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Driving Innovation and Growth



Reservations Required:   
May 8, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
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Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program in the Alliance's 2018 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Past food industry programs have focused on food safety, policy changes, science-based opportunities, global food production and sustainability, food supply chain management and managing food waste.

World food trade has blossomed over the decades, providing nourishment and fulfilling the desires of billions. Moreover, incomes of many have risen dramatically and the global middle class has grown. Even so, the world faces a rapidly increasing population, especially in urban areas, along with enormous problems of malnutrition and food insecurity. Key issues include how consumer preferences are changing and the negotiation of trade relationships.

In this context, there are many opportunities for businesses to innovate, create value, develop new technologies and markets for food products, and provide additional jobs in the Midwest and around the globe. Through innovation and imagination, firms can build new trade partnerships and widen current trade flows in the process helping feed the world so more may thrive.

Join Global Midwest Alliance and leaders from industry, government, and other organizations as we explore these key themes. This program will feature keynote speaker Craig Morris, the Vice President of International Marketing at the National Pork Board, and two panel discussions with informative speakers from across the supply chain, along with ample time for networking.

Focusing on how consumers drive change, our first panel will address the role of innovation and technology in promoting food trade. Our second panel will feature opportunities for business growth and ideas to open new markets -- particularly in rapidly growing cities -- to help meet worldwide needs by multiplying trade in agricultural and food products.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders and service providers, C-suite executives of food, agriculture, beverage, packaging and service companies, economic development specialists and groups interested in growth and global opportunities.

The cost to attend this industry breakfast program is $95 per person, payable at the time of registration. 

Seats are limited.  Please register on or before May 5, 2018.​

Expanding Food Trade: 
Ways to Innovate and Thrive

About Our Sponsors
Griffith Foods Worldwide, Inc. is a family-owned, privately held global developer and manufacturer of food ingredient systems. Griffith teams collaborate daily with our customers to create signature and unique food products which will entice consumers' experiences... taking Food Beyond Boundaries™! 

Established in 2011, the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a world-class food science research institute that produces knowledge-based outcomes in the areas of food safety, food defense and nutrition for stakeholders in government, industry and academia. 

Kerry is dedicated to making the world of food and beverage better for everyone. Every day, millions of people throughout the world consume foods and beverages containing Kerry's taste and nutrition solutions. The focus on changing lifestyles, the globalisation of food tastes and ever-evolving consumer needs has brought us to a market-leading global position. Today, we are firmly established as a world leader in the food, beverage and pharma industries, with 23,000 staff and 100+ innovation and manufacturing centres across six continents. 

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys in 20 offices, serving corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurs nationally. Recently ranked #17* for client service excellence among firms servicing Fortune 500 clients, the firm has risen more than 50 spots in Am Law's annual firm ranking over the past five years. Polsinelli attorneys provide practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation. Polsinelli attorneys have depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries.The firm can be found at www.polsinelli.comPolsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California. *2017 BTI Client Service A-Team Report.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation’s central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.

The Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO) Network of the World Bank Group is a group of 160 business intermediary organizations in 100 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group's products and services. PSLOs facilitate companies' access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues.

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Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome and Opening Remarks 
David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Keynote Presentation
Craig Morris, Vice President, International Marketing, National Pork Board

Innovation and Technology Panel
Dave Donnan, Senior Partner, Global Leader Food & Beverage Sector, A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Kim Kirchherr, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, FAND, Chair, Food & Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group
Megan Klein, CEO and Founder, Here

Networking and Coffee Break 

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
Alex Hao,Partner, JunHe LLP
Wayne Robson, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Chicago
Kate Toews, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Kerry Taste & Nutrition

Questions and Closing Remarks

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