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Food for Thought

Held on the show floor, learn from a refreshing line-up of invigorating and engaging leaders ready to share real insight and new perspectives. Join in the conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 2

  1. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | The New OSHA: What Food Processors Should Expect

    Speaker: Kenneth Kirschner, Partner, Hogan Lovells

    Increased regulations, enforcement, and penalties are anticipated to be a hallmark of OSHA in the coming years. More corporate resources will need to be devoted to worker safety because of the impact of a greater number of inspections, heavier fines, and an increased regulatory environment. Come learn what these changes in OSHA regulations and enforcement mean for food processors.

  2. 12:30 – 1:00 PM | Pandemic Impact on the Workforce

    Speaker: Nikola Vadja

    Beverage and Food Processing industry, as essential activity, has been dramatically impacted by the Covid pandemic. Necessity to operate from the get-go of the pandemic, with no or little reliable information, has left each entity to figure out its own path to move forward. Success is obvious considering that no major beverage or food shortages have happened, and in most cases no major outbreaks took place; but now is the time to identify best practices that enabled such a great result and move forward with more confidence till this pandemic is over, as well as, be prepared for similar situations in the future.

  3. 1:30 – 2:15 PM | Manufacturing & Market Challenges for Cannabis Products

    Speaker: Stephanie Gorecki, VP of Product Development, Cresco Labs

    In the absence of federal oversight, entering the U.S. cannabis industry is currently a state-by-state effort. Regulatory issues pose challenges, and cannabis product development dynamics related to the supply chain, research, and development can prove imposing. In this session, Stephanie Gorecki, VP of Product Development, Cresco Labs, will offer perspectives on the current U.S. market for cannabis-infused gummies and other cannabis products, including:

    • Production and processing challenges
    • Changing cannabis consumer demographics
    • Identifying market opportunities

    Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the U.S. Employing a CPG approach to cannabis, Cresco’s house of brands is designed to meet the needs of all consumer segments and includes some of the most recognized and trusted national brands including Cresco, Remedi, and Mindy’s, a line of edibles created by James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal.

  4. 2:45 – 3:15 PM | Facts and Myths of High Pressure Processing in the Pet Food Industry

    Speaker: Vinicio Serment, Hiperbaric

    Pet diets based on raw meat like the BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones and Raw Food) improve nutrition and provide several health benefits. However, raw pet food poses a health risk for both pets and humans as it can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. Pets can be more tolerant to some bacteria but they are not completely immune. HPP is an excellent method to control food-borne pathogens with minimal impact on the nutritional composition of the food, as it uses cold water (40-75 °F) at high pressure (up to 87,000 psi). The diversity of HPP allows processors to commercialize raw minced meats, meaty bones, kibbles, and many more, to provide convenience for pets and owners alike. Still, many myths surround HPP pet food, such as degradation of nutrients, inactivation of enzymes, or inefficient control of pathogens.

  5. 3:45 – 4:15 PM | Why Filtration Matters in Food and Beverage Processing

    Speaker: Scott Grimes

    As a food or beverage manufacturer, you’re required to comply with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by developing a hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) plan or Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) plan. A key part of your plan should include a review of your filtration system, which stands at the very center of food safety.

    Proper filtration of compressed air and technical gases commonly used in food and beverage processing will help safeguard against unwanted contamination in your plant.

    Session attendees will walk away from the session thinking about the following areas:

    • How and where contaminants are first generated or introduced in a food and beverage processing plant.
    • Other critical points on the process line where there’s an opportunity for new contamination.
    • Setting up a filtration system that meets industry standards and guidelines.

Wednesday, November 3

  1. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | What Food Processors Need to Know to Protect their Brand

    Speaker: Shawn K. Stevens, Food Industry Attorney, Food Industry Counsel, LLC

    Learn about the expanding regulatory risks and exposure and the tools that can be used to protect a company and their brand. Shawn works closely throughout the U.S. and abroad with food industry clients (including the world’s largest growers, processors, restaurant chains, distributors, and grocers) helping them protect their brand by complying with FDA’s and USDA’s food safety regulations, reducing food safety risk, managing recalls, and defending high-profile food safety cases.

