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October 12, 2017


The 2017 JBF Food Summit: Consuming Power

What do Americans want from their food? What do the challenges and opportunities for a sustainable food system look like in the new political landscape? Where are the new levers of change for policy and business? How can we engage consumers to encourage companies and governments to provide the healthful and delicious food everyone wants to eat. And what role can chefs and other leaders in the culinary industry play?

Find out on October 23 and 24 at our eighth annual JBF Food Summit, held at Convene Conference Center in New York City. The summit, which will explore the evolution of consumer power and its impact on the food movement, will bring together a diverse group of experts from across disciplines to look into the genesis and changing dynamics of consumer power and apply that knowledge to various food system issues we are facing today. 

Over the course of two days, leading strategists, business executives, policy makers, nonprofit directors, consumer, behavior specialists, philanthropists, panelists, and presenters will help participants examine their own place in the food movement so they can be more effective and strategic in their work.

This year's speakers will include: 

  • Jason Clay, Global Vice President of Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund
  • Caleb Harper, Principal Investigator and Director, Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab 
  • Jonas Kaplan, Assistant Research Professor of Psychology, Brain and Creativity Institute and Co-Director of the Dana & David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, University of South Carolina 
  • Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research and Development, PepsiCo 
  • Jennifer Kuzma, Goodnight-NC GSK Foundation Distinguished Professor in School of Public and International Affairs and Co-Director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, NC State University  
  • Mark Schatzker, Author, The Dorito Effect 
  • Darren Seifer, Food Consumption Industry Analyst, NPD Group 
  • Juergen Voegele, Senior Director of Agriculture, The World Bank 
  • Mary Wagner, Former Senior Vice President, Global Research & Development/Quality, Starbucks Coffee Company 
  • Tunde Wey, Chef

Check out the 2017 JBF Food Summit agenda for more details. Can't make it? We'll be livestreaming all our speakers and panelists, so be sure to visit our website and follow #jbfsummit2017 on Twitter!

The 2017 JBF Leadership Awards 

The JBF Food Summit will also include our annual JBF Leadership Awards dinner and ceremony, taking place on the evening of October 23 at Hearst Tower in New York City. Co-hosted by Good Housekeeping, the inspiring evening will include a delicious menu created by JBF Award winner Steven Satterfield and the Natural Gourmet Institute, and a ceremony emceed by Carla Hall to honor this year's visionaries creating a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world, who are:

  • Dan Barber 
    • Chef and Author
    • For his work in blending the dining and educational experience to reduce waste, improve food taste and sustainability, and promote a soil-to-table approach.
  • Olivier De Schutter 
    • Co-Chair, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems and Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
    • For his research and work in redesigning a sustainable food system on the local, national, and global level.
  • Joan Dye Gussow 
    • Professor, Author, Food Policy Expert and Environmentalist
    • For her pioneering advocacy of sustainable, healthy food production and for her work as an author, educator, and food policy expert.
  • Joann Lo and Jose Oliva 
    • Co-Directors, Food Chain Workers Alliance
    • For their dedication to improving the lives and communities of food system workers and their families. 
  • The Honorable Chellie Pingree 
    • Member of Congress, Maine’s First Congressional District
    • For her support of national policies that promote healthy food, local and regional food systems, and organic agriculture.

All six honorees will also participate in the summit. Visit to register, or contact Bowen & Company at 914.231.6180 or


Founding support for this year’s JBF Food Summit was provided by GRACE Communications Foundation, with additional support provided by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Bon Appétit Management Company, Campbell Soup Company, Distinguished Vineyards Portfolio including Argyle, MacRostie, and Wither Hills Wineries, Edible, Eating City, Eventbrite, the Blended Burger Project and the Mushroom Council, FoodTank, Good Housekeeping, Heritage Radio Network, International Culinary Center, Karen Karp & Partners, Natural Gourmet Institute, Niman Ranch, Pastificio DiMartino, PepsiCo, Radius Global Market Research, and the Quaker Oats Company.

Learn more about the JBF Impact programs and our committment to establishing a more sustainable food system.