FRESH Perspectives on Sustainability

Thursday, March 3
11 am – 4:00 pm (eastern)
Virtual Event

The first 75 people to register at the Industry Personnel level* will receive a “Sustainability in South Carolina” goody box! 

* Boxes cannot be delivered to PO Boxes and can only be delivered within the continental US.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Anne Barr web smallAnne Barr (Introduction)
Executive Director, Sonoco FRESH
Clemson University


HowardCoker web smallHoward Coker
President and Chief Executive Officer


Bob Jones web smallBob Jones, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Clemson University

The Shifts Creating Ripples Across Food & Agriculture

Part I: A look into macrotrends and consumer behavior provides insight into the drivers reshaping the food system and offers insight into considerations to (re)position for growth. Today’s remarks are a precursor to Part 2: A more in-depth look at the reimagined food system at the September Food, Packaging & Sustainability Summit.

Rob Dongoski websmallRob Dongoski
Partner, Global Agribusiness Industry Leader
Ernst & Young LLP

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Developing and Testing Packaging of the Future

 A Packaging Science education at Clemson University is built on the philosophy that the best way to engage students in thinking about packaging solutions is to present real-life challenges.

Join faculty and students as they describe their process for exploring packaging concepts for the future through market research, life cycle assessments, and design iterations to meet specific goals.

This session also provides an introduction to Clemson’s ISTA-certified Packaging Dynamics Lab and will show how the lab is leveraged to prepare the next generation of packaging scientists for a rapidly changing distribution environment.

Andrew Hurley websmallAndrew Hurley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Science
Clemson University

Greg Batt websmallGreg Batt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Science
Clemson University

Clemson Students
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Thomas Breslin

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Deb Hutchins

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Hayden Kelley

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Brennan Lytle

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Nate Stephens

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1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Inspiring Positive Change for People and the Planet

PepsiCo has recently introduced PEP+ (PEP Positive), a strategic end-to-end transformation to drive sustainable long-term value and competitive advantage. David Allen will describe how this initiative is changing the way PepsiCo is sourcing ingredients, making and selling products, improving packaging sustainability and inspiring people through its brands.

Dean York web smallWendy York (Introduction)
Dean of the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
Clemson University

David Allen websmallDavid Allen
Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer
PepsiCo Foods North America

Dave McLain websmallDavid McLain (Response)
Director, Sustainability
Printpack, Inc.

Elizabeth Rhue websmallElizabeth Rhue (Response)
Staff Vice President of Global Sustainability

Phil Saylor websmallPhilip Saylor (Response)
Vice President of Global Supply Chain

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Developing Purpose Driven Leaders of the Future

Join us to hear about innovative approaches to engaging students and industry to explore consumer behaviors and brand responsibility. Research providing data points on consumer attitudes about sustainability will also be included in this snapshot of marketing research and education at Clemson University.

Katie Hildebrand websmallKatie Hildebrand
Executive Director, Erwin Center for Brand Communications
Clemson University

Anastasia web smallAnastasia Thyroff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing
Clemson University

Clemson Students

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Spencer Peltz

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2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Hundred X: Digital Technologies & Transformations to Enable Sustainable Goals

Before joining Mars, Sandeep Dadlani worked in investment banking and later led one-third of the P&L of a $11 billion Indian software company. In 2017, Dadlani then joined Mars to lead an ambitious digital transformation to accelerate the Mars Purpose by shaping the world we want tomorrow by empowering Associates to create value 100x faster today. Dadlani’ s presentation will illustrate how the Mars digital transformation came to life, highlighting how Mars is digitizing its supply chain and how the digital transformation is contributing to the Mars commitment to achieve net zero GHG emissions in its full value chain by 2050.

Amy Apon web smallAmy Apon, Ph.D. (Introduction)
C. Tycho Howle Director of the School of Computing
Clemson University

Sandeep Dadlani websmallSandeep Dadlani
Chief Digital Officer
Mars, Incorporated

Kathleen Cook websmallKathleen Cook (Response)
Innovation Executive
IBM Supply Chain Intelligence & Sustainability

Asem Mokaddem websmallAsem Mokaddem (Response)
Tellus Products

Jay Sperry websmallJay Sperry (Response)
Global Digital Transformation Leader

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Clemson University Highlights

Sonoco FRESH is uniquely positioned to build collaborations across multiple disciplines, creating opportunities for students, faculty and industry partners to advance sustainable solutions across the food value chain. Please join us for highlights of two upcoming events:

Recycling 101, a hands-on course designed to meet the needs of industry professionals in learning the basics of mechanical, organic and chemical recycling from faculty and industry experts, will be held May 18-19, 2022. 

The Food, Packaging & Sustainability Summit, rescheduled to September 19-21, 2022, presents cutting edge topics, technologies and strategies to achieve sustainability targets. The Summit also offers opportunities to tour Clemson’s research facilities, network with industry and academic thought leaders and gain insights to next-gen thinking about sustainability.