The demand for grocery store products representative of today's shoppers is rapidly growing. Join us for a lively Quick Bites panel discussion on Wednesday, January 19, from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. about the opportunity for retailers to diversify the grocery shelf with products shoppers can better relate to.
You'll meet the folks who are accelerating the growth of businesses owned by people of color, helping them bring their products and experience to the grocery aisle. We'll discuss what consumers are looking for and why distributing, merchandising, marketing, and investing in diverse-owned brands helps address the rising consumer demand.
Founder & CEO of A Dozen Cousins
Ibraheem Basir is the founder and CEO of A Dozen Cousins, a natural food brand that makes convenient products inspired by traditional Creole, Caribbean and Latin American dishes. The brand is inspired by his childhood growing up in the culinary melting pot of Brooklyn and is named after his daughter and her 11 cousins. Prior to launching A Dozen Cousins, Ibraheem obtained his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and served as a Marketing Manager on a number of natural food brands including Larabar and Annie's Organic.
Thuy Nguyen is the Forager for Good Eggs, an e-commerce grocery business based in the Bay Area. She spends her day looking for innovative and exciting new products to add to the Good Eggs assortment across all categories.
Thuy graduated summa cum laude from New York University and has over 13 years of experience working within all facets of the food industry and supply chain from farmer's market manager, to wholesale coordinator, to small business owner. Throughout her years working within food companies like Hot Bread Kitchen, FarmBox, and Good Eggs, she found the most joy in discovering small emerging brands and helping them grow. When she isn't focused on trying out the latest innovative ready-to-drink beverage or functional snack, she spends time baking and thinking about ways to increase representation and diversity in the food world.
Managing Partner at Navigator Sales and Marketing, LLC
Subriana is a results driven, visionary leader in the food and beverage industry. She led sales and marketing teams in consumer-packaged goods and she’s led buying, operations and merchandising teams for grocery retail. She serves on several nonprofit boards where she leads the dialogue around increasing diversity of thought in the industry. Subriana is known for insight to in-store leadership.
Dianna is responsible for scaling the impact of the ICA's programs and cultivating the support and capital ecosystem necessary for entrepreneurs to scale their businesses. Leading the ICA Accelerator since its inception, she created its overall infrastructure and her continued involvement ensures that the program continues to be relevant for entrepreneurs in a rapidly changing region. Under her leadership, the companies of the ICA Accelerator have combined revenues of $40M, have unlocked $18M in growth capital, created and retained 395 Bay Area jobs.