2018 Schedule

  • Key:
  • General Session
  • Breakout Session
  • Other Activities

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

Georgia Registration Desk (Level 1)

Registration area and lanyards sponsored by CoolSys

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Pre-Conference Committee Meeting

Athens (Level 2)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Retailer/Wholesaler Networking Mixer

Savannah (Level 2)

The members of the ESD Committee invite their retail and wholesale peers to join them for a chance to connect at the start of the conference. 

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Manufacturer/Retailer Exchange and Opening Reception

Georgia Hall (Level 1)

Meet more than 100 leading suppliers of energy management, HVAC, refrigeration, design, construction and lighting systems. Discover potential business partners who can provide you with the resources and capabilities to remain competitive, cost-efficient and cutting-edge. Offered on two successive evenings.

Sponsored by Zero Zone, Inc.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

Capitol Ballroom (Level 1)

Sponsored by Seasons 4 Inc.

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Registration area and lanyards sponsored by CoolSys

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks by the ESD Committee Co-Chairs

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)
Speakers:
  • Brad Morris - Senior Manager, Engineering and Energy, Giant Eagle, Inc.
  • Mary Upham - Manager Design & Development, Wakefern Food Corp.

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening General Session: How to Think Like an Innovator

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

We live in a time of hype and disruption where every new technological advance feels like it will change everything. Yet we work in an industry where our customers interact with us every week and sometimes even more often. The changes we make are felt immediately, so we need prepare for the future while never interrupting the present. What will it take to continue to develop the store experience of the future?  Drawing from research across dozens of industries, this keynote will reveal some of the biggest trends that are changing how consumers behave and what they believe. Through cutting-edge examples from around the world and award-winning insights from the WSJ best-selling book Non-Obvious, you will leave not only with a better understanding of what will matter in the future, but also learn the five specific habits you need in order to be an innovator and help your organization prepare for this new reality.  The future belongs to non-obvious thinkers. This keynote will help you become one of them.

Sponsored by Singh360 Inc.

Speakers:

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Break

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Sponsored by Deem LLC

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

General Session: Emerging Issues: A Blueprint for Food Retailing

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

FMI’s leadership, through its Emerging Issues initiative, has identified and described the key issues that will have the most indelible impact on the food industry in the next 3 to 5 years. Hear about these issues and get insights so you can be prepared to focus both on immediate concerns, and the challenges to come.

Sponsored by United Technologies
Speakers:
  • Mark Baum - Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, Food Marketing Institute

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Sponsored by Deem LLC

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What Shoppers Want and How Retailers Can Respond

Augusta (Level 2)

Retail is changing rapidly, triggered by new technologies and accelerated by changing expectations. Shoppers today have more choices than ever, and one way retailers can keep them coming back is by providing a remarkable experience. But what makes a good retail experience? And how important is it – really – to shoppers?  In this session, we will dive into how Aldi and others have developed strategies for successfully evolving existing stores to align with the brand’s promise, delighting the target consumer and delivering those experiences quickly, consistently and profitably.  Learn the six key dimensions of the retail experience and how to optimize your existing space to create remarkable experiences for your shoppers.

Speakers:
  • Josh Broehl - Senior Vice President, Big Red Rooster, a JLL Company
  • Dan Gavin - Vice President, Real Estate, Design and Development, ALDI Inc.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Store Design for Mixed-Use Developments

Macon (Level 2)

Mixed-use developments are rapidly growing in popularity. Developers and investors alike are increasingly seeking opportunities to integrate product types to create the ultimate live, work, play destinations – creating unique and rewarding yet challenging store location opportunities for grocers. This panel will share best practices for taking advantage of the growing trend. Attendees will learn best approaches to designing in limited, multi-level, multi-purpose, compromised spaces while addressing tenants’ shopping habits. Panelists will address common design, engineering and infrastructure issues seen in mixed-use grocery development learned through working on such projects first-hand.

