Sunday, April 14

12:30 p.m.
Golf Tournament
Silver Fox Course, Doral Resort

Sponsored by Doral Corp.

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Refreshments Sponsored by Sage

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Development Advisors

Monday, April 15

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by AZO

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: The Role of Engineering in the Food Plant of the Future

Anthony Doss, Vice President of Engineering — Poultry, Tyson Foods

As the next generation of food plants comes online, automation and innovative controls strategies are powering more efficient operations. Tyson’s Anthony Doss, explores the role of engineering in this new operating environment.

Sponsored by Van der Graaf

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Transparency and Traceability: The Future of Supply Chain and Product Management

Speaker: Bob Wolpert, Corporate Senior Vice President and President Quality Custom Distribution, Golden State Foods

Being able to track ingredients and products as they move through the supply chain and through the plant is critical to food safety and supply chain integrity efforts. A look at how processors can better manage supply chains, material and ingredients.

Sponsored by Food Plant Engineering

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by CRB

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Food Safety: Enforcement and Recall Management

Speaker: Shawn Stevens, Founder, Food Industry Counsel, LLC

With the FDA moving from education to enforcement of FSMA, having proper plans, policies and controls in place can help processors ensure they are in compliance. In the event of a recall, those same plans can help pinpoint the cause and speed up response time.

Co-Sponsored by Leica Geosystems

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Next Stage of Sustainability

Speaker: Mark Braun, CEO, Hispanic Cheese Makers

The low-hanging fruit of sustainability has been picked, and now processors are being asked to go beyond sustainability practices that can be easily quantified. But processors still have to balance sustainability with the bottom line.

Sponsored by Calpine Energy Solutions

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Discussion Roundtables


12:00 – 5:30 p.m.


2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break Stations

Ice Cream Sponsored by Schenck Process
Beverages Sponsored by Pentair
Sweet Treats Sponsored by HARPAK-Ulma

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Solutions Theater, Track A
Solutions Theater, Track B


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Solutions Theater – Track A

Preventing Bacteria Build-up on Conveyor Drive Systems

Conveyors are a sanitation challenge, with processors having to be aware of the possibility of E. coli, Listeria and other types of bacteria building up. Changes in drive technology can help processors improve sanitation and safety on their conveyor systems.
Presented by Van der Graaf, Alex Kanaris, President


Solutions Theater – Track B

Incentives for Food Manufacturers

Negotiated and discretionary incentive opportunities offer big opportunities for food processors, but can be complex to navigate and understand. Development Advisors shares insights on how processors can most effectively find and maximize incentives.
Presented by Development Advisors, Zach Kimball, Managing Director

4:05 – 4:35 p.m.

Solutions Theater – Track A

Improving Your Energy Risk Management Program

Managing your electricity spend can mean the difference between an earnings miss and a competitive advantage for your organization. Electricity is not just a line item for indirect procurement; it is a financial exposure to be managed. The right tools and approach will help you identify and quantify the risks associated with your energy spend as well as establish a benchmark for measuring performance
Presented by Calpine Energy Solutions, Sarah Johnston, Powerfolio Commodity Services Director


Solutions Theater – Track B

Industry 4.0 on the Shop Floor- Communication/Data with Valves & Sensors

Speaker: Andrew Lamore, Field Segment Manager-Hygienic, Burkert Fluid Control Systems

Industry 4.0 is a name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the internet of things (IOT), cloud computing and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a “smart factory.” This discussion is about the application of Industry 4.0 for your devices.
Presented by Burkert Fluid Control Systems, Andrew Lamore, Field Segment Manager

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


6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Beverages Sponsored by Burkert

Tuesday, April 16

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

AUTOMATION KEYNOTE: Automation, Powered by People

Matt Kovar, Engineering & Facilities Manager, Kellogg Company

Automation is a critical component of modern manufacturing, but it's easy to overlook the importance of people. From planning to operations, integrating people into the automation process can help ensure that processors successfully implement automation strategies.

Sponsored by Dennis Group

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Solutions Theater, Track A
Solutions Theater, Track B


10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Solutions Theater Track A

Automation and adaptive solutions to meet the demands of the changing consumer

Learn how processing and packaging robotic automation solutions and the new generation of adaptive machinery can reduce total cost of ownership, improve and maintain quality and consistency and provide the flexibility needed for the changing trends in the industry. Discover how to meet changing consumer needs of high volume / low mix to low volume / high mix variants leading to increased output, higher yield, reduced waste, and ultimately cost-effective answer to mass customization.
Presented by ABB, Todd Gilliam, Segment Lead, Food and Beverage, U.S.A.


