2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Benjamin Crook

Country Category Business GM, Dressings & Condiments (North America)



Benjamin Crook is the Senior Marketing Director for Hellmann’s North America.  He has been with Unilever for over 20 years, having spent half his time in Canada and the last 10 years in the United States.  Ben is passionate about food waste and regenerative agriculture practices, which has helped him to lead the team through the launch of its purpose-driven work to drive awareness around the issue of food waste, specifically its Make Taste, Not Waste platform, which was supported by two successful Super Bowl campaigns in the last two years.  He has also overseen the team to introduce other sustainable-centric initiatives such as the launch of its 100% recycled plastic bottles and product innovations like the plant-based Hellmann’s Vegan.   Ben is a strategic leader who uses marketing & creative to create positive lasting change.

Ben lives in Ridgewood, NJ with his wife Kate and their two young daughters Miller and Delaney, as well as their beloved rescue Beagle, Winni.



Wednesday, May 11th

11:00am - 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions (Running Concurrently)

Heritage Gallery Room

Setting the Table: How to Engage Consumers on Food Waste

What’s needed to shift our overall culture to place more value on food? Consumers generate more surplus food than any other sector, and while poor food management is a big cause, a portion of that waste occurs because of decisions made by other actors throughout the supply chain. Tune in as leaders across brands, local government and academia share the unique ways that they are leveraging their influence to reshape consumer environments and decrease waste.

Wednesday, May 11th

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Mainstage Session 2 - Stepping Up to the Plate: The Private Sector’s Role in Fighting Food Waste (Presented in partnership with Food Tank) 

Memorial Hall

Food businesses – from growers to manufacturers to retailers and foodservice providers – generate 63% of total food waste each year. Plus, their actions have a strong effect on how much food gets wasted by consumers too. But the private sector is also leading the way in implementing solutions to reduce food waste. Join food business leaders and leading solution providers in a series of spirited discussions about the important role of the private sector in food waste reduction, the power it holds to enact change, and the ways it is living up to that responsibility.

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