Expert Panel

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We are pleased to announce a panel of product launch experts that will nominate their picks for the most memorable new product introductions to be included in the MMNPL survey. Below, you’ll find a list of the 2013 expert panelists. Look for product nominations from these experts that will be published on our blog.

FOOD and BEVERAGE (Consumer Packaged Goods)

Phil Lempert
Consumer Trend Tracker, Food Trends Editor, NBC’s Today and Author 
Supermarket Guru

For more than 25 years, Phil Lempert, an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape, has identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide.  Known as The Supermarket Guru ®, Lempert is a distinguished author and speaker who alerts customers and business leaders to impending corporate and consumer trends, and empowers them to make educated purchasing and marketing decisions.

As one of America’s leading consumer trend-watchers and analysts, Phil Lempert is recognized on television, radio and in print. For over 20 years he has appeared on NBC News’ Today show, where he reports on consumer trends, as well as showcases new products. He makes regular appearances on ABC’s The View, abc news NOW and FOX Business News and has appeared numerous times on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. He is the editor of and The Lempert Report.

Domenick Celentano
Food & Beverage Correspondent

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Domenick Celentano has spent his entire life in Retail Consumer Foods holding key positions in his family business, Celentano Bros., Inc. the well known Italian frozen foods brand in the North East.
Domenick is the Food & Beverage guide at and writes articles and blogs on topics focused on food entrepreneurs starting or running a specialty food business such as trends and new product launch.
The FoodPreneur provides consulting and educational seminars to help food entrepreneurs create successful new product launches.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University Silberman College of Business and Kean University College of Management, Marketing and International Business  teaching Retail Marketing and Retail Buying and Merchandising Management.
Domenick has his MBA in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.


Curtis Silver


A true Captain of Industry, Curtis Silver spends his days as a business analyst, a writer, a content creator, a technology hound and tattoo designer. When not wrestling gators in the swamp land of Florida, he’s flying around the country beefing up his business card collection. He can be found on the internet on Twitter all the time @cebsilver, as executive editor at and traveling through delusions at


Dan Nessel
Founder and Editor-In-Chief

As the saying goes…if you have lemons, make lemonade. For years Dan Nessel struggled to hide his bizarre fascination with children’s toys. Is a grown man really supposed to have so much fun playing with his kids’ toys? In 2010, Dan decided it was time to embrace his inner child, stare down the ridicule and launch DadDoes.Com – a product review site that focuses on real world toy reviews geared toward parents.

No longer does Dan need to hide his love of toys, in fact he is now well accepted as a kid trapped in a large body…with increasing amounts of grey hair. Dan has done over 350 toy reviews and his YouTube Channel with hands-on, real world product reviews has received over 8.5 million views. Dan Nessel has been a guest on numerous radio shows, writes the Toys N Tech Column for Grand Magazine, has been featured in news articles and most importantly, knows how to say “Where are the toys?” in 5 languages.

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