2012 Food Conference Partners

 

CONFERENCE CO-HOST

Good Housekeeping
Founded in 1885, Good Housekeeping magazine reaches 22 million readers each month. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI), which is home to the Good Housekeeping Seal and the new Green Good Housekeeping Seal, was founded in 1900 and is dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families through education and consumer product assessment. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute is staffed by engineers, chemists, nutritionists, textile pros, and other industry experts. Located on the 29th floor of the Hearst Tower in New York City, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute includes six labs plus Good Housekeeping’s famous Test Kitchen. Good Housekeeping publishes its “Triple-Test Promise” in every issue—validating that every recipe has been tested at least three times and works on any range and with any brand of cookware and ingredient. Good Housekeeping’s commitment to improving how American families eat started when it championed the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. That commitment continues today throughout all of the magazine’s food and nutrition editorial — from signature features such as Healthy in a Hurry to Drop 5 Lbs.— and with signature programs like Cook Your Heart Out, the nation’s first heart-healthy cooking competition, launched in 2010. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Good Housekeeping publishes 13 editions around the world. Good Housekeeping is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation.


FOUNDERS

EDENS

EDENS 
EDENS develops, owns, and operates community-oriented shopping places in primary markets throughout the East Coast. Our expertise covers a broad range of areas including pioneering concepts, creating the right merchandise mix, delivering seamless construction projects, and maintaining ownership and management. For nearly 45 years, EDENS has been shaping communities by consistently delivering innovative, high-profile projects. We are proud of our strong national reputation built through our commitment to enriching the communities we serve and our focus on building key relationships with neighbors, retailers, and project partners. Learn more at edens.com.

 

Grace Communications Foundation

GRACE Communications Foundation
GRACE Communications Foundation partners with the James Beard Foundation to highlight sustainable food leaders. Our future depends on more balanced and sustainable food, water, and energy systems and GRACE highlights the interconnections among these systems, educating consumers, advocates, and policy makers through such innovative web-based initiatives as Sustainable Table, Eat Well Guide, The Meatrix, Network for New Energy Choices, H2O Conserve, and the Ecocentric blog. We also collaborate with the Monday Campaigns (Meatless Monday, Healthy Monday, and Kids Cook Monday), which, in association with leading schools of public health, advocate for healthier choices through a weekly Mondays prompt to start and sustain healthy behaviors. Learn more at gracelinks.org.


Sodexo
Sodexo

Sodexo, the leading quality of daily life solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers on‑site service solutions in the corporate, education, health care, government, and remote site segments, as well as motivation solutions such as Esteem Pass. In addition to the James Beard Foundation, Sodexo works with leading organizations to deliver on its commitment to a healthier, more sustainable food system. For instance, Sodexo is engaging with the World Wildlife Fund to improve the sustainability of seafood and agricultural supply chains and reduce water and energy use in its operations. Working to find opportunities that increase the health and sustainability of the food it serves, Sodexo is also actively involved with CERES, the Marine Stewardship Council, Fair Trade USA, and others to find opportunities that increase the health and sustainability of the food that Sodexo serves. Sodexo is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. For more information visit sodexoUSA.com.
 

INNOVATORS

Karp Resources

Karp Resources

Founded in 1990, Karp Resources is a food business consultancy with two divisions: Our Good Food is Good Business division supports the healthy development, execution, and operations of food businesses and initiatives in the public and private sectors. Our services include strategic sourcing, feasibility analysis, market research, business planning, project management, and evaluation. We broker relationships and develop strategic solutions to food and organizational problems. We develop cutting-edge strategies for operational and marketing solutions. We build cross sector programs among unlikely partners—food manufacturers and farmers, community-based groups and corporations, developers and food educators—who gain leverage from working together but require targeted knowledge and guidance. Our Good People are Good Business division builds leadership and organizational effectiveness in the food sector through talent and performance management, organizational assessment, capacity building, executive coaching, recruiting, and employee engagement services. Karp Resources’ clients include corporations, government agencies, small businesses, non-profits, and educational organizations. For 20 years, Karp Resources has spearheaded and has been integral to the development and execution of food businesses, policies, and partnerships in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Learn more at karpresources.com.
 

SUSTAINERS

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

Founded in 2007 by philanthropist Laurie M. Tisch, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund supports innovative strategies to address long-standing problems in New York City. Inspired by her parents, Joan H. Tisch and the late Preston Robert Tisch, Ms. Tisch sought a philanthropic outlet that would advance the idea that everyone should have access to positive and enriching opportunities that define a full range of human experience and that circumstances of birth should not limit choices or short circuit success for anyone. The vision for the foundation is characterized by the word illumination—a metaphor for the ways in which the foundation targets philanthropic investments that inspire new ideas and fresh approaches to improve the status quo. The foundation is organized around a core mission of access and opportunity and uses these principles to develop initiatives and to issue grants. For more information visit lmtilluminationfund.org.


Seafood Watch

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Seafood Watch
Seafood Watch is a program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium with a mission to engage and empower consumers and businesses to purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in the most environmentally-friendly ways. Launched in 1999, the program evaluates the fisheries and aquaculture operations that supply the majority of seafood consumed in the U.S. in order to offer science-based recommendations on the best choices to buy or avoid. Seafood Watch science supports a broader sustainable seafood movement working to ultimately transform the marketplace in favor of environmentally responsible seafood. Today, hundreds of companies including leading retailers, food service management companies, and restaurants are guided by Seafood Watch recommendations when making their purchasing decisions. Seafood Watch believes that leveraging market forces is a powerful and effective strategy in driving ocean conservation, ultimately helping to sustain wild, diverse, and healthy ocean ecosystems that can exist long into the future. Learn more at montereybayaquarium.org.

 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work, and life. In late 2009, the foundation launched Food & Community, a national program focused on creating healthy places where all children can thrive. Investments are intended to improve school food systems, increase access to good food and physical activity environments, and to fuel the national healthy eating and active living movement. For more information visit wkkf.org and foodandcommunity.org.



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