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DAY 1, Thursday

07:30-08:30
08:30-08:40

Hear from the Chairs of the 5th Annual American Food Manufacturing and Safety Summit. They will be outlining how the industry has changed over the last year and what they are most looking forward to at this year's event

Bradd Eldridge
QMP, LLC
Owner

Dr. Kantha Shelke
Principal
Corvus Blue LLC

08:40-09:15
keynote

  • How can we leverage new regulations to ensure we produce the best quality food products in the world?
  • Ensuring ingredients procured from overseas meet our high safety standards
  • Capitalizing on the benefits of Operational Excellence to increase productivity without compromising on quality


09:15-09:50
keynote

  • Implementing risk-based preventive measures at all appropriate points between the farm and fork
  • Managing your operations and supply chain in a manner that fully documents the preventive measures that are being used
  • Collaborating effectively with the FDA to develop your food safety processes


09:50-10:15
10:15-10:50
stream 1
manufacturing

  • Exploring how JBS meets new consumer demands globally
  • Leveraging worldwide production and distribution capabilities to optimize the global footprint
  • Highlighting best practice examples of freight strategies, KPI identification, and weekly scorecards that drive changes in supply chain performance

David Wagner
Head of International Logistics
JBS USA

stream 2
safety & quality

 

  • Examining foodborne pathogens, the food industry, and effects on the regulatory landscape
  • Assessing the latest news and trends associated with foodborne pathogens
  • How can we prepare for emerging threats?

Dr. Gary R. Acuff
Director
Texas A&M Center for Food Safety

10:50-11:35

Delegates will split into two groups, with half attending each session. The sessions will be repeated later in the event so each group attends both workshops and has an opportunity to meet the commercial partners in an intimate setting in the exhibition hall

 

MEET THE VENDORS

Pre-arranged 1-2-1 Business Meetings

 

Capitalize on this chance to get your get ahead of your competition by meeting the most important vendors in the industry. Solve your problems, source new partners and see new solutions!

SOLUTIONS MASTERCLASS

Your Recall War Room - Maintaining the Public's Trust During Crises 

 

  • What would you have done? Examining recall case studies and understanding best practices
  • Preparing for every scenario and formulating a strategy to protect your brand pre, during, and post recall
  • Minimizing the impact on your business in the event of a recall
  • Creating and controlling communications while maintaining the public’s trust
  • Losing the battle but winning the war: Maintaining your long-term organization goals despite short-term recall challenges


11:35-12:20

Delegates will split into two groups, with half attending each session. The sessions will be repeated later in the event so each group attends both workshops and has an opportunity to meet the commercial partners in an intimate setting in the exhibition hall

 

MEET THE VENDORS

Pre-arranged 1-2-1 Business Meetings

 

Capitalize on this chance to get your get ahead of your competition by meeting the most important vendors in the industry. Solve your problems, source new partners and see new solutions!

SOLUTIONS MASTERCLASS

Tracking Shipments in a Global Environment 

 

  • Determining the optimal sweet spot between time, cost, and resource efficiencies
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting critical data
  • Case study: What to do when a shipment goes missing?


12:20-13:20

Benefit from additional thought leadership and networking during lunch. Join other delegates at speaker-led roundtables to discuss their presentations in more depth, share common challenges, and identify solutions to them. 


13:20-13:55
stream 1
manufacturing

  • Assessing where the most benefits lie in modern automation
  • Ensuring you have the right infrastructure to support your Big Data and analytics goals
  • Harnessing the knowledge of multiple suppliers to take the next step up in your automation program
  • Analyzing the ROI of the program - What's next for the initiative?

