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July 23, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 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 second program in the Alliance's 2015 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Throughout the year, this series of programs will highlight industry expertise, innovation and technology, and globalization opportunities in growing industries.  

Join us on July 23 as Global Midwest Alliance and its sponsors, Abbott Nutrition, Griffith Laboratories, Assurance, DNV GL and the International Food Information Council, along with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, host a food industry program focused on the growing need for transparency in the management of the global food supply chain. Industry experts will expand on the ideas of how traceability can help to achieve this vision.

The industry growth and global opportunities panel will discuss best practices in food safety, while the innovation panel will examine social responsibility performance throughout the entire supply chain.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how creating transparency in supply chain management is changing both the local and global landscape. You 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.

The cost to attend this industry breakfast program is $75 per person, payable at the time of registration.  Seats are limited. Please register on or before July 20, 2015.
Food Industry Supply Chain Management in the
Era of Transparency 
About Our Sponsors
Abbott Nutrition is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 70,000 people. Connect with us on Twitter at @AbbottNews.

Griffith Laboratories Griffith Laboratories is a family-owned, privately held global developer and manufacturer of food ingredient systems. Griffith teams collaborate daily with our customers to create signature and unique food products which will entice consumers' experiences... taking Food Beyond Boundaries™! 

Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for over 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country through a suite of insurance solutions including business insurance, employee benefits, financial services, private Insurance and surety. Learn more at . 

DNV GL.  Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

International Food Information Council'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. 

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.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide 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 and networking 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 160 business intermediary organizations in 100 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: Why Visibility Throughout the Supply Chain is Needed and How We Can Expand the Idea of Traceability to Achieve It
Robert Brackett, Vice President and Director, Illinois Institute for Technology, Institute for Food Safety and Health

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel: Best Practices in Food Safety  
Moderator:  Dave Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Food Information Council
Joseph Meyer, Vice President Quality & Food Safety, Miniat Holdings LLC
Stuart Pape, Shareholder and Chair, FDA Practice Group, Polsinelli
Andrew Stephens, International Policy Manager, Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration

Networking and Coffee Break 

Innovation and Technology Panel: Exposing Social Responsibility Performance Throughout the Supply Chain
Moderator:  Tom Gosselin, Divisional Sustainability Director, DNV GL Business Assurance's Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Services, Americas
Britt Burton-Freeman, Director of the Center for Nutrition Research, Institute for Food Safety & Health  
Jay L.​E. Ellingson, Ph.D., Corporate Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Kwik Trip, Inc. 
Kacey Fung, Regional Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Bimbo Bakeries USA 

Questions and Closing Remarks

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