ARLINGTON, VA — May 23, 2008 — Incorporating sustainable practices into business plans can help the food industry live up to the growing consumer expectation that companies take action to protect the environment and help respond to societal issues.

The Food Industry Sustainability Summit presented by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) will bring together leaders from the industry, other businesses, government and sustainability advocates to discuss how companies can develop programs to improve the environment, society and the bottom line. The Summit will be held June 16-18, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt in Minneapolis, MN.

“Our mission is to help companies chart a course to help preserve the planet through initiatives that make sense economically,” said Jeanne von Zastrow, senior director at FMI. “Starting a sustainability program requires senior-level commitment and organizational change to work because it encompasses almost every aspect and department within your company. The Sustainability Summit will help companies develop strategies according to their corporate culture, consumers and marketplace.”

     Shortcuts for Putting Sustainability Into Practice, a session offered at the Summit, will offer firsthand, practical guidance from retailers on how to develop and implement specific sustainability strategies. The panelists will discuss how to:

  • Set the stage and secure commitment internally.

  • Engage and excite your employees.

  • Implement operational ideas and initiatives.

  • Collaborate with suppliers.

  • Communicate with your customers.

The panelists will discuss the practical applications of the new FMI Sustainability Starter Kit. This strategic guide is designed to help companies develop and analyze what sustainability means as a business issue for them. It provides a framework to help them understand where opportunities exist that have the greatest financial value. The kit also provides a plan to establish and implement their sustainability goals including:

  • Finding the right place to start.

  • Assessing opportunities and risks associated with sustainability.

  • Strategy development.

  • Establishing goals and metrics.

  • Implementation of plans.

  • External engagement.

Register for the Food Industry Sustainability Summit at

To purchase a copy of the Sustainability Starter Kit, click on the link below: .

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