August 9-11, 2017 • Gaylord Opryland Resort • Nashville, TN

The Sustainability Challenge: What You’ll Learn


The demand for attention to sustainability issues in the food retailing industry has never been greater – and the demand intensifies every day. The Sustainability Summit’s education program will offer many formats in which to deliver the important information and insights you need to advance your company’s sustainability efforts.

Ed-U-Ventures and Pre-Summit Session

Sustainability Summit attendees will have the opportunity to embark on a number of Ed-U-Ventures, offsite expeditions to view first hand some of the best examples of sustainability in action at facilities in the Nashville area. The pre-Summit session is a deep-dive exploration of a single topic of great importance to the food retailing and consumer products industry.


Conference sessions in several different tracks will offer real-life solutions to the sustainability challenges that retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and restaurants must meet. The Summit education program will be the one place this year where industry professionals can gain the cutting-edge insights and innovations they need to embrace the industry’s future.

Topics include:

  • Regulatory Issues and Compliance
  • Climate & Energy
  • Sustainable Sourcing & Supply Chain
  • Engagement & Social Responsibility

Keynote Sessions

World-class thought leaders in the sustainability field will share their insights into where the movement is headed and what the food retailing industry’s role must be. Keynoters will challenge some of the assumptions that now dictate sustainability policy and offer paths to the future that have not yet been considered.

Interview with 2017 Keynote Speaker: Derreck Kayongo

Derreeck Kayongo
Want to dive deeper into our programming for 2017? Check out our Q&A with Derreck Kayongo (PDF)

As Founder of the Global Soap Project, Kayongo has built a multi-million dollar venture which takes recycled soap and distributes it through global health programs to people who lack access to it around the world. He breaks down the key factors that have led to his personal success; (S.E.L.F.) Service, Education, Leadership and Faith and shares his account of life as a Ugandan refugee and the turning point which lead him to a brilliant transformation as a social entrepreneur. 

Interview with 2017 Summit Speaker: Eric J. Pierce

Eric Pierce

We chatted with Eric Pierce, director of business insights for the NEXT Data & Insights team at the New Hope Network, about his upcoming session, Beyond Sustainability – The Agricultural Path to Climate Regeneration

Check out our Q&A with Eric Pierce.

Interview with 2017 Summit Session Leader: Schneider Electric

We sat down with presenters of this year's session, Clean Tech Across The Portfolio: How Companies are Creatively Deploying Renewables to Reach Carbon Reduction Goals, Achieve Economic Prosperity, and Manage Risk, to learn more about renewable energy and clean tech. 

Check out our Q&A with Schneider Electric

Interviews with 2016 Summit Start-Up Challengers

Get ready for this year: check out our Q&As with 2016 participants in the Start-Up Challenge, where top food waste innovators were chosen by a panel of judges from FMI and GMA to compete in a business plan-pitch style event. 

And More…

For more information and a complete list of sessions, see our Agenda-at-a-Glance page.


   Attendees Say

"The Sustainability Summit continually highlights many of the most pressing and relevant issues facing our industry. 

It's a great place for the entire value chain, from agriculture to manufacturing to retail, to join forces to tackle today's toughest global sustainability challenges."

- Jake Kuhns, Director, Federal Government Relations, Cargill Incorporated

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