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Dr. Scott J. Edgett to Deliver Breakthrough Results of Collaborative Food Industry Benchmarking Study at the New Products Conference

ANCASTER, ONTARIO, CANADA (July 31, 2012) - Stage-Gate International today announces that Dr. Scott Edgett, CEO and Co-founder, Product Development Institute and Stage-Gate International will deliver a keynote address at the New Products Conference, September 9-12, 2012 in Palm Beach, FL. Together with Devon Gerchar, Director Member Value, IFMA, Dr. Edgett will present Success: Benchmarking Top Performers in Product Innovation, the latest results of a collaborative benchmarking study of leading food companies, conducted by IFMA’s Center of Innovation Excellence, its members, and Stage-Gate International.

Dr. Edgett’s presentation will highlight critical drivers of success for food industry top performers and the impact of the latest new product development performance metrics, processes, gatekeeping and governance, and collaboration best practices. Dr. Edgett’s presentation, and findings, come on the heels of the release of Foodservice New Product Development Process: Performance Benchmarks, a first-of-its-kind research report highlighting the performance and best practices in product innovation, specific to the foodservice industry.

The New Products Conference, hosted by Prepared Foods, is the premier food and beverage industry event where R&D, Marketing, and Executive Management professionals gather to gain valuable insights into new food and beverage products, and new customer trends around the world.

For more information about the study, please contact:

Michelle Jones
Executive Vice President
michelle.jones@prod-dev.com
+1-905-637-8793
www.prod-dev.com

About Scott J. Edgett

Dr. Scott J. Edgett is internationally recognized as one of the world's top experts in product innovation and is the pioneer of portfolio management for product innovation. He is a high profile speaker and sought-after consultant. Dr. Edgett has had extensive experience working with large multinational clients in a variety of industries, principally focusing on issues affecting innovation leadership and capability. He is credited with helping business executives and innovation professionals successfully implement world-class innovation processes that have generated outstanding results. His speaking engagements and consulting work have taken him around the globe to work with some of the world's best innovators and companies among the Fortune 1000.

Dr. Scott J. Edgett is internationally recognized as one of the world’s top experts in product innovation and is the pioneer of portfolio management for product innovation. He is a high profile speaker and sought-after consultant. Dr. Edgett has had extensive experience working with large multinational clients in a variety of industries, principally focusing on issues affecting innovation leadership and capability. He is credited with helping business executives and innovation professionals successfully implement world-class innovation processes that have generated outstanding results.  He is a prolific author having coauthored six books and has published more than 60 academic articles.

About Stage-Gate International

Stage-Gate International, a member company of the Product Development Institute, is mandated very specifically to enable product innovators to become better product innovators. Our international team of Product Innovation Experts and Consultants are mentored by Dr. Cooper and Dr. Edgett and understand the complex challenges organizations face. We help companies achieve product innovation through our world-class products and services.

Through its close working relationship with the Product Development Institute, Stage-Gate International has access to the world’s most comprehensive research into best practices in Product Innovation. This research has led to some of the most important discoveries in the innovation field; such as, Stage-Gate®, the NewProd™ Studies, and the concept of Portfolio Management.

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