Planning for the annual Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M) is well underway, and Food Engineering is proud to announce the first set of speakers appearing at the event.

Food Engineering’s annual 2 ½-day conference and expo unites food and beverage processors and suppliers to learn about and gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.

It will take place at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL from April 12-15, 2015.

In addition to world-class speakers, FA&M provides educational sessions on a variety of topics for food and beverage manufacturers. This gives attendees a vital opportunity to re-energize their careers in a casual, highly productive networking environment.

The speakers and their topics include:

Bob Reed, vice president, global engineering, Kellogg Company—Engineering Keynote Address: The Quest for Manufacturing Innovation

Craig Wilson, vice president/GMM, Costco— FSMA and Your Retail Customers

Tulin Tuzel, chief technology officer, Sabra—Outside the Bowl Thinking: Creating a Greenfield Supply Chain

Joyce Fassl, editor in chief, Food Engineering—The State of Food Manufacturing

An “ask the experts” panel discussion on continuous improvement tools and methods will also be part of the conference. Current panelists include: Denise Holloman, vice president, global continuous improvement & PMO, General Mills and Peter Hock, senior director, continuous improvement, ConAgra. Diane Wolf, former vice president, operations and engineering, Kraft Foods, will moderate.

For a more details on the event and speakers, visit the FA&M website at