Closing Circle with Stephen Markham and Meg Kennedy

  Take a deep breath and gather one final time with the Provender Community for a closing circle to complete our time together. Led by past board member Stephen Markham, and present board secretary Meg Kennedy.   Stephen Markham – A passionate spiritual seeker planting seeds for connection/collective consciousness for us ALL on the PATH to healing ourselves, our home, this Earth. Food is Unifying and our NW Natural Community is my soil. Stephen’s background includes a Master of [Read More]

Opening Reception: Flavor Foundations – Conference Kick-off event

  Welcome to the 44th Annual Provender Educational Conference opening reception with the Flavor Foundations experience. Kick-off the conference with Mark Mulcahy and Samuel Vandegrift and a whole slew of your Provender friends on Wednesday night October 21st from 5;30pm -7:00 pm PST. Mark and Sam, co-creators of the Flavor Foundations series, will host this sensory evening of wine, food, and fellowship that is guaranteed to be engaging, participatory, and downright fun. See below for a list of things to gather [Read More]

Retail Resilience: Disruption-Proof Management

Businesses are experiencing unprecedented levels of disruption with the potential for more to come.  Now more than ever, it is imperative that Businesses cultivate a resilient leadership culture in order to recover from difficulties and enable your team to pivot and innovate under challenging conditions.  Join a conversation with Mark Mulcahy and Brittany Baird to explore the pillars of Retail resilience and strategies for implementation in your organization.  We will cover these core elements of disruption proof management: Transparency & [Read More]

Mending the Loop: Accountability in the Workplace

Engaged staff members are more likely to stay over the long haul and less likely to burn out on the job. One crucial factor in employee engagement is a culture of accountability. You can create that culture by setting clear expectations and ensuring meaningful consequences for performance. Our interactive workshop will give you a tool for analyzing and improving accountability in your organization.   BIOS: CAROLEE COLTER – Carolee has been consulting for co-ops and independents in the [Read More]

Brokers – Facilitating the Difference

Brokers play a variety of different roles in bringing products to market and helping them to succeed. In this panel discussion, you will meet brokers from around Provender’s broker network who each have different areas of focus, but have in common the skill of matching your products (if you’re a manufacturer) with the right distribution and retail partners, or matching your product assortment (if you’re a retailer) with the right new products. The best broker is a matchmaker between several [Read More]

Still Fighting for GMO Transparency: What’s behind the legal challenge to USDA’s “Bioengineering” labeling rule

  Please join us for an informative session learning what’s behind the legal challenge to USDA’s “Bioengineering” labeling rule. After all these years, we still fighting for GMO transparency. In July of this year, the Center for Food Safety (CFS), along with PCC Community Markets, Good Earth Natural Foods, Natural Grocers, and others, have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Trump Administration’s Department of Agriculture (USDA) challenging USDA’s rules on labeling genetically engineered (GE) or GMO foods, [Read More]

CBD & Hemp Extract: Navigating the Legal & Regulatory Landscape for Your Business

Thanks to the revolutionary 2018 Farm Bill, the versatile and nutrient-dense hemp crop has reclaimed its place in the broad of light of day among America’s other agricultural commodities. But the FDA’s continued delay in creating a regulatory framework for ingestible CBD and hemp extract products is causing a spectrum of confusion and causing states to take matters into their own hands. Renowned international hemp law and policy expert Joy Beckerman will deliver an engaging overview of the federal [Read More]

Friday Keynote: Passion, Purpose,and Partnership

The environment that we find ourselves in 2020 is without a doubt dynamic, robust and volatile in ways that many of us have not experienced in our lifetime. How we show up, what we pay attention to and how we define our purpose has never been more important. Real and perceived barriers to success in the natural and organic space continue to shift and change. Passion alone is not enough, though keeping it close to enable pulling yourself up [Read More]

The Return of the Buffalo with TANKA Bison Bars

Native American Natural Foods, an innovative, Native American owned and operated company that produces the highly acclaimed TANKA Bar, recently announced the closing of a multi-million-dollar equity capital investment. This positive news stands in stark contrast to their position one year ago when Tanka was on the brink of losing everything due to larger competitors with deeper pockets squeezing them out of the market. The brand’s comeback and exciting trajectory are thanks to a diverse set of partners—including investigative food [Read More]

Hemp & CBD: From Food to Feelings; Sourcing to Selling

This workshop is designed to lead you through how to navigate the hemp & CBD products landscape, source responsibly, and communicate with integrity and confidence to your customers. Originally starting as a hemp processor,Tonia will share with you the nuances of hemp production, growing, processing, packaging and promotion best practices for both hemp seed-derived foods and CBD products, and the differences between the two. BIO: Tonia left her work in cancer survivorship programming to pursue the great health benefits of [Read More]