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3rd annual
 Ashland Innovators Conference


Growing opportunities in the 
Food, Wine and Beer Industries

The 3rd annual Ashland Innovators Conference was a true success showcasing the growing opportunities in the food, wine and beer industries.  The Ashland Chamber would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers, panelists and participants that helped to deliver a well-organized, educational celebration of the Food and Beverage Industries.  Dr. Greg Jones, PhD. led the conference with economic impact and impressive growth within the viticulture and agricultural realms.  Each panel provided engaging dialogue and insight into their industries, explaining their history, quality, opportunities and trajectory.  Lively conversation, inspiration and connections were made amongst the attendees that represented a variety of industries and backgrounds from around the Rogue Valley.  We invite you to view the video below highlighting the Food and Beverage industries. Stay tuned for a recap video of the Conference and findings from the day.  

Growing Ashland's Food & Beverage Industry 
Produced by Darren Campbell. Edited by Jayson Wynkoop.


Created by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce
Learn about product development, distribution and trends

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Southern Oregon University - Rogue River Room
 (in the Stevenson Union)

1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland, OR 97520

12:00 – 1:00 PM  Doors Open for Registration and Resource Tables
  1:00 – 5:00 PM  Keynote Speaker & Conference Emcee:
                          Gregory V. Jones, PhD., SOU
Featured panel topics:
Farm to table trends 
   Amber Fry, Fry Family Farm
   Damon Jones, Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine/Neuman Hotel Group
   David Mostue-Nesbit, Dunbar Farms
   Maud Powell, OSU Extension Small Farms

Facilitated by Vincent M. Smith, PhD., SOU Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies
Value-added products
   Deena Branson, Branson’s Chocolates
   Sheila Carder, SunStone Artisan Bakery
   Dee Fretwell, EcoTeas
   Richard Fujas, Rising Sun Farms
   Francis Plowman, Rogue Creamery​
   Jared Rennie, Noble Coffee Roasting

Facilitated by Katharine Cato, Ashland Chamber of Commerce/Visitor & Convention Bureau 
Wine and beer industries
   Ray Cato, Caldera Brewing Company
   Ruth Garvin, Southern Oregon Winery Association/Cliff Creek Cellars
   Michael Moore, Quail Run Vineyards/South Stage Cellars
   Brandon Overstreet, Swing Tree Brewing Company

Facilitated by Eric Weisinger, Weisinger Family Winery 
  5:00 – 7:00 PM      Networking reception to follow
    •    Discover    •   Be Inspired

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