Program 2020

March 2-3, 2020; Chicago, IL



7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:45 AM - 8:55 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Introductory remarks by the Chair in the plenary room

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

Compliance

How to Conduct A Thorough and Legally Compliant Food Label Review

  • Overview of key regulations and standards governing label reviews
  • Critical components to include in your label review checklist
  • Allocating responsibility for the review
  • Considerations for food exporters

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM - Keynote

Quality

Building Safety & Quality into Our Company’s DNA

Mario Leduc, VP Operational Excellence, Diageo

The transformation from traditional Governance to Operational Excellence delivering a competitive advantage for Diageo to create the best performing, most trusted and respected Consumer Packaged Goods company in the world. 

  • Short intro on Diageo
  • End-to-end transformation
  • Accountability model
  • Sharing of some best practices & standards
  • Assurance to sustain your improvement
  • Results
  • Lessons learned & next steps

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Case Studies

Quality

Delivering Quality Product to Consumers Though the Innovation and Commercialization Process

David Abney, Vice President of Quality Assurance, Sonic Drive-In

  • Full session abstract TBC

Safety

Session Title TBC (Home Chef)

Catherine Bouchard, Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Home Chef

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

Food Supply Chain

Session Title TBC (Safefood 360)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Manufacturing & Operations

Optimising Your Energy Management

  • Saving costs through efficient energy management
  • Reducing your global footprint

12:15 PM - 12:50 PM - Case Studies

Manufacturing & Operations

Session Title TBC (Marriott International)

Doug Davis, Senior Director Global Food Safety, Marriott International

  • Full session abstract TBC

Compliance

Session Title TBC (Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.)

Miriam Maxwell, CFS, Sr. Principal Regulatory Scientist, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM - 2:25 PM - Solution Spotlights

Technology

Session Title TBC (TraceGains, Inc.)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Safety

Advanced Hygienic Design for Food Processing Equipment

  • Challenges on the journey to producing products that meet machinery needs
  • Development of components that are functional, reliable and cleanable
  • Factoring in hygiene considerations when designing your factory and food surface areas

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM - Case Studies

Quality

Session Title TBC (Kraft Heinz)

Anne Sevier, Head of Copack and Supplier Quality, Kraft Heinz

  • Full session abstract TBC

Manufacturing & Operations

Food Safety Microbiology Management in the Upstream Value Chain

Brei Clifford, Quality Assurance Manager, Nestle Quality Assurance Center (NQAC) Dublin

  • When it comes to microbiology food safety management in the primary production, this is about creating awareness and educational document with producers
  • Food safety incident can happen anywhere in the supply chain under multiple forms. Understanding the risks and having a plan in place is critical for every food business in order to protect its consumers
  • This program should be built both based on scientific and field knowledge to create impactful materials to foster good agricultural, hygiene and manufacturing practices.
  • This program encompasses various joined prevention program such as supplier audit, raw material specification, transparency, and traceability and supplier development activities
  • When looking at the outbreak root cause, it appears very distinctively that a proper management of the food safety risk in the upstream of the value chain is critical. This implies for food manufacturers to create programs beyond their own facility and to engage strongly with their suppliers and agricultural raw material producers

3:05 PM - 3:55 PM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

3:55 PM - 4:30 PM - Solution Spotlights

Safety

Session Title TBC (KLEANZ Food Safety and Sanitation Management)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Technology

Assessing the Latest Platforms for Microbiological Environment Testing

  • Integrating new testing solutions into a manufacturing process
  • Testing processes that improve both efficiency and quality
  • Tests covering indicator organisms

4:35 PM - 5:10 PM - Case Studies

Safety

Session Title TBC (TreeHouse Foods)

April Bishop, Senior Director of Food Safety, TreeHouse Foods

  • Full session abstract TBC

Quality

Process Control Systems to Maintain Quality and Protect Consumers

  • Overview of major quality standards and elements of legislation relevant to international food control
  • Systems used by food manufacturers to maintain food quality
  • Key elements of the HACCP system to harmonise with your process control systems

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Panel Discussion

Compliance

Session Title TBC

  • Session Title TBC

6:00 PM - 6:05 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

6:05 PM - 7:05 PM

Evening Drinks Reception

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Introductory remarks by the Chair in the plenary room

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

Food Supply Chain

Are Your Suppliers Up to Scratch?