  2. 12:30 – 1:00 PM | Alternative proteins industry: Look beyond the horizon

    Speakers: Jason Robertson, CRB and Tony Moses, CRB

    The efficient and profitable scale-up of plant and cell-based proteins can go a long way toward securing a food-insecure world. But 2021 finds these nascent industries at an interesting inflection point. The market for alternative proteins is growing, but rising competition, manufacturing and processing challenges and ever-changing consumption habits are creating immense risk and reward. Built on the input of 300 alternative proteins industry leaders, dive into key challenges the market faces, including sustainability, scale-up, speed to market, regulations, packaging and more.

  3. 1:30 – 2:15 PM | Cannabis-Infused Beverage Production Strategies

    Speaker: Shehzad Hoosein, Executive Vice President, Cannabistry

    As the cannabis industry and consumer preferences evolve, cannabis-infused beverages appear poised for high, sustainable growth. Large firms within the industry, backed by big alcohol and CPG dollars are betting heavily on the beverage product format. However, cannabis beverages pose key technical challenges, including:

    • Quality—ensuring the beverage delivers the same experience every time
    • Taste—the unique and pronounced flavor and aroma of cannabis ingredients can pose hurdles
    • Stability—the beverage must remain safe, stable, and label-compliant throughout its intended shelf life

    Cannabis beverages also pose challenges that can arise in the supply chain from manufacturer to retail shelf. All these potential development and production issues require solutions the products can get into the hands of consumers. In this session, Shehzad Hoosein will discuss how Cannabistry’s team has developed technology/IP to solve these challenges.

    Cannabistry is a scientific research and development company leveraging the significant experience, expertise, and success its principals have obtained from many years of leading successful innovation in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. Cannabistry’s mission is to maximize the value of cannabis for both patients and operators

  4. 2:45 – 3:15 PM | Facility Hygiene Culture / Labor Solidarity

    Speaker: Joe Stout, Founder, Commercial Food Sanitation, LLC

    An important part of any culture is to have a workforce who is respected, cared for and a supporter of the food safety mission of a facility or company. This presentation links the need for solidarity with your workforce to ensure a true culture that enables the best of programs, flawless execution and CAPA completion. These are critical components for safe food and sustainability of the process.

  5. 3:45 – 4:15 PM | Users Guide to Pathogen Modelling Programs

    Speaker: Lynn Knipe, PhD

    This session will be an introductory guide for processors to select the proper pathogen modelling programs, for use in their food safety programs. These pathogen modelling programs are most often used in the event of a HACCP deviation, such as slow cooking and chilling rates, high raw product storage temperatures, questionable dry product shelf stability, etc., to assess the safety of the products in question. However, these models could also be helpful in providing support for decisions that processors make regarding times and temperatures in their HACCP plans. The modeling programs that USDA FSIS recommends for the different product types will be summarized, using a series of flow diagrams that can be used to select the appropriate model for the processing issue at hand. The audience will be able to access the flow diagrams on our website, during and after the session. As the appropriate modeling programs are identified, information that users need will be provided for each model. The last part of this process is an interpretation of the data, which will be briefly discussed.

Thursday, November 4

  1. 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | New Food Fraud Compliance Requirements for Food Processors

    Speaker: John Spink, PhD, Food Fraud Initiative, Michigan State University

    This session will provide an overview and trends of food fraud and food defense and requirements for both compliance requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative, as well as the more tactical and pragmatic issues of “how to start” and “how much is enough.” Dr. Spink will also review how a risk assessment follows a general ISO 31000 Risk Management foundation of establishing the context, risk identification, risk analysis, risk evaluation, and risk treatment.

