Will AI Disrupt Flavour and Ingredient Innovation? | SGInnovate
July 23 2021


Online Event

Will AI Disrupt Flavour and Ingredient Innovation?

Presented by SGInnovate and AI Palette

We have entered a new era where Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhances human decisions. Every industry is going through a significant transformation - the food industry is no different. Food innovation, mainly in flavour and ingredient innovation, which previously required significant manual research, can be accelerated much more efficiently with the help and proper use of Artificial Intelligence.  

How do companies use Artificial Intelligence properly for the benefit of their businesses? More importantly, the adoption of an AI tool requires a change in mindset. We bring together food industry experts with rich, diverse viewpoints. Hear from them on their first-hand experiences, initial expectations, and different learnings along their journey. Tune in to learn from food industry innovators on the best ways to successfully adopt AI in flavour and ingredient innovation and potentially eliminate a few steps in your adoption journey towards the new business reality.

Date: 23 July 2021, Friday
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Singapore Time / UTC +8)

4:00pm - 4:05pm
: Welcome Remarks by SGInnovate
4:05pm - 5:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A on Will AI Disrupt Flavour and Ingredient Innovation? with

  • Chik Liang Tan, Product Line, Innovation and Marketing Director, Texturisers and Specialties APAC, Cargill
  • Marieke Otten, Head, Consumer Sensory Insights, Asia Pacific, Givaudan
  • Maria Galindo, Associate Principal Scientist - Consumer Science, Mondelez International 
  • Daniel Hitz, Vice President, Business Development, Olam OFI
  • Moderator: Somsubhra Ganchoudhuri, CEO & Co-founder, AI Palette
Speakers' Profiles:
Chik Liang Tan, Product Line, Innovation and Marketing Director, Texturisers and Specialties APAC, Cargill

Chik Liang is the Product Line, Innovation and Marketing Director for Cargill’s Starches, Sweeteners and Texturisers business in Asia. In this role, Chik Liang is based in Singapore and leads the product line, marketing and pricing teams to drive product development and innovation as well as to deliver the top and bottom-line growth for the texturisers and specialities business in APAC.

Prior to this role, Chik Liang spent 3 years in Indonesia, as leading business development for the sweetness business in South East Asia. And before that, he worked in Cargill Singapore as a Corporate Strategy Manager for 4 years in where he developed business unit strategies and led mergers and acquisitions transactions. 

Chik Liang is Singaporean. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD, graduating with distinction in 2011. 

Marieke Otten, Head, Consumer Sensory Insights, Asia Pacific, Givaudan
Marieke Otten is passionate about consumer-centric innovation and the increasing role of digital in transforming the way we develop products.

She has a deep B2B knowledge in both fragrance & beauty and taste & wellbeing and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

She is passionate about discovering how people around the world eat, drink & bring out the beauty in themselves and why they're making the choices that they make. 

Marieke holds a Master of Science Degree from Delft University of Technology where she specialized in Strategic Marketing and Product Innovation Management. 

Maria Galindo, Associate Principal Scientist - Consumer Science, Mondelez International 
Maria has over 15 years of experience leading the product innovation process for multimillion-dollar brands in the FMCG Industry, she is passionate about deeply understanding consumers their values, aspirations and needs and translating this into successful product propositions.

She leads the Mondelez Digital community of practice and is responsible to drive the adoption of new AI technologies across the CS team as a way to reach consumers more efficiently. 
She has a broad understanding of consumers and markets across different regions, over the years she has worked in Latin  America, the USA, Singapore, Japan and Australia. Maria has BSc majoring in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.

Daniel Hitz, Vice President, Business Development, Olam OFI
Daniel Hitz Vice President – Business Development, OFI at Olam. In this role, Daniel is responsible for conceptualising and implementing business plans for OFI business in new and existing markets.
Daniel brings over 30 years of strategic and operational business experience across the Asia Pacific, Australia-New Zealand and Europe regions in a diverse range of customer, commercial, business development and technical roles.
Daniel was last associated with Kerry Ingredients over 16 years and was instrumental in developing businesses across Food Services and Quick Service Restaurants. As a member of Kerry’s Executive Management team, he led the development of new/adjacent business growth platforms with cross-functional leadership experience in securing IP and developing new business models. Earlier, Daniel started as an entrepreneur, he established Tensa Food Pte limited from initial concept through to international success; before it was acquired by Kerry Ingredients.
Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science specialised in Food Technology from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Moderator's Profile:
Somsubhra Ganchoudhuri, CEO & Co-founder, AI Palette

Somsubhra (Som) is the co-founder and CEO of AI Palette, Singapore based Artificial Intelligence startup, backed by the Government of Singapore and investors from Silicon Valley and Europe. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Predictive Analytics, and Image Recognition, AI Palette helps its customers craft and launch new products by spotting and analyzing emerging consumer trends.

Som is a marketer by training, salesperson by the expertise and passion for product innovation; having worked closely with some of the world's largest food brands for more than a decade. He has been awarded as Top50 Innovators at World Innovation Congress. AI Palette was selected as the Top 15 Food tech startups globally at Slingshot 2019, Top10 Food & Retail tech startup at kickstart Innovation Switzerland 2020.

Topics: AI / Machine Learning / Deep Learning, MedTech / HealthTech / BioTech, Sustainability

Industry: AgriFood