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Our next conference — titled Whole Grains Away from Home — will be held September 25-27, 2016 in Chicago, and will focus on getting more whole grains into foodservice.

Here are just a few of our top speakers:

    Lessons from the Lunchroom. Chef Ann Cooper, America’s leading advocate for Real School Food, shares the latest on how whole grains are being welcomed in schools – and how this experience can be extended elsewhere in foodservice.

    How to work with Contract Feeders  – What do foodservice management companies like need from you, to carry your products? Compass’s Jennifer Robertson and Sodexo’s Lisa Feldman will explain how their companies implement innovative whole grain strategies.

    Searching for the Next Quinoa: Whole Grain Trend Watch – The latest whole grain menu trends, from Mark DiDomenico of Datassential.

    Rediscovering the Real Taste of Wheat – For too long, we’ve bred wheat for yield rather than for taste and nutrition. Dr. Stephen Jones, pioneering head of The Bread Lab, explains how his work is bringing delicious flavor back to wheat.

    We’ll also cover a wealth of other topics, such as

    Corporate Chef Showcase – How WGC member companies support their foodservice clients with R&D, training and more for pasta, baking, and ancient grains.

    Moving Towards a Whole Grain Menu – Case studies from major chain restaurants in the move toward more whole grains.

    When Whole Grains Make More Sense – In many culinary contexts, whole grains have advantages over refined grains.The details may surprise you.

    Stealth vs. Health – What works best – marketing whole grains "loud and proud" or slipping them into foods labeled "premium"? Learn the words that drive customers toward whole grains best.

    Tastes Great (and oh yeah, it's healthy) – Getting the next generation of chefs equipped to cook with whole grains.

    Topics listed above are subject to change, but final agenda will be similar.

We'll post additional information here as planning progresses. In the meantime, want general information on Oldways / WGC conferences? Click on the links below.


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All of our conferences feature top-notch speakers, delicious whole grain foods, lively audiences and plenty of networking, plus great opportunities for sponsors to showcase their whole grain creativity.


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You can access a wealth of materials — presentations, reports, handouts, photos, even videos — from our previous whole grains conferences by clicking here


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