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Who will attend
Meet Senior Decision Makers from the following industry sectors:
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RETAIL/ FOOD & DRINK BRANDS/ FOOD SERVICES/ RESTAURANTS & FAST FOOD CHAINS
  • Director, Commodities And Technical Services
  • Director Sustainability And Climate Change
  • Raw Materials Purchasing Director
  • Procurement Director
  • Procurement Manager
  • Senior VP, CSR & Sustainability
  • Agricultural Sustainability Manager
  • Agronomist
  • Fruit & Vegetable Manager
  • Principal Research Officer
  • Program Manager
  • Corporate Head Agriculture
  • Director Of Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • SVP Of Conservation
  • Director Of Global Operational Risk Management And Sustainability
  • VP Corp Agri
  • Vice President, Extended Enterprise
  • Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Quality Assurance
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Social Mission Director
  • Director, Strategic Sourcing
  • Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
  • Director HSE
  • Director for Sustainability
  • Sustianble Food Systems Manager
  • Environmental Coordinator
  • Vice President, Corporate Affairs
  • Vice President - Director of Worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Director of Agricultural Research
  • Director of Sourcing and Relationships
  • Senior Director- Global Supplier Initiatives
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PROCESSORS/ BROKERS/ TRADERS
  • Trader, Protein
  • Agribusiness Director
  • General Manager Trading
  • Sustainability & Farmer Support Manager
  • Director, Agricultural and Analytical Services
  • Director HSE
  • Senior Director Quality Assurance and Regulation
  • Vice President, Operations Services
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FARMERS / GROWERS
  • VP of Agricultural Operations
  • AVP Environmental
  • Managing Director
  • Executive Vice President
  • General Manager
  • Farmer
  • Owner
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NGOs
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GOVERNMENT
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ORGANIZATION INVOLVED WITH CROP SCIENCE
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LENDERS & INVESTORS - FINANCE SECTOR, FOUNDATIONS & DONOR AGENCIES
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GLOBAL COMMODITY ROUND TABLES
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  Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chain Summit

Arrow   Two Day Conference: June 23 - 24 2009, Marriott Chicago Midway
   
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Introducing The World's 1st Online Global Collaboration Network Dedicated
To Forming "Field To Plate" Partnership Programs


For Just $199 ( $99 early booking before April 30, 2009)
Registered Delegates Gain Free Access To The Online Network For 12 Months!

For Further Information Visit:
www.sustainable-agricultural-supply-chain-network.com/network.asp

Four Pre-Conference Working Groups
June 22, 2009


  1. Practicalities Of Understanding & Managing All Upstream Agricultural Risks
  2. Practicalities Of Implementing A Water Usage & Agricultural Risk Assessment Program
  3. Leveraging Agricultural Innovation: New Technologies & Techniques For Managing Upstream Risk
  4. Practical Workshop On Reaching Through The Supply Chain To Influence Farmers – Direct & Indirect Strategies


Ensure That Your Food & Beverage Sourcing Remains Competitive & Sustainable In An Economic Downturn

The competitiveness of any food and beverage product depends on the dependability of the raw materials that are sourced, as they need to be sustainable and cost effective.

There is now a recognition that climate change, population growth and competition for resources is starting to make a real impact on the sustainability of specific agricultural regions, both nationally and globally – in terms of water, carbon and land usage – and that the global trading system will need to adapt. In the context of raw material sourcing, sustainability can literally mean staying in business.

Yet, for the food and beverage sector, delivering on all three aspects of the triple bottom line can be difficult, and expensive to achieve. The solution is to adopt a holistic approach to quantifying and managing all of the key risks that exist at the agricultural level. And that means defining the boundaries of what sustainability actually means because supply chain assessments and certification cost money. And, “money is too tight to mention”…

American Business Conferences is proud to present a multi-stakeholder forum for the entire food and beverage value chain – from retailer to farmer in national and global sourcing contexts – looking at cost effective strategies for defining, measuring and reducing the key agricultural impacts.