Speakers:
  • Tom Henken - Vice President + Director of Design, api(+)
  • Ben Rosenzweig - Vice President of Operations, CoolSys Energy Design (Energy Squared)
  • Chris Taylor - Consultant, Strategy Retail Operations

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Leveraging Technology to Respond to Ever-Changing Utility Rates

Atlanta (Level 1)

Discover a number of ways you can leverage power management strategies to combat the ever-changing utility rate changes. Learn about upcoming utility rate changes and understand how they will impact your bottom line. We will also discuss several practical examples of how you can respond, including energy storage and equipment controls.

Speakers:
  • Rafik Sarhadian - Mechanical Engineer, Technology Tech Centers, Southern California Edison
  • Gabe Schwartz - Vice President of Product Marketing and Sales Operations, Stem

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Refrigerated Displays: Maximizing Profits by Enhancing the Shopper Experience

Savannah (Level 2)

The definition of retail grocery continues to shift. Retailers invest in new strategies, such as small format stores, online retail, and grocerants to appeal to busy, progressive shoppers. How can refrigerated display cases drive sales within these new strategies? Many options exist for merchandising refrigerated products—open multi-decks, reach-in cases, specialty cases, shop around units, and more. Explore opportunities for greater energy savings, environmentally-friendly and natural refrigerants, and brilliant lighting displays. Consider the innovative merchandisers and dynamic merchandising styles available around the world, and then develop a sustainable strategy—a strategy that maximizes profitability and enhances the shopper experience.

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours
Speakers:
  • Robert Mullen - Global Specialty Product Leader, Hussmann
  • Dan O'Brien - Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Zero Zone, Inc.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lowering Refrigerant Leak Rates: Best Practices

Athens (Level 2)

It’s a win-win situation when you reduce refrigerant leaks from your equipment – you save lots of money and you help protect the environment. The many benefits of lowering your leak rates include optimally running cases, avoiding product loss, fewer technician calls, and less refrigerant needing to be purchased.  Several retailers will share what they’ve done to reduce their refrigerant emissions from their stores. You will also learn how companies in EPA’s GreenChill program have experienced long-term achievements in meeting annual leak rate goals, protecting the environment, and saving their companies bunches of money.

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

Speakers:
  • Jason Flanigan - Senior Mechanical Engineer, Meijer, Inc.
  • Tom Land - GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Wayne Rosa - Director of Maintenance – Food Lion, LLC, Retail Business Services, LLC

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Capitol Ballroom (Level 1)

Sponsored by Bitzer and Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

What Shoppers Want and How Retailers Can Respond

(repeated from 11:00 am)

Augusta (Level 2)

Retail is changing rapidly, triggered by new technologies and accelerated by changing expectations. Shoppers today have more choices than ever, and one way retailers can keep them coming back is by providing a remarkable experience. But what makes a good retail experience? And how important is it – really – to shoppers?  In this session, we will dive into how Aldi and others have developed strategies for successfully evolving existing stores to align with the brand’s promise, delighting the target consumer and delivering those experiences quickly, consistently and profitably.  Learn the six key dimensions of the retail experience and how to optimize your existing space to create remarkable experiences for your shoppers.
Speakers:
  • Josh Broehl - Senior Vice President, Big Red Rooster, a JLL Company
  • Dan Gavin - Vice President, Real Estate, Design and Development, ALDI Inc.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Store Design for Mixed-Use Developments

(repeated from 11:00 am)

Macon (Level 2)

Mixed-use developments are rapidly growing in popularity. Developers and investors alike are increasingly seeking opportunities to integrate product types to create the ultimate live, work, play destinations – creating unique and rewarding yet challenging store location opportunities for grocers. This panel will share best practices for taking advantage of the growing trend. Attendees will learn best approaches to designing in limited, multi-level, multi-purpose, compromised spaces while addressing tenants’ shopping habits. Panelists will address common design, engineering and infrastructure issues seen in mixed-use grocery development learned through working on such projects first-hand.
Speakers:
  • Tom Henken - Vice President + Director of Design, api(+)
  • Ben Rosenzweig - Vice President of Operations, CoolSys Energy Design (Energy Squared)
  • Chris Taylor - Consultant, Strategy Retail Operations

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Leveraging Energy Resiliency to Increase Electricity Savings and Future-Proof Your Store

Atlanta (Level 1)

Extreme weather and an aging electric grid are making retailers increasingly aware of the importance of energy resiliency to keep the lights on and prevent revenue losses, such as from spoilage, during outages. The emergence of distributed energy resources and intelligent controls has opened the door for energy resiliency solutions to provide backup power and earn revenue through grid services. This session will review the financial and operational methodology of using distributed energy assets to provide uninterruptible backup power and earn revenue in demand response markets.

