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We continue to closely watch the guidance of local, regional, and national government restrictions to best shape our future in-person and event offerings. In the meantime, we continue to offer a collection of virtual and hybrid events designed to create opportunities for connection, networking, and knowledge sharing amongst our industry! Our hope is to provide opportunities for our industry to connect via conversation, education, and virtual networking to keep innovation happening and keep our industry mobilized! Use the links below to connect to those events and STAY TUNED - we are working with all of our members to build out more content for the the coming months!   

Upcoming CFBN Events:

    • 18 Jul 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Edelman, 111 N. Canal Street, 16th Floor Chicago, IL 60606
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    With the summer getting started, and a big election season kicking in to high gear, join CFBN on July 18th to dig into the economic conditions and trends we are seeing thus far for the food & beverage industry in 2024. 

    Keith Nunes, editor of Food Business News and Alison Borgmeyer from Edelman will provide their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges for the food & beverage industry thus far this year, and the outlook for the balance of the year. You won’t want to miss this insightful take on how 2024 is playing out across industry sectors.


    5:00PM Doors Open/Check-In

    5:30PM Mid-Year Food & Beverage Industry Update

    6:30PM Networking 

    8:00PM Event Ends



    Chair, U.S. Food & Beverage


    Alison brings nearly 25 years of experience across the food, beverage, commodity, ingredient, Agribusiness and restaurant/QSR sectors. Alison is a unique hybrid with an earned lens first and foremost, but with scientific creds having become a registered dietitian later in her career.  In her time at Edelman, she’s operationalized the firm’s Food & Beverage offering while launching Edelman’s first test kitchen in Chicago. Alison brings an encyclopedia-like brain for all things food and beverage from soil health, crop science, animal and land stewardship to how foods and beverages end up on our plates.



    Food Business News at Sosland Publishing

    Keith spent the past 30 years writing about the production, formulation, processing and consumption of food and beverage products. His experience has introduced him to the leaders of the industry's largest companies and the entrepreneurs who are driving change throughout the supply chain. Keith’s work rejects the myths and hype around food and clearly gets to the heart of the complex process of transporting raw materials from the field, turning them into finished products and delivering them to the consumer's table in a safe and efficient manner. As the Editor of Food Business News, he has led the editorial department from a start-up in 2005 to the leading news source in the industry on the web and in print.

    This event is in partnership with

    • 25 Jul 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CoLaboratory, 1210 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60607
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    Supply chains in the food & beverage industry play a crucial role in the global economy. Factors such as consumer preferences, technological disruptions, environmental and sustainability concerns, global economic trends, and geopolitical shifts continually reshape the landscape of the industry.

    Innovation inherently stretches and challenges supply chains.  And we see now that supply chains are limiting and sometimes dictating what is possible in terms of innovation. We are even seeing more innovation that is supply-chain driven (e.g., locally sourced, regenerative farming, sustainably sourced, fair trade, responsibly sourced, etc.) 

    Join CFBN and a panel of experts on July 25th as we explore the intersection of innovation and supply chains, to understand the skills and best practices needed to continually innovate and evolve in our rapidly-changing industry.


    5:00 PM   Doors Open / Welcome

    5:30 PM   Panel Discussion 

    6:15 PM   Q&A

    6:30 PM   Networking

    8:00 PM   Event Ends


    TONY POIDOMANI (Moderator)

    CFO and SVP Business Development 

    Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

    Tony is the CFO and SVP Business Development for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and partner media company Agile Business Media and Events.  He is also a professor of finance for Northwestern Medill in the graduate Integrated Marketing Communications Program and has a senior finance and supply chain related roles at McMaster-Carr, Quaker Oats, True Value and Hospira.  Tony has a CPA and MBA from Loyola University Chicago  


    Managing Principal

    Argon & Co.

    Randy has executive level experience with both small and large Food & Beverage companies, including public, private, and private equity sectors.  He developed and launched a three-year plan to significantly reduce costs through a complete supply chain redesign, including plant consolidations, distribution route optimization, complexity reduction, and product mix optimization.  He is currently the Managing Principal at Argon & Co.  He was previously with Kraft-Nabisco, Schwan's, Central Garden and Pet, Frito-Lay, Pinnacle and Dean Foods.


    Director, Digital

    Cohn Reznick

    Chris leads CohnReznick’s Operational Excellence service line. He has 20 years of experience delivering strategic and operational initiatives that leverage technology to create value. Chris enables companies to achieve positive business outcomes by helping them transform their operations; integrate technology solutions; and drive continuous improvement and gain efficiencies. His industry knowledge and focus on value creation, corporate strategy, and operational effectiveness enables him to advise clients from strategy to implementation to drive bottom line growth.


    Growth Strategy Consultant 

    Catena Solutions

    Mary Lynne is a strategic, entrepreneurial-minded CMO & CGO executive with global expertise in innovative strategies, go-to-market, sales, and product development. She launched the first natural sweetener disruptor to the market, overcoming challenges in harvest, processing, transportation, and packaging to deliver to the retail market and eventually become an ingredient brand with Coca Cola. She also helped develop the global supply chain for wind renewables by scaling manufacturing and use of innovative fixtures for transporting wind blades and towers. Mary Lynne collaborates with Catena Solutions, a trusted partner, to deliver comprehensive innovation, supply chain, change management, and transformational solutions, optimizing operational efficiency and driving sustainable growth.


    Sr. Director Innovation R&D

    McCain Foods US

    César Vega has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the world of food, especially in Innovation and Innovation management working for companies like Procter & Gamble, Mars, Barry Callebaut, and McCain Foods. His experiences span across geographies - Mexico, India, UK, The Netherlands, and the US - as well as product categories: cocoa & chocolate, ice cream, pulses, nuts, pasta sauces, rice, and meat alternatives. He also advises start-ups (e.g Ergo Biosciences SAS, a biotech startup developing vegetable cell tissues able to express functional animal proteins) and is also an angel investor.


    Vice President of Supply Chains

    Raymundo's Food Group

    Marsha Young stands at the forefront of supply chain innovation, with a distinguished 20-year career marked by visionary leadership and strategic operational improvements. As Vice President of Supply Chain for Raymundo's Food Group in Chicago, she directs supply chain operations and improvs overall efficiency by overseeing customer service, logistics, warehousing, procurement, planning and commercialization. A hallmark of Marsha's leadership has been her unwavering focus on ingredient security. She has implemented pioneering strategies to safeguard against supply chain disruptions, ensuring product integrity and consumer confidence.  Marsha was instrumental in transforming supply chains into streamlined, cost-effective, and secure operations as Director of Supply Chain at both Edlong Corporation and Gold Standard Baking.


    • 2 Aug 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Learn how to leverage CFBN’s resources to become an expert networker. Following networking best practices (and using CFBN’s Member Tools & Perks) can help you improve your communication skills, grow your business, and build your career. 

    Having the right connections can be a big advantage – that’s why networking is such an important skill, and why CFBN exists. In general, building up your networking skill set takes time and practice. Unsure how to get started?  Don’t worry –  CFBN’s list of best practices will set you on the path to networking success. The more you apply these simple guidelines to your networking efforts, the better your results will be.

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