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Past Event
18 March 2014
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The State of Food & Agribusiness: Perspectives Across the Food Supply Chain: From Growers to Manufacturers to Retailers

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.

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