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Reservations Required:       
May 30, 2024

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 a program in the Alliance's 2024 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Past food industry programs have focused on a variety of topics, including food safety, global food production and sustainability, food supply chain management, packaging innovations, the impact of food, nutrition and technology on our health and wellbeing, and the crucial role of IT in the food trade.

Firms and governments have started to recognize that food sustainability is vital for both our planet’s future and the bottom lines of companies. Indeed, progress on food sustainability goals can provide ways for firms to engage in rapidly evolving markets. Moreover, the future of the food sector must involve feeding the world, while overcoming numerous challenges including resource scarcity and climate change.

Moving forward, global supply chains and international regulatory policies will guide the priorities of food companies toward more sustainable footprints. Indeed, a sustainable worldwide food supply will benefit everyone as it’s a public good and can drive innovation. With the emergence and growth of ESG investing, sustainability has become more vital than ever before to succeed in the food industry of the future.

The food industry is an important part of the Midwest’s economy, especially as a generator of new markets and employment. Opportunities in world trade require nimble and informed responses to changing policies and consumer preferences regarding sustainability. In addition, not only do policy changes and R&D investments provide new opportunities to grow food sales, but also assist in meeting the sustainability goals for the sector.

Join Global Midwest Alliance and sponsor, Kerry, along with leaders from industry, government and other organizations at host, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as we explore some of the intersecting issues that will affect the future sustainability of the food industry, food producers and the world.

Seating is limited. Please register on or before May 28, 2024.

Food Sustainability: A Key to Future Markets
and Feeding The World
About Our Sponsor
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. 

About Our Host
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 Fed 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.

About Global Midwest Alliance
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 clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries. 

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​Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome and Opening Remarks
David Oppedahl, Policy Advisor, Regional Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Keynote Presentation
Meghan McIlroy, Head of North America R&D Transformation, Kraft Heinz Company

Networking and Coffee Break

Innovation and Technology Panel
Moderator:  ​Margaret Mueller, Ph.D., Operating Partner, Tilia Holdings, LLC
Gil Boldt, Chief Engineering Officer. AbE Discovery
Ashley Hartman, Managing Partner, Bluestein Ventures
Bryan Hitchcock, Chief Science Officer and Technology Officer and Executive Director, Global Food Traceability Center, Institute of Food Technologists

Networking and Coffee Break

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
Moderator: Paul McNamara, Founder and Director, Ag Reach, and Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michael Campagna, Vice President of Quality, Food Safety & Regulatory, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
Meghan McIlroy, Head of North America R&D Transformation, Kraft Heinz Company
Peter Mueller, Sustainability Manager, Clasen Quality Chocolates

Closing Remarks
Susan Bond, Vice President Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Kerry, Inc.

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