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Driving Innovation and Growth



Reservations Required:   
November 18, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.


Global Midwest Alliance invites you to a program in the Alliance's 2020 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series.  Past food industry programs have focused on food safety and policy changes, science-based opportunities, global food production and sustainability, food supply chain management, packaging innovations, reducing food waste and expanding food trade.

Food is essential to life, which makes the food industry sector vital to the Midwest's economy. In the Information Age, the food industry faces a rapidly evolving marketplace as consumers explore the connections between food, nutrition, health and wellbeing. Moreover, technological changes and innovations offer new opportunities to create value, develop new markets and foster employment while helping people to eat in healthier ways. In addition, important issues related to food safety, consumer education and trade provide challenges and opportunities for food businesses in the pursuit of health and wellbeing for their customers.

Global Midwest Alliance will explore these themes in a stimulating webinar sponsored by Decernis, Kerry, the Institute for Food Safety and Health, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The program will feature distinguished keynote speaker, Aaron Rudberg, Managing Director and COO of S2G Ventures. The Innovation Panel will discuss the impacts of food innovations and technology on people's health and wellbeing, while the Growth and Global Panel will explore opportunities for businesses to expand globally as they foster healthier eating, better nutrition and wellbeing in general.

Join Global Midwest Alliance and leaders from industry, government, and other organizations as we investigate the role that innovations in human health and wellness will play in the future of the food industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders, service providers and C-suite executives of packaging, food, government, agriculture, beverage, service companies, economic development specialists and other organizations.

The cost to attend this program is $95 per person, payable at the time of registration. 
Food is Life:  The Impact of
Food, Nutrition and Technology on Our Health and Wellbeing
About Our Sponsors
Decernis is is a FoodChain ID company that provides a complete regulatory intelligence information suite with unsurpassed coverage of more than 100,000 global regulations in 218 countries and 26 international communities, including focus on innovation, technology, and global expansion for the food industry in the Midwest. The Decernis product line includes Horizon Scanning, Supply Chain Management, Reference Databases and Regulatory Enterprise systems for food additives, consumer products, food packaging, contaminants, product safety, food fraud and food safety, and more.

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. 

Kerry is dedicated to making the world of food and beverage better for everyone. Every day, millions of people throughout the world consume foods and beverages containing Kerry's taste and nutrition solutions. The focus on changing lifestyles, the globalisation of food tastes and ever-evolving consumer needs has brought us to a market-leading global position. Today, we are firmly established as a world leader in the food, beverage and pharma industries, with 23,000 staff and 100+ innovation and manufacturing centres across six continents. 

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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Welcome and Opening Remarks
David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Keynote: A Fireside Chat
Moderator:  Dave Donnan, President, Silvertip Management 
Keynote Speaker: Aaron Rudberg, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, S2G Ventures

20-Minute Break


Innovation and Technology Panel
Moderator: Joe Clayton, Chief Exective Officer, International Food Information Council
John Garnett, Vice President, Science & Technology, Conagra Brands
Luke Saunders, Chief Executive Officer, Farmers Fridge
Abigail Storms, Vice President, Sweetener Platform Innovation, Tate & Lyle

 20-Minute Break


Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
Moderator: Alvin Lee, Center Director, Center for Processing Innovation, Institute for Food Safety & Health
Susan Bond, Vice President Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Kerry
Matt Mixter, Managing Partner, Hofseth North America, LLC, and Founder, Wixter Seafood
Dr. Ruud (Rudolf) Overbeek, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Relationships, FoodChain ID

Questions and Closing Remarks
David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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