  2. 12:30 – 1:00 PM | Serial 001: Developing novel equipment for food manufacturing

    Speakers: Matthew Beier, CRB and Doug Wilson, Marlen

    New and innovative equipment transforms the food industry and should lead to increased profits. Novel processing, increased safety, higher quality, increased production and greater efficiency – there is a multitude of reasons to develop new equipment. You’ve identified a unique need for your company and your plant, but how do you get to Serial 001? And what should you expect along the way? This presentation will guide participants through a step-by-step process, from challenge to solution to develop novel, ultra-hygienic, consistent and accurate equipment. Presenters will share lessons learned from real-world applications in the food industry. Presenters will detail the following considerations:

    • Schedule – key milestones in equipment development and what to expect along the way
    • Safety – personnel safety and hygienic design
    • Quality – high quality, safe food products are paramount
    • Technologies – new and novel technologies spurring advancement in equipment design for added flexibility
    • Efficiencies – Process, energy, space, and automation – efficiencies are realized in new equipment development
    • Testing – collaborative testing in both off-site and in-plant environments is key for success
  3. 1:30 – 2:15 PM | Challenges in the Current Cannabinoid Market

    Speaker: Matthew Anderson, Founder & CEO, Vanguard Scientific Systems

    The supply chain for the global cannabis ingredient market continues to grow in scope. While this industry is still in its infancy, demand is increasing. Meanwhile, federal regulators have yet to provide clear-cut guidance on use of cannabinoids in foods and beverages. Navigating supply-chain dynamics in such an environment can pose numerous challenges. In this ingredient-focused session, Matthew Anderson will provide a look at how the supply chain factors into cannabis-infused food and beverage product development, including:

    • The importance of following food and beverage good manufacturing processes (GMPs)
    • Dynamics related to ingredient processing, stability, purity, and safety
    • Establishing a supply chain that helps enable maximum market potential

    Vanguard Scientific is a global provider of professional services and technology integration capabilities, helping our client’s capture tomorrow’s opportunities today. Steeped in R&D, Vanguard Scientific enables clients to activate and operate extraction facilities through customized recommendation and implementation of systems and quality solutions.

  4. 2:45 – 3:15 PM | Win on Many Levels!! Capital Projects Can Cost Effectively Meet Sustainability Goals

    Speaker: Lloyd Snyder, Woodard & Curren

    Historically, sustainability goals were perceived to reduce the return on capital projects and reduce the efficiency and effectiveness of those projects. This presentation will show how reducing energy and water usage can result in lower life cycle costs and how sustainability goals can improve innovation in your supply chain. The results will be improved overall company return on capital and increased shareholder value. Real-world examples of projects and their sustainability results will be discussed.

  5. 3:45 – 4:15 PM | A Gamechanger: Augmented Reality for Packaging Operations

    Speaker: Alexander Ouellet, Harpak-ULMA

Friday, November 5

  1. 10:30 AM | Upgrading Your Plant for Peak Performance by Replacing Legacy Equipment

    Speaker: Gene Ligman, Leybold

    Would you believe that a simple vacuum equipment upgrade could get you 1.2 million more packages through a legacy packaging line? This session will focus on replacing your legacy vacuum equipment with higher, more consistent production while reducing workforce requirements. There will be actual case studies considered that show real results for you to analyze and interpret independently.

  2. 11:45 AM | Users Guide to Pathogen Modelling Programs

    Speakers: Lynn Knipe, PhD

    This session will be an introductory guide for processors to select the proper pathogen modelling programs, for use in their food safety programs. These pathogen modelling programs are most often used in the event of a HACCP deviation, such as slow cooking and chilling rates, high raw product storage temperatures, questionable dry product shelf stability, etc., to assess the safety of the products in question. However, these models could also be helpful in providing support for decisions that processors make regarding times and temperatures in their HACCP plans. The modelling programs that USDA FSIS recommends for the different product types will be summarized, using a series of flow diagrams that can be used to select the appropriate model for the processing issue at hand. The audience will be able to access the flow diagrams on our website, during and after the session. As the appropriate modelling programs are identified, information that users need will be provided for each model. The last part of this process is an interpretation of the data, which will be briefly discussed.