Sosland Publishing Purchasing Seminar 2021

October 24-26, 2021 at the Loews Kansas City Hotel

The 44th Annual Purchasing Seminar returns to Kansas City in 2021

The Purchasing Seminar is designed for executives and managers who are involved with ingredient procurement, market analysis, risk assessment, supply chain management and corporate planning, and provides significant networking opportunities for marketing and purchasing professionals.

The program features presenters and panelists who will cover ingredient and commodity markets, meat and poultry complex, weather, energy, trends, the economy, packaging, transportation, and Washington.

The Purchasing Seminar exists to serve our industry and provide opportunities for connection. For more than 40 years, this event has been an industry cornerstone, and it plays a critical role in the success of our community, especially in challenging times.

We are working with our partners at the Loews Kansas City Hotel and health authorities to incorporate recommended safety precautions. The Loews Kansas City Hotel has confirmed that it has increased health and safety measures already designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19, and updated the training and resources of its hotel staff focused on everything from handwashing hygiene and cleaning product specifications to guest room and common area cleaning procedures. Click here for more detailed information on Loews Kansas City Hotel safety protocols.

Sosland Publishing Purchasing Seminar 2021 Agenda*

*Subject to change

Attendee List

Each year a list of all attendees is made available to facilitate meetings and networking opportunities during the seminar. Sosland Publishing Purchasing Seminar 2021 attendees list will be updated on a regular basis leading up to the event date.

The Seminar and Hotel in One Convenient Location

Loews Kansas City Hotel

We relocated Purchasing Seminar to the brand new Loews Kansas City Hotel to provide a more seamless seminar experience. The Loews Kansas City Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Located within walking distance from the hotel are the Kansas City Power & Light Entertainment District, the T-Mobile Center, KC Streetcar access and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Muse Meeting Room

Exterior Front Entrance at Dusk

City Beautiful Ballroom D


Loews Kansas City Hotel Safety Protocols

1. Upon arrival, all guests will be asked to have a face covering/mask on, prior to entering the hotel.

2. There are distance markers in the lobby and in other high-traffic areas. 

3. Plexi glass shields are installed at the front desk.

1. A complimentary bottle of hand-sanitizer is waiting for you in your guestroom.

1. We conduct frequent water and air containment testing.

2. We follow CDC procedures to ensure proper ventilation and filtration.

1. Team members and guests are required to wear face covering/mask in lobbies and other public areas.

2. Additionally, team members wear gloves when appropriate.

3. All vendors are required to wear a face covering/mask and gloves whenever they are in our hotels.

1. All team members and vendors undergo temperature scans prior to entering the hotel.

1. Cleaning guestrooms, meeting rooms, outlets, corridors and public areas with a Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant, including the frequent cleaning of “high touch areas” such as telephones, remote controls, door handles, light switches, elevators and tabletops, among others. 

1. High alcohol content hand sanitizer stations have been added to our front desks, spas, fitness centers, elevator landings, meeting rooms and other high traffic guest areas, and areas where our team members frequent.

2. Increased protocols for team member hand washing to be more frequent for all roles and positions.

1. We are limiting the number of passengers for each elevator.

2. Face coverings/masks are required in elevators. 

3. The elevator buttons and handrails are disinfected every hour.

1. Bars, Lounges and Restaurants are subject to availability and follow all state/local ordinances.

2. Room Service will be delivered in disposable to go eco-friendly containers and left at the guestroom door for a contactless experience.

3. Restaurants set to ensure adequate space between parties.

4. Restaurants occupied with half the capacity.

5. Bars set to ensure physical distancing.

6. Wine, iced-tea, water and other beverages not refilled in the same glass, rather a new glass will be switched out each time.

7. Guests have the option, in all outlets, to have their food/drink served in a disposable eco-friendly to-go containers.

