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08/02/2021

Forum on sustainability is on-demand

Those who registered for the event can access a webcast of the event, broken down by topic, and non-registrants can view on-demand as well for a fee.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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The Store Brands Industry Forum on sustainability is available for on-demand viewing.

Last week, Store Brands held a forum on sustainability, featuring a keynote chat with Denise Osterhues, senior director of sustainability and social impact at Kroger, discussing the chain’s impactful Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, and featured four webinar panels with other leaders in the private brand space to discuss food waste, sustainable packaging, the circular economy and ethical sourcing.

For those who registered for the event, the webinars are broken up and available to view at the Store Brands Industry Forums website. If didn’t register, the panels are available for on-demand viewing for a fee.

The conversations at the forum were rich with insights on how retailers are facing sustainability issues, setting goals and informing consumers on how to move the sustainable needle. Panelists included Kendrick Repko, director of sustainable products, Ahold Delhaize USA; Christie Zimmerman, a products standards manager at Natural Grocers, who works to bring product transparency to the shelf at the retailer; Derrek Reitz, the sustainability specialist for Weis Markets, tasked with eliminating food waste; Bill Patton, manager of store optimization at The Giant Company; and Bill Wollrab, founder of AllPeople.co, an e-tailer dedicated to selling consumer goods that do good for the earth and more.

Those retailers were joined by experts from Club Coffee, Pacific Coast Producers, Smile Beverage Werks, Consumer Brands Association, Fair Trade, The Hartman Group, GS1, and the Leadership Solutions for Health and Prosperity program at Georgetown University and more.

The Store Brands Industry Forums is a new ongoing virtual event, featuring fireside webinars with leaders of industry and networking breaks in between. Coming in September, another forum dedicated to the beverage category is being planned. Details to follow soon!