Thursday, August 4 2022

Washington D.C.- Renowned public policy analyst Bruce Mehlman will be the keynote speaker at the National Grocers Association (NGA) Executive Conference and Public Policy Summit, the premier event for senior executives and their leadership teams. Also joining the list of speakers is respected food safety advocate Bill Marler to address attendees on improving food safety procedures and recall communications. The Executive Conference and Public Policy Summit is scheduled for October 24-26, 2022 in Washington, DC

As keynote speaker, Mehlman will provide summit attendees with insight into the changing political landscape leading up to the 2022 midterm elections and the potential impact on business in the United States. During his session, sponsored by EcolabMarler will discuss his pioneering work representing complainants impacted by contaminated food products and offer his thoughts on how food companies can do a better job of adopting food safety procedures and communicating recalls to consumers.

“By bringing together speakers of this caliber, NGA continues to advance our mission to ensure the independent community has the opportunity to succeed,” said Greg Ferrara, President and CEO of NGA. “With timely information on the political landscape and the latest practices in food safety, participants will walk away even more prepared to thrive in the marketplace.”

With more than two decades of experience in public policy, business and law, Mehlman is a sought-after speaker on political and political trends, regularly headlining business conferences and strategic planning sessions. His quarterly infographic analyzes are regularly picked up by national media and avidly consumed by tens of thousands of readers around the world. He discussed trends on television networks and shows, including Showtime’s “The Circus,” CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business and Hearst. He served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy under President George W. Bush. He has also worked as an executive assistant in the House of Representatives, general counsel to a national political party committee, and policy adviser to Cisco Systems.

Marler became America’s most prominent foodborne illness advocate and a major force in food policy in the United States and around the world. His firm – Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm – has represented thousands of people in tainted product claims against food companies. He began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993, when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor of the historic Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, in his settlement. $15.6 million history with the fast food company. The 2011 book Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli that changed the way Americans eat chronicles the Jack in the Box outbreak and Marler’s rise as a food safety advocate.

Sessions focused on the changing consumer landscape, the state of independent grocery and supply chain challenges to the impact of politics and federal policy on the industry, The Executive Conference and Public Policy Summit combines high-impact education and networking with the unique opportunity to meet federal officials who are shaping policy affecting their business.

Find the complete program of sessions and registrations here.

About NGA NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that make up the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail business operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector represents approximately 1.2% of the nation’s overall economy and generates more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages and $36 billion of taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocer associations, manufacturers and service providers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

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