Program 2019

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Introductory remarks by the Chair in the plenary room

8:40 AM - 9:15 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

9:15 AM - 9:50 AM - Keynote

Manufacturing & Operations

Session Title TBC (Ajinomoto Foods North American, Inc.)

Michael Cramer, Sr. Director, Food Safety & Quality Assurance, Ajinomoto Foods North American, Inc.


  • Full session abstract TBC

9:55 AM - 10:30 AM - Case Studies

Quality

Session Title TBC (Valley Fine Foods)

Amanpreet Brar, Vice President of Quality Assurance, Valley Fine Foods

  • Full session abstract TBC

Safety

Session Title TBC (SunOpta)

Michael Calderon, FSQA Director - Healthy Fruit, SunOpta


  • Full session abstract TBC

10:30 AM - 11:25 AM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM - Solution Spotlights

Food Supply Chain

Session Title TBC (Safefood 360)

Chris Domenico, Territory Manager – North America, Safefood 360

  • Full session TBC

Manufacturing & Operations

An Executive Discussion on the Impact of Exceptional Manufacturing Performance

Jordan Workman, Director of Client Development, Performance Solutions by Milliken

  • Thinking differently about performance measurements and problem-solving with zero-loss thinking
  • Creating and sustaining a culture of engagement that impacts the customer
  • Defining the foundational components to manufacturing excellence for food manufacturers and distributors

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM - Case Studies

Quality

Session Title TBC (Barilla Group)

Jeff Vaca, Head of Quality & Food Safety – Region Americas, Barilla America, Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

Safety

Predicting the Future of Food Requires Us to Learn from the Past

Dr. Darin Detwiler, LP.D., M.A.Ed., Assistant Dean, Professor, Northeastern University



This session will look at the true burden of disease in order to examine how tools such as Blockchain align with
  • Food defence needs,
  • Food fraud concerns,
  • Supply chain risk assessment,
  • Compliance with food safety laws and regulations,
  • Workforce engagement, and
  • A culture of safety and quality

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Networking Lunch

1:40 PM - 2:15 PM - Case Studies

Safety

Food Safety and Analytics: External Environment Changes, Consumer versus Experts View on Risk Perception

Fabien Robert, Director NQAC zone America, Nestle Quality Assurance Center

External environment is changing faster than ever. Not only the consumer trends but also the regulatory playground, the scientific knowledge, the general information level of people as well as the global food trade are also evolving very quickly.  This evolution offers a lot opportunities for improving food safety but also a lot of challenges for ensuring consumer protection.

Consumer perception regarding food safety is very different from the view of the scientific and technical experts. This is why communication and education around this topic from the different stakeholders including the media is essential to avoid misunderstanding and misconception. The communication part is an essential element to make sure that the food safety and food fraud risk can be contained to the minimum and to gain consumer trust with transparency and facts

While consumers are asking more and more for local food, organic label, authenticity and transparency the overall food trade worldwide is increasing. This obviously triggers some challenges for ensuring food safety both for private and public sectors. 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 management includes among others understanding the risk factors by building awareness internally and externally, promoting best practices, development of prevention plan as well as robust analytical set-up to verify effectiveness of system and process established.      

Manufacturing & Operations

Strategies in Foreign Material Control

Evan K. Lewis, Senior Food Safety Manager, Applegate



  • Technology for Foreign Material Control
  • Supplier Preventive Practices
  • In-Plant Preventive Controls
  • Employee Incentives for Foreign Material Control

2:20 PM - 2:55 PM - Solution Spotlights

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

Technology

Current Lab Technologies for Pathogen Testing – How to Determine What Works for You

  • Profiling the main detection technologies currently available – cellular, immunological, molecular and spectrometric
  • Weighing the methods based on speed, accuracy and ease of use
  • Performance criteria to aid in the method selection process
  • Detection limits

2:55 PM - 3:55 PM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

3:55 PM - 4:30 PM - Case Studies

Safety

Listeria monocytogenes in the Frozen Food Industry: Challenges and Opportunities

Sanjay Gummalla, Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI)

Frozen foods are at an important intersection in the industry’s evolution, especially from the perspective of enhancing food manufacturing practices and meeting consumers’ changing needs. From a food safety perspective however, frozen foods have in recent years been subject to frequent food recalls and even attributed with illnesses and outbreaks worldwide. These events highlight the public health risks posed by the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and other pathogens in frozen foods and have raised significant concern among food manufacturers, regulatory agencies, and consumers alike.

At the heart of this challenge is the trend towards more convenient foods and the perception that all frozen foods are innately ready-to-eat (RTE) food products. This presentation will outline AFFI’s holistic strategy and current efforts to combat food safety risks associated with frozen foods: through scientific research, enhancing best manufacturing practices, consumer labelling and education initiatives; and practical regulatory approaches.

