× David Wasserman
David Wasserman
House Editor, Political Analyst, The Cook Political Report

David Wasserman is House Editor for The Cook Political Report, where he is responsible for analyzing U.S. House Races and is recognized as one of the nation's top election forecasters. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of Presidential, U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. The New York Times has called the Report "a newsletter both parties regard as authoritative."

Nate Silver of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight.com has written: "Wasserman's knowledge of the nooks and crannies of political geography can make him seem like a local," and the Los Angeles Times has called David a "whip smart" and "scrupulously nonpartisan" analyst whose "numbers nerd-dom was foretold at a young age."

In 2016, David drew praise for his accurate pre-election analysis, including his piece "How Trump Could Win the White House While Losing the Popular Vote," written two months before Election Day. Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, recently called David "pretty much the only person you need to follow on Election Night."

David's election commentary has been cited in numerous top publications including Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and RealClearPolitics.com. He has served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2008, and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN Washington Journal, CNN, and NPR. David is a frequent contributor to FiveThirtyEight.com and NBCNews.com. In 2018, his groundbreaking interactive collaboration with FiveThirtyEight, the "Atlas of Redistricting" took top prize for News Data App of the Year at the Global Editors Network's Data Journalism Awards. In 2014, Twitter awarded David "Best of Twitter" honors for his real-time election coverage.

An enthusiast for data and maps, David served as a contributing writer for both the 2016 and 2014 editions of the Almanac of American Politics. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, David has shared his insights into the latest political trends with audiences at Harvard's Institute of Politics, the Dole Institute of Politics, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics among others.

Prior to joining The Cook Political Report in June 2007, David served for three years as House Editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis newsletter and website founded by renowned Prof. Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. In that role, David led the publication to correctly predict Democrats would score a gain of 29 House seats in November 2006.

A native of New Jersey, David holds a B.A. in Government with distinction from the University of Virginia and was awarded the 2006 Emmerich-Wright Outstanding Thesis prize for his study of congressional redistricting standards.

    
× Randy Green
Randy Green
Principal, Watson Green LLC

Randy Green, a principal at Watson Green LLC, has seen food and agriculture policy from all sides, having served in both the executive and legislative branches of government and in the private sector. Over his career he has been closely involved in the development of five multi-year farm bills, as well as major legislation and regulations affecting derivatives, food safety, animal health and human nutrition.

Randy came to Washington in the 1980s to work for former Representative Charles Stenholm (D-Tex.) and later served former Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on the staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee. With the exception of two years as a deputy under secretary of agriculture, Randy served on the agriculture committee staff continuously from 1989 to 1999. The last two years he was chief of staff.

In 1999 Randy entered the private sector to represent agricultural and food industry clients. Earlier in his career, he managed government relations for the American Soybean Association and was director of the Wheat Export Trade Education Center.

In 2013, Randy and Lisa Watson formed Watson Green LLC, a firm centered on food and agriculture policy and public affairs.

× Rick Pascot
Rick Pasco
President, Sweeteners Users Association

Rick Pasco is a partner at Watkinson Miller PLLC where he is legal counsel and lobbyist for a number of agribusiness clients in the food, agricultural, trade and environmental arenas. He has more than 30 years of experience working in agriculture and food-related legislative and regulatory matters. Mr. Pasco specializes in advising and representing trade associations and companies on government policies and programs. In this capacity, he serves as President of the Sweetener Users Association and Vice President of the Sugar Club.

He has a wealth of experience working with Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has played a key role in implementing lobbying strategies and advancing agricultural program and trade reforms, as well as developing environmental guidelines, food labeling rules, and food safety/nutrition legislation. During the course of his private and public-sector career, he has been closely involved in six omnibus farm bills.

An important part of Mr. Pasco's work for trade associations is his counsel and advice to ensure that their political action committees (PACs) are in full compliance with federal elections laws and regulations administered by the Federal Election Commission. He is the firm's expert on these issues. Mr. Pasco is uniquely qualified to bring his broad experience to bear in helping solve the problems of clients in the private sector.

Mr. Pasco is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Colorado and Nebraska. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, and earned a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics and a J.D. degree from the University of Nebraska.

× Bill OConner
Bill O'Conner
Agriculture Policy Expert, Watkinson Miller PLLC

Bill O'Conner joined the firm of Watkinson Miller PLLC in 2010, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in the legislative and executive branches of government. During that time, he was one of the key policy staffers in the development and passage of five farm bills, three laws to restructure and reform the Farm Credit System, and the entire legislative development of the federal crop insurance program.

He also played a key role in the legislative evolution of futures and derivatives regulation from the 1980's through House passage of the most recent financial services reform in 2009. He continues to follow closely the implementation of the Dodd - Frank Act and the huge number of regulations that are being promulgated to implement that Act. He was at the center of legislation regulating pesticides, including the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. He has played a major legislative role in all of the diverse legislation in the jurisdiction of the House Agriculture Committee from forestry to food stamps and tobacco to trade.

× Beth Hughes
Beth Hughes
Senior Director of International Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association

Beth Hughes is responsible for supporting the association's efforts on international trade and import and export issues. She also oversees IDFA's trade committee, as well as programming for the annual International Sweetener Colloquium. In collaboration with other dairy and food industry associations, Hughes has worked with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to promote and protect U.S. dairy interests in free trade agreements and held briefings on Capitol Hill about the importance of preserving the use of common food names.

Before joining IDFA, Hughes served for five years as manager of international policy for the USA Rice Federation. She developed and implemented international trade policy and promotion activities to support the U.S. rice industry and help small- and medium-sized U.S. enterprises in overseas export markets. She also analyzed domestic and international rice trends and prepared comments relating to non-tariff and technical barriers, such as sanitary and phytosanitary barriers.

Hughes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at George Washington University and received a Master of Arts in international affairs from Florida State University.

