Policy and Competitiveness in a Changing Global Food Industry

At this April 28, 2005, conference, representatives from the international food industry, government and academia examined how domestic and trade policies impact competitiveness and trade in food products. Farm Foundation sponsored this conference in collaboration with USDA’s Economic Research Service, Pennsylvania State University and the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association. A conference summary is available. This conference was a followup to a 2003 workshop on Global Markets for High Value Foods.

Welcome Susan Offutt, Administrator, USDA’s Economic Research Service
Opening Remarks Dr. Joseph Jen, USDA Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics
How Firms Face Competitiveness in a Global Food Market: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Spiro Stefanou, Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Keynote Presentation: Who is in Power Today and Tomorrow in the Food System Christopher von Schirach-Szmigiel, Executive Director, Predicom AB, Sweden, and a member of the board of Unilever
Challenges Facing Small U.S. Exporters: An SOS from the Front Lines Karl Brown, SB Global Foods
Competitiveness Depends on Good Products and Enlightened Domestic Farm and Trade Policies Marietta Bernot, Senior Trade Advisor, Mars Inc.
Sourcing Products in a Brazilian Retail Food Chain a Globalized Economy Hugo Bethlem, Pao de Acucar, Brazil
Food Retailing Industry Listens to the Consumer John Lord, Professor, St. Joseph’s University
Supply Chains, Social Externalities and Policy Change in the Global Food Economy David Barling, Senior Lecturer, City University, London
Industry Perspectives on Enhancing Competitiveness for U.S. High-Value Agricultural Products Peggy Rochette, Senior Director of International Policy, Food Products Association
Private and Public Standards for Food Quality: A Symbiotic Relationship? Jean Kinsey, Professor, University of Minnesota
Beyond Market Access: Developing Markets Through Government/Industry Partnerships Mary Ponomarenko, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Closing wrapup Steve Halbrook, Vice President, Farm Foundation

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