Solutions Theater Track B

Leading Digital Transformation with the Power of the Internet of Things and Advanced Analytics

Co-Presenters: Patrick Donoghue, Senior Solution Sales Engineer, Lenze Americas and Spencer Cramer, CEO, ei3 Corp.

The Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced analytics allow instant access to smart data for monitoring machine performance in real time – enabling businesses to increase asset utilization, improve production quality, reduce service costs, and save energy. This presentation will share a solution roadmap and examples of customer successes.
Presented by Lenze Americas

10:50 – 11:20 a.m.

Solutions Theater Track A

Optimized Scheduling: Maximize value from your complex manufacturing operations

In complex manufacturing environments, suboptimal production schedules can create waste, cause inefficiencies and increase production costs.  Optimized production scheduling software uses real-time shop floor data to drive value from operations and maximize product profitability.
Presented by OptTek Systems, Inc., Dr. Marco Better, Vice President of Analytics for OptTek


11: 25 – 12:10 p.m.

Food Engineering’s Food Plant of Year

Hear from Patti Smith, President and CEO at Valley Milk LLC, the 2019 Food Plant of the Year, and understand why this plant was chosen.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Food Plant of the Year Luncheon

Celebrate the new Food Plant of the Year.

Sponsored by Shambaugh & Son


1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Leadership: Setting the Standard

Speaker: Leonard Heflich, former Vice President of Food Safety, Quality and Crisis Management for Grupo Bimbo

Leonard Heflich, former Vice President of Food Safety, Quality and Crisis Management for Grupo Bimbo, shares lessons on how to be an effective leader he learned from almost 40 years in the food industry.

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

High Pressure Processing: Flexibility, Quality and Safety

Speaker: Joyce Longfield, M.Sc. Vice President of Product Innovation, Good Foods Group, LLC; Chairperson, Cold Pressure Council
Jake Deleon, Founder, Origin Almond
Andy Cook, Sales Director, Sonatural
Lisa Wessels, Marketing Director, HPP, Avure Technologies

High Pressure Processing is allowing processors more options when it comes to maintaining shelf life. Cold Pressure Council Chairperson Joyce Longfield explains how HPP is expanding what processors can do with beverages and food.


3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

The Cannabis Edibles and Beverages Boom

Speaker: Ryan Beigie, CEO, Treehouse Biotech

The cannabis market is booming, but it carries its own unique set of challenges. Whether it’s legal concerns, banking restrictions or production challenges, bringing a new cannabis product to market requires in-depth planning and preparation.

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year

Editor-in-Chief Marina Mayer discusses how this produce supplier, formerly known as Ready Pac Foods, delivers on-trend, plant-based products while pioneering accelerated food safety standards.
Accepting the Award: Viviano Del Villar, Senior Director of Operations, Bonduelle Fresh Americas

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year Reception

Dinner: On Your Own

Wednesday, April 17

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Honoring Women in Food Manufacturing

KEYNOTE: True Leadership: Forging Your Own Path

Speaker: Gabrielle Kalkwijk, President of Global Manufacturing Operations, Dawn Foods

For more than 25 years in the food industry, Gabrielle Kalkwijk, President of Global Manufacturing Operations for Dawn Foods, has used her leadership expertise, vision and operational skills to define her own path to success. Through her own personal journey, Gabrielle will share how stepping up, speaking out and doing the unconventional can help you in your own journey meet your professional and personal development goals.

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

A Panel Discussion with Women in Food Manufacturing

Moderator: Gabrielle Kalkwijk, President of Global Manufacturing Operations, Dawn Foods
Joyce Longfield, M.Sc. Vice President of Product Innovation, Good Foods Group, LLC and Chairperson, Cold Pressure Council
Samara Heaggans, Owner, SH Reid Consulting Solutions, formerly with Campbell’s Fresh Division
Roohi Thakur, Process Optimization Manager, Land O'Frost
Patti Smith, CEO, Valley Milk

Moderated by Gabrielle Kalkwijk, panelists Joyce Longfield, Samara Heaggans, Roohi Thakur and Patti Smith discuss the challenges of navigating a traditionally male-dominated industry.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Hiring and Retention: Finding and Keeping Qualified Employees

Speaker: Barb Pugesek, Director of Customer & Culture Excellence, FONA
Engineering departments across the industry are searching for better ways to identify, hire and retain qualified employees, especially as the skills and retention gap continues to expand. A discussion of how processors can improve their success rate finding and keeping qualified people.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Clean Label: What does it mean?

Speaker: Kantha Shelke, Principal, Corvus Blue
Consumers are asking for clean labels more often, but there's a challenge: Nobody has a universal definition for what a clean label is. Kantha Shelke, principal, Corvus Blue, shares insights on how your company can define a clean label and help consumers make more informed choices.

10:45 a.m.
Conference Adjourns