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IFPA VP to emcee Food as Medicine Summit

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Washington, D.C. and Newark, DE – International Fresh Produce Association’s (IFPA) BB #:378962 Vice President of Nutrition & Health, Mollie Van Lieu, has been announced as the emcee for the Food as Medicine Summit in Chicago from May 25-26.

The event, which will be held both in person and online, will facilitate commercial, scientific and collaboration conversations for food & beverage and healthcare. Speakers include experts from some of the largest food brands, IFPA members Ocean Spray Cranberries, Kroger, and Wal Mart as well as the American Heath Association, Feeding America, Spectrum Health, Sunbasket, Conagra, Tufts University and more.

“The concept of Food as Medicine is growing traction throughout the country and has the potential to be revolutionary in how we address dietary quality including access to fruit and vegetables,” said Van Lieu. “As we navigate what Food as Medicine means in policy and practice, effective collaboration will be key. The Food as Medicine Summit is a fantastic opportunity to bring a broad range of stakeholders to the table to drive this concept forward.“

The 2-day conference will tackle what is both one of the biggest challenges and potentially one of the biggest opportunities for health care and the food industry: embedding Food as Medicine in the food and health systems on both a national and global level.

“Food as medicine has been practiced for a millennia and we’re thrilled to be a part of the growing coalition between leaders in food and the health industry,” said IFPA Chief Strategy Officer, Lauren M. Scott who will also be present at the summit. “We thank GreyGreen for holding the event but especially for inviting Mollie to provide Chair remarks each day. With her extensive background in advocacy for nutrition policy, she will be well positioned to begin the conversations at the summit.”

For those interested in registering for the event, they can find details for both in person and online participation here.

About the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) is the largest and most diverse international association serving the entire fresh produce and floral supply chain and the only to seamlessly integrate world-facing advocacy and industry-facing support. We exist to bring the industry together to create a vibrant future for all. We grow our member’s prosperity by conducting advocacy; connecting people and ideas; and offering guidance that allows us all to take action with purpose and confidence. While IFPA is built on the legacy of United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association, it is not just a combination. It is transformational. Recognizing the industry required an even more powerful and unified voice, the leaders of the former United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association chose not to merge, but rather to create an entirely new organization to supersede their organizations, effective January 1, 2022.