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Summary - FaB CEO Briefing: The State of Industry Growth

When: Tuesday, August 30
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Miron Construction
1471 McMahon Dr.
Neenah, Wisconsin  54956
United States
Contact: Shelley Jurewicz

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For our final FaB CEO Briefing of 2016, we went to Neenah in he New North region of Wisconsin
FaB's Council holds three invite-only CEO Briefings each year as outreach and to garner executive input and involvement on key strategic initiatives. Invited are the CEOs of our food, beverage, ingredients, equipment and packaging manufacturers, as well as FaB’s annual sponsors. 

This time around we are grateful to our CEO Briefing Host, Miron Construction, and partners Bassett Mechanical, The Fox Cities Regional Partnership, The New North and WEDC. We worked together to build out the names of food, beverage and ingredient manufacturers and processors located in the New North region. 

On August 30, over 40 turned out for a look into what Chr. Hansen is calling “Project 2025: Moving towards the new food world” with their shared research presented by David Carpenter, President of Chr. Hansen, a FaB Executive Board Member.


“Thank you. It was very generous of David to share Chr. Hansen’s research and findings with all of us.” 

- Steve Wallace, The Omanhene Cocoa Co. 



12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Over 40 arrived to network and enjoy a buffet lunch compliments of our host and FaB Annual Gold Sponsor, Miron Construction.


1:15 pm - 1:25 pm

A warm welcome was offered by Miron Contruction: Dan Voss, Vice President of Food and Beverage, and Tim Kippenhan, COO.

Giacomo Fallucca, President & CEO of Palermo’s and FaB Executive Board Member, offered a FaB welcome and encouraged those new to FaB to join our efforts, sharing that "FaB's impact becomes exponential with each company that joins our efforts." 

Giacomo Fallucca, President & CEO of Palermo's


"We've joined with a willingness to advance the FaB mission."

- Kevin Ladwig, Vice President of Johnsonville Sausage Co. 


“Sign us up. Belmark is joining.”
- Karl Schmidt, CEO of Belmark Inc.


“We’ve decided to join FaB.”

- Jim Algeo, Vice President of Saputo Cheese USA


1:25 pm – 1:35 pm 

Shelley Jurewicz, Executive Director of FaB, recognized the Briefing Partners and FaB Annual Sponsors. She offered a snapshot of FaB’s current strategic work and then began to tee up the Briefing subject matter by debuting a new FaB Wisconsin Industry Video, a look at our industry assets.

1:35 pm - 2:05 pm

And for a glimpse into the future (and in some cases the here and now), additional insights were offered by David Carpenter, President of Chr. Hansen, with “Project 2025: Moving towards the new food world.”


2:05 pm - 2:55 pm

After Carpenter’s presentation, attendees broke into table discussions, given the prompt Wisconsin's food and beverage industry is one of the best in the world. How we can continue to differentiate ourselves for growth?

2:55 pm - 3:00 pm

Jurewicz concluded the event highlighting FaB’s upcoming events and offering gratitude to FaB’s sponsors, including our Briefing host Miron Construction and partners Bassett MechanicalThe Fox Cities Regional PartnershipThe New North and WEDC.



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What is a FaB CEO Briefing?

Our CEO Briefings are offed by FaB's Council and provide the industry, facilitated peer discussions among 60-75 executives. They are designed to offer year-round opportunities to garner direct senior executive input, and support of FaB’s strategic initiatives as we address issues facing the industry. They are invite-only sessions for the CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Presidents, Executive VPs (not including Sales), GMs, Owners and Entrepreneurs of Wisconsin’s food and beverage companies. 

Who is invited?

Invitations are extended to the senior leadership of Wisconsin’s food, beverage, ingredients, equipment and packaging manufacturers, and distributors, retailers and associations. We invite FaB's Food and Beverage Member Companies (limit two per company) and our Annual Sponsors (non-food and beverage, limit one per company/CEO). We also invite a group of non-member executives, offering an opportunity to learn more about FaB Wisconsin.


  • AK Crust: Randy Charles 
  • Baensch Food Products: Kim Wall
  • Bassett Mechanical: Kim Bassett & Mike Lutz
    (Event Partner & Annual Sponsor)
  • Belmark, Inc.: Karl Schmidt
  • BMO Harris: Sam Miller (Annual Gold Sponsor) 
  • Butter Buds Ingredients: Tom Buhler
  • Central Storage: John Winegarden
  • Chr. Hansen: David Carpenter
  • Denali Ingredients: Neal Glaeser
  • Door County Brewing: John McMahon
  • East Shore Specialty Foods: Jeri Mesching
  • Earthwise Environmental: Adam Rix (Annual Gold Sponsor)
  • FaB Wisconsin: Shelley Jurewicz
  • Fox Valley Regional Partnership: Manny Vasquez &
    Beth Pritzl (Event Partner)
  • Galloway Co.: Greg Pollesch
  • Galloway Co.: Ted Galloway
  • Kallas Honey: Peter Kallas
  • Kallas Honey: Perry Kallas
  • Kerry, Inc.: Colin McDermid
  • Johnsonville Sausage: Kevin Ladwig
  • Maglio Companies: Sam Maglio
  • Milk Source: Jim Ostrom
  • Miron Construction: Dan Voss & Tim Kippenhan
    (Event Host & Annual Gold Sponsor)
  • New Composite Partners: Ron Hagemann
  • O&H Danish Bakery: Eric Olesen
  • Palermo’s Pizza: Giacomo Fallucca
  • RP's Pasta Co.: Peter Robertson
  • Salm Partners: Chris Salm
  • Saputo Cheese USA: Terry Brockman
  • Sartori Co.: Mike Schwechel
  • Simply Incredible Foods: Chris Sohns
  • Simply Incredible Foods: Jonathan Smith
  • Suzy's Cheesecakes: Mark Kirchner
  • The New North: Jerry Murphy & Connie Loden
    (Event Partner)
  • Wis. Center for Manufacturing and Productivity: Buckley Brinkman
  • WEDC: Cate Rahmlow, Jon Bartz & Naletta Burr (Event Partner)


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