Keynote Speaker: Kari Armbruster (Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste)
Kari Armbruster, Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Program Manager, joined Kroger in 2013 and was promoted to her current role in 2018. She develops objectives, strategies and metrics to support the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan.
Research Panel: Sustainable Packaging: Has COVID Changed Everything?
Scott Caine, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Aimpoint Research;
Jay Singh, Cal Poly packaging program director and president of the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes;
Kevin Kelley, CEO of Emerald Packaging; and
David Bell, chief marketing officer at Houweling's Group.
Bonus Keynote: Roland Fumasi (Rabobank)
Roland Fumasi is a vice president, senior analyst and manager for Rabobank’s RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group. Based in Fresno, Calif., Fumasi is responsible for covering and analyzing the U.S. and North American fresh fruit, vegetable and tree nut industries, and general California agriculture. He leads the Fresno research team.
Consumer Panel: How COVID-19 is Changing Consumer Purchases
Case Study: Meeting the Customers Where They Are...Or Not?
Speakers: Michael Schutt and Mark Koppang (Raley's)
Michael Schutt’s passion for produce has been evident since beginning his career with Raley’s in 1986. He has worked as a produce clerk, produce manager and in produce quality control, and currently is a produce buyer. With a special interest in organics, Schutt pioneered Raley’s program in the 1990s.
Mark Koppang is Raley’s director of sustainability. In this role, Koppang focuses on exploring and expanding Raley’s commitment to sustainability with actions that are most meaningful to its team members, customers and communities. Koppang works daily with individuals across the organization who contribute to Raley’s climate and sustainability driven efforts by helping to define, execute and measure opportunities for further impact.