Hugh Roddy
Senior Director Global Automation Controls & Energy Management
Chobani Inc.

stream 2
safety & quality

 

  • Harnessing the true intent of a Quality Management System: How can it deliver Continuous Improvement?
  • Analyzing the three key parts of a Quality system: Management review, internal audit and corrective action
  • Assessing common challenges associated with management reviews and internal audits
  • Creating meaningful metrics to improve Management Reviews: What should you focus on?
  • Comparing the old Management Reviews with the new system

Shannon Fickett
Director of Quality Assurance
Jasper Wyman & Son

13:55-14:30
workshop
manufacturing

  • Integrating Continuous Improvement in your supply chain management process
  • Harnessing new data collection and communication technologies to illuminate cold chain visibility
  • Optimizing your data flow to strengthen your bottom line
  • Tracking and monitoring assets across the supply chain to protect the integrity of temperature-sensitive products


Sponsored by: Sensitech

workshop
safety & quality

  • Evaluating common risk management tools and their food and beverage applications
  • Examining core risk management principles
  • Leveraging flexible technology to adhere to compliance processes and execute organizational change


Sponsored by: ETQ

14:30-15:20

Delegates will split into two groups, with half attending each session. The sessions will be repeated later in the event so each group attends both workshops and has an opportunity to meet the commercial partners in an intimate setting in the exhibition hall

 

MEET THE VENDORS

Pre-arranged 1-2-1 Business Meetings

 

Capitalize on this chance to get your get ahead of your competition by meeting the most important vendors in the industry. Solve your problems, source new partners and see new solutions!

SOLUTIONS MASTERCLASS

Tracking Shipments in a Global Environment 

 

  • Determining the optimal sweet spot between time, cost, and resource efficiencies
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting critical data
  • Case study: What to do when a shipment goes missing?


15:20-15:40
15:40-16:15
business strategies

Need some quick inspiration? These short, sharp case studies are intended to whet your appetite with ideas you can use back in your facility. Speakers will host a table over lunch that follows to discuss their case study in more detail. Topics will include:

  • Leveraging lean leadership
  • Developing a new QA process
  • Reducing time to market


16:15-16:50
keynote
turning food waste expense into a triple bottom line benefit

*Transforming an unavoidable by-product of almost all production processes into a value driver for your organization

*Demonstrating the advantage of diverting safe, edible food from the waste stream back into the community amid steep pressure to increase profitability and reduce cost

*Examining the persuasive results of this out-of-the-box strategy for with examples from top food manufacturers

 

Join Feeding America and representatives from leading CPG manufacturing companies as they share specific examples of waste diversion, quantify the positive economic, environmental, and social impact they are making, and offer promising practices for you to implement in your facilities.

Karen Hanner
Managing Director, Manufacturing Product Sourcing
Feeding America

16:50-17:25
featured session

  • How is nonthermal processing changing the way food safety is ensured?
  • Examining what the D-FEND ALL technology is, it's applications and how it is "clean and green"
  • Outlining the potential uses of D-FEND ALL for both military and civilian consumers

Dr. Christopher Doona
Senior Research Chemist
U.S. Army

17:25-17:30
17:30-18:30

DAY 2, Friday

08:00-08:30
08:30-08:40
08:40-09:15
keynote

  • Exploring what Costco and other major retailers are doing to protect the safety of food
  • Assessing the stand out practices of a good food safety culture
  • Analyzing the best and worst cases of food safety: What should suppliers remember?

Craig Wilson
Vice President/GMM
Costco

09:15-09:50
featured session

Delegates working in Food Safety or Quality are welcome to enter the Poster Competition. Our judges will select the top three poster entries to present a ten minute case study about the purpose of the poster within their safety or quality initiative, explain it's success and outline the ROI they have seen.

Delegates will vote at the end of the session for the poster they feel has made the greatest impact and offers the most inspiration to other food manufacturers.

Check back for more information about the posters once they have been shortlisted!


