State of Supply Chain: What Have We Learned and Where Are We Going?
Snack and candy manufacturers and their retail customers adapted in real-time to never-before-seen changes over the last two years and continue to navigate difficult waters in the supply chain. Retailers want to understand what lies ahead for manufacturers’ supply chains, and the relationship between demand, manufacturing capacity and distribution capabilities has never been more important. This session hosts a panel of industry supply chain leaders in conversation with a supply chain expert. They’ll share valuable insights into the issues at hand from a manufacturer and distributor perspective and their respective outlooks on supply chain in the short-, medium- and long-term.
Chris AddertonVice President, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Since 2013, Chris Adderton has served as vice president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, responsible for the council’s operations and industry relations. Chris brings more than 25 years of experience in consumer packaged goods to his role with accomplishments in organizational development, change management, technology implementation, sales and operations planning and trade promotions management. Before his current position, he led a successful sales and marketing agency, held sales and operational leadership positions with ConAgra Foods and led the U.S. Client Service organization for the Nielsen Co.
Grant DemersVice President of Sales, Mass & Club Channels, McLane Company
Grant Demers serves as vice president of sales for the mass and club channels for McLane Company, one of the largest supply chain services companies in the United States. He joined McLane Company in December 2003 and currently oversees the company’s mass and club grocery division channels. His current responsibilities include driving sales and profitability for customers and solving complex challenges that arise by focusing on solution-oriented results, all while leading approximately 25 sales teammates. Grant began his McLane career as a purchasing specialist for McLane’s grocery distribution operations and quickly rose through the ranks, gaining valuable experience in operations, sales, category management and merchandising.
Jason ReimanSenior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, The Hershey Company
Jason Reiman, senior vice president, chief supply chain officer, is responsible for all global supply chain-related strategies and activities for The Hershey Company including procurement, manufacturing, quality and regulatory, engineering, logistics, supply chain planning, network strategy and optimization. In his previous role as vice president, supply chain operations, Jason worked directly with commercial business partners to drive superior quality, customer service, margin expansion and growth for the business. Before joining Hershey in 1996, he worked as a supply chain consultant with Manugistics, Inc.