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Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021; 12-3:30 p.m. CST

Hosted by Plante Moran, Nixon Peabody, and BMO Harris, the 2021 Food & Beverage Forum will offer forward-looking insights to help manufacturers prepare for what’s next.

Close-up view of potato chips on a conveyor belt.The 2021 Food & Beverage Forum is back virtually on November 9, 2021 with the same great level of insight that attendees have come to expect.

In addition to our annual economic outlook, this year’s agenda features two expert panels slated to present proactive strategies for supply chain management and staying ahead of retail innovation.

Your attendance will unlock access to industry peers and leaders as they discuss ways to overcome today’s challenges and position your business for success in 2022.

  • Session 1: Economic outlook | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST
    • Michael Gregory, BMO Capital Markets’ deputy chief economist and head of U.S. Economics, examines the forecast for the North American economy and financial markets. This session will be moderated BMO Harris
  • Session 2: Building a resilient supply chain | 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. CST
    • Learn how industry experts have reimagined their supply chain strategy to quickly react to disruption through a proactive approach. This panel discussion will be moderated by Plante Moran.
      • Panelists:
        • Geoff Goetz, Executive vice president supply chain, KeHE
        • Mitch Rader, Chief executive officer, Market Fresh Produce
        • Rashid Ali, Co-founder & chief operating officer, Chomps
  • Session 3: The changing face of retail | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST
    • From omnichannel solutions to “functional foods,” hear from both product leaders and retailers as they discuss how evolving consumer preferences are driving innovation for food and beverage companies. This panel discussion will be moderated by Nixon Peabody.
      • Panelists:
        • Rob Sarlls, President & chief executive officer, Wyandot Snacks
        • Marta Gerdes, Vice president of marketing, Tampico Beverages
        • Kirk Stoa, Executive vice president & chief financial officer, Festival Foods  

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