Sunday, April 14

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

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Living Room
Welcome Reception

Monday, April 15

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration - Galleria

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast - Ivanka Trump Ballroom C

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.

Welcome - Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

8:10 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks: The State of Food Manufacturing

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

Casey Laughman, Editor in Chief, Food Engineering

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

KEYNOTE: Automation, Powered by People

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

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. Speaker: Matt Kovar, engineering and facilities manager, Kellogg's.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

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

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

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.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break - Ballroom Foyer

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Food Safety: Enforcement and Recall Management

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

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.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Next Stage of Sustainability

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

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.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Discussion Roundtables - Ivanka Trump C / White & Gold Ballroom


12:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Expo - White & Gold Ballroom

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break Stations - White & Gold Ballroom

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Solutions Theater, Track A - Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB
Solutions Theater, Track B - Majestic Ballroom


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


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

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


Solutions Theater – Track B

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

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

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Expo Reception & Drawing for prizes - White & Gold Ballroom


6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Barbeque - Royal Palm Pool Deck

Tuesday, April 16

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast - The Crystal Ballroom

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

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

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

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

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break - Ballroom Foyer

10:15 – 11:20 p.m.

Solutions Theater, Track A - Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB
Solutions Theater, Track B - Majestic Ballroom


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


Solutions Theater Track B
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 Opt Tek Systems, Inc.


Solutions Theater Track B

11: 25 – 12:10 p.m.

Food Engineering’s Food Plant of Year

Hear from 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.


1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Clean Label What Does it Mean?

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

Speaker: Tammy Wong, Senior R&D Manager, ARYZTA

Consumers are asking for clean labels more often, but there's a challenge: Nobody has a universal definition for what a clean label is. Tammy Wong from Otis Spunkmeyer shares insights on the company's "No Funky Stuff" initiative and how it's helping to meet consumer demand for products that don't contain certain ingredients.

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

High Pressure Processing: Flexibility, Quality and Safety

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

Speaker: Joyce Longfield, Vice President of Product Innovation, Good Foods Group, LLC and Chairperson, Cold Pressure Council Chairperson
Panelists: 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 - Ballroom Foyer

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

The Cannabis Edibles and Beverages Boom

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

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

- Ivanka Trump Ballroom AB

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

- Living Room

Dinner: On Your Own

Wednesday, April 17

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Honoring Women in Engineering and Manufacturing

- The Crystal Ballroom

Keynote Speaker - TBA

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

A Panel Discussion on Women in Engineering and Manufacturing

- The Crystal Ballroom

Panelist: Joyce Longfield, Vice President of Product Innovation, Good Foods Group, LLC and Chairperson, Cold Pressure Council Chairperson
Panelist: Samara Heaggans, former Director of Commercialization and Enablers for Campbell’s Fresh Division

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Hiring and Retention: Finding and Keeping Qualified Employees

- The Crystal Ballroom

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 and finding and keeping qualified people.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Leadership: Setting the Standard

- The Crystal Ballroom

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

10:45 a.m.
Conference Adjourns