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.
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 political outlook to current research findings and market trends.
The Colloquium draws hundreds of professionals and decision-makers from the sweetener industry and from companies that use sweeteners in the products they make. Buyers, refiners, distributors and food companies actively participate in the Colloquium, using it as a springboard to enhance their business and trading-partner networks.
|February 26, 2023||Event||Speaker||Location|
|9:30am - 11:00am||SUA Board Meeting (invitation only)|
|12:30pm||Golf Tournament – Sponsored by: Domino Foods Inc.|
|6:00pm - 7:30pm||Welcome Reception – Sponsored by: United Sugars|
|9:00pm||After-Hour Party – Sponsored by: ADM|
|February 27, 2023||Event||Speaker||Location|
|8:15am - 9:15am||
Session I – Breakfast: Keynote Address
As always, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has many issues on its plate again in 2023. How best to address climate change with a big boost in funding from Congress and ongoing supply chain concerns are just a few of the challenges USDA faces. You will want to attend this opening session to hear firsthand from Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, who among his many responsibilities, is charged with administering the sugar program. He will share his insights on what to expect on agriculture policy and programs for the year ahead. </br> Speaker: <b>The Honorable Robert Bonnie</b>, Under Secretary, Farm Production and Conservation, U.S. Department of Agriculture</br>
|9:30am - 10:30am||
Session II – International Sugar Market Outlook
World sugar supplies appear to be more plentiful in 2022-23 with a larger global surplus and weaker prices from a year ago. Analysts will delve into the global sugar market with discussions about production and exports from Brazil, India, Thailand, and others, as well as review the global demand situation. </br>Moderator: <b>Ron Sterk</b>, Senior Editor, Markets, Sosland Publishing </br>Speakers: <b>Sergey Chetvertakov</b>, Principal Research Analyst, S&P Global</br> <b>Jeff Dobrydney</b>, Senior Vice President, Head of Futures & Options, JSG Commodities</br> <b>Vincent O’Rourke</b>, Trader and Market Analyst, C. Czarnikow Sugar, Inc.</br>
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|10:30am - 11:00am||Networking Break – Sponsored by: National Sugar Marketing|
|11:00am - 12:00pm||
Session III – North American Sweetener Market Outlook
Despite ample global sugar supplies, U.S. supplies remain tight and prices high. The corn sweetener market experienced large price increases from 2022. Experts will explain the sugar and corn sweetener supply and demand situations and will look to what lies ahead in the North American sweetener market. </br>Moderator: <b>Ron Sterk</b>, Senior Editor, Markets, Sosland Publishing </br>Speakers: <b>Frank Jenkins</b>, President, JSG Commodities </br> <b>Craig Ruffolo</b>, Vice President – Commodity Specialist, McKeany-Flavell Company Inc.</br> <b>Humberto Jasso</b>, Executive President, Mexican Sugar Chamber</br>
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|4:00pm - 5:30pm||Sugar Industry Sustainability Meeting (invitation only)|
|6:00pm - 7:00pm||Networking Reception – Sponsored by: Barchart.com Inc.|
|February 28, 2023||Event||Speaker||Location|
|8:45am - 9:15am||Continental Breakfast|
|9:15am - 10:15am||
Session IV – Outlook for the Economy and Financial Markets
The Federal Reserve raises interest rates…inflation remains elevated…important economic indicators are flashing warning signs…yet unemployment remains low and consumers are resilient. An expert talks about what’s happening in the U.S. and world economies now, and what may lie ahead. </br>Moderator: <b>Paul Steed</b>, Senior Global Price Risk Lead - Sugar, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC</br> Speaker: <b>Scott Colbert</b>, Executive Vice President, Chief Economist and Director of Fixed Income Management, The Commerce Trust Company </br>
|10:15am - 10:45am||Networking Break – Sponsored by: NuiSource|
|10:45am - 11:45am||
Session V – Product Formulation: Is Sugar Reduction Real?
