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Global Supply Chain Week Day 3 preview: Food and CPG

‘The future of food supply chains’ among planned topics

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John Tyson, chief sustainability officer of Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN), is scheduled to kick off Day Three of Global Supply Chain Week, Feb. 24. Tyson will discuss sustainability in global supply chain management with Matt Waller, dean of Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

Tom Madrecki, vice president for supply chain & logistics at Consumer Brand Association, is the keynote speaker for the day.

FreightWaves’ eight-day, virtual supply chain event will stream live from Feb. 22 through March 3. Feb. 24 focuses on food and consumer packaged goods (CPG) throughout supply chains.

This is not an event that supply chain experts will want to miss. The COVID-19 pandemic hit supply chains hard in 2020. People at every step in the supply chain, including truck drivers, store managers and suppliers, worked tirelessly to restock warehouses and grocery store shelves quickly while consumers stocked up in preparation for lockdowns.

The importance of supply chains has been evident worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic. Industry experts will converse about challenges, technologies, market trends and lessons learned in supply chains.

Food and CPG Global Supply Chain Week topics include:

  • Solving the challenges of exporting food.
  • How President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan will elevate last-mile delivery.
  • Building logistics success for midsize CPG innovators.
  • The future of the food supply chain: AI, analytics and agriculture.
  • Strategic trends in global SCM that have accelerated as a result of the pandemic.
  • How the pandemic has shifted the view of shippers on visibility and tracking.

Featured speakers for Day 3 include:

Tom Madrecki – Keynote Speaker
VP, Supply Chain & Logistics
Consumer Brand Association

As vice president of supply chain and logistics for the Consumer Brands Association, Tom Madrecki represents the collective transportation, technology, sourcing and sustainability priorities of America’s CPG industry.

David Braunstein
Together for Safer Roads

David Braunstein’s leadership has helped scale and sustain the global coalition’s efforts to improve road safety and save lives. David has a distinguished career spanning two decades in entrepreneurial business development.

Ernie Manansala
Chief Marketing Officer
Ernie Manansala is a proven leader with more than 20 years of success in growing consumer brand companies with both large multinational and medium-sized entrepreneurial organizations. Manansala’s expertise includes multiple CEO roles revamping both healthy and distressed companies.

Grant Langston
Chief Executive Officer
Warehouse Exchange
Grant Langston has spent most of his 25-year career looking for ways to better connect people through marketplace technology. He has recently become CEO and a board member for Warehouse Exchange, taking his deep experience of marketplace technology to the logistics sector.

Gregory Tuthill
Chief Commercial Officer
SeaCube Containers
As SeaCube’s Chief Commercial Officer, Gregory Tuthill leads the global sales, marketing and trade teams. He brings over 30 years of industry experience to this position. Prior to SeaCube, Mr. Tuthill was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for CMA-CGM.

John Tyson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Tyson Foods
John R. Tyson joined the Tyson Foods team in 2019 leading the company’s efforts for a more sustainable protein system, driving improvement by implementing the company’s sustainability strategy as well as managing sustainability, animal welfare, environmental, social responsibility, procurement and equity.

Jonathan Kingsman
Author, Out of the Shadows: The New Merchants of Grain
Commodity Conversations
Jonathan Kingsman spent nearly forty years in the commodity business, as a trader, a broker, and finally, as an analyst. He retired from the markets in 2016 and is now an author and blogger. His blogs can be found on Commodity Conversations. Jonathan lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Matt Waller
University of Arkansas ­- Sam M. Walton College of Business
Matthew A. Waller, is the Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair, and Professor of Supply Chain Management. He has written many opinion pieces for the WSJ and other books about Supply Chain and will bring a breadth of academic and practical wisdom.

Naeem Zafar
Co-Founder & CEO
Naeem is an electrical engineer and a serial entrepreneur who has been involved with several startups in Silicon Valley. He started TeleSense in 2014 to apply IoT (Internet of Things) and AI technologies to one of the largest markets in the world: Agriculture.

Peter Friedmann
Executive Director
Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC)
Peter Friedmann led the formation of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition when agricultural exporters sought assistance in dealing with transportation challenges. The AgTC is now the voice for a broad cross-section of U.S. agriculture exporters, importers and their service providers who require competitive ocean, rail and truck transportation services.

FreightWaves staff experts will join industry professionals to talk about food and CPG supply chains on Feb. 24. 

This event is free to attend and will be livestreamed on FreightWavesTV. To register and find more information, visit the Global Supply Chain Week website.

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Alyssa Sporrer

Alyssa is a staff writer at FreightWaves, covering sustainability news in the freight and supply chain industry, from low-carbon fuels to social sustainability, emissions & more. She graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Marketing and Environmental Studies. She is passionate about all things environmental and enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, ultimate frisbee, hiking, and soccer.