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Food Tank Summit in Chicago hosted by University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Theme: Digitization Across the Food Supply Chain. Featuring DPI's Executive Director, Bill Jackson

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Food Tank, in collaboration with the Discovery Partners Institute, the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Illinois Tech, Northwestern University, Chicagoland Food & Beverage, and IL Agri-Food Alliance, is hosting a Summit focusing on digitization across the food supply chain, highlighting the technological innovations created in Illinois or by Illinois-based companies and individuals.

Discount Code: DiscoveryPartners

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Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

Bill Jackson, Executive Director of the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI)


MODERATOR: Michelle Relerford, Weekday Morning Co-Anchor for NBC 5 News

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton

PANEL: Processing.

MODERATOR: Michael Hirtzer, Ag Reporter Bloomberg

1. Amy Jones, VP R&D North America, Griffith Foods

2. Ben Kreider, R&D Transformation Director, Mars, Incorporated

3. Beth Conerty, Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory and the Food Science Human Nutrition Pilot Processing Plant

4. Natalie Shmulik, CEO, The Hatchery Chicago

PANEL: Distribution

MODERATOR: Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank

1. Mark Kaplan, Co-Founder, Envisible

2. Lav Varshney, University of Illinois, SalesForce, Kocree Inc (AI technology)

3. Luke Saunders, Founder and CEO, Farmer’s Fridge

4. Marc Zornes, Founder, Winnow


MODERATOR: Mike Sula, food writer, Chicago Reader

Jean-Pierre Comte, President, Barilla USA.

PANEL: Retail

MODERATOR: Shayna Harris, Forbes Contributor (TENT)

1. Gerald Oksanen, Project Manager, Datassential

2. Dan Whitacre, Senior director of R&D and Tech Transfer, Kroger

3. Anthony Edwards, Co-Founder, EatOkra

4. Natalie Lau, Global Sustainability Manager, Molson Coors (TBD)

5. Lucie Basch, Co-founder, Too Good To Go


MODERATOR: Ariel Cheung, Journalist Chicago Tribune

Speaker to be announced soon!


MODERATOR: Brett Chase, Environmental Journalist, Chicago Sun-Times

Ertharin Cousin, Founder and CEO, Food Systems for the Future

And more to be announced soon!

Food Tank members get FREE tickets. Join HERE.

Don’t miss this incredible event!

100% of ticket sales donated to Feeding Illinois.