    
× Ron Sterk
Ron Sterk
Senior Editor, Markets, Sosland Publishing

Ron Sterk is senior editor, markets, for Food Business News and Milling & Baking News, and is editor of the Sosland Sweetener Report. Prior to joining Sosland Publishing Company in 2003, he was involved in market coverage and management for several years for the real-time news services of Knight-Ridder Financial Information, Bridge Information Services and Futures World News. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism with a focus in agronomy from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business from Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

× Barb Fecso
Barbara Fecso
Director, Dairy & Sweetener Analysis Group, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Title and Responsibilities: Director, Dairy and Sweeteners Analysis Staff, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, whose main focus is on administering the domestic sugar, dairy and livestock programs. She provides guidance in the formulation and implementation of national sugar, dairy and livestock policies and procedures, as well as economic and budgetary impact analysis of those programs. She also implements sugar-related disaster programs.

Work Experience: Barbara has almost twenty five years of government service in USDA with an emphasis on program analysis, operations and budgetary analysis. She initially spent five years with NRCS as a program analyst for conservation technical assistance, watershed and animal waste management programs. She then spent two years as a wheat and pulse crop analyst at the Farm Service Agency before shifting to sugar.

Education: Barbara received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana in 1994.

Background: She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and lived for almost twenty years in central Illinois. She has three children and now lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband.

× Lynn Dornblaser
Lynn Dornblaser
Director, Innovation and Insight, Mintel International Group

Lynn Dornblaser brings 30 years of product trend knowledge to Mintel, which she joined in 1998. She applies her unique perspective on the market and new product development to tailored client research and to extensive public speaking. Prior to joining Mintel, Dornblaser covered new product trends at several trade magazine publishing companies, as editor and editorial director of publication New Product News. She has been quoted by major US news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times and CNN. In addition, Dornblaser has also served as keynote lecturer and speaker for numerous industry groups and sales forums.

Dornblaser holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois and has also contributed to a textbook on new product development. She can usually be found in the aisles of a supermarket somewhere in the world.

She has been involved in the food industry since she was 10 years old, baking Swedish coffeecakes for her father to sell at his Swedish butcher shop. Dornblaser is also an avid fly-fisher and enjoys standing in stream with her fly rod and waders.

    
× Stephen Nicholson
Stephen Nicholson
Senior Analyst, Rabo Agrifinance

Stephen Nicholson is a grains and oilseed analyst at Rabo AgriFinance in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group.

Nicholson has more than thirty years of experience in cash grain markets, hedging, commodity/ingredient procurement, commodity risk management and commodity analysis. A native of Iowa, he holds a bachelor’s in Farm Operations and Agricultural Education and a master’s in Agricultural Economics, both from Iowa State University.

Prior to joining Rabo AgriFinance, Nicholson was most recently Category Manager and Chief Economist with International Food Products, a trader and distributor of food ingredients. Responsibilities included procurement and trading of vegetable oils, corn sweeteners, starches and grain products, along with consulting assignments.

From 2001 to 2007, he was a Senior Economist with Doane Agricultural Services in St. Louis as the oilseed analyst.

Nicholson also has nearly fifteen years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He has served as Senior Buyer at The Earthgrains Company, now the Sara Lee Baking Group, in St. Louis. From 1988 to 1997, he was the Senior Commodity Analyst in the Global Procurement and Trading Company at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. While at Coca-Cola, he was involved in the creation of the first commodity risk management and governance policy framework for the company.

× Paul Steed
Paul Steed
Senior Global Price Risk Lead, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S.

Paul Steed’s broad industry and geographic background spans physical trading, speculative position management and industrial sourcing.

After 11 years with Glencore, Paul joined Mars Chocolate North America in 2011. In 2015 he was named to the North America Senior Leadership Team. And in 2016, he was made Head of North American Sugar for both Mars and Wrigley (pre-integration). In November 2017, Paul assumed the newly-created position of Sr. Global Price Risk Lead, Sugar for Mars Wrigley Confectionary to drive sugar hedging strategies in all business units world-wide.

Paul is a past President of the Sugar Club and current member of the Board of the Sugar User’s Association. He also serves on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Sweeteners and Sweetener Products providing technical advice on agricultural trade issues to the Secretary of Agriculture and the United States Trade Representative. Paul is an active member of the Intercontinental Exchange’s “No. 16” US domestic raw sugar contract.

× Paul Steed
Ambassador Rufus Yerxa
President, National Foreign Trade Council

Ambassador Rufus Yerxa became President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) in May 2016. As president, he oversees NFTC’s efforts in favor of a more open, rules-based world economy, focusing on key issues to U.S. competitiveness such as international trade and tax policy, economic sanctions, export finance and human resource management. He has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, diplomat, U.S. trade negotiator and international official. He has been in key policymaking and management roles in Congress, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and also spent several years in private law practice and the corporate world.

As Deputy Director General of the WTO from 2002 to 2013 he helped to broaden its membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade.

Prior to this, from 1989 to 1995, he served as Deputy USTR under both a Republican and a Democratic President, first as the Geneva-based Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor organization to the WTO) and subsequently as the Washington Deputy. Earlier in his government career (1981 to 1989) he was with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Trade. He began his government career as a legal advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

After leaving government service in 1995 and prior to joining the WTO he spent five years in the private sector, first as the Brussels-based partner with a major U.S. law firm and later as European general counsel for a Fortune 500 company.

Rufus is a native of Washington State. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Washington (1973), a JD from Seattle University School of Law (1976) and an LLB in international Law from the University of Cambridge in England (1977). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and is also a Visiting Professor with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

× Barb Fecso
Frank Jenkins
President, JSG Commodities

Frank Jenkins, president of Jenkins Sugar Group, has over 20 years of experience as a broker and consultant focusing mainly on the US/NAFTA sugar markets. Prior to founding Jenkins Sugar Group in 1993, he worked on the sugar desk of ED&F Man in New York from 1983 to 1986, and served as vice president in Merrill Lynch Private Client Group in New York from 1986 to 1993. Frank was honored to serve as president of the Sugar Club of New York and has been a featured speaker at numerous industry and USDA sponsored forums.

× Craig Ruffolo
Craig Ruffolo
Vice President – Commodity Specialist, McKeany-Flavell Company

Since joining McKeany-Flavell in 1995, Craig has developed expertise in several categories—including sugar, corn sweeteners, alternative sweeteners, coffee, honey, and edible oils—and he assists domestic and multinational clients through market analysis, ingredient resource management, and buyer education. An acknowledged industry expert, Craig makes frequent national and international speaking engagements to discuss the sweeteners industry, including at ASA, Sosland, and F.O. Licht market conferences. Craig’s study on the potential ramifications to the U.S. sugar market if government supports to growers were changed or eliminated was presented to Congress.

