Please join senior decision makers from the world’s leading food and agribusinesses as they discuss how companies across the food supply chain are working together and responding to a changing retail marketplace. This complimentary conference provides a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders and network with senior members of the food and agribusiness community.


  • Senior executives from leading growers, manufacturers, processors and retailers
  • Senior bankers from global financial institutions
  • Executives from F&A focused private equity, institutional investor and advisory firms



Trends in food retailing and their impact on the food supply chain

  • Where growth is happening and why
  • Which new food retail formats will succeed
  • The use of local, natural and organic by retailers



Reconciling consumer preferences with modern farming and manufacturing practices

  • Is buying local practical?
  • Increasing yields through technology versus the demand for organics
  • Sustainable agricultural farming practices and impact on the bottom line



Social media and its effect on food and agribusinesses

  • Catching up with the new reality
  • How social media is driving innovation
  • Consumer behavior and social media

State of international trade

  • Key global economic and political issues
  • How Brazil, Russia, India, China and other emerging economies are shaping global agriculture
  • Leveraging and hedging against trends in international trade

Improving the bottom line through collaboration along the food supply chain

  • Key issues and challenges in collaboration
  • Securing reliable sources
  • Collaboration best practices

Debate over GMOs and its effect on everyone, from growers to customers

  • Promises versus results
  • GMO labeling controversy
  • What other choices do we have?


  • Mickey Kantor, Former United States Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Bill Weimer, Chief Financial Officer, OSI Group
  • David Sippell, Head of Diverse Field Crops, North America, Syngenta
  • Clive Newton, Global Head, Food Safety, Yum! Brands
  • Erica Kuhlmann, Market Executive and Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank, N.A.
  • Vikram Luthar, Vice President Finance, Global Operations, ADM
  • John Gibbons, Chief Executive Officer,
    Olam Americas
  • Martha Schlicher, Lead, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Monsanto Company
  • Jacqueline Fredericks, Managing Director, Capital Markets, CoBank, ACB
  • Rachel Lattimore, ‎Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CropLife America
  • Sam Wai, Treasurer, American Crystal Sugar Company
  • Elaine Oussoren, Founder and Managing Director, Brand Aid Digital
  • Chris Bryson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Unata
  • Jeff Martin, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Utz Quality Foods
  • Jennifer Wendrow, Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank, N.A.
  • Leon Bergmann, Senior Vice President of Sales,
    Unified Grocers
  • Tim Dorgan, Managing Director, Peapod Interactive
  • Brian Klatt, Senior Vice President, Division Manager, Capital Markets, CoBank, ACB
  • Lynne Leaf, Senior Interactive Marketing Manager, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
  • Paul Rand, President and Chief Executive Officer, Zócalo Group; Chief Digital Officer, Ketchum
  • Bryant Ambelang, President and Chief Executive Officer, NatureSweet Ltd.

Mayer Brown
71 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

This event is complimentary.

For additional information, please contact Bill Bunker at +1 312 701 7442 or

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8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.