Nutrition guidance and public policies increasingly emphasize reduction of added sugars. Americans’ consumption of these sugars has fallen but remains above recommended levels. What are companies doing to reduce added sugars, or replace them with low-calorie sweeteners? And what additional pressures are likely on the policy front? An expert panel looks for answers. </br>Moderator: <b>Courtney Gaine, Ph.D., RD</b>, President and CEO, The Sugar Association</br> Speakers: <b>Andy Dratt</b>, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, Imbibe </br> <b>Beth Johnson, MS, RD</b>, Founder & Principal, Food Directions LLC </br> <b>Kris Sollid, RD</b>, Senior Director, Nutrition Communications, International Food Information Council
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|12:00pm - 1:15pm||
Session VI – Luncheon: Current Political Outlook
A.B. Stoddard offers a non-partisan perspective of the political landscape of the day and our nation’s upcoming elections. Frequently meeting with sources and politicians of all stripes, Stoddard has her finger on the pulse of Washington, DC, as she offers detailed and smart political and electoral analysis. In a talk as up-to-date as the headlines, she covers the five biggest stories in the news, the most up-to-date happenings between Congress and the White House, ongoing budget battles, and the electoral prospects for the two parties. </br>Speaker: <b>A.B. Stoddard</b>, Associate Editor and Columnist, RealClearPolitics
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||Session VII – Supply Chain Outlook|
|2:30pm - 3:00pm||Networking Break – Sponsored by: Bonsucro|
|3:00pm - 4:00pm||
Session VIII – Sugar Sustainability is Now Top of Mind
Since sustainability for sugar was first highlighted as a new priority at the 2016 Colloquium, the issue has advanced from “why should one care” to what practices need to be in place to ensure a robust sustainable sugar sector. The sugar industry has invested resources to address sustainability concerns and now the Department of Agriculture is providing serious funding to projects through its Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program. This session will bring you up to date on the current landscape and where sugar sustainability efforts are headed.</br>Moderator: <b>Rick Pasco</b>, President, Sweetener Users Association</br> Speakers: <b>Dan Galligan</b>, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Canegrowers </br> <b>Rebecca Larson, Ph.D.</b>, Chief Scientist and Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Western Sugar Cooperative</br> <b>Danielle Morley</b>, CEO, Bonsucro</br>
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|March 1, 2023||Event||Speaker||Location|
|7:30am - 8:00am||Continental Breakfast|
|8:00am - 9:00am||
Session IX – U.S. Sugar Program Administration & Policy
2022 was a turbulent year for sugar users in the United States. Prices soared to unprecedented levels. Declarations of force majeur twice hit buyers with unexpected contract cancellations. The amount of high-tier sugar coming into the country increased to unheard of levels as manufacturers scrambled to find enough sugar to keep their operations going. Join us as a panel representing government, growers and users discuss where we are and where we are going. </br>Moderator: <b>Randy Green</b>, Principal, Watson Green LLC </br> Panelists: <b>Barb Fecso</b>, Branch Chief, Commodity Analysis, Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture </br> <b>Robert Johansson, Ph.D.</b>, Director of Economic and Policy Analysis, American Sugar Alliance</br> <b>Bill O’Conner</b>, Agriculture Policy Expert, Watkinson Miller PLLC</br>
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|9:00am - 10:00am||
Session X – Commodity Outlook
Grains, edible oils, and dairy product prices remain high. War, drought, floods, logistics and other factors have contributed to volatility in agricultural commodity futures prices. What is driving the markets, and where are we headed? Experts will help make sense of the grains, oilseeds, edible oils, and dairy markets. </br>Moderator: <b>Ron Sterk</b>, Senior Editor, Markets, Sosland Publishing</br> Speakers: <b>Mary Ledman</b>, Global Strategist – Dairy, Rabobank </br> <b>Stephen Nicholson</b>, EVP, Global Sector Strategist – Grains and Oilseeds, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness
Under Secretary, Farm Production and Conservation, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Principal Research Analyst, S&P Global
Scott Colbert, CFA
Executive Vice President, Chief Economist and Director of Fixed Income Management | The Commerce Trust Company
Senior Vice President, Head of Futures & Options JSG Commodities
EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, Imbibe
Branch Chief, Commodity Analysis, Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture
President and CEO, The Sugar Association
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Canegrowers
Principal | Watson Green LLC
Executive President, Mexican Sugar Chamber
President | JSG Commodities
Director of Economics and Policy Analysis, American Sugar Alliance
Founder + Principal, Food Directions LLC
Chief Scientist and Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Western Sugar Cooperative
Global Strategist - Dairy, Rabobank - Chicago
EVP, Global Sector Strategist – Grains and Oilseeds, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness
Agriculture Policy Expert | Watkinson Miller PLLC
Trader and Market Analyst | C. Czarnikow Sugar, Inc.
