Crain’s Chicago Business Future of Food event in Chicago, IL

29 Nov 2023

The topic of conversation at the Crain’s Chicago Business Future of Food event, held on November 8, 2023 in Chicago, was the problems that have affected the food industry in recent years, and ways to solve them.

Inflation is hitting the food industry like never before, complicating the sector’s tenuous recovery from the COVID crisis. Supply chain snarls, rising competition for scarce talent, global unrest and domestic monetary policy have all combined to drive up costs across every aspect of the food economy — from packaged goods makers to restaurants to ingredient manufacturers and beyond.

Four industry leaders joined Crain’s Chicago Business Editor in Chief Ann Dwyer for the panel discussion.

The panelists:

Kevin Boehm, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Boka Group

Cecilia Cuff, Founder & CEO, The Nascent Group

Emily Groden, Founder & CEO, Evergreen

Baron Waller, Franchisee, Culver’s

Moderator: Ann Dwyer, Editor in Chief, Crain’s Chicago Business

The industry leaders touched on their battle-tested strategies to overcome price-increasing pressures and offered their outlook for the future of food in America.


By Alex Arlander, Gilbert Castro | ENC News



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