Speakers:

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Refrigerated Displays: Maximizing Profits by Enhancing the Shopper Experience

(repeated from 11:00 am)

Savannah (Level 2)

The definition of retail grocery continues to shift. Retailers invest in new strategies, such as small format stores, online retail, and grocerants to appeal to busy, progressive shoppers. How can refrigerated display cases drive sales within these new strategies? Many options exist for merchandising refrigerated products—open multi-decks, reach-in cases, specialty cases, shop around units, and more. Explore opportunities for greater energy savings, environmentally-friendly and natural refrigerants, and brilliant lighting displays. Consider the innovative merchandisers and dynamic merchandising styles available around the world, and then develop a sustainable strategy—a strategy that maximizes profitability and enhances the shopper experience.


Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

Speakers:
  • Robert Mullen - Global Specialty Product Leader, Hussmann
  • Dan O'Brien - Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Zero Zone, Inc.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lowering Refrigerant Leak Rates: Best Practices

(repeated from 11:00 am)

Athens (Level 2)

It’s a win-win situation when you reduce refrigerant leaks from your equipment – you save lots of money and you help protect the environment. The many benefits of lowering your leak rates include optimally running cases, avoiding product loss, fewer technician calls, and less refrigerant needing to be purchased.  Several retailers will share what they’ve done to reduce their refrigerant emissions from their stores. You will also learn how companies in EPA’s GreenChill program have experienced long-term achievements in meeting annual leak rate goals, protecting the environment, and saving their companies bunches of money.

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

Speakers:
  • Jason Flanigan - Senior Mechanical Engineer, Meijer, Inc.
  • Tom Land - GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Wayne Rosa - Director of Maintenance – Food Lion, LLC, Retail Business Services, LLC

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

Grand Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Deem LLC

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

General Session: Unshackled Grocery Store Designs – 2025

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

What will the grocery store of the future look like? Technology will drive the new economics of grocery store designs.  New store design considerations will include cashless checkout, robotics, in-store digital fulfillment centers, shopping carts with integrated docking stations and google-like store mapping, and more. The real difference will be determined by how store designers achieve tomorrow's immersive, digitally disruptive, and personalized shopping experience. Join us for a fascinating look at the probabilities and possibilities of a digitally enabled store.

Sponsored by Amerlux Lighting
Speakers:

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Manufacturer/Retailer Exchange and Reception

Georgia Hall (Level 1)

Take advantage of another opportunity to meet more than 100 leading suppliers of energy management, HVAC, refrigeration, design, construction and lighting systems. Discover potential business partners who can provide you with the resources and capabilities to remain competitive, cost-efficient and cutting-edge.

Sponsored by Current, Powered by GE

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Registration area and lanyards sponsored by CoolSys

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

GreenChill Achievement Recognition Ceremony/Breakfast (optional)

Capitol Ballroom South (Level 1)

EPA will host the GreenChill Partnership’s annual Achievement Recognition event. GreenChill partners represent approximately 30% of U.S. supermarkets, allowing the partners to benchmark their refrigerant management performance versus each other and the industry. Join us in congratulating this year’s winners. Come learn about best-in-class refrigerant emissions rate reductions, emissions prevention in new store construction, and emissions rates for advanced refrigeration technologies.

Speakers:
  • Tom Land - GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

Capitol Ballroom North (Level 1)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

General Session: Artificial Intelligence: The New Competitive Strategy

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

In the age of accelerating disruption, AI is enabling businesses to rapidly increase growth, reduce costs, increase employee productivity and set a new pace of change in their respective industries. Through the use of structured and unstructured data, machine learning, use case specific algorithms and cloud infrastructures, AI will revolutionize the retail industry and transform supply chain, in-store operations and consumer engagement.