President | Sweetener Users Association
President and Chief Executive Officer | RedStone Logistics, LLC
Vice President – Commodity Specialist | McKeany-Flavell Company
Senior Director, Nutrition Communications, International Food Information Council
Senior Global Price Risk Lead - Sugar | Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC
Senior Editor, Markets | Sosland Publishing
Associate Editor and Columnist | RealClearPolitics
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The International Sweetener Colloquium will be held at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California (the Greater Palm Springs area). You may make your hotel reservations online or directly with the hotel by calling (760) 564-4111. When calling, refer to the International Sweetener Colloquium to receive the special room rate of $299 per night plus applicable taxes. The deadline to secure a room is February 3, 2023. We have reserved a large block of rooms, but once all the rooms have been booked, we cannot guarantee that additional space will be available.
Hotel Reservation Policy: You must register for the International Sweetener Colloquium to be eligible for the conference discounted room rates. Only one reservation is permitted per registrant. If a hotel guest is not registered for the International Sweetener Colloquium, we reserve the right to cancel the guest room reservation without notice.
Q: Registration Substitutions
Registration is non-transferable from one company to another; however, substitutions within companies are welcome at any time. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a registration substitution.
Q: Registration Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations received in writing will be accepted prior to January 27, 2023 for a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after January 27, 2023, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Your registration fee is non-refundable after February 10, 2023. Substitutions may be made without penalty. All cancellations and substitutions must be received in writing at email@example.com.
Q: Golf Tournament Cancellation Policy
All golf tournament cancellations will receive a full refund prior to January 27, 2023. Your golf tournament registration fee is non-refundable after January 27, 2023. Substitutions may be made without penalty. All cancellations and substitutions must be received in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Health and Safety
The International Sweetener Colloquium will implement health and safety protocols appropriate to the public health circumstances existing at the time of the event. The Colloquium will exercise reasonable efforts to comply with all federal, state, and local guidelines set for in-person gatherings as well as recommendations provided by public health entities. Additional information regarding the specific health and safety measures will be communicated to attendees prior to the event. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and support in making this a successful and safe gathering.
Q: News Media
Credentialed members of the news media are welcome to register at a special rate by contacting email@example.com. News media must present credentials to qualify.
Attire is business casual although we encourage attendees to dress comfortable for evening receptions which may be held outdoors. The average temperatures in La Quinta, California in February are 75°F high and 48°F low.
Questions: If you have questions or need assistance with the registration process, please contact IDFA at (202) 737-4332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, February 26 | 12:30 PM Shotgun Start
La Quinta Resort & Club | Dunes Course
Registration Fee: $250 per person
Registration includes: Registration includes: greens fees, boxed lunch, cart fees, practice balls, beverages, and service fees. Appropriate golf attire and shoes are required (metal spikes are not allowed).
We will do our best to accommodate any foursome requests. If you would like to request a person(s) in your foursome, please list their name and company during registration.
For more than forty years, the International Sweetener Colloquium has been a popular place for industry professionals to meet, network and conduct business. The flexible meeting format and location encourage formal and informal discussions and fosters relationships, while a host of informative presentations highlight important trends and issues affecting the sweetener industry.
For those interested in sponsorship, the Colloquium is the place to be seen and heard. Sponsorship is one of the best ways to brand your organization as a thought-leader and to highlight your commitment to advancing the sweetener industry. The Colloquium offers various levels of sponsorship opportunities. Please contact email@example.com for more information.