2018 Seminar

Attendee Impressions

Speaker List

Each year the Purchasing Seminar creates a committee designed to curate the most knowledgeable, experienced and reputable names in the industry to present the issues and topics for the year.  The selection process is extensive and each year addresses the continued relevance and reliability of its speakers, taking care to introduce fresh faces and perspectives when applicable.


2018 Purchasing Seminar Speakers TBD.


2017 Purchasing Seminar Speakers and Topics

Matt Beeson - Edible Oils & Shortening

Ankush Bhandari - Feed Grains and Millfeed

Richard Broad - Eggs

Kim Conboy - Nuts

Jon Davis - World Weather and the Impact on Markets

Vincent Deluard - Economy

Steve Freed - Grains Panel, Shortening Panel

John Gillcrist - Proteins, Beef and Pork

Brian Harris - Shortening Panel

Hugo van der Goes - Cocoa

Kellee James - Organic Ingredients

Robbin Johnson - Policy Prospects Under President Trump

Bill Lapp - Global Grains, U.S. Wheat and Wheat by Class

Mary Keough Ledman - Dairy

Brant Matthews - Spices

Paul Meyers - Shortening Panel

Chris Morley - Market Fundamentals, Risk Management

Kara Nielsen - Food Trends

Steve Nugent - Fruit

Craig Ruffolo - Sugars/Sweeteners

Tim Statts - Energy Markets

Hayden Wands - Grains Panel

David Weaber - Proteins - Poultry

Mark Zavodnyik - Shortening Panel

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