100 Years and Growing: 100 Years and Innovating | 100 Years and Giving | 100 Years and Evolving

May Submissions

Wilbur-Ellis will soon publicly introduce the new “Wilbur-Ellis Innovation Award,” which will give teams of university students the opportunity to propose new or better approaches to feeding a growing world population. With that in mind …

What do you think are the greatest challenges in feeding an expanding world population – and which of these challenges would you most like to see the “Wilbur-Ellis Innovation Award” address?

Carrie Williams, United States (Corporate)

Finding innovative ways to reduce food waste would be one critical way to address food shortages in the future. Some estimates indicate that nearly 30% of all food produced goes to waste. By reducing food waste, we save money as we purchase less food. We are able to reduce methane emissions in landfills, which will lower the carbon footprint. By reducing the waste, we also conserve energy by not using resources to produce, transport, package, and sell food. We can also support our communities by providing food to those who might not otherwise have an adequate food supply. Food waste is a significant challenge that will require innovative solutions to resolve. When we reduce food waste, we are helping to sustain our environment for future generations.

Martin Bergman

Martin Bergman, United States (Agribusiness)

Determining the root causes of food waste and ranking them in two ways. First, from largest to smallest contributor of food waste and second from easiest to make a meaningful impact to the most difficult. Based on that assessment, I would like to see Wilbur-Ellis select the contributor that we could most impact.


As part of our 100th anniversary celebration, we launched the Giving Program to help people in need worldwide. In total, the Giving Program raised $52,000 USD for the Red Cross, building on the company’s $100,000 donation in 2020.

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