Pre-conference: Business Strategies
Presentation: Supply Chain Challenges: Organic and non-GMO Ingredients
Speaker: Nathan Clark, MSc, Director of Business Development, Mercaris
Nathan Clark, MSc, is Director of Business Development, Mercaris, and founder of Ridge Street Capital. Ridge Street, an advisory firm focused on the U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions markets and transportation fuels. Prior to Ridge Street, Nathan was Managing Director of Environmental Financial Products (EFP), a firm that specializes in inventing, designing and developing new financial instruments for the environment along with making investments in renewable and non-renewable energy markets. Nathan also served as Managing Director and Senior Vice President for Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). Nathan was also Vice President of Wabashco, LLC.
Nathan is a co-author of the books Sustainable Investing in Environmental Markets published by World Scientific Press, and Environmental Markets: A New Asset Class, published by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. Nathan currently serves on the board of directors of Highmark Exploration and MagnaVera Resource Corporation, both Canadian energy companies.
Nathan holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and Bachelor’s degrees in Natural Resource Management and Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment.
Mercaris is a market data service & on-line trading platform for commodities & ingredients that are organic, non-GMO, or otherwise ‘identity-preserved’. We make supply chain & risk management easier through accurate information about important emerging segments of the food sector. And, we make procurement more efficient through our electronic market place.
2017 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar
Pre–conference: Business Strategies
Supply Chain Challenges: Organic and non-GMO Ingredients
According to Nielsen, U.S. sales of foods labeled as non-GMO grew from $12.9 billion in 2012 to $21.2 billion in the year ended April 30, 2016. The OTA says a record $43.3 billion in organic product sales was reached in 2015, up 11% from 2014. As demand for these products moves mainstream, the finite supply of organic and non-GMO materials is stretched. This presentation will provide surprising insights into supply and demand factors and the unique attributes of the supply chain that impact raw material sourcing and sustainability. For companies developing non-GMO and/or organic products or who are impacted by this industry segment, understanding supply dynamics will be central to successful business development efforts.