Hedged Optimism: Impressions from the Global Farm to Market Conference

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This Episode is Sponsored By: BMO

“Hedged optimism” was the major theme of BMO’s 17th annual Global Farm to Market Conference. To provide additional insights from the May conference, Erica Kuhlmann, managing director at BMO Harris Bank’s Food, Consumer, and Agribusiness Group, joins The Food Institute Podcast to discuss industry optimism and other event takeaways, including the rise of ESG principles and declining influence of plant-based and controlled-environment agriculture.

More About Erica Kuhlmann:
Erica T. Kuhlmann is a Managing Director and Market Executive of BMO Harris Bank’s Food, Consumer and Agribusiness Group.  The Food, Consumer and Agribusiness Group focuses on building banking relationships with mid market companies in the industry sector.  Erica is a thirty plus year veteran of BMO Financial Group, having served in various leadership roles throughout her tenure at the bank.

She has worked with agribusiness companies, branded and private label food manufacturers, front line commodity processors, protein processors, input suppliers, wholesale distributors and grocery chains throughout her career, providing banking services, capital and advice to companies in the sector.

Erica holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Booth School of Management at the University of Chicago.  She is a board member of IFAMA, the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network and Naturally Chicago.

BMO Harris is a full-service corporate bank, providing a complete range of financing alternatives tailored to a company’s unique needs, including syndicate loan facilities, working capital financing, capital expansion financing, and asset securitization. The bank provides customized tools and services to manage a company’s day-to-day capital management, including treasury management services, interest rate risk management, foreign exchange and commodity price risk management.


Thanks to Our Sponsor: BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank’s Food, Consumer, and Agribusiness Group: whether you’re a producer, processor, retailer or distributor, every company throughout the food continuum needs a financial partner that understands the factors that can impact their business. From emerging consumer trends and industry consolidation, to commodity fluctuations and economic cyclicality, BMO’s experienced team of specialists understands the issues affecting your company, and they use that knowledge to develop tailored solutions that address your needs and helps you achieve your vision.

To learn more about how they can help, or for more coverage of the Global Farm to Market Conference, please visit http://www.bmoharris.com/food.


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Building an ESG Business Case: https://foodinstitute.com/podcast/building-an-esg-business-case/