[Food + Beverage] Collider
A Conference on Climate Resilience in the Food & Beverage Industry
Climate change is already impacting many agriculture-based supply chains, from production and sourcing to financial decision-making.[Food + Beverage] Collider will feature presentations from global and regional food and beverage industry leaders who are pioneering strategies and methods to adapt their agricultural operations and supply chains to build resilient operations and increase market competitiveness.
Join us and position your company as a leader in the climate change conversation as challenges become more pressing and complex.
- Conference Date: October 23, 2018
- 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM EDT
- Field Trip Date: October 22
- Hackathon Date: October 21
- Location: Asheville, North Carolina
- Conference Registration Cost: $149
- Who Should Attend: Founders & CEOs; supply chain and agricultural sourcing managers; financial risk, strategy, and sustainability managers; economic development leaders; adaptation professionals
Global Head of Resilience and Sustainability
Commodity Research Manager & Lead Meteorologist
KIM ELENA IONESCU
Specialty Coffee Association
Chief Sustainability Officer
New Belgium Brewing
Counter Culture Coffee
Chief Data Officer
NASA Food Security & Agriculture Consortium
World Wildlife Fund
The Climate Service
Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management
Inter-American Development Bank
Senior Operations Specialist
- Learn first hand the business case for climate preparedness from Mars, Inc.’s lead meteorologist.
- Hear how specialty beverage companies like New Belgium Brewing and Counter Culture Coffee are developing adaptation strategies to secure access to the crops they rely on.
- Discover how Aon, the largest insurer on the planet, builds agricultural insurance tools and why the company is scaling efforts to work with climate resilience startups.
- Find out how NOAA and NASA climate and weather data can help you outline a data-driven resilience game plan for your company.
- Pre-conference field trips on October 22nd for firsthand experiences of Asheville’s unique food and beverage landscape, including:
- French Broad Chocolate Factory Tour
- Culinary Gardener Farm Tour
- Craft City Food Tour
- New Belgium Brewing Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Pre-Conference Climate Data Hackathon: Disruptions to Global Coffee Supply
Coffee is a particularly climate-sensitive crop, so even small changes in temperature and precipitation can dramatically impact quality, yield, and price. For the Climate Data Hackathon, the Collider has partnered with Counter Culture Coffee to identify specific, climate-related challenges for coffee growers and producers. Participants will work on data-driven solutions for adaptation. Hackathon results will be presented at [Food + Beverage] Collider. Learn more about The Hackathon.
About Asheville & The Venue
Asheville, North Carolina is a small, thriving city located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville may be most known as a tourist destination due to its vibrant fall color display, outdoor adventure opportunities, craft beer, and arts scenes. But Asheville also has a big data asset – the world’s largest archive of weather and climate data housed at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The Collider emerged in Asheville for that reason.
Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, The Collider is walking distance to prime hotels, restaurants, shops, and more. Asheville visitors attending the conference will have discounted hotel rates available at Hotel Indigo. Learn more about what Asheville has to offer at ExploreAsheville.com. Learn more about conference logistics by downloading our Logistics PDF.
About The Collider
The Collider is a nonprofit innovation center for climate companies creating data-driven solutions that enable humanity to adapt and thrive in a changing climate. We train climate entrepreneurs who are building startups that use weather and climate data. We foster breakthrough climate products and services and accelerate their market adoption. We cultivate and inspire the next generation of scientific, technological, and entrepreneurial talent.
Photo Credits: Jesse Roberts and Carr Elliot.
What Participants Say About The Collider Conference Experience:
“I was given the rare opportunity to exchange ideas with professionals in the academic, governmental, and non-profit sectors. Collaboration with a diversity of backgrounds and a unity of vision is a critical driver toward sustained, positive impact – The Collider fosters that conversation.”Liza Schillo