Velocity Sustainability Summit Agenda

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Tuesday, OCTOBER 18
Wednesday, OCTOBER 19

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18

7:30 -10:00

Taft Ballroom Foyer
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Registration

8:00 – 9:00

Fountain Ballroom
2nd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Continental Breakfast + Networking

9:00 – 9:10

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Welcome & Kickoff

Opening Remarks

Christopher Durham

President
VELOCITY INSTITUTE

Velocity Institute

9:10 – 9:50

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Kroger: Using Scope and Scale to Drive Sustainable Changer

As the nation’s largest grocery retailer, and the owner of a robust private brand portfolio with more than $28 billion in sales, Kroger has an immense opportunity to drive meaningful change across the food system and in our communities. Working across the value chain, from suppliers to customers, Kroger seeks to achieve lasting positive change through a shared-value framework that benefits people and our planet and creates more resilient systems for the future. Hear from leaders of Kroger’s Our Brands and ESG teams about the company’s ESG strategy, Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and environmental impact plan, and sustainable product commitments and innovations.

Juan

De Paoli

Vice President of
Our Brands
Kroger

Denise Osterhues

Senior Director, ESG – Sustainability & Social Impact
Kroger

9:55 – 10:25

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

RITE AID

Bob
Himler

Vice President Own Brand Development
RITE AID

Amanda Patrick

Director of ESG/Corporate Sustainability
RITE AID

10:25-11:00

Taft Ballroom Foyer
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Networking Break

11:00 – 11:30

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

How Sustainability Increases Customer Loyalty, Trust, and Brand Differentiation

Latimer will address the link between sustainability and customer loyalty. She will discuss how socially responsible brands are outperforming conventional brands and that now more than ever, consumers are revitalizing the global marketplace with their strong commitments to social and environmental impacts through their purchasing power, driven by Gen Z and Millennials. As Businesses realize the advantages of shifting their practices toward equitable and ecological production, their products will be more popular to consumers.

Leilani Latimer

Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer
FAIR TRADE USA

11:30 – 12:00

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Trust, Love, Brand Equity and the Planet

In this presentation, Durham and Ireland will present the findings of the Velocity Institute’s second fielding of their groundbreaking research on Natural and Organic private brands and sustainability. Retailers include Kroger, Publix, Ahold Delhaize, Whole Foods, Aldi, Albertsons, Wakefern, and Target.

Christopher Durham

President
VELOCITY INSTITUTE

Velocity Institute

Gayle
Ireland

CEO
VOCCII

12:00 – 1:00

Fountian Ballroom
2nd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Lunch & Networking

1:00 – 1:30

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Brand Responsibility – An urgent need for change

Retail Brands have a unique opportunity to drive change at scale. In this presentation, we will explore Retailers’ responsibility for what is put into our world and how Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) forces acceleration.

Paul Nowak

Executive Director
GREENBLUE

1:30 – 2:00

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

From Waste to Sustenance – UNITED DAIRY FARMERS

The story of how United Dairy Farmers Convenience stores unlocked the potential of food not sold to feed people in need and benefit the environment.

Denise Jenkins

VP of Marketing, Insights and Loyalty
UNITED DAIRY FARMERS

2:00-3:00

Taft Ballroom Foyer
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Networking Break

3:30 – 4:00

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Driving sustainability in an uncertain economy

James will present a 6 step plan to help retailers and their brands meet their Retail Brand (private brand) sustainability goals during trying economic times.

James Butcher

CEO
SUPPLY PILOT (Formerly S4RB)

3:30 – 4:00

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Challenges, progress and perspectives from a store brand manufacturer

Steve Ramus Vice President, Sustainability & ESG at Perrigo will present a look inside Perrigo and its approach to sustainability.

Steve
Ramus

Vice President, Sustainability & ESG
PERRIGO

4:00 – 4:15

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Place-based Participation in Local Sustainability

Ryan Mooney-Bullock, Executive Director, will discuss the opportunities for Place Based Sustainability for the industry.

Green Umbrella serves as the regional sustainability alliance of Greater Cincinnati, with hundreds of member organizations and individuals passionate about enhancing the environmental health and vitality of our region.

Ryan Mooney-Bullock

GREEN UMBRELLA

4:20 – 5:00

Taft Ballroom
3rd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

The Role of Innovation in Private Brand Sustainability

The panel will discuss the future of private brand sustainability and the role of innovation

Christopher
Durham

President
VELOCITY INSTITUTE

Velocity Institute

Michael
Sands

Co-Founder/CEO
SMILE BEVERAGE WORKS

Maria
Dubuc

President
MARKETING BY DESIGN

5:00 – 6:00

Fountain Ballroom
2nd Floor
Westin Cincinnati

Cocktail Party & Networking

End the day with Cocktails and Networking overlooking Cincinnati historic Fountain Square.