2020 Agenda

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12:30 p.m.
Golf Tournament - Golden Palm Course, Doral Resort

3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

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8:00 - 8:10 a.m.

8:10 - 8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks: The State of Food Manufacturing

Casey Laughman, Editor in Chief, Food Engineering

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
ENGINEERING KEYNOTE: Engineering 101: Managing the Managers

Speaker: Joe Zembas, Senior Manager, Reliability Engineering, The J.M. Smucker Company

Joe Zembas, Senior Manager, Reliability Engineering, The J.M. Smucker Company, explores how engineers can build the support infrastructure they need for projects. By working with all stakeholders to ensure that the pieces are in place before a project begins and keeping stakeholders involved as projects are ongoing, engineers can avoid unexpected challenges while delivering on time and under budget.

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9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Managing the Digitalization Journey

Speaker: Govin Koirala, Manufacturing Reliability Manager, Kellogg Company

A large-scale digitalization project offers challenges—and opportunities—that must be managed carefully to ensure success. Govinda Koirala, Kellogg Co., shares insights on how engineers can successfully navigate the variables involved in implementing a digital-driven strategy.

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10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

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10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
The Fundamentals of Hygienic Design

Speaker: Duane Grassmann, Hygienist, Nestlé USA & Canada

Hygienic design is an important piece of an overall food safety strategy to effectively control allergens and prevent contamination or adulteration of ingredients and finished product. Duane Grassmann, Corporate Hygienist, Nestlé USA & Canada, explores what processors need to know about hygienic design in their facilities.

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11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Analytics Excellence Across Multiple Plants

Speaker: Todd Wilson, Senior Vice President of IT, Clif Bar & Company

As processors turn to automation and enhanced data reporting to help inform their decisions, managing and using analytics in multiple locations adds challenges. Todd Wilson, Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Clif Bar, explores how processors can ensure they are getting the most out of their analytics investments by managing multiple plants through a comprehensive strategy.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

12:00 - 5:30 p.m.

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Refreshment Break Stations

Ice Cream Sponsored by

Healthy Time-out Station Sponsored by

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Solutions Theater - Track A

The Future of Conveyor Drive Hygiene

Latest conveyor drive designs eliminate foreign material contamination (FMC)

Presented by Van der Graaf, Alex Kanaris, President


Solutions Theater - Track B

4:05 - 4:35 p.m.
Solutions Theater - Track A

Path to Digital Transformation in Foods and Beverages

Want to leverage digital transformation to maximize production, increase reliability, and ensure quality? Looking to implement digital transformation solutions while driving bottom line results?

Presented by Emerson Automation Solutions, Marcus Parsons, Global Industry Director - Food and Beverage

Solutions Theater - Track B

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Expo Reception & Drawing for prizes

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Floridian Cuisine Casual Dinner

Beverages Sponsored by

Catch of the Day Station Sponsored by

Empanda Station Sponsored by

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
AUTOMATION KEYNOTE: Creating a Sustainable Performance System

Speakers: Daniel Stauft, Director, Operational Technology and Craig Langhals, Senior Director, Manufacturing Optimization, SugarCreek

Dan Stauft and Craig Langhals of Sugarcreek share insights into the challenges and opportunities of creating a sustainable performance system, including how to collect and manage data, make key decisions based on reliable information and ensure that you are meeting production goals through improved operations.

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Solutions Theater Track A

Presented by OSIsoft


Solutions Theater Track B

Automation thru WorkFlows and Advanced Analytics

Doing more with less and increase EBITDA

Presented by Kerr Consulting, Grayson Hoberg, COO


10:50 - 11:20 a.m.
Solutions Theater Track A

Leveraging Physics Driven Neural Networks & AI for Manufacturing Optimization

Bring R&D domain expertise to the Manufacturing Floor by combining data and physics to drive closed loop control. Taking a black box approach to AI and machine learning presents challenges that food manufacturers often find difficult to surmount. To drive repeatable business value and enable closed loop process control and manufacturing optimization, food manufacturers need to combine process knowledge with IoT data and automation.

Presented by Siemens Digital Industry Software

Solutions Theater Track B

Presented by Wire Belt

11:25 - 12:10 p.m.
Food Engineering’s Food Plant of Year

Speaker: The J.M. Smucker Company

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Food Plant of the Year Luncheon

Celebrate the new Food Plant of the Year, The J.M. Smucker Company

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1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Bringing Together OT and IT

Speaker: Hugh Roddy, Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Project Management, Chobani

Integrating operational technology and information technology allows for greater information sharing and better decision making for those on the plant floor and those in the corner offices. A platform that combines both allows processors to ensure they are making decisions with the best information possible.

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

The Sustainable Plant of the Year

Speaker: MycoTechnology

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Sustainable Plant of the Year Celebration

Join us for beer & bites as we celebrate MycoTechnology, the 2020 Sustainable Plant of the Year.

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
What Blockchain Can’t Do

Speaker: Joseph Basile, President, Catania Oils

While blockchain technology offers processors a number of potential benefits in maintaining supply chain integrity, it’s not enough to install a single piece of technology to ensure ingredients are fresh and of high quality. A look at how processors can develop a comprehensive, effective strategy for maintaining supply chain integrity by filling in the gaps that blockchain solutions leave behind.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Reception / Scotch Tasting

Continue conversations from today's sessions before you head out for dinner.

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Dinner: On Your Own

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Honoring Women in Food Manufacturing


Speaker: to be announced

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
A Panel Discussion with Women in Food Manufacturing

Christie Lagally, Founder and CEO, Rebellyous Foods
Jasmine Sutherland, President, Texas Food Solutions
Kate Rome, President, Rome Grinding Solutions

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
The Engineering Challenges of Plant-Based Meat

Speaker: Christie Lagally, Founder and CEO

Consumer demand for plant-based meat has processors exploring ways to capture part of the emerging market. But what engineering challenges are presented by plant-based meat production and how can processors manage them?

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Plant Dynamics Unique to Emerging CPG Brands

As brands move from startups to operating at scale, they face challenges from supply chain to food safety, as well as everything in between. A panel discussion of how brands have navigated those challenges.

Jasmine Sutherland, President, Texas Food Solutions
Walter Nimocks, CEO, Just Made Juice
David Ojobaro, Founder, Squeezed Online

10:45 a.m.
Conference Adjourns