Mike Lee

Founder, The Future Market

Mike Lee is the founder of Studio Industries, a food product design & innovation studio, and the Future Market, a futurist food lab that explores what our food system could look like in the year 2065 through pop-up experiences and conceptual product prototypes. Mike is also co-founder of Alpha Food Labs, an Innovation Lab for next-gen food startups and corporations building products that are better for by People, Planet, and Profit.

Mike’s experience in food design & innovation has covered a wide range over the past 10 years. Prior to Studio Industries & The Future Market, Mike led product development initiatives on the Innovation & New Ventures team at Chobani. At Chobani, Mike focused on building out the Greek Yogurt maker’s savory product platform (Chobani Meze) and drove the product design process from research, insights and ideation, to food, flavor and packaging development, and then finally to business planning and production.

Mike also founded the Studiofeast underground supperclub, a sister organization to Studio Industries. Studiofeast creates unique dining experiences that use food as a medium to design experiences that range from the artful, to the educational, to the hedonistic. Mike is a frequent and influential speaker on food innovation and has been featured in numerous publications and conferences such as PSFK, SXSW, Seeds & Chips, EXPO 2015 Milano, Fancy Food Show, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, FastCo Exist, CNBC, Edible Brooklyn, Food Navigator, and more.

Mike is the grandson and son of Chinese restaurant owners in Detroit and was raised in those kitchens and dining rooms. He was trained in Business at the University of Michigan and Design at the Parsons School of Design. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY.



8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


As the CGA Strategic Conference continues to explore the disruptive changes occurring within our industry, we also need to consider the innovative approaches being developed outside the traditional grocery sector. This morning’s session is designed to challenge your thinking about established practices and inspire you to formulate new ideas on connectivity and collaboration with your business partners.

Always-on, voice-activated shopping, meal kit solutions, micro partnerships and societal movements surrounding the latest food ideas, all present new avenues of competition, but also opportunities for traditional retailers. How should brands and retailers lean-in to these disruptions to building a sustainable business where technology is demanded but ever-changing? How do you inspire employees, business partners and all points in-between to work in concert and create a harmonious customer experience? How do you adopt entrepreneurial approaches that are authentic and engaging to your fans?

This thought-provoking, a TED-style session will capture the spirit of three uncommon voices to challenge your thinking about our industry and where things are headed. Their presentations will highlight novel approaches and provide a new context which will influence your thinking and spur dialogue during your conference business meetings.