As the food industry sources, its supplies from an increasingly diverse range of countries, it is imperative that manufacturers identify suppliers with the necessary food safety and quality protocols.

  • Understanding the key global standards and regulations
  • How to ensure your current suppliers are compliant
  • Maintaining the same high levels of safety, quality and sustainability across regions
  • Supplier programme management and effective audits
  • How deep to dig? investigating your supplier’s suppliers

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM - Keynote

Compliance

Stay Safe: Strategies to Implement an Effective Food Defence Plan

  • Training employees on the potential hazards of intentional adulteration
  • Identifying the key risks
  • Conducting an annual assessment of your food defence

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Solution Spotlights

Safety

Innovative Solutions to Your Food Safety Testing

  • The latest technologies to test food safety
  • Implementing a zero tolerance approach to bacteria levels

Manufacturing & Operations

Future-Proofing your Manufacturing Process Technology

  • 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

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM - Case Studies

Safety

Maintaining Safety and Quality During a Merger

Reid Ivy, Director, Food Safety, Ferrara Candy Company

  • Full session abstract TBC

Manufacturing & Operations

Overcoming the Challenges of Integrating Food Safety Systems During a Merger

  • Mergers can be difficult to manage as companies have to ensure that products continue to meet quality and safety specifications, whilst management systems are blended to create an optimum process
  • Challenges faced during a company merger
  • How to maintain the highest food safety and quality standards throughout

12:15 PM - 12:50 PM - Case Studies

Quality

Session Title TBC (American Sugar Refining, Inc.)

Jennifer Yezak, Vice President, Global Quality, American Sugar Refining Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

Manufacturing & Operations

Emerging Market Entry Strategies: How to Establish a Foundation of Trust

  • How best to overcome the challenges faced when expanding into emerging markets
  • What risks need to be mitigated when doing business in emerging markets?
  • Maintaining your manufacturing quality and food safety in a country with lower standards

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM - 2:25 PM - Case Studies

Compliance

What a Robust and Successful Food Fraud Prevention System Looks Like in 2017

  • Tips and tricks when conducting a vulnerability assessment
  • Mitigation measures: analytical surveillance, raw material specifications and supplier relationship management

Safety

How to Implement a Rapid and Responsive Early Warning System

  • Are you prepared to handle a crisis?
  • Best practice management of a crisis to maintain your customers’ trust
  • Developing an effective early warning system
  • Putting into action an effective and timely response

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM - Case Studies

Safety

How to Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses in Your Allergen Risk Management

  • How to identify where controls are lacking
  • Key tactics to prevent cross-contamination across the supply chain
  • Making sure you stay within legislative standards

Quality

Maximising the Potential of Quality Management Systems

  • Selecting the right quality management tools for your needs
  • Resolving issues that limit quality management and performance
  • What are the full capabilities of the system?
  • Improving information streams to track and optimise quality management

3:10 PM - 3:45 PM - Keynote

Compliance

Documentation Requirements Under FSMA

  • Written food safety plans requirements – pitfalls to watch for
  • What documents do you need to keep? For how long?
  • Records specific to training

3:45 PM - 4:20 PM - Keynote

Safety

Best Practice Risk Analysis to Remove Hazards from Your Production Line

  • How to identify where your HACCP controls are lacking
  • Developing effective preventative controls
  • Conducting a thorough hazard analysis
  • Balancing small contaminant detection with an acceptable false reject rate
  • Avoid sacrificing production efficiencies

4:20 PM - 4:30 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit