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'Guru of Green Business Practices' to Speak at Worldwide Food Expo

Mar 27, 2009

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Peggy Armstrong
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Worldwide Food Expo Super Session to Focus on Sustainability

(Washington, D.C. — March 27, 2009) What should your company be doing right now to ensure your business can sustain and improve its performance well into the future? Corporate sustainability expert Joel Makower leads off the "Super Sessions" at the 2009 Worldwide Food Expo on Wednesday, October 28th. In addition to Makower’s session, Worldwide Food Expo will feature a sustainability track of education sessions as well as a sustainability pavilion on the show floor. Sessions on food safety, regulation and market trends are also planned. The Worldwide Food Expo will run through October 31, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Sponsored by AMI and the IDFA, Worldwide Food Expo attracts approximately 20,000 attendees from 100 countries, bringing together decision-makers at all levels of the food and beverage industry, including executives, plant managers, purchasing agents, engineers, researchers and operations managers.

Joel Makower ( has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment and the bottom line for nearly twenty years. As a writer and strategist on corporate manager sustainability practices and clean technology, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy. He is chairman and executive editor of Greener World Media, which produces the acclaimed resource center and its sister sites and; co-founder of Clean Edge, a clean-tech research and publishing firm; and a senior advisor at GreenOrder, a sustainability strategy consultancy. He also writes “Two Steps Forward” ( a popular blog on sustainable business, clean technology and green marketing.

The Associated Press has called him “The guru of green business practices.”

A former nationally syndicated columnist, he is the author of more than a dozen books, including Beyond the Bottom Line: Putting Social Responsibility to Work for Your Business and the World (Simon & Schuster), The E-Factor: The Bottom-Line Approach to Environmentally Responsible Business (Random House), and his latest Strategies for the Green Economy.

Makower has helped a variety of companies develop and implement their sustainability strategies, including GE, GM, Hewlett Packard and Nike. He is a Batten Fellow at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, an advisor to VantagePoint Venture Partner’s clean-technology practice, and serves in a board or advisory capacity for a variety of other for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

The Worldwide Food Expo attracts approximately 900 exhibitors, who display the newest technologies in equipment, packaging, ingredients and services for processors of dairy, meat, frozen food, beverages, snack foods, poultry and seafood. Food and beverage professionals attend Worldwide Food Expo to find solutions spanning the entire manufacturing process – from receiving and blending to processing and packaging to material handling and distribution. Attendees have the opportunity to view more than 1.2 million square feet of exhibits offering everything that food and beverage companies need to run more efficiently, create new products and improve profitability.

For more information on Worldwide Food Expo 2009, please visit


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AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI’s members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry.

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, DC, represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 530 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85% of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at


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