09:50-10:25
workshop
manufacturing

  • Scaling-up to produce larger quantities faster and more efficiently using cutting-edge automation technologies
  • Integrating PC-based controls to optimize data acquisition, cost management, and time efficiency
  • Identifying disruptive technologies and mobilizing them within your own manufacturing process


workshop
safety & quality

  • Analyzing the pros and cons of the latest quality management tools
  • Resolving issues that limit quality management and performance
  • Employing information systems to track and optimize quality management at every step


10:25-10:45
10:45-11:20
stream 1
manufacturing

  • Identifying the causes of defects through a data-driven, disciplined approach and methodology
  • Combining your lean initiatives with a Six Sigma program to ensure the drive for efficiency doesn’t negatively impact on safety and quality
  • Utilizing internal training to create Six Sigma champions who can ensure the longevity of your program


stream 2
safety & quality

  • Creating the U.S. Dairy Traceability Commitment: Why was it needed?
  • Transforming traceability through best practices such as:
    • Modeling physical plants to know where new lots enter and where products transform
    • Creating a lot identifying mark that will be recognized and used by customers
    • Enhancing record-keeping that will assist in expedient and effective recall capability
  • Ensuring best practices are workable for large and small processors
  • How has traceability increased ROI?

Edith Wilkin
Staff V.P. & Fellow Food Safety/Regulatory Compliance
Leprino Foods Company

11:20-12:05

Delegates will split into two groups, with half attending each session. The sessions will be repeated later in the event so each group attends both workshops and has an opportunity to meet the commercial partners in an intimate setting in the exhibition hall

 

MEET THE VENDORS

Pre-arranged 1-2-1 Business Meetings

 

Capitalize on this chance to get your get ahead of your competition by meeting the most important vendors in the industry. Solve your problems, source new partners and see new solutions!

SOLUTIONS MASTERCLASS

Your Recall War Room - Maintaining the Public's Trust During Crises 

 

  • What would you have done? Examining recall case studies and understanding best practices
  • Preparing for every scenario and formulating a strategy to protect your brand pre, during, and post recall
  • Minimizing the impact on your business in the event of a recall
  • Creating and controlling communications while maintaining the public’s trust
  • Losing the battle but winning the war: Maintaining your long-term organization goals despite short-term recall challenges


12:05-12:40
workshop
manufacturing

  • Staying ahead of innovative manufacturing technologies
  • Examining case studies to understand how to integrate innovative technologies and practices
  • Ensuring your manufacturing process is agile and responsive to innovation


workshop
safety & quality

  • Injecting Continuous Improvement into your cold chain management process by collecting, interpreting, and utilizing feedback data
  • Understanding the global shipping network: Managing your cargo at every stage of the supply chain and adhering to international standards
  • Extending the shelf life of temperature-sensitive goods while improving the bottom line


12:40-14:00

Benefit from some additional networking and ask your tailored questions at one of our themed lunches hosted by our commercial partners. Places are limited, so please sign up early in the registration area. Additional seating will be provided if you would prefer to discuss other topics during lunch. Topics will be led by:

  • Sensitech


14:00-14:35
business strategies

  • What should you expect if your company is being purchased or is purchasing another organization?
  • Evaluating the most important questions to ask before you begin the integration process
  • Examining the hurdles you must overcome to preserve good safety and quality practices

Brian Perry
VP Food Safety & Quality
Bay Valley Foods

14:35-15:10
keynote

  • Emphasizing that food safety is the responsibility of all staff
  • Developing effective documentation to communicate inspection findings in a user-friendly format for employees of all levels
  • Coaching staff to correct safety violations - What are the best tools to use?
  • What inspiration can the rest of the food sector take from the restaurant business?

Dr. Hal King
Director, Food and Product Safety
Chick-fil-A

15:10-15:50
business strategies

      

 

 

  • Successful self-inspection: How can you leverage the best practices of your internal inspections?
  • Top tips to help you prepare for an audit
  • Documentation Disasters: Examining the worst examples the panel has seen - How can they be prevented?

Gary Jansen
Global Director QMS and Regulatory Affairs
CP Kelco

Mike Hackney
Plant Manager & Senior Director of Manufacturing
ConAgra Foods, Inc.

Shannon Fickett
Director of Quality Assurance
Jasper Wyman & Son

15:50-16:00
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