2020 Agenda

Sunday, April 26, 2020

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



Monday, April 27

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: 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.

Sponsored by Van der Graaf

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.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by CRB

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

The Fundamentals of Hygienic Design

Speaker:Duane Grassman, 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 Grassman, Corporate Hygienist, Nestlé USA & Canada, explores what processors need to know about hygienic design in their facilities.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sustainability: Water Management

Speaker: to be announced

While energy efficiency gets most of the headlines, water is becoming a major concern for food and beverage processors. An exploration of water management strategies to help processors maximize efficiency while meeting production goals.

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 Schenck Process

Ballpark Break Station Sponsored by AVID Engineering

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Solutions Theater – Track A

Presented by Van der Graaf, Alex Kanaris, President


Solutions Theater – Track B

Presented by Clayco Corp.

4:05 – 4:35 p.m.

Solutions Theater – Track A

Presented by Emerson

Solutions Theater – Track B

Presented by AVID Engineering

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


6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Floridian Cuisine Casual Dinner

Beverages Sponsored by Burkert



Tuesday, April 28

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, Continuous Improvement Manager, 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.

Sponsored by Dennis Group

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Solutions Theater Track A

Presented by Burkert Fluid Control Systems


Solutions Theater Track B

Presented by AVID Engineering


10:50 – 11:20 a.m.

Solutions Theater Track A

Presented by Siemens Digital Software

Solutions Theater Track B

11:25 – 12:10 p.m.

Food Engineering’s Food Plant of Year

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.

Bringing Together OT and IT

Speaker: to be announced

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 – 3:00 p.m.

Moving Past Paper

Speaker: to be announced

As more devices become connected and processors have access to more data, tracking and record-keeping can be easier than ever. But if you’re still using paper, record-keeping is a cumbersome, time-consuming process. A case study in how one processor has successfully moved away from paper.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Plant Dynamics Unique To Emerging CPG Brands

Speaker: to be announced

As new brands—or start-up products from established brands—grow, they face a number of challenges in scaling up production. Whether it’s logistics, production, IT or end user satisfaction, ramping up a product creates a unique set of challenges. A panel discussion of those challenges and how they can be overcome.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Reception / Scotch Tasting

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

Dinner: On Your Own



Wednesday, April 29

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Honoring Women in Food Manufacturing

KEYNOTE: to be announced

Speaker: to be announced

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

A Panel Discussion with Women in Food Manufacturing

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

The Engineering Challenges of Plant-Based Protein

Speaker: to be announced

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

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Speaker: to be announced

10:45 a.m.
Conference Adjourns