× Jack Roney
Jack Roney
Director, Economics & Policy Analysis, American Sugar Alliance

The American Sugar Alliance is the national coalition of growers, processors, and refiners of sugarbeets and sugarcane. Roney has been with ASA since 1996 and represents ASA on matters of domestic and trade policy. He has testified at numerous Congressional and Executive Branch hearings, spoken at many international conferences, and appeared frequently on television and radio programs on behalf of American sugar producers. He has served as chairman of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Sweeteners and Sweetener Products, a private sector trade policy advisory group formed by the U.S. government, and as president of the Sugar Club, an international industry group based in New York City.

Previously, Roney served for seven years as Washington representative for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association and for 15 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Roney holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and German from Fordham University, where he co-captained the varsity swimming and water polo teams. His undergraduate studies included a year at the University of Cologne, Germany. Roney has earned two masters degrees: in public affairs journalism from American University, and in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Roney resides in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Deborah; they have two children, Kyle and Alison.

× Richard Black
Richard Black
Principal, Quadrant D Consulting

Richard Black, Ph.D., is a principal at Quadrant D Consulting and most recently served as vice president of Global Nutrition Sciences PepsiCo, where he led the development of a nutrition strategy that fueled PepsiCo's innovation and portfolio transformation through nutrition science. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Dr. Black worked for Mondeléz International, where he served as vice president, Nutrition, and chief nutrition officer. Dr. Black brings a wealth of leadership and technical expertise from the consumer packaged and pharmaceutical industries. In his 25-year career, Dr. Black has also held nutrition and health and wellness leadership positions at Nestlé, Kellogg's, Novartis, and Kraft with a focus on carbohydrate, dairy, sports nutrition, micro/macro ingredients and gut health/microbiome. In addition, Dr. Black was an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Nutrition Sciences, and he currently is an adjunct professor of the practice at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Dr. Black also served on Health Canada advisory panels, developing policies on health claims and addition of micronutrients in food. He holds his Ph.D. in psychology of eating behavior and has two B.S. degrees, one in chemistry and the other in psychology, both from McMaster University.

× Kevin Ogorzalek
Kevin Ogorzalek
Manager of Sustainability Sourcing – Americas, Barry Callebaut

Kevin Ogorzalek is the Manager of Sustainability Sourcing – Americas at Barry Callebaut.

× Barb Fecso
Luke Chandler
Chief Economist, Deere & Co.

Mr. Chandler is chief economist of Deere & Co., a position he has held since May 2017. He joined Deere in 2015 as deputy chief economist. Mr. Chandler leads the company’s analysis and interpretation of global trends in economics, commodity markets, business conditions and governmental policies.

Before joining Deere, Mr. Chandler was general manager of food and agribusiness research at Rabobank in Sydney, Australia. He spent 10 years with Rabobank in both Australia and in London as global head of agricultural commodity research. Mr. Chandler is a member of the Farm Foundation Board of Trustees and previously was manager of analysis at the Australian Wheat Board.

× Barb Fecso
Luke Chandler
Chief Economist, Deere & Co.

Mr. Chandler is chief economist of Deere & Co., a position he has held since May 2017. He joined Deere in 2015 as deputy chief economist. Mr. Chandler leads the company’s analysis and interpretation of global trends in economics, commodity markets, business conditions and governmental policies.

Before joining Deere, Mr. Chandler was general manager of food and agribusiness research at Rabobank in Sydney, Australia. He spent 10 years with Rabobank in both Australia and in London as global head of agricultural commodity research. Mr. Chandler is a member of the Farm Foundation Board of Trustees and previously was manager of analysis at the Australian Wheat Board.

× Don Phillips
Don Phillips
Trade Advisor, American Sugar Alliance

The American Sugar Alliance is the national coalition of growers, processors, and refiners of sugarbeets and sugarcane.

Don Phillips joined ASA in 2002 as a trade adviser. With a view to safeguarding the interests of the U.S. sugar industry, he has, since joining ASA, closely followed the negotiation of a broad range of FTA’s including CAFTA-DR, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Panama as well as WTO Doha, TPP and TTIP negotiations. Previously, Phillips spent 20 years at the U.S. Trade Representative, serving variously as Assistant USTR for Trade Policy Coordination, Industry, Asia-Pacific and APEC Affairs, and, lastly, as Assistant USTR for China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Phillips also spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving in both the Foreign Agricultural Service and the Economic Research Service. From 1975-79, he was Assistant Agricultural Attaché with the U.S. Mission to the European Communities.

Phillips earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland, and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland. He lives in St. Leonard, Maryland with his wife, Amelia Phillips.

× Pat Henneberry
Pat Henneberry
Senior Vice President, Commodities Management, Imperial Sugar Company

Pat Henneberry is the Senior Vice President of Commodities Management at Imperial Sugar Company.

× Jeffrey Rasinski
Jeffrey Rasinski
Vice President, Commodity Procurement & Risk Management, Blommer Chocolate Company

Jeff has over 20 years’ of experience in commodity trading and procurement, including work with Mars Snackfoods USA, Nestle/Dreyers. Jeff has direct purchasing responsibilities for: Sugar and Sweeteners, Energy: electricity and natural gas. Jeff is also engaged in crop and market analysis in Sugar and Energy.

× Christian Lawrence
Christian Lawrence
Senior Market Strategist, Rabobank

Christian Lawrence works for Rabobank New York as a Senior Market Strategist focusing on currencies and interest rates. Prior to this role, Christian worked on the award-winning FX strategy team in London where he focused on emerging market currencies. He has extensive experience in market forecasting, trade idea generation and media presentations including many appearances on Bloomberg and CNBC.

Before joining Rabobank he worked for five years as an interest rate strategist at RBC Capital Markets specializing in cross-country relative value rates trades.

Christian has a BA in Economics and an MSc International Banking & Finance. He has also received the MSTA and CFTe in technical analysis.

