Key Themes from the BMO Farm to Market Conference

BMO Farm to Market Conference, Erica Kuhlmann, Food Institute Podcast

This Episode of the Food Institute Podcast is Sponsored by: BMO

Dive into the key themes from the 16th Annual BMO Farm to Market Conference with Erica Kuhlmann during her first appearance on the Food Institute Podcast. Kuhlmann, who serves as Managing Director and Market Executive of BMO Harris Bank’s Food, Consumer and Agribusiness Group, discusses how many consumers are now searching for “food with a purpose.” Additionally, she discusses the rising labor challenges across various food sectors, and the long-term concerns surrounding inflation. The conversation also covers AI and automation, and the growing importance of the ESG agenda in the marketplace.

Key Themes from the BMO Farm to Market Conference

Hosted By: Brian Choi

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.

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