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Food and Agriculture Industry Immersion
MGT 290-002
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2310 Gallagher

Feeding the world is a critical challenge facing the world as the population continues to grow, resources remain finite and the environment is vulnerable. The Food and Agriculture Industry Immersion is focused on innovation, combining our business expertise and corporate partner network with UC Davis’ global leadership in foodnutrition and agriculture.

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Speakers & Topics

This course introduces students to the many facets of the food and agricultural industry and provides a framework for understanding the complex forces that shape and drive it. 

You’ll learn from top industry executives about:

  • State of the Food Industry & Future Challenges
  • Seed Research and Impact on Food Innovation
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation in CPG Industry
  • AgTech Innovation
  • Role of Big Data in Retail
  • Food Innovation and Impact of Organics
  • Developing Brands for Shifting Consumer Demand
  • Innovation in Food Waste, Preservation & Recycling
  • Corporate Approaches to Food Waste Management

Team up on real-world, hands-on company projects
and get ready to make a difference.

Friday, January 12, 2018
AM Session Future Challenges of the Food Supply 
  Andy Hargadon 
Professor, Graduate School of Management 
Founding Director, Child Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

H. Rao Unnava
Dean, Graduate School of Management

Ejnar Knudsen 
Founder and CEO 
AGR Partners 
PM Session Developing Brands for Shifting Consumer Demand 

Peter Barrick MBA 16

Director of Operations

Sonoma Brands 

Friday, January 19, 2018
AM Session Global Supply Chain Management 

Ralph Jerome

Vice President of Innovation

Mars, Inc.  

PM Session Innovation in the CPG Industry 

Nancy Quan 
Global Research and Development Officer

The Coca‐Cola Company 

Friday, January 26, 2018
AM Session Innovation in AgTech 

Mallya Perdur

Associate Partner, Agriculture Practice

McKinsey & Company 

PM Session Food Waste, Preservation and Recycling

Ned Spang 

Assistant Professor, Food Science & Technology

Associate Director, Center for Water‐Energy Efficiency UC Davis 

Friday, February 2, 2018
AM Session Seed Research and Impact on Food Innovation 

Andres Trillo
Vice President, Global Head of Human Resources


Ghis Reusken

Vice President, Global Head of Supply Chain


PM Session Food Innovation and the Impact of Organics 


John Foraker, B.S. 86
CEO and Co‐founder

Once Upon A Farm 

Friday, February 9, 2018
AM Session Developing Sustainable Supply Chain Metrics for the Food System

Pamela Marrone, Ph.D.

CEO and Founder

Marrone Bio Innovations

PM Session TBD

Justin Shimek, Ph.D. 03

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Technology Officer