[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 Details

  • Conference DateOctober 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

Our Speakers



Global Head of Resilience and Sustainability


Mars, Inc.

Commodity Research Manager & Lead Meteorologist


Specialty Coffee Association

Chief Sustainability Officer


New Belgium Brewing

Sustainability Coordinator


Counter Culture Coffee

Sustainability Director



Chief Data Officer


NASA Food Security & Agriculture Consortium

Program Manager


World Wildlife Fund

Relationship Manager


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


Prescient Weather




Management Consultant

Conference Highlights

  • 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

Download the Conference Overview. 

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.


Logistics Contact: Tatiana Rivest

Sponsorship Contact: Megan Robinson

Media Contact: Leah Quintal   

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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:

“The content was fantastic and varied. Assembling a diverse set of professional backgrounds that bridged business, scientific, financial, and public sector created a very collaborative feeling.” Greg Lowe

Global Head of Resilience and Sustainability, AON, 2018 Business of Climate Forum Attendee

“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

Manager, Global Product Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co., 2018 Business of Climate Forum Attendee

“I appreciated the opportunity to see the deep connection that Asheville has to climate issues and to interact with such a large group of innovation-minded folks. The collection of perspectives represented is not often present at other events.” John Frey

Senior Technology & Sustainability Strategist, HPE, 2018 Business of Climate Forum Attendee

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