Our panel will discuss changes in consumer preferences for food — what’s influencing them, and how they are impacting food companies (both small and large), retailers, farmers and consumers of all economic backgrounds.
In 2017, Adair Mosley was named President and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities. Mr. Mosley leads strategic and divergent thinking in the pursuit of innovative solutions to address multi-dimensional social issues. Mr. Mosley’s most recent work is leading a $6.3 million dollar capital campaign for the development of a grocery store and wellness center in North Minneapolis, North Market, that revolutionizes the intersection of economic development, food and health care access.
John Peterson is the third generation of his family to grow turkeys on their family farm, Ferndale Market, in Cannon Falls, MN. Founded by John’s grandparents, Fern and Dale, in 1939, the Peterson family has continued to grow their turkeys free-range and without the use of any antibiotics. After some years away, John returned to the family farm in 2008 to begin direct-selling their turkey under their own Ferndale Market label. Today, Ferndale Market turkey products are found in retailers, restaurants, schools and corporate foodservice settings across the Upper Midwest. Together with his wife, Erica, and seven-year-old son, John also operates an on-farm store showcasing local foods from over 100 area producers, offering them a connection with other sustainability-minded food producers. John is a graduate of Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD with a degree in Communication/Business.
In his past work at Target as a Senior Buyer and in his Consulting/Advisory roles, Nate Herrington has worked with hundreds of startup and emerging food brands that are local to the area, as well as those based across the nation, helping to grow their businesses. An awareness and understanding of consumer trends that parlay into food brands has been critical. Nate’s experiences include Target Senior Buyer-grocery categories, a consultant for food startups in the Twin Cities and an advisor for emerging food brands entering the mass channel.
The Common Good Breakfast Series contributes event proceeds to the nonprofit organization featured at each session. The nonprofit for this event is Pillsbury United Communities. Pillsbury United Communities is a unique nonprofit organization. With multiple locations in Minneapolis’ inner city neighborhoods – including four neighborhood centers and a professional live theatre – Pillsbury United Communities is positioned to address the complicated issues and concerns faced by the 50,000 people who walk through their doors each year.