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Wednesday, December 4 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Developing Effective Sales Relationships: Chefs, Distributors, and Retailers

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Hear from those across the sourcing and purchasing spectrum to understand the nuances of building successful partnerships with sourcing managers and chefs. The conversation will showcase the progress that is being made by these organizations to support farmers, and will offer concrete guidance to farmers looking to strengthen their sales outlets with committed culinary and retail food partners.

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Erika Nakamura

J&E Small Goods
Erika Nakamura was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. At 17, she moved to the Upper West Side, finished high school, attended college, then enrolled at The French Culinary Institute (now The International Culinary Center). Nakamura worked in some of New York’s premier kitchens, but... Read More →
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David Bohlen

Owner, Bohlen Family Farms
David Bohlen, owner of Bohlen Family Farms, has developed a reputation among high-end chefs in St. Louis and beyond as the go to grower for specialty crops from around the world. Bohlen works closely with leading plant breeders, seed collectors, and chefs to develop and select varieties... Read More →
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Kelly Landrieu

Global Coordinator - Local Brands, Whole Foods Market
As Global Coordinator of Local Brands at Whole Foods Market, Kelly Landrieu works closely with the company’s regional foragers and buyers to ensure strong, win-win partnerships with local producers across all product categories. A longtime local food advocate who has worked in the... Read More →
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Franco Fubini

CEO, Natoora
Franco Fubini is the founder and CEO of Natoora. Bringing together some of the best independent growers in the world, Franco has built a supply chain founded on transparency and direct relationships in order to challenge intensive, year-round production methods geared towards high... Read More →
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Jessica Galen

Senior Communications Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jessica is the senior communications manager at Stone Barns Center. In this role she manages relationships with the media and partner organizations, and provides editorial support for programming for young farmers and other key audiences.She launched her career in branding and communications... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am EST
West Haybarn