Agenda Now Available for Sonoco FRESH Food, Packaging & Sustainability Summit

The second annual Food, Packaging and Sustainability Summit hosted by Sonoco FRESH at Clemson University will focus on strategies to achieve sustainability goals. The FRESH Summit will be held September 19-21, 2022 at the Madren Conference Center in Clemson, South Carolina.

The summit will kick off on Monday, September 19 with tours of Clemson’s recycling facilities and the Food, Nutrition and Packaging Science Department. Tours will be followed by a Welcome Reception, where attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics and Sonoco FRESH Innovation Studio and enjoy a cooking demonstration by Seaside Grown, based in South Carolina. On Tuesday, September 20, Rob Dongoski – Partner, Global Agribusiness Leader at Ernst & Young LLP – will start the day with a follow-up to “The Shifts Creating Ripples Across Food & Agriculture” presentation he gave at the FRESH Perspectives on Sustainability event in March. Tuesday sessions will include presentations on innovation and technologies to advance sustainability. The day will conclude with a reception featuring poster presentations by Clemson students and a farm-to-fork dinner. Wednesday’s program will focus on engaging consumers in achieving sustainability goals.

“The FRESH Summit will feature expert panels on advances in the food value chain, from sustainable packaging concepts to insights into consumer attitudes towards sustainability,” said Anne Barr, Executive Director of Sonoco FRESH. “We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for industry members to come together face-to-face with Clemson faculty and students to network, brainstorm and help advance sustainability in the food value chain.”

Early bird registration for the FRESH Summit is $479 for individuals until June 30, 2022, when it will increase to $599. For groups of 5 or more registering together, early bird registration is $429 per person until June 30, 2022, when it will increase to $499. Proceeds from the FRESH Summit will support future activities of the FRESH initiative at Clemson University. More information about the FRESH Summit, including the agenda and speaker updates, can be found at Sponsorships are available.

Sonoco FRESH Food, Packaging & Sustainability Summit

(subject to change)

monday september 19

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Clemson campus tours

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Welcome reception and registration

tuesday september 20

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast and main presentation
Breakfast sponsored by Milliken


James P. Clements, Ph.D.
President, Clemson University

Howard Cocker
President and CEO, Sonoco

Main presentation: The food system reinvented

Rob Dongoski
Partner, Global Food Industry Leader, Ernst & Young LLC

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Technology-driven transformation

Catherine Cook
Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Supply Chain Intelligence & Sustainability

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Coffee break

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sustainable packaging: a layer-by-layer overview of success

Keith Belli, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and Associate Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture, Clemson University

Nikola Juhasz, Ph.D.
Global Technical Director for Sustainability, Sun Chemical

J. Alan McDowall
Sr. Product Stewardship Engineer, Printpack

Chris Schaefer
Global Marketing Director, EarthFirst® PSI films

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Summit Highlights: Zero Waste Event

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Lunch Presentation
Lunch sponsored by Nova Chemical

Summit Highlights: Gift Box Reveal

Multiple perspectives on food waste

Corby Kummer
Executive Director, Food and Society, Aspen Institute

Matthew Aronson
Chief Revenue Officer, Verdant Technologies

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Creating opportunities to close the loop on circular plastics

Brent Greiner
Vice President of Technology, Charter Next Generation

Alan Schrob
Manager, PCR Business Development, NOVA Chemicals Inc.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Coffee break
Coffee break sponsored by TIPA

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout sessions: sustainability explored by sector

Packaging life cycle analysis: analysis of advantages and challenges

Liz Ernst
Sustainability Analyst, Sonoco

The Impact of Sustainability KPIs on Capital Markets

Tierney Seidel
Vice President, Sustainable Capital Markets, Rabobank

Industry 4.0: a practical guide to understanding sustainable manufacturing

Catherine Hayes
Director of Industry, South Carolina Research Authority

Mark Johnson, Ph.D.
Thomas F. Hash Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development and Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Clemson University

Asem Mokaddem
President, Tellus Products

Compostable Packaging Technologies, Practices and Certification

J. Alan McDowall
Sr. Product Stewardship Engineer, Printpack

Gary Robinson
Director of Public Affairs, TIPA

Jay Sperry
Global leader in digital transformation, Digimarc

5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Reception and poster presentations to students

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Farm to Fork Dinner
Dinner sponsored by Aramark and SC Dept. of Agriculture

Wednesday, September 21

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast and main presentation
Breakfast sponsored by Dupont

David Allen
Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo Foods North America

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Packaging has a history of sustainability… What’s the right way to put it?

Suzanne Shelton
President and CEO, Shelton Group

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Coffee break
Coffee break sponsored by Sustana Fiber

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Navigating the Three Rs: Demystifying Sustainability Traditions

Cassandra Snelling
Global Sustainability Marketing Manager, Sonoco

Ezra Cates, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Clemson University

Greg Johnson
Director of New Business Development, Sustana Fiber

Elisabeth Rhue
Vice President of Global Sustainability Staff, Sonoco

whole foods

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and main presentation
Lunch sponsored by Seaside Grown

Conserving the Magic – Operationalizing Disney’s Environmental Goals

Chief Gary Jones
Culinary Environment Specialist, Walt Disney World® Resort

Steve Vanarsdal
Environmental Integration Project Manager, Walt Disney World® Resort

Last word

Anne Barr
Executive Director, Sonoco FRESH, Clemson University

Jeff Schutz
Vice President of People, Global Technology, Sonoco

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