Edlong CFO David Starr Joins Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network Board

Executive is elected Treasurer of non-profit that drives industry and local economy

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL, USA [12 February 2018] – Edlong Chief Financial Officer David Starr has been elected Treasurer of the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network (CFBN). Founded in 2017, this non-profit has a mission of leveraging the power of the food and beverage industry in Chicagoland to grow the industry and the local economy.

“I am excited to sit among so many esteemed colleagues and actively help the CFBN drive inclusive economic growth in Chicagoland,” says David Starr. Adds Edlong President and CEO Laurette Rondenet, “Edlong is a Corporate Member of the CFBN, and we are committed to supporting the future of our industry. Under David’s leadership, there is no doubt that CFBN will reach its networking, cross-collaboration and local neighborhood growth goals.”

David Starr is joining the CFBN leadership team at an exciting time. The association is creating the first food manufacturing training program that teaches the basics in food manufacturing and recently launched a job board on its website. In 2018, the new organization is looking to launch a Seed Fund for early stage food & beverage businesses as well as a Next Generation Leadership project to develop food & beverage industry leaders for the future.

About Edlong

Experience the science and art of authentic taste. Edlong has the broadest global portfolio of dairy flavors and is the only certified woman-owned flavor house in the food manufacturing industry (WBENC). Founded in 1914, we are committed to world-class service in custom flavor development, applications and culinary support, regulatory compliance and supply chain performance. Our broad portfolio of dairy and dairy-free flavors improves classic taste profiles for Cheese, Butter, Sweet Dairy, Cream and Milk. We also deliver unique functional value in the flavor and mouthfeel of sugar-reduced products, and mask nutritional ingredients in foods and beverages. edlong.com

About the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network is leading the way to build a more collaborative, innovative, and leading-edge food and beverage industry in Chicagoland. Chicago is home to the second largest food and beverage economic cluster of its kind in the U.S. Today, more than 4,500 food and beverage companies call Chicagoland home, accounting for 130,000 employees and $32B in annual sales. Initial funding for CFBN comes from The MacArthur Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation. Founding partners include Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and World Business Chicago. CFBN continues to grow local economies and create new jobs benefitting regional people and neighborhoods. chicagolandfood.org

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