"Miriam Ueberall recently joined The Kraft Heinz Company to head up research and development for the group’s international zone. FoodNavigator speaks to her about how innovation and product development is at the heart of Kraft Heinz’s turnaround plans."
Read more here.
"Marfrig and ADM today announced an agreement to create PlantPlus Foods, a joint venture for the sale of plant-based food products across South American and North American markets.
Marfrig, one of the world’s leading beef producers and the world’s largest beef patty producer, and ADM, a leading global nutrition company, already have a successful history working together to develop and produce sustainable, plant-based foods in South America. Now, PlantPlus Foods will expand on that successful relationship."
As a food manufacturer, McCain is driven by good people, making good food, from good ingredients – and the result is food that makes people feel good. But it’s not just about the food that they make, it’s about how they conduct theirselves in every aspect of their business. From farmer and customer relationships to sustainable agricultural processes – they strive to make every element of their business good. This philosophy underpins everything they do.
Check out this deck to learn about how McCain is supporting the community - globally - with food donations.
It has been an intense week in Chicagoland and around the country. This is a critical juncture for all of us to do what is right and embrace our common humanity. The protests this weekend remind us that:
We must hear, respect, and act on the pleas of protesters for the justice of George Floyd and so many others.
We must do more than acknowledge that racism exists, we must actively pursue and advocate for a more equitable and just society.
We must all hold ourselves and those around us accountable for a higher standard of daily behavior and overall justice.
We need to fight against the division, racism and bigotry that continues in this country.
We must remember #GeorgeFloyd and make this the point at which we decided that this injustice must STOP!
As an industry, it’s easier to shrug and wait for others to act. It’s easier to focus on your business, and do nothing. But Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network was founded three years ago based on creating a network to drive inclusion and economic growth in our region and in our communities. And we will double down on doing just that.
With all that 2020 has brought us in terms of challenges, NOW IS THE TIME for you and your companies to be engaged and to make a difference
Now is the time to do something that supports communities across Chicagoland, makes the world better, and helps ensure justice.
- Alan Reed
In case you missed it!
On May 18th, 2020, the CFBN in partnership with Bader Rutter’s Intel Distillery hosted our weekly open discussion "Bader Rutter Monday's @ 11" on the top news stories and breaking headlines impacting food production.
We got to hear insights from Bader Rutter staff that have tracked the top stories from the most influential voices in the business. From farm fields to consumer plates, the Chicago-based team has diligently categorized and catalogued everything important in food, beverage and agriculture to outline a clear picture of what's happening and who's driving the conversations on our industry.
This week in industry news, Bader Rutter highlighted:
Access the full episode here!
The Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network would love to thank the Bader Rutter team for sharing their insights:
Thank you to everyone who virtually attended. Stay updated on our upcoming virtual events here.
Members can access the presentations shared in your Member Perks.
The “Bader Rutter Monday’s @ 11” is a new, FREE, weekly virtual event series brought to you by CFBN.
From retailer to processor to farmer and everyone in between– each member of the dairy supply chain brings a valuable perspective fueled by a common passion for bringing dairy to life for today’s consumer. We hope you’ll be part of the conversation at the virtual Dairy Experience Forum on July 15, 2020. Registration details are below.
Convening the Entire Dairy Supply Chain Virtually
The third annual 2020 Dairy Experience Forum is going virtual, allowing American Dairy Association of the Midwest to bring the latest insights into what is driving consumer demand to the dairy supply chain while you remain safe at home and continue serving your customers. You are invited to this event which is sponsored by Midwest Dairy.
With the rapidly changing food and beverage climate, remaining at the forefront of what is driving dairy demand has never been more important. The Dairy Experience Forum convenes members across the dairy supply chain from retailers, to processors and dairy farmers to share actionable consumer insights, future forecasting and industry thought leadership. How has the pandemic impacted food and beverage trends? What is next for dairy? The Dairy Experience Forum brings these insights directly to you!
The virtual conference will be held on Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. The $50 registration fee includes:
To view the full agenda and to register, visit www.DairyExperienceForum.com.
By: Marc Schulman, President of Eli's Cheesecake
For 35 years, Chicago has had the unique distinction of having the premiere public high school in the country dedicated to developing future leaders in food science, animal science, horticulture, agricultural economics, biotechnology and agricultural mechanics. The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is located on what was the last working farm in the Mt. Greenwood Neighborhood with a 72 acre campus that includes a land laboratory, a barn, animals and a new riding center.
From its founding, the School has been fortunate to have the support of the business community and institutions of higher education through its Business Advisory Board. As the Food and related industries in Chicago and nationally have grown, the need for a better trained and motivated work force makes the graduates so important as student go onto to Land Grant and other top programs.
The Class of 2020 is one of the best in the history of the School. Regrettably, they missed out on so many of the senior traditions including the Flower & Garden Show, the FFA Banquet, Prom and Graduation.
