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07/15/2021

Speakers added: Store Brands Industry Forum on Sustainability

A preview of some speakers joining panels on food waste, sustainable packaging, ethical sourcing and the circular economy.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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The StoreBrands Industry Forum on Sustainability is less than two weeks away — delivering four panel discussions and a keynote session on areas of reducing food waste, sourcing products ethically, developing sustainable packaging and understanding a circular economy approach to sustainability.

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The day of learning — and networking — will feature some panelists such as:

  • 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;
  • Bill Wollrab, founder of AllPeople.co, an e-tailer dedicated to selling consumer goods that do good for the earth and more;
  • and manufacturers leading in sustainable production such as Club Coffee, Pacific Coast Producers, and Smile Beverage Werks, and thought leaders from Fair Trade, The Hartman Group, the Leadership Solutions for Health and Prosperity program at Georgetown University and more.

Registration is open and available here.

For those that attended the inaugural Store Brands Industry Summit last month, the model of the event is the same with networking breaks in between each session. Using the virtual platform, attendees can pair up in private video meetings to chat.

For more on the forum, visit here.

Sustainability is a driving issue in the industry from how it’s impacting packaging decisions to how products are being sourced. Walmart just announced its Great Value brand of black and green tea products are certified sustainable and Target has issued a plan that puts its owned brands at the center of its Target Forward strategy.