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.

Sponsored by OSIsoft

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by CRB

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.

Sponsored by Emerson

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

Healthy Time-out Station Sponsored by Harpak Ulma

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

Presented by Clayco Corp.

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

Overview of Food Plant Ventilation Design and Humidity Control

Having Condensation Issues?

Presented by AVID Engineering LLC,Rick Allen, President

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

Catch of the Day Station Sponsored by Kerr Consulting

Empanda Station Sponsored by Food Safe Drains



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, 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

Presented by Siemens Digital Software

Solutions Theater Track B

Presented by JLL

11:25 – 12:10 p.m.

Food Engineering’s Food Plant of Year

Speaker: J.M. Smucker Company

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Food Plant of the Year Luncheon

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

Sponsored by Dennis Group

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 – 4:00 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.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Reception / Scotch Tasting

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

Sponsored by RoviSys

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 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.

Speaker: to be announced

10:45 a.m.
Conference Adjourns