HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT

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MB Consulting is an independent consulting firm located in Chicago, whose mission is to close the wholesale and retail food supplier knowledge gap surrounding the technical aspects of sustainable packaging. We serve entrepreneurs, specialty food brands, produce growers, independent retailers, and local food service. Technology has advanced and we believe it is
essential to train our community of food leaders to meet regulatory and market needs. Because we are independent, we work with various socially and environmentally responsible manufacturer and vendors. We manage projects in a collaborative and approachable culture. We are a caring and influential local leader who advocates for change in consumer behavior with the goal to creating a circular economy for a healthier community.

WHY DO WE EXIST?

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Many consumers are ready to take action about climate change, but the packaging end-of-life communication is either limited or absent. In addition, combining the wrong materials in a packaging unit leads to contamination, which reduces or eliminates the chances for responsible disposal. There is an overwhelming confusion among grocery store shoppers about trade words such as “biodegradable” and “eco-friendly”. Over 60% of consumers are said to be concerned about the environment. We believe these are paying clients who would appreciate and support brands making strides towards carbon footprint reduction.

We believe that by empowering suppliers and supporting them through their journey, they will have an easier time to make the best decision for their product, business and community.

FOUNDER

Maru Braemer
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Maru Braemer is an entrepreneur and founder of MB Consulting. Maru was born in Peru, attended college in Mexico and has lived in the U.S. for the past 20 years. Maru has a background in Agro-industrial Engineering, Project Management and over 20 years of global exposure in Agribusiness. She brings a solid foundation of technical knowledge and expertise to assist clients in the food and perishable industry. Maru’s effective resourcefulness, industry connections, proven work ethic, and global business relationships validate her capability to generate strategic value.

 

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Maru has over 15 years of experience working on packaging solutions in the produce industry. As a product manager, Maru planned and managed the complexities of the supply chain of packaging materials and final products through different distribution channels. She worked on new development and existing packaging projects in collaboration with different teams inside and outside the organization. Maru has ample knowledge on regulatory labelling compliance for national and global retailers in the produce industry.

Maru has demonstrated her core values of integrity, hard work and curiosity throughout her career.