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Press Release
May 4, 2020


CHICAGO – Global Midwest Alliance is pleased to announce that a donation of $15,000 was made to Beloit Meals on Wheels, on behalf of Kerry Taste & Nutrition and the Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards Campaign. Kerry Taste and Nutrition, the 2019 Leadership Award Honoree, selected Beloit Meals on Wheels as the recipient of Global Midwest Alliance’s 2019 Midwest Food Matters donation. 

​The goal of Midwest Food Matters is to not only put the Midwest region on the global map as a leading center for food industry excellence and creativity, but also to demonstrate the capacity of the food industry to give back and support important initiatives on a regional and global level.  This year’s Awards were supported by generous contributions from Emerald Circle sponsors Kerry, Flying Food Group and Foodliner, as well as Diamond Circle sponsors Ardent Mills, Bryan Cave Leighton & Paisner and Polsinelli.All net proceeds from this non-profit initiative support the important industry-focused non-profits, America Meals on Wheels, Beloit Meals on Wheels and the innovative food industry support and development programs of Global Midwest Alliance.

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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 through 160 groups in 107 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.  For more information, visit

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“We are truly grateful for this generous donation from Global Midwest Alliance and especially for Kerry’s continued support of our mission,” said Ellen Wiegand, Executive Director of Beloit Meals on Wheels.  “Now, more than ever, it will have a direct impact on the lives of our Beloit homebound seniors.”

Hosted by Global Midwest Alliance, the 5th Annual Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards gala was held on October 24, 2019 and recognizes excellence, leadership and innovation within the Midwest food industry.  This past year, Midwest Food Matters honored Kerry Taste and Nutrition.  This annual event brings together leaders, suppliers and service providers from the many faces of the food industry for an evening of networking and to celebrate the impact, accomplishments and bright promise for the future of the food industry in the Midwest. 

“One of the goals of the Midwest Food Matters annual campaign is to give back to the honoree’s community by supporting a local, non-profit organization,” said Gail Longmore, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Global Midwest Alliance.  “Both Kerry Taste and Nutrition and Global Midwest Alliance hope that this contribution will help Beloit Meals on Wheels continue its important work, especially during this Coronavirus pandemic.  We are grateful for all that they do for their community.”

Pictured: Ellen Wiegand, Executive Director of Beloit Meals on Wheels