× Claudia Asensio
Dr. Claudia Asensio
Sustainability & New Products Manager, Pantaleon Group

Dr. Claudia Asensio manages the Corporate Responsibility division for Pantaleon Group, a sugarcane, ethanol and energy production company in Latin America. Corporate Responsibility for the group integrates environmental and social issues, including worker health and safety. Claudia has a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelors in Nursing Science with minors in Nutrition and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently finalising a Masters in Environmental Economics. She is board advisor to Fundación Carlos F. Novella and Vice-Chair for the Science Committee at the World Sugar Research.

    
× Leticia Phillips
Leticia Phillips
North American Representative, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association

Leticia Phillips is the Representative in North America of Brazil's Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Phillips oversees UNICA’s efforts to expand the North American ethanol and sugar markets.

Prior to joining UNICA, Leticia was an Associate Director at the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. In that capacity, she had leadership in directing major policy advocacy activities. She liaised regularly with the U.S. Congress, senior representatives of the U.S. and Brazilian governments, Fortune 500 businesses, and multilateral institutions in Washington and throughout the region on a wide variety of U.S.-Brazil trade and investment issues.

Ms. Phillips has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, DC.

    
× Dan Galligan
Dan Galligan
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Canegrowers

Dan Galligan commenced as Chief Executive Officer in June 2015.

Originally from a mixed farming enterprise near Pittsworth on the Darling Downs, Mr Galligan has spent a career across a broad ambit of roles in the agricultural sector.

He led the Queensland Farmers' Federation from 2009-2015 and prior to that spent a decade driving policy and grower services with Cotton Australia in Queensland.

During this time, he worked in advocacy roles in Queensland and NSW, as well as holding grower services and management positions. He has been heavily involved in numerous policy negotiations with government around issues such as land and water management and land access frameworks, vegetation management, natural disaster response, industry management of reef water quality protection and electricity prices and policy.

Dan has a formal background in applied science, rural systems management, and before taking on industry focused positions, he worked in extension and research roles in the public sector.

    
× Matt Gould
Matt Gould
Editor & Analyst, The Dairy & Food Market Analyst

Matt Gould, Editor & Analyst, grew up on a third-generation dairy farm in Western New York. He has been featured as an expert source in national media including Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal and holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

    
× Ronald Lord
Ronald Lord
Director, Import Policies & Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Ronald Lord is the Director of the Import Policies and Export Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

× Jean-Phillipe Ake
Jean-Phillipe Ake
Director, Responsible Sourcing, The Hershey Company

Jean-Phillipe Ake is the Director of Responsible Sourcing at The Hershey Company.

× Liz Clark
Liz Clark
Senior Vice President of Public Policy, National Confectioners Association

Liz Clark is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the National Confectioners Association.

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  • Co-hosted by the Sweetener Users Association and the International Dairy Foods Association, the International Sweetener Colloquium has long been considered the industry’s premier gathering for leaders of the global sweetener industry. This annual event provides a unique opportunity for key players from all sectors to discuss the most pressing issues facing the global sweetener industry. 

    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 network. 

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    For more than thirty 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 collaboration, while a host of informative presentations highlight important trends and issues affecting the sweetener industry.

    EDUCATION  • •   From new trade agreements and regulatory policies to concerns about processing, distribution and product innovation, the issues affecting the natural and artificial sweeteners industry require a constant learning process. 

    NETWORKING  • •   Receptions, sporting events, educational and policy sessions, informal meetings and meals are all perfect opportunities to make business connections and broaden your reach to new industry contacts.

    COLLABORATION  • •   Opportunities for one-on-one connection and collaboration are a hallmark of the Colloquium. The format encourages collaboration across the industry, as colleagues, decision-makers and trading partners participate in educational sessions, meetings and in-depth discussions about industry issues. 

    BUSINESS  • •   The busy hallways, sessions and networking events at the Colloquium offer a lucrative opportunity to foster business relationships with the most influential people working with sugar and sweeteners today.
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    Sunday, February 24
    9:00 AM 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Registration
    Location: East Foyer
    9:30 AM 9:30 - 11:00 AM
    Sweetener Users Association Board Meeting (invitation only)
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    6:00 PM 6:00 - 7:30 PM
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    9:00 PM 9:00 - 11:30 PM
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    Location: Orchard Lounge
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    Monday, February 25
    7:30 AM 7:30 AM - Noon
    Registration
    Location: East Foyer
    8:00 AM 8:00 - 9:00 AM
    Session I: Breakfast and Keynote Address
    Location: Garden Room 
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    9:15 AM 9:15 - 10:30 AM
    Session II: International Sweetener Outlook
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    The world sugar market is undergoing a transition. The record-high surplus stocks of sugar last year have been trimmed considerably by a sharp decline in exportable production in Brazil and weather woes in Europe. India is poised to displace Brazil as the world’s largest sugar producer with back-to-back years of record cane-crop production. At the same time, world raw-sugar prices continue to climb back from a 10-year low set in August. What will happen next? Our panel will assess the current world situation and provide ideas and insight into the future direction of the market.
    Moderator:
    Ronald LordRonald Lord, Director, Import Policies & Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture




    Panelist:

    Leticia Phillips Leticia Phillips, North American Representative, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association
    10:30 AM 10:30 - 10:50 AM 
    Networking Break
    Location: East Foyer
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    10:50 AM 10:50 AM - Noon 
    Session III: The U.S. Economic Outlook
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    Some 10 years after the financial crisis plunged world economies into the Great Recession, the U.S. macroeconomy has regained its strength and resilience. Unfortunately, not all sectors are benefiting from the current bull market. The agricultural economy has been woefully weak, affecting not only farmers but their suppliers, lenders and others as well. This panel of financial experts will provide an overview of U.S. economic prospects and offer a forecast for U.S. agricultural interests.
    Moderator:
    Randy GreenRandy Green, Principal, Watson Green LLC




    Panelists:

