Doug Rauch — Former President of Trader Joe’s

Doug Rauch
Show and Sell Workshop

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Daily Table: How Innovation Led to Reducing Food Waste

Doug Rauch is leading food innovation by reducing food waste and urban food insecurity with his not-for-profit retail concept, Daily Table.

His senior fellowship at Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, where he focused on food waste, hunger, and obesity, led to the creation of Daily Table, an innovative retail approach to providing affordable nutrition to the food insecure. About 40 percent of all the food grown and produced in America is wasted, and much of that loss is due to confusion over expiration dates or cosmetic blemishes. By recovering the excess, wholesome food about to be disposed by growers, grocers and food service, Rauch has developed an innovative way to provide both grab-n-go meals and basic groceries for pennies on the dollar.

Learn how Rauch used his innovation and experience to address food waste and food deserts in this informative session.

General Session

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Time: 9:20 AM - 10:00 AM

Food Waste: The Bigger Issues

As Trader Joe’s past president, Doug Rauch helped transform a company that started as a 7/11 knockoff become the hottest retailer in America. He developed their prized buying philosophy, created its unique private label program, and wrote and executed the business plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally.

In 2008, after 31 years with Trader Joe’s, Rauch “graduated” to focus on several social challenges he is passionate about. He is currently CEO of Conscious Capitalism, which looks at how four specific tenets—higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture—can simultaneously build stronger businesses and improve society. He was also a recent senior fellow at the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, where he focused on the challenges of food waste, hunger, and obesity. Out of this fellowship he became the founder/president of Daily Table, a unique, nonprofit retail concept designed to bring affordable nutrition to the food insecure in our cities.

Learn about the larger issues behind food waste, how we use food as consumers and innovative approaches on what we can do to address this growing problem.

Expert Neighborhood

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Business Area: Products
Topic: Food Waste

One-on-one meetings may be scheduled with Doug Rauch in the Expert Neighborhood. Appointments can be booked at the show starting Saturday, June 3.


IDDBA 18 | June 10-12, 2018 | New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | New Orleans, LA