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Hormel Foods Hosting ‘Small Change Big Impact Food Summit’

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Hormel Foods and Harvard University Dining Services are hosting the Small Change Big Impact Food Summit to discuss creating a more transparent, secure and sustainable food system.

More than 100 leaders in the food industry are meeting at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 3 and 4, to discuss ideas and insights for an improved food future.

Speakers and participants for the April 4 portion of the summit include:

  • Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and CEO, Hormel Foods
  • David Davidson, managing director, Harvard University Dining Services
  • Sam Kass, food entrepreneur, former White House chef and senior policy advisor for nutrition
  • David Bell, Harvard Business School – George M. Moffett, professor of agriculture and business
  • Jeffrey Amoscato, VP of supply chain and menu innovation, Shake Shack
  • Doug Rauch, CEO of Daily Table, former president of Trader Joe’s
  • Catherine D’Amato, CEO and president, Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Jody Adams, James Beard Foundation, chef/co-owner of Trade, Porto, Saloniki
  • John Ghingo, president, Applegate
  • Kathy Talkington, project director, Antimicrobial Resistance, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Maureen Timmons, director of dining services, Northeastern University
  • Ron DeSantis, certified master chef and founder of CulinaryNXT
  • Adeline Druart, president, Vermont Creamery
  • Ethan Watters, futurist and author, Attention Span Media

Additional speakers and details about the summit can be found at thefoodimpactsummit.com.

The summit began on April 3 with the Our Food Journey Small Change, Big Impact Challenge. Participating startups, individuals and nonprofits presented ideas for improving our food system to a panel of food industry leaders. Winners will receive a share of $10,000 in grant funding, with the goal of fostering ideas that, no matter how small, will create positive change.

Hormel Foods and Harvard University Dining Services also are presenting the inaugural Small Change Big Impact Awards to change makers and rising stars in food who have had or are making a significant impact and improving the future of our food.

Harvard University Dining Services operates 13 residential dining halls, 15 campus retail cafes, a kosher kitchen and complete catering services and serves approximately 25,000 meals a day.

Hormel Foods Corp., based in Austin, Minnesota, is a food company with more than $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide.

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