    Luke ChandlerLuke Chandler, Chief Economist, Deere & Company




    Christian LawrenceChristian Lawrence, Senior Market Strategist, Rabobank

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    4:00 - 5:30 PM 
    Sugar Industry Sustainability Meeting 
    6:00 PM 6:00 - 7:00 PM 
    Networking Reception
    Tuesday, February 26
    8:00 AM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Registration
    Location: East Foyer
    8:30 AM 8:30 - 9:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast
    Location: East Foyer
    9:00 AM 9:00 - 10:15 AM
    Session IV: A Framework for Sustainability in Sugar & Insights from Other Regions
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    Numerous industry-wide discussions over recent years led stakeholders to develop a pre-competitive framework for on-farm sustainability for sugar grown in the United States. What steps are necessary now to advance the framework and further boost sugar sustainability efforts in the United States? Our panel of experts will examine approaches underway in other regions of the world, including the efforts of the Australian and Central American sugarcane and European Union sugar beets. Experiences in other countries will help guide efforts on sugar sustainability in our domestic market. This session will cover the full range of supply-chain sustainability issues faced by end users, refiners, mills and growers, and offer insights on how best to address these challenges.
    Moderator:
    Jean-Phillipe AkeJean-Phillipe Ake, Director, Responsible Sourcing, The Hershey Company



    Panelists:
    Claudia AsensioClaudia Asensio, Sustainability & New Products Manager, Pantaleon Group




    Dan GalliganDan Galligan, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Canegrowers




    Kevin OgorzalekKevin Ogorzalek, Manager of Sustainability Sourcing – Americas, Barry Callebaut
    10:15 AM 10:15 - 10:45 AM
    Networking Break
    Location: East Foyer
    10:45 AM 10:45 - 11:45 AM
    Session V: Domestic Sugar Market Outlook
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    U.S. beet growers continue to produce at a record pace, while the suspension agreements between the United States and Mexico appear to be filling the void in the raw cane market. With sugar supplies controlled by the U.S. sugar program, what factors will dictate domestic sugar prices going forward? Are product reformulations and the ongoing barrage of negative messages about sugar consumption affecting its use? Where do corn sweeteners and their declining demand fit into the picture? Our speakers will dissect the domestic sweetener market to provide direction for the road ahead.
    Moderator:
    Ron Sterk Ron Sterk, Senior Editor, Markets, at Sosland Publishing




    Panelists:
    Frank JenkinsFrank Jenkins, President, JSG Commodities




    Craig RuffoloCraig Ruffolo, Vice President – Commodity Specialist, McKeany-Flavell Company
    Noon Noon - 1:15 PM
    Session VI: Luncheon – Midterm Election Recap and a Look Ahead to 2020
    Location: Garden Room
    David Wasserman is one of the nation's top election forecasters. In 2016, he demonstrated his prescience with this piece, "How Trump Could Win the White House While Losing the Popular Vote," written two months before Election Day. More than two years later, Wasserman will takes us on a tour of the key races and issues that drove the midterm results and tell us what to expect in 2020 as we look to the next presidential election. Drawing on his extensive research into cultural, demographic and voting patterns, Wasserman will assess how we arrived at this critical moment in politics and where we are headed.
    Speaker:
    David WassermanDavid Wasserman, House Editor, The Cook Political Report
    1:30 PM 1:30 - 2:30 PM
    Session VII: Trade in the Trump Era
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    Trade is at the forefront of the Trump administration’s agenda. From renegotiating trade agreements to implementing controversial enforcement measures, the United States is taking actions and enforcing policies that continue to have profound impacts on farmers and firms across the United States and around the world. This panel of trade experts will delve into the politics and long-term impact of these policy decisions.
    Moderator:
    Ambassador Rufus YerxaAmbassador Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council




    Panelist:
    Don PhillipsDon Phillips, Trade Advisor, American Sugar Alliance
    2:30 PM 2:30 - 3:30 PM
    Session VIII: Sugar Program Administration
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    The U.S. sugar program interacts with the U.S.-Mexico suspension agreements to influence supply and demand for sugar. How well is this unusual policy mix working? Is it stable and sustainable? The panel will discuss U.S. Department of Agriculture and Commerce Department actions and take a look ahead.
    Moderator:
    Randy Green Randy Green, Principal, Watson Green LLC




    Panelists:
    Barb Fecso Barb Fecso, Director, Dairy & Sweetener Analysis Group, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture




    Pat HenneberryPat Henneberry, Senior Vice President, Commodities Management, Imperial Sugar Company 
    3:30 PM
     
    3:30 - 5:00 PM
    Session IX: What Lies Ahead for Ingredients
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    Trade wars. The new USMCA. Record or near-record crops. 2018 was quite a year for many ingredient markets, and the dairy industry especially was affected by trade actions. With trade headwinds still blowing, what lies ahead for cocoa powder and butter prices and demand for chocolate? Will basic commodities like corn, wheat and soybeans weather similar effects? Our speakers will discuss the present supply-and-demand picture for key ingredients used by many industrial sugar users and food manufacturers and outline possibilities for the future.
    Moderator:
    Ron SterkRon Sterk, Senior Editor, Markets, at Sosland Publishing




    Panelists:
    Matt GouldMatt Gould, Editor & Analyst, The Dairy & Food Market Analyst




    Stephen NicholsonStephen Nicholson, Senior Analyst, Rabo Agrifinance




    Jeffrey RasinskiJeffrey Rasinski, Vice President, Commodity Procurement & Risk Management, Blommer Chocolate Company
    Wednesday, February 27
    7:30 AM 7:30 - 8:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast
    Location: East Foyer
    8:00 AM 8:00 - 9:15 AM
    Session X: Consumer Trends in Sweeteners
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    Consumers are paying much more attention to what’s in their food, especially sugar and other sweeteners, and they’ll have easy access to the details in 2020 when Nutrition Facts labels begin to highlight added sugars in foods and beverages. Will they change their eating habits and purchasing decisions to reduce sugar intake? Not necessarily, says our panel of consumer experts. Although today’s consumers are focused on health and wellness, taste still trumps all when they consider what to buy. This session will show how public policies and consumer trends could converge over the next few years to influence the demand for sugar and other sweeteners.
    Moderator:
    Paul SteedPaul Steed, Senior Global Price Risk Lead, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S.




