As more consumers take a "green" approach to purchases, food retailers are turning to their product processor-vendors for greater evidence of sustainability initiatives. How and where are processors already excelling with green initiatives? How can they document and tell those stories?

This will be one of the featured topics at the Grocery Manufacturers Association'sGMA Manufacturing Excellence Conference, Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in conjunction withPACK EXPO International 2010at Chicago's McCormick Place.

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GMA has assembled a panel of manufacturers and upstream suppliers who will share how they’ve met the challenges of “green” requirements throughout the supply chain.


Bruce Cords, Ph.D., vice president, environment, food safety & public health, Ecolab
As Vice President of Environment, Food Safety & Public Health, Dr. Cords is responsible for managing Ecolab's Sustainability activities including raw material profiling, selection, and deselection. Dr. Cords has held a variety of positions within Ecolab's Research, Development and Engineering group during his tenure with the company.

Jon Doering, director, environmental health & safety, The Schwan Food Company
Jon is the Director of Environment, Health and Safety for Schwan’s Global Supply Chain, Inc., a subsidiary of The Schwan Food Company.  He is responsible for business development in areas of Health and Safety, Sustainability, Loss Prevention/Security, Environment Planning and Permitting, Environmental Health and Safety management systems and engineering.  

Willie K. Johnson, associate director, global product supply sustainability, Procter & Gamble
Willie is responsible for accelerating and enabling the delivery of key elements of P&G's Operations Sustainability strategy. He joined Procter & Gamble in 1986 as a Product Technical Engineer. Since then, he has held a variety of engineering, operations, and strategic planning assignments. In his assignments he has worked in several business areas and in many different locations globally.