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Global Trends, Local Faces: Serving Up the Forecast on the Food and Beverage Industry

Thursday, March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm • Organized By Venture Cafe St. Louis
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Join Cortex and CIC’s “Global Trends, Local Faces” conversation with leaders from both a large enterprise and a startup. Speakers will talk about trends in key industries across St. Louis discuss current challenges, trends, and the future of the market.

Join Global Trends | Local Faces for a conversation with leaders from the food and beverage industry. The last year has stressed every aspect of the food supply chain, as well as revealing new preferences in consumer tastes. Speakers will talk about trends globally, as well as the view of the food and beverage industry from St. Louis and the future of the market. We know AB Mauri by its signature product, Fleishman’s Yeast. Around the world, AB Mauri operates 52 plants in 32 countries with sales in more than 100 countries, offering yeast and a range of commercial baking products. Rick Oleshak, vice president of marketing for AB Mauri North America. He’ll be joined by Jeff Stevens, founder of Wellbeing Brewing Company. The Wellbeing Brewing Company is the country’s very first brewery solely dedicated to brewing Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer, founded in St. Louis and now carried across the country.

Rick Oleshak is currently vice president of marketing for AB Mauri North America and leads the brand marketing strategy and development process for the company. He joined AB Mauri in January 2014 after spending more than 13 years with Anheuser-Busch InBev in both marketing and public relations. At Anheuser-Busch, Oleshak was the director of the Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe brand teams in the United States. He led and championed the brand creative development process, advertising, packaging and communications for the Belgian beer lineup and several other prominent brands including Michelob ULTRA, Landshark, Rolling Rock, Grolsch and O’Doul’s.

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