    Speakers:
    Richard BlackRichard Black, Principal, Quadrant D Consulting




    Lynn Dornblaser Lynn Dornblaser, Director, Innovation & Insight, Mintel International Group
    9:15 AM 9:15 - 10:30 AM
    Session XI: Federal Sugar Policy
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    U.S. sugar policy remains the largest factor shaping the domestic sugar market. Whether adhering to the federal sugar program or the U.S.-Mexico suspension agreements, sugar buyers are faced with market-bending quantity restrictions and government-established price floors that limit options and oftentimes dictate actions. The panel will review the market situation today and discuss the likelihood of any changes to U.S. sugar policy in the future.
    Moderator:
    Liz ClarkLiz Clark, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, National Confectioners Association



    Panelists:
    Bill OConnerBill O'Conner, Agriculture Policy Expert, Watkinson Miller PLLC




    Jack RoneyJack Roney, Director, Economics & Policy Analysis, American Sugar Alliance

    * Separate fee and preregistration required.









    The fastest and easiest way to register is online. If a paper form is required to submit a check payment, please download the registration form.

      Early
    Ends Nov 16th
    Regular
    After Nov 16th
    Regular (1st- 3rd Registration) $1,175 $1,275
    Regular Group Registration of 4 People
    $1,150 $1,250
    Regular Group Registration of 5 People or More  $1,125 $1,225
    Government / News Media / University $450 $450
    Golf Tournament 
    $250 $250
    Companion / Spouse $175 $175

    FAQs

    Q: Registration substitutions
    Registration is non-transferable from one company to another; however, substitutions within companies are welcome at any time. Please email registrar@idfa.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 25, 2019 for a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after January 25, 2019, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Your Colloquium registration fee is non-refundable after February 8, 2019. Substitutions may be made without penalty. All cancellations and substitutions must be received in writing at registrar@idfa.org.

    Q: Golf Tournament Cancellation Policy
    All golf tournament cancellations will receive a full refund before January 25, 2019. No tournament refunds will be issued after January 25, 2019. All cancellations must be received in writing at registrar@idfa.org.

    Q: Attire
    Attire is business casual although we encourage attendees to dress comfortable for evening receptions which may be held outdoors. The average temperatures in Aventura, Florida in February are 77°F high and 60°F low.

    Q: Affiliate Events
    Affiliate events are defined as non-Colloquium sponsored events that take place before, during or after the International Sweetener Colloquium. These include, but are not limited to, business meetings, receptions, dinners, group activities, and other social functions. If you are interested in reserving space at the conference hotel for an affiliate meeting or event, please contact mlembke@idfa.org. Space is limited and requests will be considered on a first-come, first served basis.

    Questions: If you have questions or need assistance with the registration process, please contact IDFA at 202-737-3557 or registrar@idfa.org.


    The International Sweetener Colloquium will be held at Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura, Florida. You may make your hotel reservations online or directly with the hotel by calling (888) 539-7894. When calling, refer to the International Sweetener Colloquium to receive the special room rate of $285 per night plus applicable taxes. The deadline to secure a room is February 1, 2019. 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.

    Turnberry Isle Miami  |  19999 West Country Club Drive  |  Aventura, FL 33180  |  305-932-6200  |  turnberryislemiami.com

    https://book.passkey.com/go/SweetenerColloquium2019


    Golf Tournament
    Sunday, February 24  |  12:00 PM Shotgun Start

    Registration Fee: $250 per person
    Registration includes: greens fees, boxed lunch, cart fees, practice balls, beverages, and service fees. Appropriate golf attire and shoes are required.

    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.

    Turnberry Isle Miami Golf Course
    Originally crafted and designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Turnberry Isle Miami's two 18-hole championship courses – Soffer and Miller – have been re-imagined by famous golf icon Raymond Floyd, and have played host to numerous PGA and LPGA championships. Striking contoured fairways, doglegs, curved bunkers and challenging elevation changes test golfers of all skill levels. Every blade of grass is impeccably maintained and cared for, and the courses are surrounded by beautiful large ponds with ducks, swans and pink flamingos gathering along the water's edge. 

    Golf Tournament sponsored by:
    Beverage Cart sponsored by:

    GolfTIM2019
    GolfISC2017
    GolfDF2018

    Why Sponsor
    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.

    CONNECT WITH YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE
    Reach hundreds of executives and decision-makers from the sweetener industry and from companies that use sweeteners in the products they make.

    GROW YOUR BRAND AWARENESS
    Extend your message, reinforce your brand and enhance your company's reputation to a focused audience embedded with industry leaders.

    MARKET YOUR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
    Showcase your products and services to professionals looking for ways to increase profitability, enhance efficiency, and collaborate on finding solutions.

    NETWORK WITH CLIENTS
    Maintain business relationships with prospective and existing clients with hours of dedicated networking opportunities.

     

     Interested?  CONTACT: Melissa Lembke  |  202-220-3512  |  mlembke@idfa.org



    Sponsors
    (VIEW ALL SPONSORS)


    Sponsorship Opportunities (DOWNLOAD THE SPONSORSHIP PROSPECTUS)

    OPENING RECEPTION – $30,000

    First impressions are important, so why not be the first to welcome every attendee to the Colloquium? Help set the tone for an exciting and productive conference by sponsoring the Opening Reception. This reception is always a prime opportunity for networking because attendees reconnect with old colleagues and meet new customers.

    OPENING RECEPTION BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two-minute introduction of a general session
    2. Two complimentary conference registrations
    3. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    4. Company name placed on event signage
    5. Live recognition at the conference
    6. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    AFTER-HOURS PARTY – $15,000

    Give your industry colleagues a place to continue conversations and networking by sponsoring the After-Hours Party on the opening night of the conference. This special event is a perfect place for your company to reach
    everyone while they’re still fresh and anxious to mingle.

    AFTER-HOURS PARTY BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    2. Company name placed on event signage
    3. Live recognition at the conference
    4. Option to provide branded items to be used during the sponsored event
    GOLF TOURNAMENT – $10,500

    Ever stop to wonder how many deals are done on a golf course? Probably more than anyone can count. That may be one reason the Colloquium golf tournament is always so popular. This sponsorship is a guaranteed winner!

    GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. One complimentary registration for golf tournament
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the tournament
    5. Option to provide a giveaway item at the tournament
    KEYNOTE BREAKFAST – $10,000

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the keynote address is one of the best-attended sessions. Always the first general session, when everyone is still fresh and paying close attention, the Monday morning breakfast will feature a well-known and well-respected keynote speaker.

