The conference is underway today, and attendance is up from last year. Executives from the world's leading CPG, F&B companies are here to network, and to learn the latest from peers and subject matter experts about key issues facing this industry. The interesting thing about CPG, F&B...
is that while other industries suffer during an economic recession, this industry is not only resilient, but growing. There is a lot of content over the next few days around what GMA calls the 5 pillars of the industry, 1) sustainability and the environment, 2) health and wellness, 3) product and food safety, 4) value chain optimization and 5) global commerce. The terrific thing about Siemens is that our vast portfolio of products and services contains the technology to help address the industry's toughest issues, with solutions that increase productivity, flexibility, in a sustainable way, for all 5 pillars.
Siemens is pleased to be a sponsor of this event, and tonight our Sr. VP and Managing Director, Mr. Dave Shook, will introduce the keynote speaker at The Chairman's Lecture, which is Charlie Gibson, the TV news journalist. Looking forward to it.
Tomorrow I'll talk more about the GMA CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity that will be given during lunch. I had the privelege of serving on the committee that chose the winners--can't reveal who they are just yet!