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OPN Connect Newsletter 226 · July 15, 2021

Albertsons' Co-Chairman Jim Donald Headlines OPS Keynote Presentations


Jim Donald, Albertsons' co-chairman and one of the most admired CEOs in the world, will be a featured keynote presenter at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit (OPS), joining retail industry veteran Kevin Coupe for a provocative and engaging conversation about the future of the food industry and the role organics will play for consumers and the retail community. 

“The Next 18 Months: Navigating a Competitive, Consumer-Driven Landscape” will feature Donald discussing the future of produce retailing as the country rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic. His keynote will headline OPS 2021, which will be held in person in Monterey, CA on September 15-16.

Stemilt September 2021

Jim Donald, Co-Chairman, Albertsons

“As we move forward, the food industry will be a place where survival of the fittest—the most innovative, relevant, resonant, and customer-centric retailers—will be the law of the land,” Donald said. “Businesses can use their own cultures to establish leadership and create an organic and authentic 'climate of caring' for both employees and shoppers that can transcend even the toughest logistical, infrastructural, technological, and competitive challenges.”   

Donald joined Albertsons in March 2018 as president and chief operating officer and currently serves as co-chairman of the Board of Albertsons Companies, Inc., a leading North American retail food, health, and wellness company. He was previously CEO of Starbucks, Haggen, and Extended Stay Hotels and has been named one of the “Top 25 CEOs in the World” by Best Practices Institute. 

Donald is offering OPS attendees the chance to be part of the conversation by sending in questions for his presentation—an outstanding opportunity to interact with one of the best minds in retail.

Organics Unlimited September 2021

Kevin Coupe, Founder, Morning News Beat

“Jim is one of the most dynamic and progressive leaders in the world of retail and can share how evolving customer behavior is challenging retailers to remain relevant and resonant,” Coupe said. “The changing retail landscape from brick-and-mortar to omnichannel retailing—and the practical implications for organic fresh produce—is top of mind for everyone. To openly discuss the operational and cultural imperatives that retailers and suppliers need to embrace and how they can be best communicated both internally and externally will benefit all OPS attendees. This is a can’t-miss keynote presentation!”

Albertsons Companies has stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randall’s, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated. The company operates more than 1,700 pharmacies, 23 distribution centers, and 20 manufacturing plants and has approximately 270,000 employees across the country. Albertsons' O Organics brand is one of the nation’s largest brands of USDA-certified-organic products, with more than 1,000 products available exclusively at Albertsons Companies stores.

Red Sun Farms September 2021

OPS is the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic producers with retailers and buying organizations from across the globe. The fifth annual OPS features a trade show floor that will showcase over 160 of North America’s organic fresh produce growers, shippers, and processors exhibiting their products to hundreds of retailers and buyers. Tours at several of the nation’s leading organic producers are also available for qualified retailers and wholesalers.

Retailer and general registration for OPS 2021 is available at www.organicproducesummit.com. Additional information about the event, including schedule, sponsors, and a complete list of exhibiting companies is also available on the website.

Starr Ranch September 2021

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