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Reservations Required:   
July 24, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL  60604
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Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its food industry program, the second program in the Alliance's 2014 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Throughout the year, this series of programs will highlight expertise, innovation and technology, and globalization opportunities in growing industries.  

Join us at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on July 24 as the Alliance hosts its annual three-part discussion on innovation, growth and globalization in the food sector. This year's keynote speaker, Daniel Diermeier, who is currently the IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and was recently named the Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, will discuss managing risk in the global food supply chain.

Hear from our Food Innovation and Technology Panel, comprised of industry experts and insiders, who will host a discussion on the latest food technologies and their ability to meet the growing challenge of food availability globally. Finally, the Growth and Global Opportunities Panel, which will be comprised of leaders in the food industry, will review and discuss how global food sustainability is impacting the supply chain.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn how emerging technologies, food demand and the impact that the developing world will have on the food industry. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with industry leaders and service providers, C-suite executives of food, agriculture, beverage, packaging and service companies, economic development specialists and groups interested in growth and global opportunities.

Seats are limited. Please register on or before July 22, 2014.​

Feeding a Hungry World: Global Food Production and Sustainability
​About Our Sponsors

Abbott Nutrition has been a leader in developing and marketing science-based nutrition products to support the growth, health and wellness of people of all ages for over 85 years. Brands include Similac® infant formulas, Gain® growing-up formulas, PediaSure® nutritional shakes for children, Ensure® nutritional shakes for adults, Glucerna® nutritional shakes and bars for people with diabetes, EAS® specialized products for athletes, and ZonePerfect® nutrition bars for busy, active lifestyles. 

Founded in 1909, Ajinomoto Co. is a global manufacturer of high-quality seasonings, processed foods, beverages, amino acids, pharmaceuticals, and specialty chemicals. For many decades Ajinomoto Co. has contributed to food culture and human health through wide-ranging application of amino acid technologies. Today, the company is becoming increasingly involved with solutions for improved food resources, human health and global sustainability.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation’s central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.

At Griffith Laboratories, we partner with food companies to take their brands and products beyond the expected: to new destinations in flavor, healthfulness, performance and cost efficiency. We leverage our food science expertise, creative innovators and differentiating ingredient systems to create customized food products that delight consumers across the globe. By drawing on the collective talents of our global employees, suppliers and industry associates, we strive each day to explore, create and manufacture ingredient systems used in exciting brands and successful food products. Recognizing that food touches people's lives, we are proud to be part of consumers' food choices and are serious about ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome and enjoyable. 

Established in 2011, the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a world-class food science research institute that produces knowledge- based outcomes in the areas of food safety, food defense, and nutrition for stakeholders in government, industry, and academia. IFSH's collaborative research model facilitates innovation in the food industry through the assessment and validation of new and novel food safety and preservation technologies, processing and packaging systems, microbiological and chemical methods, health promoting food components, and risk management strategies. Located in Bedford Park, Illinois, IFSH builds on and expands the vital work of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), a unique research consortium of IIT, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the food industry. 

The International Food Information Council's (IFIC's) mission is to effectively communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition to health and nutrition professionals, educators, journalists, government officials and others providing information to consumers. IFIC is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries.

Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a global snacking powerhouse, with 2013 revenue of $35 billion. Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelez International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Oreo, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; Trident gum; Jacobs coffee and Tang powdered beverages. Mondelez International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor's 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Established by an act of Congress in 1938, the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) invents new uses of agricultural commodities for industrial and food products, develops new technology to improve environmental quality and provides technical support to Federal regulatory and action agencies..

Polsinelli is a law firm serving corporations, institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals, our attorneys build enduring relationships by providing legal counsel informed by business insight to help clients achieve their objectives. This commitment to understanding our clients' businesses has helped us become the fastest growing law firm in the U.S. for the past five years, according to the leading legal business and law firm publication, The American Lawyer. Our more than 750 attorneys in 18 cities work with clients nationally to address the challenges of their roles in health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation. 

Tenant Advisory Group, LLC, is a licensed independent commercial real estate brokerage firm focused on helping tenants get the most out of their business space. We partner with our clients, providing education and advice based on our in-depth knowledge and years of experience.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide, not-for-profit education 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. The Alliance offers educational opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.

The Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO) Network of the World Bank Group is a group of 156 business intermediary organizations in 106 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group's products and services. PSLOs facilitate companies' access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues.
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Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome Remarks & Introductions
David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago  

Keynote Presentation
Managing Risk in the Global Food Supply Chain
Daniel Diermeier, IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice, Managerial Economic and Decision Sciences at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management

Food Innovation and Technology Panel
Food Technologies: Right or Wrong for Emerging Challenges?  
Dr. Rachel Cheatham, Chief Executive Officer and President, FoodScape Group
Dr. Robert E. Brackett, Director for the Institute of Food Safety & Health (IFSH), Illinois Institute of Technology
Doyle Karr, Director of Biotechnology Public Policy, DuPont
Brendan Naulty, Senior Vice President, Ajinomoto North America

Networking and Coffee Break 

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
Global Food Sustainability: Impacting the Supply Chain 
David Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Food Information Council
Jeffrey D. Klein, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Global FoodBanking Network
Julia Bradsher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Food Protection Institute
John Ginascol, Vice President, Abbott Nutrition Supply Chain

Wrap Up  & Q&A

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