    KEYNOTE BREAKFAST BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two-minute welcome and introduction of keynote session
    2. One complimentary conference registration
    3. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    4. Company name placed on event signage
    5. Live recognition at the conference
    6. Option to provide promotional materials to breakfast attendees
    TUESDAY LUNCHEON – $10,000

    Gain maximum exposure by sponsoring the Tuesday Luncheon at the Colloquium. One of the conference best attended sessions, the Tuesday luncheon is a great opportunity to gain added visibility among sweetener executives enjoying conversations with industry colleagues.

    TUESDAY LUNCHEON BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two-minute welcome and introduction of luncheon session
    2. One complimentary conference registration
    3. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    4. Company name placed on event signage
    5. Live recognition at the conference
    6. Option to provide promotional materials to luncheon attendees
    HOTEL KEY CARDS – $8,500

    Colloquium attendees who stay at the conference hotel will see your company’s logo printed prominently on their hotel room key cards. Your company name will be the first thing they see as they head out in the morning and the last thing they see as they turn in for the night.

    HOTEL KEY CARDS BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo on the hotel key card given to each guest upon check-in
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    WIFI – $7,500

    WiFi is every conference attendee’s connection to the outside world, and attendees will be connecting often to check social media updates and messages from the office. When you sponsor WiFi service during the Colloquium, your company logo and a link to your company website will appear every time they log in. That’s how real connections are made.

    WIFI BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor logo and link on landing page
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    MOBILE APP – $6,500

    The Colloquium mobile app offers a great opportunity to highlight your brand before, during and after the conference. Attendees will access the app often to look up conference schedules, floor plans, bios, photos and social media updates. Your company logo and link will be right there whenever they check in.

    MOBILE APP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor logo on app landing page
    2. Sponsor page including link to sponsor website
    3. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    4. Company name placed on event signage
    5. Live recognition at the conference
    REGISTRATION LANYARDS – $6,500

    Every attendee at the Colloquium will receive a name badge that is required for entrance to all sessions and conference events. Those name badges hang from lanyards that can be emblazoned with your company logo. Imagine the visual impact of your industry colleagues sporting your company name
    throughout the entire conference.

    REGISTRATION LANYARDS BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Logo on registration lanyards
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    REGISTRATION LOUNGE – $6,500

    The Registration Lounge is in a strategic location that guarantees your company name will be one of the first things every attendee sees as they arrive. The prominent placement of the lounge also ensures that attendees will spend time there throughout the conference, having impromptu business meetings and gathering for networking. If you’re looking for visibility, the Registration Lounge is a good choice for your
    sponsorship dollars.

    REGISTRATION LOUNGE BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. A lounge in the registration area with company branding
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    NETWORKING RECEPTION – $5,000

    After a full day of informative sessions and meetings, everyone will be looking for a place to relax, unwind and make some new contacts. The networking reception is ideal for a sponsor who wants to make an impression by hosting a great evening of tasty food, cool drinks and warm camaraderie.

    NETWORKING RECEPTION BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    2. Company name placed on event signage
    3. Live recognition at the conference
    4. Option to provide branded items to be used during the sponsored event
    ON-SITE PRINTED PROGRAM – $5,000

    Every attendee will receive a copy of the onsite printed program when he or she picks up registration materials at the Colloquium. This program is a primary reference tool for everyone at the conference. Prominent placement of your company name and logo virtually guarantees that every attendee will think of your company many times throughout the course of the event.

    ON-SITE PRINTED PROGRAM BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor logo on front page of program
    2. Company name placed on event signage
    3. Live recognition at the conference
    GOLF TOURNAMENT CONTESTS – $5,000-$2,500

    Golf contests are a fun way to make the game more exciting and raise the level of competition among players. To sweeten the pot and raise the stakes at this tournament, there are three golf contests available for sponsorship:

    • Hole-In-One Contest: $5,000
    • Longest Drive Contest: $2,500
    • Closet-to-the-Pin Contest: $2,500

    HOLE-IN-ONE CONTEST BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Winner receives a $10,000 cash prize
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    5. Option to provide a giveaway item at the tournament
    LONGEST DRIVE & CLOSEST-TO-THE-PIN BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Winner receives a $100 resort gift certificate
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    3. Company name placed on event signage
    4. Live recognition at the conference
    5. Option to provide a giveaway item at the tournament
    COFFEE BREAK – $3,500 each

    Coffee breaks are a glittering oasis during a long day of meetings. Nothing makes conference attendees happier than knowing a cup of coffee or a relaxing conversation is waiting for them just outside the meeting room door.

    COFFEE BREAK BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    2. Company name placed on event signage
    3. Live recognition at the conference
    GOLF BEVERAGE CART – $3,500 each

    Golfers get thirsty out there on the links. You can help their scores and extend their stamina by sponsoring a beverage cart at the Colloquium golf tournament. Provide a cool beverage along the way, and every golfer on the course will be your friend.

    GOLF BEVERAGE CART BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    2. Company name placed on event signage and beverage cart
    3. Live recognition at the tournament
    4. Option to provide a giveaway item at the tournament
    MEETING ROOM – $2,500 (FULL CONFERENCE); $1,000 (ONE DAY)

    Planning to hold a meeting during the Colloquium or need a private space to conduct business? Expand your capacity for dedicated face-to-face discussions by reserving a private meeting room for your company to use at the conference hotel. Space is limited! Day and room size are subject to availability.

    MEETING ROOM BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Use of a private meeting room in the conference hotel
    2. Companies are responsible for organizing set up and food and beverage
      requests directly with the hotel
    EXHIBIT TABLE – $2,500 (MEMBER); $5,000 (NON-MEMBER)

    The exhibit area is one of the event’s sweet spots for displaying your company’s products or services. You won’t be starved for attention in this exhibit area because it’s also the location for the coffee breaks and continental breakfasts. That means you’ll be within easy reach of the most powerful decisionmakers in the sweetener industry, and everyone will be hungry for information about your company.

    EXHIBIT TABLE BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Six-foot table for display
    2. Recognition in conference materials and on conference website
    Speakers will be announced below as they are confirmed.


