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Ellen Koteff

Vice President, Editorial
Produce Business

Currently the vice president of editorial for Boca Raton, FL-based Phoenix Media, publisher of Produce Business, Deli Business and Cheese Connoisseur, Ellen Koteff is an award-winning journalist and communications expert specializing in the foodservice industry.

Gerry Ludwig, CEC

Corporate Consulting Chef
Gordon Food Service

Chef Gerry Ludwig is a nationally recognized food writer, speaker and trend tracker, and leads the Culinary R&D department for Gordon Food Service. Using a proprietary street-level research method as his exclusive data source, Gerry and his team create trends-based menu solutions that are executed at the operator level by the company’s team of Culinary Specialists. He is a columnist and editorial board member for the foodservice trend magazine Flavor & The Menu, conducts seminars and workshops at numerous industry events in both the U.S. and abroad, and executes restaurant research tours throughout the US.

Amy Myrdal Miller

Farmer’s Daughter® Consulting, Inc.

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, is an award-winning dietitian, farmer’s daughter, public speaker, author, and president of Farmer’s Daughter® Consulting, Inc., an agriculture, food, and culinary communications firm. Amy has worked for Dole Food Company, the California Walnut Commission, and The Culinary Institute of America. Today she works for a variety of clients across the food system, including seed companies, commodity boards, national brands, colleges, and restaurants. She writes a monthly column on foodservice and flavor issues for Produce Business.

Sharon Olson

Executive Director,
Culinary Visions® Panel and Y-Pulse®

Sharon Olson has been immersed in marketing for the food industry for more than 35 years. She was a Vice President at two leading foodservice agencies prior to forming Olson Communications in 1988 and the Culinary Visions Panel in 2002 that surveys opinion leaders and consumers on emerging trends in the food industry.

Susan Renke

Promotion Director
Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service

Susan Renke is a foodservice industry marketing veteran who has worked with commodity boards, branded companies, agencies, and trade associations. Susan’s specialty is foodservice business development and marketing programs aimed at increasing sales and brand equity. Susan has worked with organizations such as Driscoll Strawberry Associates, the Pear Bureau Northwest (USA Pears), and Sunkist Growers, while running her foodservice consulting business, Food Marketing Resources. She has also managed foodservice programs in positions with the California Strawberry Commission, Sun World International, the Produce Marketing Association, Ketchum Public Relations and the Culinary Institute of America.

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