"Inside What We Eat" - Ingredion Featured in Two-part Podcast by Illinois Farm Bureau
Ingredion collaborated with the Illinois Farm Bureau on their Partners Podcast series in a two-part episode called "Inside what We Eat." The podcast gives listeners a peek into the world of food sourcing and production.
Part One – Our History and Community Impact
The first episode provides a look at Ingredion's long history in Illinois, including our first and still largest manufacturing facility, Argo, in Bedford Park, Ill. and interviews with suppliers and local community members about the Company's community impact. The podcast features interviews with Joe White, an Elburn, Ill. farmer and president of the Kane County Farm Bureau, who has supplied Argo with his farm's corn since the late 1970s. A local teacher from Walker Elementary in Bedford Park, Eva Manzke, who grew up near the Argo site, teaches her students the impact Ingredion and agriculture have on their lives.
"We're proud of our community outreach and the positive impact we have within the agricultural communities who supply us and the communities around the Argo site," said Luz Najera, vice president of global government affairs and North America sustainability lead. "We believe that connecting the farming community with our customers and consumers is a great way to live our Company's purpose and make life better."
Part Two – Looking Ahead with Regenerative Agriculture
Episode two highlights our efforts around agricultural sustainability, particularly our partnership with PepsiCo, the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, and growers in the Argo area to increase climate-smart farming. Andrew Utterback, senior manager of sustainability at Ingredion and Margaret Henry, senior director of sustainable agriculture at PepsiCo, discuss the importance of supply chain collaborations to incentivize growers to adopt regenerative agriculture practices. These collaborations can benefit from the resiliency of growers and businesses facing challenges such as climate change.
"Highlighting our work with valued partners like PepsiCo and the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund is a great opportunity to share our stories of collaboration," said Utterback. "Not only in the agricultural and business communities but also with customers and consumers directly."
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