    Keynotes
    David Wasserman
    David Wasserman
    House Editor, Political Analyst, The Cook Political Report

    David Wasserman is House Editor for The Cook Political Report, where he is responsible for analyzing U.S. House Races and...    MORE
    Speakers
    Jean-Phillipe Ake
    Jean-Phillipe Ake
    Director, Responsible Sourcing, The Hershey Company

    Jean-Phillipe Ake is the Director of Responsible Sourcing at The Hershey Company...    MORE
    Claudia Asensio
    Claudia Asensio
    Sustainability & New Products Manager, Pantaleon Group

    Dr. Claudia Asensio manages the Corporate Responsibility division for Pantaleon Group, a sugarcane, ethanol and energy production...    MORE
    Richard Black
    Richard Black
    Principal, Quadrant D Consulting

    Richard Black, Ph.D., is a principal at Quadrant D Consulting and most recently served as vice president of Global Nutrition Sciences PepsiCo, where he led the development of a...    MORE
    Luke Chandler
    Luke Chandler
    Chief Economist, Deere & Co.

    Mr. Chandler is chief economist of Deere & Co., a position he has held since May 2017. He joined Deere in 2015 as deputy chief economist. Mr. Chandler leads the company’s analysis and...    MORE
    Liz Clark
    Liz Clark
    Senior Vice President, Public Policy, National Confectioners Association

    Liz Clark is Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the National Confectioners Association...    MORE
    Lynn Dornblaser
    Lynn Dornblaser
    Director, Innovation & Insight, Mintel International Group

    Lynn Dornblaser brings 30 years of product trend knowledge to Mintel, which she joined in 1998. She applies her unique perspective on the...    MORE
    Barb Fecso
    Barbara Fecso
    Director, Dairy & Sweetener Analysis Group, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Director, Dairy and Sweetener Analysis Staff, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture...    MORE
    Dan Galligan
    Dan Galligan
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Canegrowers

    Dan Galligan commenced as Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. Originally from a mixed farming enterprise near Pittsworth...    MORE
    Matt Gould
    Matt Gould
    Editor & Analyst, The Dairy & Food Market Analyst

    Matt Gould, Editor & Analyst, grew up on a third-generation dairy farm in Western New York. He has been featured as an expert source in national...    MORE
    Randy Green
    Randy Green
    Principal, Watson Green LLC

    Randy Green, a principal at Watson Green LLC, has seen food and agriculture policy from all sides, having served in both the executive and legislative branches of government...    MORE
    Pat Henneberry
    Pat Henneberry
    Senior Vice President, Commodities Management, Imperial Sugar Company

    Pat Henneberry is the Senior Vice President of Commodities Management at Imperial Sugar Company...    MORE
    Beth Hughes
    Beth Hughes
    Senior Director of International Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association

    Beth Hughes is responsible for supporting the association's efforts on international trade and import and export issues. She also oversees IDFA's trade...    MORE
    Frank Jenkins
    Frank Jenkins
    President, JSG Commodities

    Frank Jenkins, president of Jenkins Sugar Group, has over 20 years of experience as a broker and consultant focusing mainly on the US/NAFTA sugar markets. Prior to founding Jenkins Sugar Group...    MORE
    Christian Lawrence
    Christian Lawrence
    Senior Market Strategist, Rabobank

    Christian Lawrence works for Rabobank New York as a Senior Market Strategist focusing on currencies and interest rates. Prior to this role, Christian worked on the award-winning FX...    MORE
    Ron Lord
    Ronald Lord
    Director, Import Policies & Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Ronald Lord is the Director of the Import Policies and Export Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of...    MORE
    Stephen Nicholson
    Stephen Nicholson
    Senior Analyst, Rabo Agrifinance

    Stephen Nicholson is a grains and oilseed analyst at Rabo AgriFinance in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group. Nicholson has more than thirty years of experience in...    MORE
    Bill OConner
    Bill O'Conner
    Government Relations, Watkinson Miller PLLC

    Bill O'Conner joined the firm of Watkinson Miller PLLC in 2010, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in the legislative...    MORE
     Kevin Ogorzalek
    Kevin Ogorzalek
    Manager of Sustainability Sourcing – Americas, Barry Callebaut

    Kevin Ogorzalek is the Manager of Sustainability Sourcing – Americas at Barry Callebaut…   MORE
    Rick Pasco
    Rick Pasco
    President, Sweeteners Users Association

    Rick Pasco is a partner at Watkinson Miller PLLC where he is legal counsel and lobbyist for a number of agribusiness clients in the food, agricultural, trade and environmental...    MORE
    Don Phillips
    Don Phillips
    Trade Advisor, American Sugar Alliance

    The American Sugar Alliance is the national coalition of growers, processors, and refiners of sugarbeets and sugarcane. Don Phillips joined ASA in 2002 as a trade...    MORE
    Leticia Phillips
    Leticia Phillips
    North American Representative, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association

    Leticia Phillips is the Representative in North America of Brazil's Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Phillips oversees UNICA’s efforts....    MORE
    Jeffrey Rasinski
    Jeffrey Rasinski
    Vice President, Commodity Procurement & Risk Management, Blommer Chocolate Company

    Jeff has over 20 years’ of experience in commodity trading and procurement, including work with Mars...    MORE
    Jack Roney
    Jack Roney
    Vice Director, Economics & Policy Analysis, American Sugar Alliance.

    The American Sugar Alliance is the national coalition of growers, processors, and refiners of sugarbeets and sugarcane. Roney has...    MORE
    Craig Ruffolo
    Craig Ruffolo
    Vice President – Commodity Specialist, McKeany-Flavell Company

    Since joining McKeany-Flavell in 1995, Craig has developed expertise in several categories—including sugar, corn sweeteners, alternative...    MORE
    Paul Steed
    Paul Steed
    Senior Global Price Risk Lead, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S.

    Paul Steed’s commodity background spans physical trading, speculative position management and industrial sourcing...    MORE
    Ron Sterk
    Ron Sterk
    Senior Editor, Markets, Sosland Publishing

    Ron Sterk is senior editor, markets, for Food Business News and Milling & Baking News, and is editor of the Sosland Sweetener Report...    MORE
    Ambassador Rufus Yerxa
    Ambassador Rufus Yerxa
    President, National Foreign Trade Council

    Ambassador Rufus Yerxa became President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) in May 2016. As president, he oversees NFTC’s efforts in favor of a more open...    MORE
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