learning the ins and outs of food safety, and the regulation that impacts food and beverage manufacturing.   
  • Understanding color, flavor and texture, and how to formulate with the right combination.   

While this video is designed for newcomers to the industry, it also serves as a great primer for veterans. We’ll delve into topics always top of mind, including food safety, supply chain challenges and best practices for working with a co-packer. Expect, as always, experts discussing emerging trends, plus a case study of a successful CPG brand to learn from their experiences.   

Those who watch will gain valuable insights such as:   


0:00:00-0:04:00 – Introduction  

0:04:00-0:31:00– Food safety/sanitation: Dr. Angela Anandappa, president and CEO, Alliance for Advanced Sanitation   

0:31:00-0:59:00– AI and other technological advances: Riana Lynn, CEO, Journey Foods   

0:59:00-1:26:00– Clean label ingredients: Webb Girard, senior director of R&D, CuliNEX   

1:26:00-1:50:00– Sustainability: Udi Lazimy, founder and principal, Lazimy Regenerative Impact Partners   

1:50:00-2:16:00– Supply chain challenges: Mohammad Salehi, owner and CEO, Heray Spice   

2:16:00-2:50:00– Navigating co-packers, success story: Matt Rink, co-founder and VP of sales, Every Body Eat®   

2:50:00-3:11:00 Q&A with all speakers  


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About the Author(s)

Audarshia Townsend

Content Director, Food & Beverage Insider, Informa Markets

A lifelong Chicagoan, Audarshia Townsend is an award-winning, veteran food and beverage journalist who serves as the content director for the Food & Beverage Insider brand. She is Informa Markets' 2024 "Star Storyteller" winner. Her experience as a visionary editor and writer spans 30 years, with an emphasis in print and digital magazines. Audarshia's professional passion is to champion and amplify underserved business communities. Some of her most recent content includes her review of 2023's F&B trends, the future of food science careers, an interview with culinary star Padma Lakshmi, and Pescavore's sustainable ahi tuna jerky strips. She also appears regularly on local and national media outlets to discuss food and beverage trends, most notably FOX-32 Chicago, WGN-TV, WXRT-FM, NPR-Chicago and the Travel Channel. She is often called on to serve as a judge for prestigious food, beverage and restaurant awards, including the James Beard Foundation, NEXTY Awards and Black Women in Food. She continues to write for Chicago magazine, and previously she has written for the likes of the Chicago Tribune, Eater Chicago, Esquire, Essence, Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Time Out Global and World’s Best Bars. With food and beverage being her longtime, chosen beat in media, she has created content for a number of prestigious brands such as AOL, Google, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, Lexus, MasterCard, Markon Cooperative Inc., Miller Brewing Co., Resy and Simplot Foods.

To date, Audarshia has guest lectured at the following higher-education institutions: Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University Chicago for undergraduate journalism students; Northwestern University for graduate journalism students; and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for undergraduate, graduate and PhD food science students. She also mentors aspiring young writers and journalists whenever she can. Email her at [email protected] and also connect with her on LinkedIn.

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