The event has a dual focus: firstly, “big picture” assessments demonstrating the business benefits of sustainable sourcing and secondly, practical implementation tips on collaborating to reach across your value chain to influence farmers to implement responsible practices.

NETWORK WITH THE ENTIRE AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN TO COLLABORATE AND BUILD PARTNERSHIPS

The event delivers a unique combination of in-depth case studies coupled with interactive networking sessions and small working groups. Delegates who have registered already are a mix of Purchasing, Procurement and traditional CSR job titles from the following sectors

Food & Beverage

BrandsGovernment

Retailers
US Farmers & Associations

NGO's

Commodity Suppliers
Transport & Logistics

Certification Partners

Food Processors

APPLY NEW IDEAS, TRANSFERABLE PRINCIPLES AND BEST PRACTICES FROM CASE STUDIES FEATURING THE SOURCING OF CROPS FROM DIFFERENT REGIONS

Whichever agricultural raw material your company sources – whether it’s chocolate, vanilla, fish, bananas or palm oil - the event will help you realign your raw material sourcing strategy to make it more competitive and sustainable.

Why waste money on developing expensive in-house certification programmes, if you can learn from companies who have already been down that road?

Key Learning Benefits Include:
  • High Level Regulatory Perspectives From Obama’s Administration On The Future Of Agricultural Policy
  • Case Studies On The Business Case For Implementing A Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chain
  • Insights On Measuring Agricultural Sustainability And Sustainable Growth Along Your Agricultural Supply Chain
  • Benchmark Against Different Certification Providers
  • Hear About Best Practice Approaches On Supply Chain Audits, Including Managing Suppliers Based Outside The US
  • Hear Directly From Farmers & Growers To Help You Understand Their Needs To Develop An Engagement Strategy
  • Find Out About How Technology Can Help Your Agricultural Supply Chain Be More Sustainable
  • Hear How NGO’s Can Help You
  • Build Relationships Across The Agricultural Supply Chain & Understand The Needs Of Farmers & Growers To Implement Innovation At The Ground Level
  • Work Through Solutions On Supplier Score Cards



Partners
Climate Action CSRwire
The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops Sustainable Food Lab
Food Business News World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Worldwide Food Expo  

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Expert Speaker Panel
Rob Michalak, Director of Social Mission, Ben & Jerry’s
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Sonja Tuitele, VP of Communications and Sustainability, Aurora Organic Dairy
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Ed Flanagan, President, Jasper Wyman & Son
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Ellen Feeney, VP Responsible Livelihood, WhiteWave Foods
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Carol Kramer-LeBlanc, Director for Sustainable Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Steve Balling, Director, Agriculture & Analytical Services, Delmonte Foods
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Maisie Greenawalt, Vice President, Bon Appétit
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Jennifer V. Orgolini, Sustainability Director, New Belgium Brewing Co., Inc.
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Nathan Morr, Director
Social & Environmental Responsibility,
SunOpta International
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James Lime, VP Environment Health & Safety, ConAgra Foods
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Derek Yurosek, VP of Agricultural Operations, Bolthouse Farms, Inc.
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Ann Thrupp, Manager of Sustainability and Organic Development, Fetzer/Bonterra Vineyards
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J. Alan Beamon, Director, Coal and Electric Power Division - Office of
Integrated Analysis and Forecasting,
Department
of Energy

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Steve Frenkel, Chief Policy Advisor, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
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John Lamb, Senior Agribusiness Team Leader
- Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Department,
World Bank
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Audra Karalius, Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety, Sara Lee Corporation
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Tina Fitzgerald, Acting Director of Produce and Social Responsibility, IPC SUBWAY
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Sabrina Vigilante, Director, Markets - Americas & Asia Pacific, Sustainable Agriculture Division, Rainforest Alliance

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