Opening General Session Keynote


Doug Rauch

Join us at the Keynote Session on Sunday, June 22 from 8:30-10:15 a.m. to hear from IFT leaders, see what’s new at IFT, and be inspired by our keynote speaker, Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's.

Former Trader Joe’s Company president Doug Rauch to keynote at the Opening General Session

Doug Rauch, renowned for growing Trader Joe’s from a small, nine-store chain in Southern California to a nationally acclaimed retail success story with more than 340 stores in 30 states, will join us in New Orleans to share his thoughts about how to feed the world, one healthy, sustainably sourced meal at a time.

The world`s population is forecast to approach 9 billion by 2050. With increasing pressures on natural resources, shifting weather patterns, and climate change impacts on agricultural production, how will this growing population be fed? What will be the likely impacts on production and distribution of food? How will global transport and distribution networks change? Will patents and technological know-how be used to help or hinder the spread of food production and distribution solutions? Join Rauch for his unique perspective on what the future holds for feeding the world.

Rauch spent 31 years with Trader Joe`s Company, the last 14 years as President. He retired from Trader Joe’s in 2008 and is currently working on a non-profit solution to the issues of "food waste" and hunger/obesity by bringing high quality, nutritious food at affordable prices to the underserved in our inner cities.