 

Quality

Session Title TBC (The Hershey Company)

Liliana Casal-Wardle, Sr. Mgr. Food Safety & Quality Latin America, The Hershey Company



  • Full session abstract TBC

4:35 PM - 5:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

Technology

Case Studies: Automating Supply Chains for FSMA and GFSI

Gary Nowacki, CEO, TraceGains, Inc

Technology transforms the way companies operate their business and accelerates development that creates massive efficiency gains. Hear how leading companies are using emerging technologies in radical ways.  

  • Learn how to update your quality management processes in ways that are economical and scalable
  • Gain insight on how to harmonize extreme growth, acquisitions, and SAP
  • Hear how to accelerate and harmonize PLM, Nutritional Labeling, and Supplier Data
  • Explore how to accelerate complaint resolution and reduce overall complaint numbers

Safety

Innovative Solutions to Your Food Safety Testing

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

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

Quality

How to Engage Your Workforce and Align Their Practices with Your Food Safety & Quality Culture

Dr. Darin Detwiler, LP.D., M.A.Ed., Assistant Dean, Professor, Northeastern University

Fabien Robert, Director NQAC zone America, Nestle Quality Assurance Center

     

The safety and quality processes you implement will only work if the whole workforce is brought on board and engaged. As a highly human dependent industry, the single biggest cause of food safety issues is human error. It is critical that food companies train and engage their workforce effectively so that they appreciate the importance of procedures and understand the changes made.

  • Creating a coherent food safety and quality procedure
  • Best practice food safety and quality training techniques
  • How to keep your employees continuously engaged

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 - 8:45 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Introductory remarks by the Chair in the plenary room

8:50 AM - 9:25 AM - Keynote

Compliance

Preparing for the FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule

Steven Mavity, SVP – Technical Services & Corporate Quality, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC



With the compliance date for the FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule just around the corner, it is important the food manufacturers have a plan in place to meet the requirements.  Learn about one company’s approach to the rule and important considerations as you contemplate your compliance journey.

• Summary of the requirements
• Getting started
• Developing and implementing the plan
• Where you can find help

9:25 AM - 10:00 AM - Keynote

10:05 AM - 10:40 AM - Solution Spotlights

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

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

10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:40 AM - 12:15 PM - Case Studies

Safety

Session Title TBC (Trophy Foods Inc.)

Gordon Hayburn, Vice President – Food Safety & Quality , Trophy Foods Inc.



  • Full session abstract TBC

Quality

Session Title TBC (Land O’Lakes)

Heidi Lammers, Senior Quality Platform Leader, Dairy Foods, Land O'Lakes

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:20 PM - 12:55 PM - Case Studies

Quality

Quality Assurance Approaches; The Autonomous Operator

Steven White, Vice President Quality & Technical Services, Teasdale Latin Foods


  • Signals and Root Cause
  • High Impact Quality Partnerships
  • Merging Specific Six Sigma Methodologies
  • Ownership and Sustainability

Compliance

Process Validation: Can I Meet USDA and FDA Requirements?

Gary R. Acuff, Professor, Food Microbiology, Texas A&M University



What are the USDA and FDA requirements for process validation in HACCP and Food Safety Plans? Do you have what is required? We’ll discuss guidance from the two regulatory agencies, differences that exist, and how to make sure your process is validated. And we’ll talk about setting performance objectives designed to provide a roadmap to enhanced food safety.

12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

Networking Lunch

1:55 PM - 2:30 PM - Case Studies

Safety

Session Title TBC (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Daniel Miller, Executive Director, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

  • Full session abstract TBC

Quality

Session Title TBC (John Soules Foods)

Tom Miller, SR Director of FSQA, John Soules Foods



  • Full session abstract TBC

2:35 PM - 3:10 PM - Case Studies

Safety

Session Title TBC (Griffith Foods Inc.)

Darrell Portz, Global Vice President Food Safety and Quality Systems, Griffith Foods Inc.


  • Full session abstract TBC

Manufacturing & Operations

Session Title TBC (Belmont Meat Products Ltd.)

Goshasp Avari, Director Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Belmont Meat Products Ltd.


  • Full session abstract TBC

3:15 PM - 3:50 PM - Case Studies

Compliance

Session Title TBC (Swanson Health Products)

Amy Sunderman, Director of Science and Innovation, Swanson Health Products


  • Full session abstract TBC

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

3:55 PM - 4:30 PM - Keynote

Compliance

Identifying Failures in an Internal Audit System

  • How to avoid common internal audit failures that prevent system improvements
  • Creating a program that drives continuous improvement

4:30 PM - 4:40 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit