The agriculture industry in North Carolina (including food, fiber and forestry), contributes around $70 billion to the state’s economy. From farms, processing, wholesale and retail distribution, to the table, there is much to discuss and learn.
FoodCon is a daylong event focused on the business of sustainable food with a goal of bringing together a diverse audience of students, community members, and business professionals who have a shared interest in the sustainable food industry.
UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Net Impact students (Elisa Elkind and Brianne Abramowicz, both MBA ’15) had an idea in 2014 to host a conference to talk about the business of sustainable food. Since then, their idea has grown to include partner schools, who each take a turn to co-host the event, Duke University and NC State. This event is a collaborative effort between the three schools that surpasses ‘Tobacco Road’ rivalries. The 2017 event came back to UNC Kenan-Flagler with a theme of ‘Good For All: Sustainable. Profitable. Accessible.’
Within these Proceedings, you will find key takeaways from current MBA students on each of the panel sessions and keynotes from the day.
The agriculture industry in North Carolina, contributes around $70 billion to the state’s economy.