All Times are Eastern Time. Program Subject to Change.

Wednesday, February 24

3 pm – 4 pm


Keynote Presentation

4 pm – 5:30 pm

Social Hour – Travel and Food: An Eco-Ethics Pairing

The Summit’s Social Hour provides two experiences that we’ve all been missing – travel and food! This program will be memorable, fun and definitely unique!

Scrappy Hour: Sustainability Chef Joel Gamoran shares his passion for sustainable cooking through an interactive cooking demonstration. Joel’s recipe will be provided for those who would like to cook along, and shelf-stable ingredients will be provided to our first 100 Industry Level Summit registrants in their Surprises for the Summit goody boxes.

Eco-Tourism Mini-Tour: Enjoy your Scrappy Hour creations while traveling with Richard Crawford, Host of Amazon Prime’s Leave No Trace eco-tourism travel program. Ricky’s passion for ecologically responsible travel combined with his knowledge of off-the-beaten-path destinations will transport you to a destination you’ll want to visit in person.

Joel Gamoran, Sustainability Chef and Founder of Homemade
Richard Crawford, Eco-Tourism Ambassador, Host of Amazon Prime Leave No Trace

Thursday, February 25

10 am – 11 am


Lessons Across the Food Value Chain

Thursday’s opening address features Deloitte Consulting’s market leaders in Sustainability and the Fresh Food Supply Chain, Kyle Tanger and Josh Mellinger. Kyle and Josh will discuss the current state of the food value chain and lessons learned that will help inform decisions and operations in 2021, followed by Q&A.

Kyle Tanger, Managing Partner, US Lead Environmental Sustainability, Deloitte Consulting
Josh Mellinger, Manager, Fresh Supply Chain Leader, Deloitte Consulting

11 am – 12 pm

Overcoming Supply Chain Disruptions in Times of Change

While unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters are not new to the food supply chain, the past year has seen record setting disruptions – in scope, scale and duration. Hearing from stake holders who have experienced these disruptions, this panel includes multiple stakeholders including Aramark and the SC Ports Authority who will offer valuable insights to innovative and adaptive solutions while balancing efficiency and agility. Followed by Q&A.

Philip Saylor, Vice President, Supply Chain, Global Supply Chain & Procurement, Aramark

Micah Mallace, Director, National Accounts, SC Ports Authority
Jim Henderson, Vice President, Global Sales and Business Director, Lineage Logistics

12:30 pm – 1:25 pm

IoT: The Power of Connected Packaging

Leveraging cutting edge technologies to capture, analyze and deploy data related to food has become increasingly important. Join Digimarc and their technology partners as they discuss implementing and utilizing innovative technologies from bar codes to block chain to deliver safe, secure and sustainable solutions. Followed by Q&A.

Jay Sperry, Market Evangelist, Digimarc

1:25 pm – 2 pm

Going Bananas for Circular Solutions: An Innovative Approach to Circularity

Caue Suplicy is the Chairman and Founder of Barnana, a banana-based snacks company that has upcycled 100 million bananas since its inception in 2012. Caue will share Barnana’s unique approach to bringing healthier, delicious snacks to market that are safe, secure and sustainable.  He will also offer lessons learned on his journey to build a business from bananas that otherwise would have been thrown away. Followed by Q&A.

Caue Suplicy, CEO and Founder, Barnana

Friday, February 26

10 am – 10:55 am

Designing and Delivering Cradle-to-Cradle Packaging Solutions

Demands on packaging are greater than ever. Food packaging has evolved from protecting products in transit to an expanded role that spans safety, security, traceability, shelf- life extension, and environmental sustainability– all with the bottom line in mind. This panel of industry experts moderated by AMERIPEN, will discuss the challenges, opportunities and innovations being developed to meet the demands of today’s marketplace. Followed by Q&A.

Raghu Chakravarthi, Portfolio Director, Americas, TetraPak
Kathy Bolhous, CEO, Charter Next Generation
Stephen Tyner, R&D Manager, FLNA Core Packaging Services, PepsiCo Global Snacks R&D

10:55 am – 11:15 am

Plant Product and Planet: A Case Study Using Sugar Cane Fiber

Matt Hoffman and Becky Skipper will present insights to how their organizations collaborated to deliver an innovative food packaging portfolio using sugar cane fiber.

Matt Hoffman, President, Tellus Products and CEO, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
Becky Skipper, Marketing Manager, RPC North America, Sonoco

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Advanced Recycling Practices: What the Future Holds

Traditional Mechanical Recycling methods are limited by the contamination level of the feedstock and are not effective in processing multimaterial structures and other hard-to-recycle packages in order to generate high quality recycled plastics that can then be used in new packaging. In addition, the infrastructure and capacity required to meet brand owner commitments and potential legislative mandates around recyclability and recycled content is also inadequate today. Advanced Recycling Technologies offer the promise of recycling complex materials and packages with various levels of contamination to generate polymers of virgin-like quality. Stakeholders representing multiple stages of the advanced recycling process will discuss the current state of this evolving technology. Followed by Q&A.

Lindsay Mendes, Principal Sustainability Engineer, Sonoco

Prapti Muhuri, Manager, Recycling & Recovery, Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council
Linda Roman, Head of Packaging Growth and Technology, The Kraft Heinz Group
Jennifer Ronk, Sustainability Manager, North America, Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Dow
Ross Sloane, Director of Business Development, Braven Environmental

12:30 pm – 1:25 pm

From Concept to Compost: How to Successfully Launch Sustainable Packaging Innovations

Join industry experts as they delve into the opportunities and challenges of introducing new packaging concepts using a closed venue platform. The closed venue serves as a microcosm for the larger population, allowing for a quicker launch and rapid feedback on new sustainable packaging concepts. Working in a closed venue also presents unique challenges and requires closely orchestrated collaborations among each party within the supply chain. The panel will include representatives from Raw Material Supply, Converting, Brand Management, and Closed Venue Management and will explore the critical role played by each to ensure a successful product launch. Followed by Q&A.

Ruth Watts, Biopolymers Business Development Manager NA, Agriculture and Packaging Markets, BASF

Edwin Freeman, Principal Engineer, Advanced Materials Research and Open Innovation, Mars
Alan Belcher, Senior Product Stewardship Engineer, Printpack
Brandon Hamilton, Vice President of Stadium Operations & Facilities, Kansas City Chiefs
Kevin Anderson, Vice President, Missouri Organics Recycling

1:25 pm – 2 pm

When Competitors Collaborate for the Greater Good

Many companies are faced with similar challenges as they strive to achieve more circularity in their businesses. What if companies that compete in the field or on the shelf were able to join forces in a pre-competitive space to collaborate on solutions that impact the greater good? We look forward to presenting several case studies and to inspiring Summit attendees to forge new partnerships in support of sustainability initiatives across the food value chain.