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The Future Food 21 Conference Webinar Series is an opportunity for food processors, suppliers, economic developers, and other supporters to hear from leading industry executives, government leaders, and technology experts about the latest trends in the 21st Century food processing sector.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get the latest information and network with your peers by registering today. 

Conference Summary

The COVID 19 pandemic was and continues to be one of the most significant challenges the food processing industry has ever faced with respect to employee health, supply chain and logistics, and consumer wants and needs among other issues. Our webinar series does not get into the details of the pandemic situation but touches on many of the ramifications and impacts the issue has and continues to have on the food processing industry.   


Trends that were apparent before the pandemic such as consumer preferences for healthier food have grown stronger. For example, Ms. Paula Martin, a culinary medicine expert from the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities offered insight into what food processors should know how to meet these changing consumers’ preferences. More importantly, the impact food processors can have on people’s health and well-being by shifting to healthier, clean label processing.   Other speakers from Michigan State University addressed how shifting to healthier food products can lead to success.   

The Future Food 21 Conference featured key speakers that address these sustainability issues such as Mr Tom Manske, the Director of External Partnerships-Sustainable Packaging Innovation from the Kellogg Company; a speaker from the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator who will review advancements in Israeli packaging technology; a sustainable energy asset manager from Generate Capital that owns the Fremont Regional Digester, and experts from utility companies that will offer insights about achieving more energy-efficient operations or using alternative energy sources to achieve sustainability goals.   

Watch Recordings
Webinar Kickoff Event
September 24


Marty Gerencer, WMFPA

Multiple Speakers

Bill Huizenga, Gary McDowell, Todd DeKryger, Ph.D., Lindsay Hager

Food and Agriculture Workforce and Housing Overview
October 1

Ashley Batteen

Recruitment, Professional Development, and DEI Officer, MDARD

Hot Topic Fridays

Joseph Rivet

Deputy Director, MDARD

New Innovations in Food Waste Processing and Management
October 12

Dan Radomski

Director, Centropolis Accelerator at Lawrence Tech University

Technology Tuesdays

Case Study Examples


Food Waste Recycling-Zero Waste to Landfill Goals
October 15

Matt Goodman

Asset Management, Generate Capital

Hot Topic Fridays

Produce Shelf-Life Extension Using Cold Plasma Technology
October 26

Tejasvi Chunduri

Technical Leader, Somnio Global

Technology Tuesdays

Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges
November 5

Michael Lahti

Managing Director, Tamarack Holdings

Hot Topic Fridays

Bill Knudson

Agricultural Economist, MSU Product Center

Sustainable Packaging
November 9

Bernard Bourgeois

Director, Ecosystem Development at Michigan Israel Business Accelerator

Technology Tuesdays

Tom Manske & Shannon Moore

Director of External Partnerships - Sustainable Packaging Innovation; Led Packaging Engineer; Kellog Company

Food as Medicine
November 19

Paula Martin, MS, RDN

Community Nutrition Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

Hot Topic Fridays

Brandon Seng

Owner, Michigan Farm to Freezer

Advanced Food Growing Technology
November 23

Nichole Wilcox

VP of Commercial Lending, GreenStone Farm Credit Services

Technology Tuesdays

Tim Vogelzang

CFO for Revolution Farms LLC

Opportunities in Healthy Food Processing
December 3

Jamie Rahrig, MPH, RDN

Michigan Good Food Fund Specialist, Innovation Counselor

Hot Topic Fridays

Dr. Velonda Anderson

Energy Waste Reduction in Food Processing
December 14

Duane Watson

Agriculture Program Specialist/Energy Advisor at Consumers Energy

Technology Tuesdays

Jerry Zolkowski

Principal Engineer at DNV GL

Series Sponsors

Signature Sponsors $25,000

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Gold Sponsors $15,000

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Platinum Sponsors $10,000

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Sponsors $5,000

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Friends $2,500

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