Sponsored by Corrigo Incorporated
Speakers:

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

General Session: Regulatory Update

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

The driving force behind refrigerant transitions are policy and regulations at the international, national and state levels.  Gaining an understanding of these will help us understand how refrigerant and system architecture changes enable us to meet the current and future regulations.  You will also get the latest on the standards and codes that are being updated to meet the needs of the new refrigerants.  The speakers in this session bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in refrigerant regulations that affect our industry.  This session will prepare you for the discussions on system architectures and the new lower GWP refrigerants that follow in separate sessions.
Speakers:
  • Tim Anderson - Chief Engineer, Display Cases and Micro-Distributed Systems, Hussmann Corporation
  • Rajan Rajendran - Vice President, System Innovation Center and Sustainability, Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Joe Trauger - Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Sponsored by Deem LLC

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

General Session: Refrigeration Trends

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

With ever-changing regulations, environmental factors and evolving trends, the options to find the right refrigeration solution are numerous. This session will provide updates on various designs and refrigerants. Panelists will then share what they look for and the challenges they try to address when equipping their stores.  When considering refrigeration systems, which one provides the best option for various situations? What other factors should you be aware of that you may not be thinking of when creating a design or selecting a system?  Get inspired by looking at the trends, and get informed by hearing about the experience of others in the industry.

Sponsored by Honeywell
Speakers:
  • Cara Bastoni - Director of Engineering, Target Corporation
  • Dustin Herner - Energy Manager, Weis Markets, Inc.
  • Andres Lacassie - Vice President, Core and Distributed Cases, Hussmann Corporation
  • Kelly Noel - Senior Director of Engineering, Target Corporation
  • Andre Patenaude - Director Food Retail, Growth Strategy, Marketing/ Business Development, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Effective Installation of Doors on Refrigerated Cases

Savannah (Level 2)

We all know that reach-in refrigerated cases with doors use less energy to run than open multi-deck cases, but do we all know how to properly retrofit open multi-deck cases with refrigerated doors?  Making a modification to your refrigerated display case is complicated, and you want to do it correctly.  Are all retrofit door kits the same?  Do you need to replace all your suction risers?  Does the DOE supply any guidance or direction?  This session will show you how to obtain some of the best energy savings in a grocery store by doing this properly.  While we will only briefly discuss the age-old sales gain/loss debate, we will tackle topics such as product quality, effective lighting, how to handle the reduced load on your refrigeration rack, impacts on your HVAC system, and more. 

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours
Speakers:

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Fresh Trends: Where Design and Engineering Meet

Augusta (Level 2)

What is Fresh?  Consumers are now demanding much more from food than merely taste and convenience. Fresh food ideas, fresh technologies and fresh experiences are driving their preferences, loyalties and ultimately, their dollars.  But how do all these ideas impact the store layout and systems?  This session will explore the mission-critical steps for successfully implementing fresh food ideas based on the evolving shopper.  Customers are looking for authenticity, unique experiences and a renewed sense of community. We will address how this shift in customer expectations can affect the store format at both a micro and macro level, and additionally, how these ideas can be implemented in new stores/prototypes as well as adapted to suit preexisting formats.  Join us as we discuss how architects and engineers can meet grocer’s needs for all things fresh, in new and unexpected ways. 

Speakers:
  • Tim Morrison - Studio Principal, Supermarket Design, Little
  • Heather Nifong - Senior Associate, Supermarket Design, Little
  • Tony Welter - Vice President, Director of Refrigeration, Henderson Engineers

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Energy Storage in the Cold Chain

Athens (Level 2)

Grocery retailers are some of the least flexible energy consumers because they have to run their power-hungry refrigeration systems 24x7x365.  Retailers are scrambling for solutions to help them actively manage their skyrocketing energy costs in the face of a changing electricity grid. Long-duration thermal energy storage can help grocery retailers cut energy bills, reduce food spoilage during power outages, and protect against increasing energy price volatility. In this session, we will discuss how retailers can use their existing refrigeration systems as a flexible energy asset. Data will be shared from an industry-leading retailer's pilot project that shows how the right energy storage solution can help the bottom line. We’ll also review how grocery retailers can evaluate, test, and procure energy storage for their portfolio of stores.