1. Physical distancing in place.

2. Number of attendees determined based on local guidelines.

3. Tables, chairs and equipment properly disinfected.

4. Wherever possible beverages served in single-served vessels (bottled water, soft drinks and juices).

5. Utensils either individually wrapped or rolled up and handed out by a hotel team member.

Cost, Registration & Materials

Early Bird Registration* Registration after September 15, 2021
First attendee $1,350 $1,550
Additional attendees $1,250 $1,425

*Registration begins April 1, 2021 for October Sosland Publishing Purchasing Seminar 2021. The early bird discounted registration ends September 15, 2021.

Optional Sunday Session Evening Only Cocktail Receptions
$365 $440
This add-on gets you in to the Sunday session on Market Fundamentals. Market Fundamentals is a primer on ingredient buying for beginners or veteran purchasing executives brushing up on their skills. Evening only option is available with a full time attendee registration only (1 for 1 per company).


One copy of the Purchasing Seminar book per registered attendee.

Cocktail Reception – Loews Kansas City Hotel

Breakfast – Loews Kansas City Hotel
Monday Morning Purchasing Seminar Session
Lunch – Loews Kansas City Hotel
Monday Afternoon Session & Breakouts
Monday Evening Cocktail Reception – Loews Kansas City Hotel

Breakfast – Loews Kansas City Hotel
Tuesday Morning Purchasing Seminar Session


Hotel, transportation & meals (other than those listed above) are not provided by the Purchasing Seminar.

Make Checks Payable to:  Sosland Publishing Company

Mail Checks to:
Sosland Publishing Company
4801 Main Street
Suite 650
Kansas City, MO 64112


Attendees who wish to cancel Purchasing Seminar registration, will be issued a refund as long as the cancellation notice is received by September 29*.

*Cancellations after the cutoff date will receive a credit. This credit is only applicable for the next year’s seminar.

Each seminar attendee will receive a perfect bound 4-color program book. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the 2-day event, complete with maps, schedules and speakers’ PowerPoint presentations. Each attendee will receive only one copy of the Purchasing Seminar book.

When you check in, either Sunday or Monday morning, you will be given your book and a badge that allows you access to the Seminar events.


The Loews Hotel Kansas City is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Located within walking distance from the hotel are the Kansas City Power & Light Entertainment District, the T-Mobile Center, KC Streetcar access and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Registration Desk

Purchasing Seminar books and name badges may be picked up at the Registration Desk (location TBD).  Sosland Publishing will also have staff available to help you with any questions.

The Registration Desk will be open the following hours:

Sunday, October 24:  10:00 am – 7:30 pm

Monday, October 25:  6:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 26:  8:00 am  – Noon

Evening Events

Speaker List

Each year the Purchasing Seminar creates a committee designed to curate the most knowledgeable, experienced and reputable names in the industry to present the issues and topics for the year. The selection process is extensive and each year addresses the continued relevance and reliability of its speakers, taking care to introduce fresh faces and perspectives when applicable. Below is a current list of the confirmed 2021 speakers. The list of speakers will be updated as they are secured.

 Speakers and Topics

Ankush Bhandari — Feed Grains and Millfeed
Scott Colbert — Economy
Robbie Fraser — Energy
Hugo van der Goes — Cocoa
Michael Irgang — Market Fundamentals
Lauren Jia — Packaging
Bill Lapp — Global Grain and US Cash Wheat Markets
Mary Keough Ledman — Dairy
Tyler Klain — Spices
Drew Lerner — World Weather and the Impact on Markets
Paul Meyers — Bakery Shortening
Erin Nazetta — Grains and Oilseeds Panel
Kara Nielsen — Consumer Trends
Alex Norton — Grains and Oilseeds Panel
Steve Nugent — Fruit
Jim Ritchie — Transportation
Craig Ruffolo — Sugars and Sweeteners
Kyle Schrad — Risk Management
Amy Smith — Eggs
Joshua Sosland — Welcoming Remarks
Adam Stout — Proteins

Learn more about the speakers.