Transparency in Action

Building on the 2023 Summit

Join us on October 22-24, 2024 in Chicago as The Center for Food Integrity and industry leaders come together to create actionable strategies for operationalizing transparency across the food and agriculture value chain.  

Building upon the success of our 2023 Transparency Summit, where Transparency emerged as the Cornerstone of Trust, this year’s event promises to be even more impactful. 

Together we'll engage in dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking panel discussions, and collaborative working groups to drive collective action across our food system.

What’s New This Year

  • Understand what consumers want. Gain direct insights from consumers themselves about their transparency expectations and why it's crucial for your organization's success.
  • Break down barriers holding you back. We'll explore specific hurdles impacting transparency in your sector and discuss practical solutions that build trust with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Craft your own transparency action plan. Take part in a transparency self-assessment tailored to your organization and identify concrete strategies aligned with your unique business goals and stakeholder priorities.
  • Build a culture of transparency. Acquire the essential skills and tools needed to instill a transparent mindset within your team, fostering a culture of accountability and trust from the ground up.
  • Collaborate with peers. Join forces with industry leaders in intimate working groups, tackling the complexities of Sustainability, Compliance, and Animal Welfare. From sharing best practices to unveiling cutting-edge tools, you'll leave armed with actionable insights to drive real change.
  • The future of transparency. Explore emerging challenges and opportunities in transparency and discover how transparency can strengthen your organization's resilience in an ever-evolving food landscape.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this transformative event.

Join us in Chicago and let's turn transparency into action, together.


CFI's Transparency Model

From supply chain traceability to labeling practices, from consumer engagement to regulatory frameworks, this Summit will cover the key topics impacting trust in our food system.

Our participating experts will share insights, best practices and case studies, providing attendees with tangible steps to take back to their organizations and communities.

Don't miss this opportunity to be at the forefront of the transparency movement in the food industry. Join us to collaborate, innovate, and take action together to create a more transparent and trustworthy food system for all.

Why Attend the CFI Transparency Summit?

This year, our focus will shift from the need for transparency to the actions we can take as a food system to become more transparent.

Join stakeholders from across the food/ag value chain to put transparency principles into practice, through expert-led workshops, round-table discussions and strategy development and sharing best practices to speed progress towards a more transparent, resilient and trusted food system

Understand the Barriers to Transparency

What is currently holding organizations back from becoming more transparent?

Identify commercial, social and regulatory barriers to becoming more transparent.

Hear from consumers on their expectations of transparency from organizations and why.

On-the-farm panel discussion: on-farm practices, labor challenges and point of production support through CPG and Retail.

Work Together with Food Industry Leaders to Build Transparency

Work together with leaders from across the food value chain to identify the complexities of building transparency in the areas of:

  • Environmental Sustainability and Commitments (Green Washing and Hushing)
  • Social Responsibility (Food Security, Animal Welfare, Workers Rights)
  • Consumer expectations and the purchasing behavior gap
  • The proliferation of misinformation and disinformation in the marketplace and how that erodes trust

Collectively Solve Problems Facing the Food Industry

Learn how to implement collective actions to take steps towards solving the problems facing the food industry.

Implement change management strategies to become a more transparent and trusted organization.

Who Attends the Transparency Summit?

Transparency needs to be part of an organization's culture and purpose to build stakeholder trust.

Some examples of attendees who will benefit the most from this Summit include leaders in:

  • Government Affairs / Corporate Communications
  • Food Safety & Regulatory
  • Sustainability/ ESG
  • Supply Chain
  • Risk Management
  • Agribusiness & Finance
  • Farmer-Owners 
  • Research & Development 
  • Innovation
  • Marketing
  • C-Suite Leadership

Become a Sponsor

Increase your reach

Increase your reach and impact on food system transparency with engaged food system thought leaders.

Take action

Put transparency principles into action with stakeholders from across the food/ag value chain.

Make progress

Speed progress towards a more transparent, resilient and trusted food system.

Tailored with your goals

Tailor sponsor deliverables to align with your business goals & objectives.

Learn More About Sponsorship Opportunities:

Kelly Leighton, VP of Growth & Engagement The Center for Food Integrity

c: 770-377-0408


Registration Fees

All registration fees include opening reception (complimentary appetizers plus two drink tickets) on October 22, breakfast, lunch and breaks on October 23 and breakfast, lunch and breaks on October 24. Rates listed below are per person to attend.

EARLY BIRD RATES - register by July 31

  • CFI Member Organization - $550
  • Non-Member - $650


  • CFI Member Organization - $750
  • Non-Member - $850

Your CFI membership gives you the power to make a difference.

As consumer demand for transparency and truth across the food system rises, CFI delivers the research, strategies, insights and industry connections that help our members succeed.

To inquire about becoming a CFI member before you register for the Transparency Summit, please click here for details.

Transparency Summit Venue

Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel offers a taste of downtown energy with the convenience of being five minutes from Chicago O'Hare airport. Along with well appointed rooms with complimentary wi-fi throughout the hotel, Loews Chicago O'Hare maintains its AAA Four Diamond Rating and Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice award.

Hotel Info

Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel
5300 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Reservations: 1-844-204-5640 (mention CFI Transparency Summit when you call)

Rate - $239 plus tax if you book by October 1!

Click to Book the Loews Online

If you have any questions about hotel reservations, please contact our planning partner, Empowered Events LLC, at or 763-284-6763.

2023 Summit Highlights

Engaging Discussions  
Actionable Insights

The inaugural Summit, entitled "Transparency As The Currency of Trust" featured over 120 participants and attendees from 75 different organizations from across the food system.

Last year's Summit set the stage for the need for transparency based on consumer demands, showed how transparency can accelerate a company's business performance when applied correctly and was an environment for open dialogue about the challenges and opportunities that come with organizational transparency.

CFI launched our Transparency Model and Assessment tool and shared case studies on learnings from Chick-fil-A, Wawa and Bush Brothers, who piloted the tool in the preceding months.

Contact Us

The Center for Food Integrity envisions a transparent, sustainable food system in which practices align with consumer expectations and the public discussion is well-informed and balanced.

Every day, we work tirelessly to be the balanced, science-based, credible resource for food system stakeholders from different facets of our industry. We answer the needs and challenges of each sector and serve as a catalyst for building trust across the entire food/ag value chain.

To learn more about CFI and its membership opportunities:

For assistance with registration and hotel reservations for the 2024 Transparency Summit: 

Ready to Connect

We'd love to connect with you and your team about how CFI can help.