Market volatility the focus of Purchasing Seminar

by Keith Nunes
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KANSAS CITY — The unprecedented market volatility that has engulfed the entire food and beverage industry will be the focus of Sosland Publishing’s 31st annual Purchasing Seminar. Twenty-four speakers and panelists will discuss the current impact and future outlook of the ingredient markets.

The event will be held in Kansas City June 8-10 at the InterContinental hotel. The program will include discussions on all the key agricultural commodities, energy, transportation, risk management, the economy, commodity exchanges and weather.

"This year’s event is taking on added importance given the extraordinary circumstances all food processors have to contend with due to the record high prices of so many ingredients and inputs," said Mark Sabo, president of Sosland Publishing Co. "We have expanded the program to focus more on the global outlook and risk management, two areas where purchasing executives are looking to find more information."

Special additions to this year's program include Charles Carey, vice-chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, discussing global changes in commodity exchanges, and Paul Kasriel, senior vice-president and director of economic research for The Northern Trust Co., looking at global economic trends and the outlook for the U.S. economy.

The Purchasing Seminar program is designed primarily for purchasing executives, corporate risk and supply chain managers, directors of procurement and corporate development executives. Last year 475 participants representing 215 companies attended the three day event. Additional information and registration is available at the seminar’s web site

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