Join us for an important gathering of food industry leaders from the Midwest. 

​Involvement in this campaign provides a number of very valuable benefits for these industry supporting organizations. A portion of the revenue generated through this initiative is a critical part of annual food industry sector funding and support. This allows Global Midwest Alliance to pursue and fund groundbreaking, innovative programs that will help support, expand and enhance the success and impact of companies throughout the Midwest, with a strong focus on the currently critical areas of innovation, sustainability and global growth.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally-recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business through 155 groups in 98 countries around the world. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the food, logistics, manufacturing, energy, water and clean technology industries.

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General Reception
5:30 p.m.

Dinner & Awards Presentation
6:30 p.m.

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MAY 9, 2023 | 5:30-9:00 P.M.
The 6th Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards gala will bring together leaders, suppliers and service providers from the many faces of the food industry for an evening of networking and to celebrate the impact, accomplishments and bright promise for the future of the food industry in the Midwest.

Whether you're an industry member, service provider or supplier to food companies, this promises to be a memorable evening of renewing friendships, making new connections for global business opportunities and celebrating our award winners.

2023 Leadership Award Honorees
Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards Co-Chairs 

Anthony Nasharr

John Neis

Paul Ruzica
PM&E Partners

Todd Southwell
K&L Gates

Brent Smith
William Blair
All net proceeds from this non-profit initiative will support the important industry-focused non-profits, including the critical mission of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the innovative food industry support and development programs of Global Midwest Alliance. 
John B. Sanfilippo & Son | Griffith Foods Worldwide | Abbott Nutrition | 
Flying Food Group and The Sue Ling Gin Foundation Trust |
Institute for Food Safety & Health | Kerry Taste & Nutrition and Beloit Meal on Wheels
Don Agee

Susan Bond
Kerry Taste & Nutrition

Dr. Robert Brackett
IEH Laboratories and
Consulting Group

​Glen Clarke
Bill Kucera
Mayer Brown

Dan Laughlin
Willis Towers Watson

Gail Longmore
Global Midwest Alliance

Tim Van Mieghem
The ProAction Group

Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards 2023 Chairs 

​Dan Bender

Johannes Burlin

Stephanie Chattillion
Ellison Bakery

Bob Collettii

Eric Larson

Tom Woodward
Universal Pure

Rod Van Wyngarden
Wheat Montana &
Stone Ground Bakery

Alan Yengoyan
NutriScience Innovations​