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IRA Webinar - Greening the Food and Beverage Industry
Alicia Simmons - Frontier Co-op
Gina Sears - Winnow Solutions
Joe Bolick - Iowa Waste Reduction Center

Alicia will discuss the importance of sustainability in packaging for a CPG company, and, specifically, participation with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and their new How2Recycle program.

Gina will present on where and how food waste occurs in the hospitality industry, and how managing, reducing, and preventing this food waste all starts with getting data that is accurate and easy to capture.

Joe will present on how they developed an industry-specific environmental program for craft breweries with a focus in four main areas: environmental planning, energy efficiency, water quality and conservation, and solid waste diversion and disposal.

Sep 18, 2019 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Joe Bolick
Interim Director @Iowa Waste Reduction Center
For over 30 years, the IWRC has provided environmental assistance to Iowa’s small businesses, so it was a natural fit for us to start working with Iowa craft breweries. In 2017, we launched the Iowa Green Brewery Certification as a way to reward the great breweries of Iowa for their implementation of sustainable practices and their commitment to the environment. The certification also allows breweries to benchmark themselves against their peers across the state and gain valuable public exposure for their efforts.
Gina Sears
Business Development @Winnow Solutions
Winnow builds artificial intelligence tools to help chefs run more profitable and sustainable kitchens by cutting food waste. Kitchens that use Winnow tend to see a 40-70% reduction in their food waste within 6-12 months, driving food cost savings in the range of 2-8%, improving margins while doing the right thing for the planet. Since launching in 2013, Winnow has now been adopted by more than 1,400 commercial kitchens in over 40 countries, with offices in London, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, and Iowa City.
Alicia Simmons
Sustainability Manager @Frontier Co-op
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Co-op offers a full line of products for natural living under the Frontier Co-op®, Simply Organic®, and Aura Cacia® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and aromatherapy products with a wide selection of organics. Frontier Co-op’s goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit the co-op's website at www.frontiercoop.com.