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Driving Innovation and Growth



Reservations Required:   
May 25, 2016

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 first program in the Alliance's 2016 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Past food industry programs have focused on food safety, including policy changes, science-based opportunities, and global food products and sustainability.

Join us on May 25 as Global Midwest Alliance and its sponsors, Abbott Nutrition, Griffith Foods Worldwide, Inc. and the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), along with co-host, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, for a food industry program focused on navigating today's consumer expectations in the areas of food and nutrition.

Following a keynote speech, two panel sessions will focus on the dynamic markets trends in food that meet unique and growing consumer desires juxtaposed against the increasing demand for sustainable nutrition for a growing population. The Innovation Panel will focus on a reflection of today's modern consumer food choices versus "grandma's pantry" and will address some of the changing consumer desires and marketing strategies for today's consumer. 

The Growth and Global Opportunities panel will examine unique opportunities to satisfy diverse global needs in food security and nutrition.

This program will be held the day following the Midwest Food Matters Gala in Chicago. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how today's pantry 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 May 20, 2016​.

Food and Nutrition: Navigating Today's
Consumer Expectations

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 Foods Worldwide, Inc. 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™! 

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:  Creating Opportunities & Overcoming Challenges: How Abbott Nutrition’s Science Drives Growth Across the Globe
Dr. Hakim Bouzamondo, M.D., MSc, MBA, Divisional Vice President, Global Research & Development, Abbott Nutrition

Innovation and Technology Panel:  The Pantry Now Versus Your Grandmother's Pantry  
​Moderator:  Susan Bond, Regional Regulatory Director, North America, Abbott Nutrition
Dr. Wayne Campbell, Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University
Silvia Dumitrescu, Interim SVP, Communications & Marketing, International Food Information Council (IFIC) & Foundation
Dr. Robert Post, MEd., MSC, Senior Director, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs, Chobani, LLC  
Joel Warady, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Enjoy Life Foods

Networking and Coffee Break 

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel:  Global Supply Chain Safety and Security
David Schmidt, Principal, Schmidt Commonwealth Strategies LLC and Former President & CEO, International Food Information Council (IFIC)
Sarah Delea, Sr. Director, Global Well-being and Community Involvement, Mondelez International
Alex Hao, Partner, JunHe
Kelly Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs, Campbell Soup Company
Roger Lawrence, Corporate Vice President, Global Quality & Regulatory, McCormick & Company, Inc.

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