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2022 Food & Beverage Forum

Date:
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022
Time:
12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT
Location:
Venue SIX10 | 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Hosted by Plante Moran, Nixon Peabody, and BMO, the 2022 Food & Beverage Forum focuses on how to change and adapt to today’s challenges in the food and beverage industry.
Close-up view of glass bottles in a manufacturing plant.Welcome to the 2022 Food & Beverage Forum, hosted by Plante Moran, Nixon Peabody, and BMO. We’re thrilled to announce this year’s event will be back live and in person in Chicago, bringing experts, industry leaders — and you! — together to connect, reignite relationships, and learn through collaboration.

Discover what’s new, now, and next from leading food and beverage industry experts in sustainability, technology, and innovation at the Food & Beverage Forum.

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Redesigned event format

To bring the Food & Beverage Forum back in person, we’ve reimagined this half-day event to focus on what we’ve missed most over the last two years. We’ll be stepping outside of the virtual one-way broadcast and inviting everyone to be part of the conversation and build invaluable connections along the way. This redesign includes a new substantive session, Food for Thought, featuring unique stories from industry experts, and our new interactive session — SIPs.

What are SIPs?

Social Interactive Peer sessions, or SIPs, is a reimagined networking hour of small, facilitated discussion groups lead by industry experts who guide conversations on hot topics you’ve been eager to discuss with peers and experts, including: the economy, supply chain, messaging and social media, and cybersecurity. Your voice and perspective shape these conversations, and your takeaways will come from other business leaders’ experiences.

Agenda

November 1 | 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Venue SIX10 Chicago IL

  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. | Check-in 
  • 1:00 – 1:15 p.m. | Welcome remarks 
  • 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. | Economic outlook
    • Michael Gregory, CFA, managing director, deputy chief economist and head of U.S. economics, BMO Capital Markets
  • 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. | Food for Thought (Innovative deep dives from industry leaders)
    • Food for Thought 1: Harnessing the Power of Digital Media to Drive Growth - The Food Institute’s Story with Brian Choi, managing partner/CEO, the Food Institute
    • Food for Thought 2: Finish Line Strategy - What are you doing in eCommerce to get buyers to the finish line? with Katie Hotze, founder & CEO Grocery Shopii
    • Food for Thought 3: How to make applesauce sexy in schools - Building a national brand in K12 schools and then retail with Sean Zecman, CEO/President of National Food Group
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. | Break, bar opens, & appetizers 
  • 3:00 – 3:40 p.m. | SIPs (Social Interactive Peer session) | 3:00 – 3:40 p.m.
    • SIPs 1 | 3:00 – 3:20 p.m.
      • SIPs Topic 1: Economy
        • Michael Gregory, BMO
      • SIPS topic 2: Labor challenges
        • Laura Bacon, Nixon Peabody
      • SIPs topic 3: Supply chain
        • Alison Torbitt, Nixon Peabody
      • SIPs topic 4: Cybersecurity 
        • Jessica Whitman,  Plante Moran
    • SIPs 2 | 3:20 – 3:40 p.m.
      • SIPs Topic 1: Economy
        • Michael Gregory, BMO
      • SIPS topic 2: Labor challenges
        • Laura Bacon, Nixon Peabody
      • SIPs topic 3: Supply chain
        • Alison Torbitt, Nixon Peabody
      • SIPs topic 4: Cybersecurity 
        • Jessica Whitman,  Plante Moran
  • 3:40 – 5:00 p.m. | Networking, drinks & appetizers

Register now

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Note: This event is exclusive for industry professionals; thus, the Food & Beverage Forum may exclude any prospective participant from registering for/or participating in the event at the organizer’s sole discretion.

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