Co-hosted by the Sweetener Users Association and the International Dairy Foods Association, the International Sweetener Colloquium provides a unique opportunity for key players from all sectors to discuss the most pressing issues facing the global sweetener industry.
In light of on-going developments with COVID-19, the 2021 International Sweetener Colloquium will be a fully online, virtual experience. We believe this is the safest approach for the well-being of our audience and we are excited that a virtual event makes it possible to broaden the learning opportunities and engagement with the industry at this time. Attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in content-rich sessions with presentations from a wide range of speakers, addressing the latest challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Topics will cover everything from government regulation and market outlooks to the political landscape and economic forecast.
|March 2, 2021||Event||Speaker||Location|
|11:00am - 11:05am||Welcome|
|11:05am - 12:15pm||
Session I – International & North American Sweetener Market Outlook
After an unprecedented year in the North American sugar market because of weather-reduced production in 2019-2020, the current marketing year looks to be much more “normal.” But then there is COVID-19, which continues to be disruptive to both domestic and international demand. Globally, COVID-19 resulted in record high sugar production in Brazil as demand for ethanol dived. Learn about the factors shaping this year’s sweetener markets along with supply, demand and pricing forecasts from experts in the combined International and North American Sweetener Market Outlook session.<br><i>Moderator</i>: <b>Ron Sterk</b>, Senior Editor, Markets, Sosland Publishing <br><i>Speakers</i>: <b>Frank Jenkins</b>, President, JSG Commodities <br><b>James Liddiard</b>, Senior Vice President, Agrilion Commodity Advisors <br><b>Craig Ruffolo</b>, Vice President – Commodity Specialist, McKeany-Flavell Company
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|12:15pm - 12:45pm||
Session II – Brexit! What Are the Implications for the European Sugar Market
The UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, but a deal on the terms of the new trading arrangement between the UK and the EU was not reached until just a week before January 1, 2021. While the UK has now left the ‘regulatory orbit’ of the EU, many aspects of the trading relationship between the UK and the EU remain the same – with some important differences. Brexit adds a new dynamic to Europe’s sugar markets, which are still adjusting to a market environment without production quotas on beet sugar. There are implications for how Europe will trade with the world market as well as for sugar producers and consumers within the UK and EU. <br><i>Moderator</i>: <b>Paul Steed</b>,Senior Global Price Risk Lead - Sugar, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC <br><i>Speaker</i>: <b>Toby Cohen</b>, Vice President, Market Analysis, ASR Group
|12:45pm - 1:00pm||Break|
|1:00pm - 2:00pm||
Session III – Added Sugars, Alternative Sweeteners, Front of Pack Labeling & Product Reformulation – What’s Next?
There’s a new administration, new dietary guidelines and an unfinished nutrition policy agenda at the Food and Drug Administration. From added sugars to warning labels on food packages, our expert panelists assess the outlook and the impact on food demand.<br><i>Moderator</i>: <b>Randy Green</b>, Principal, Watson Green LLC<br><i>Speakers</i>: <b>Beth Johnson</b>, Principal and CEO, Food Directions LLC<br><b>Andrew Ohmes</b>, Manager, Global High Intensity Sweetener Product Line, Cargill<br><b>Joe Scimeca</b>, Senior Vice President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association
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|March 3, 2021||Event||Speaker||Location|
|11:00am - 11:30am||
Session IV – Keynote Address with USDA’s Jason Hafemeister
Trade creates growth opportunities for U.S. agriculture. Acting Deputy Under-Secretary Jason Hafemeister, a well-respected USDA professional with 25 years’ experience at the Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will talk about why that’s true using his own experiences opening markets for U.S. producers, agribusiness and food companies. <br><i>Moderator</i>: <b>Perry Cerminara</b>, Chairman, Sweetener Users Association & Director, Commodity Sourcing, The Hershey Company <br><i>Introducer</i>: <b>Greg Brecht</b>, Vice President Sales, Starches, Sweeteners and Texturizers, Cargill<br><i>Speaker</i>: <b>Jason Hafemeister</b>, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade & Foreign Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture<br>
|11:30am - 12:30pm||
Session V – Sugar Program Administration & Trade Policy Landscape in 2021
Both USDA and USTR administer the sugar program, and their responsibilities are critical to supplying the U.S. market throughout each marketing year. In this session, you will hear first-hand from key officials who will not only discuss their roles, but also provide insights into the challenges that they face in implementing a balanced sugar policy. The Biden Administration will have new trade policy priorities, so don’t miss the opportunity to be informed with an overview of the latest trade developments and outlook for this year.<br><i>Moderator</i>: <b>Rick Pasco</b>, President, Sweetener Users Association<br><i>Speakers</i>: <b>Barb Fecso</b>, Branch Chief, Commodity Analysis, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture <br><b>Erin Nicholson</b>, Director, Agricultural Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative<br><b>Lori Tortora</b>, Senior Policy Advisor, Import Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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|12:30pm - 12:45pm||Break|
|12:45pm - 1:30pm||
Session VI – Financial Markets & The Economy in the Face of Unprecedented Circumstances
While Congressional stimulus packages over the last year may have been enough to defend against a serious recession, additional fiscal relief may be needed in the first quarter of 2021. Looking ahead, bipartisan fiscal stimulus to date offers little predictive value for bipartisan cooperation we should expect with President Biden in the White House. To assess how historic U.S. stimulus, COVID-19 developments, trade with China, inflationary pressures and other factors will impact commodity markets and the economy in 2021, be sure to join this session.<br><i>Moderator</i>: <b>Thomas Call</b>, Commodity Market Analyst, Barry Callebaut<br><i>Speaker</i>: <b>Tom Joyce</b>, Managing Director & Capital Markets Strategist, MUFG Securities Americas Inc.
|1:30pm - 2:00pm||
Session VII – The Agriculture Committees Agenda
As the new 117th Congress settles in to begin its work with the new Administration, leadership changes are occurring in both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees as well. This is particularly significant, since the long process of assembling the 2023 Farm Bill could begin this year in the committees with a thorough review of current commodity programs and examination of policy proposals to change them for the future. With both committees under new leadership, this session is your opportunity to get a glimpse into the committees’ focus in a year before work begins on crafting the next farm bill. <br><i>Commentator</i>: <b>Bill O’Conner</b>, Agriculture Policy Expert, Watkinson Miller PLLC<br><i>Speakers</i>: <b>The Honorable David Scott (D-GA)</b>, Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture<br><b>The Honorable John Boozman (R-AR)</b>, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry<br>
All Times Eastern
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR)
Ranking Republican Member | Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
Commodity Market Analyst | Barry Callebaut
Director of Commodities Sourcing, The Hershey Company
Vice President Market Research, ASR Group
Branch Chief, Commodity Analysis | Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Principal | Watson Green LLC
Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade & Foreign Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture
President | JSG Commodities
Founder + Principal, Food Directions LLC
Managing Director, Capital Markets Strategist | MUFG Securities Americas Inc.
Senior Vice President | Agrilion Commodity Advisers LLC
Director, Agricultural Affairs | Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agriculture Policy Expert, Watkinson Miller PLLC
Manager, Global High Intensity Sweetener Product Line | Cargill
President | Sweetener Users Association
Vice President – Commodity Specialist | McKeany-Flavell Company
Joseph Scimeca, PhD
Senior Vice President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs | International Dairy Foods Association
U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-GA)
Chairman | House Committee on Agriculture
Sr. Global Price Risk Lead, Sugar | Mars Wrigley Confectionary
Senior Editor, Markets | Sosland Publishing
Senior Policy Advisor, Import Programs | Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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