The School is seeking your support for our virtual awarding of Scholarships to Graduates in the Class of 2020. We are seeking donations of $500, $1000, $2,500, $5,000 or any amount that will be given 100% to scholarships. You have the opportunity to name a Scholarship for your organization or to honor an individual. By May 29th, we would ask you for your scholarship commitment and if the School can select the awardee or if you would like to designate the scholarship for a certain University, program or other criteria.
Checks should be sent to “Friends of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences” and sent to 3857 W. 111th Street, Chicago Illinois 60655 Attn: William Hook, Principal. For any questions, you can contact William Hook at firstname.lastname@example.org 773-535-2696 or Sheila Fowler, Assistant Principal at SRFowler@cps.edu 773-535-2938.
From Elise Tresley, CEO/Co-Founder of mēle:
When COVID-19 first turned the world upside down, we were following the headlines and reading the news like everyone else. It was heavy and dire. The future felt uncertain—it still does. But we decided this wasn’t a time to pull back, this was a time to step-up. Once we made sure our team was healthy and safe, we asked ourselves how we could help.
If you aren’t familiar with mēle, we’re a wellness food company that offers no-prep, fully-balanced smoothies made of freeze-dried fruits, veggies, nuts, and protein. A number of our customers happen to be doctors and nurses. With these customers in mind, we reached out to our community and asked one question: "do you work at a hospital that we can help?" What came next started with a single reply from a Resident at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx—a note that soon became one of many we’d receive.
"Our resident physicians sometimes work > 24 hour shifts. They aren't able to prepare food. For example, we currently have 30 patients on the ventilator in one unit — staffed only by 4 people. There is not even time for bathroom breaks — patients are dying, transferred in, requiring push medications. It's madness. We would be so grateful for food & beverage donations. Please help our staff eat and stay nourished!" - Resident | Lincoln Memorial | Bronx, NY
We started reaching out to hospital directors to coordinate donations and what we discovered was worse than what was in the news at the time. Not only were hospitals dangerously short on COVID-19 supplies, but with cafeterias closed and supply chains disrupted, they were running out of both basic foodservice equipment and meals for their doctors, nurses, and first responders. A Hospital Director in New York quantified it: we can only get 10% of our normal supply. We’re short on COVID needs, we’re short on foodservice equipment, we’re short on food for our staff. This wasn’t just happening in NY—it was a problem across the country.
Our team at mēle quickly got to work and formed a task force to address these problems. We connected hospitals to companies in our network providing vetted COVID-19 supplies. We cold emailed restaurant manufacturers to find alternatives to foodservice equipment shortages at the hospitals. And we began donating mēle—both through #FoundersGive for the NY hospitals where COVID cases were mounting and then directly to hospitals in other states.
We’ve been donating as much mēle as we can. But we wanted to do something bigger—something that would amplify our donation efforts and involve our community. We launched SPONSOR A MĒLE in April. The idea is simple: sponsor a $5 mēle that will go to a doctor, nurse, or first responder on the front lines. For every mēle (meal) sponsored, we give another. Here’s a few more of the many messages we’re receiving from the front lines on why it matters:
“All staff in the COVID ICU are finding little time at all to break—not eating for over 12 hours is rough. Thank you so much for trying to make a difference, every little bit helps. Truly.” - ICU RN | St. Vincent | Toledo, OH
"“Meals and snacks support our morale as we go through something we have never faced before.” - Pediatric Resident | Penn State Hershey Medical | Hershey, PA
“Breaks for nourishment are vital and having a quick nourishing snack is a great boost.” - Critical Care Nurse Practitioner | Mass General Hospital | Boston, MA
This is our reality right now—and it’s the time to act. Although we’re starting to see signs of the curve flattening, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Our inbound volume of requests has gone up, not down. With that, I’m asking for your help. Consider taking 10 seconds today to sponsor a mēle. Over the past few days, we’ve donated to Georgetown University Hospital in D.C., Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and Lincoln Hospital in NY, among others (more to follow). We promise to keep you updated on where your donations are going and who they are helping. Our team can't thank you enough for your support. We’re far from done, so please keep it coming.
On May 11th, 2020, the CFBN in partnership with Bader Rutter’s Intel Distillery hosted our weekly open discussion "Bader Rutter Monday's @ 11" on the top news stories and breaking headlines impacting food production.
On May 7th, 2020, the CFBN in partnership with CA Fortune hosted “Founders Series: Shoppable Content" led by expert Steve Gaither, Chief Marketing Officer of CA Fortune. This was a virtual conversation geared towards guiding our industry in the right direction and sharing insights on how to drive consumer engagement during these challenging times.
Steve Gaither guided us through how brands can pivot to quickly drive shoppable content through multiple channels. Breaking it down in 3 categories:
Access the entire virtual event recording here.
This event is being presented as part of the Founders Series, produced in partnership with CA Fortune.
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