Clemson alumnus David Beasley, former South Carolina governor and current executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, will be giving the keynote presentation at the inaugural Food, Packaging and Sustainability Summit hosted by Sonoco FRESH at Clemson University. The virtual summit will take place Feb. 24-26.
The mission of Sonoco FRESH, a Clemson University initiative, is to develop innovative solutions by engaging the collective intellectual capital and purposeful collaboration of experts from academia, industry and thought leaders across the entire food value chain. The summit’s theme depicts the goal of optimizing the food value chain to protect food and the environment through safe, secure and sustainable solutions. FRESH is pleased to provide a content-rich program that reflects its unique approach to evaluating the entire food value chain.
“The need for collaborations and innovative approaches to protecting the safety, security and sustainability of the food value chain has never been greater,” said Anne Barr, executive director of Sonoco FRESH. “Networking and interaction are the cornerstones of our event, and we will be using a dynamic virtual conference platform that will allow attendees to join interactive and engaging programs – all while connecting from the comfort and safety of their homes or offices.”
The 2021 summit will kick off with welcoming remarks from Clemson President Jim Clements and Sonoco President and CEO Howard Coker, followed by Beasley’s keynote presentation. Throughout the three-day virtual event, attendees will hear from speakers on a variety of topics, including eco-ethics in travel and food; the current state of the food value chain; overcoming supply chain disruptions in times of change; implementing and utilizing innovative technologies to deliver safe, secure and sustainable solutions; innovative approaches to circularity; designing and delivering cradle-to-cradle packaging solutions; advanced recycling practices; launching sustainable packaging innovations; a case study using sugar cane fiber for food packaging; and the amazing things that can happen when competitors collaborate for the greater good.
Registration for the virtual summit is $129 for individuals and $99 per person for groups of five or more registering together. Proceeds from the summit will support future activities of the FRESH initiative at Clemson University.
“The need for collaborations and innovative approaches to protecting the safety, security and sustainability of the food value chain has never been greater,” – Anne Barr, executive director of Sonoco FRESH
More information on the summit, including a complete list of presentations and speakers, can be found at www.SonocoFRESHSummit.com.
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