31 May 2022: Join us for a free virtual event on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT), where Benjamin Leavenworth, Afina’s Chief Strategy Officer and Chile’s Honorary Consul in Philadelphia, will be on a panel hosted by the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (“PICC”) to honor BIMBO Bakeries USA with its 2022 Technology and Innovation Award for strengthening commercial and innovation ties with Israel.

Register here, join by 7:55 a.m. (EDT), and participate by submitting questions and engaging us in the breakout rooms.

PICC’s food tech conference connects Israeli and tri-state food and beverage innovators, manufacturers, investors and stakeholders. The event will feature innovation in novel ingredients and celebrating the accomplishments of BIMBO Bakeries USA Senior Vice President Robert L. Chernoff. The Greater Philadelphia region is abundant in food and beverage manufacturing, and the region boasts some of the best supply chain logistics to serve these industries. Israel has emerged as an innovation hub for food tech. 

Benjamin Leavenworth, a top entrepreneur and keynote speaker, has made a great impact on prominent global corporations, including Chispa Group LLC, an international consultancy with a focus on multi-billion-dollar mining, energy, agriculture, and government projects; Cono Sur, one of the top four wine companies in Chile exporting over one million cases of wine per year across South and North America; Citibank, where Mr. Leavenworth helped lead the creation of its small business banking unit; and finally, Mr. Leavenworth helped develop the first Chilean branded beef program for the U.S. market, successfully establishing the program as the largest supplier of grass-fed beef to Whole Foods Market.

Other speaker organizations will include the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development, Israel’s New York City Economic Mission and Consulate General, Drexel University’s Food Core Lab, The GIANT Company’s Ethnic Kosher Category Manager, and Aramark’s Insights & Analytics division.

Event Details

  • Name of Event: Israel-Greater Philly Food Tech Conference & Honoring BIMBO Bakeries USA
  • Location: Virtual Zoom
  • Theme: Food Technology
  • Date: Wed, Jun 1, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
  • Registration? Free

Program Agenda

8:00 AM: Opening Remarks

8:10 AM: Honoring BIMBO Bakeries USA with PICC’s 2022 Technology and Innovation Award for strengthening the commercial and innovation ties with Israel. Read more.

8:45 AM: Novel Ingredients Reshaping Global Appetite 

9:25 AM: Israeli Food Tech Innovation Presentations

10:00 AM: Breakout Rooms

10:30 AM: Event Concludes


  • BIMBO Bakeries USA
  • Israel Consulate General in NYC
  • Israel Economic Mission in NY
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • The Hershey Company

Promoting Partners:

  • Institute of Food Technologists Philadelphia Section
  • New Jersey Food Processors Association
  • Rutgers Food Innovation Center
  • PACT

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