Speakers:

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Harnessing Building Systems Efficiencies through Commissioning and Recommissioning

Atlanta (Level 1)

Whether it is the latest and greatest upgrade, small service addition, ground-up new or a complete remodel, commissioning can keep energy consumption and store development goals in check.  The goal of minimizing energy use is always outweighed by the need to keep humidity levels down and product cold for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Commissioning can help restore the intended efficiencies.  In this session, we will discuss how set point checks, control measure corrections/improvements, equipment verifications and proper scheduling of maintenance and needed upgrades can be realized through commissioning.  We’ll discuss positive outcomes, lessons learned, and obstacles overcome to help keep consumption goals in check while maintaining product in a comfortable environment.

Speakers:
  • Frank Blake - Director of Facilities Maintenance and Energy, Price Chopper/Market 32
  • Dustin Herner - Energy Manager, Weis Markets, Inc.
  • John Joyal - Senior Director of Technical Services, Groom Energy

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

Capitol Ballroom (Level 1)

Sponsored by KeepRite/National Refrigerants, Inc.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Refrigerant Choices

Athens (Level 2)

Global, national and state policy and regulations are driving changes in system architecture and refrigerants.  After having learned about the policies and regulations, and the different system architecture innovations, attend this breakout session to hear from refrigerant and component manufacturers about how they are responding.  Refrigerant manufacturers Chemours and Honeywell will present their new lower GWP refrigerant options and Danfoss will represent all component manufacturers and discuss what has to be done at the component level to meet these new challenges. 

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours
Speakers:

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Shopping Made Fun!

Augusta (Level 2)

In an increasingly competitive environment, retailers have to find ways to differentiate themselves and attract shoppers to their stores. This session will discuss the steps needed to start developing a different shopping environment for your customers. It will showcase one retailer’s journey in creating a unique shopping experience that is fun for the whole family.  You’ll see examples of innovative in-store activities and a variety of new merchandising formats and what’s needed to make them successful.

Speakers:
  • Gary Watson - Vice President, Store Support, Lowes Foods, LLC

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Energy Storage in the Cold Chain

(repeated from 11:45 am)

Savannah
(Level 2)

Grocery retailers are some of the least flexible energy consumers because they have to run their power-hungry refrigeration systems 24x7x365.  Retailers are scrambling for solutions to help them actively manage their skyrocketing energy costs in the face of a changing electricity grid. Long-duration thermal energy storage can help grocery retailers cut energy bills, reduce food spoilage during power outages, and protect against increasing energy price volatility. In this session, we will discuss how retailers can use their existing refrigeration systems as a flexible energy asset. Data will be shared from an industry-leading retailer's pilot project that shows how the right energy storage solution can help the bottom line. We’ll also review how grocery retailers can evaluate, test, and procure energy storage for their portfolio of stores.

Speakers:

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Harnessing Building Systems Efficiencies through Commissioning and Recommissioning

(repeated from 11:45 am)

Atlanta (Level 1)

Whether it is the latest and greatest upgrade, small service addition, ground-up new or a complete remodel, commissioning can keep energy consumption and store development goals in check.  The goal of minimizing energy use is always outweighed by the need to keep humidity levels down and product cold for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Commissioning can help restore the intended efficiencies.  In this session, we will discuss how set point checks, control measure corrections/improvements, equipment verifications and proper scheduling of maintenance and needed upgrades can be realized through commissioning.  We’ll discuss positive outcomes, lessons learned, and obstacles overcome to help keep consumption goals in check while maintaining product in a comfortable environment.

Speakers:
  • Frank Blake - Director of Facilities Maintenance and Energy, Price Chopper/Market 32
  • Dustin Herner - Energy Manager, Weis Markets, Inc.
  • John Joyal - Senior Director of Technical Services, Groom Energy

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Break

Breakouts Foyer

Sponsored by Deem LLC

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Anti-Sweat Heater Controls: What Works, and What Works Best?

Atlanta (Level 1)

Reach-in cooler and freezer cases work hard, and they sweat. Stores install heaters in the doors and frames of these cases to keep the glass from fogging up. These anti-sweat heaters increase the refrigeration load in the case, which in tandem with the electric resistance heaters themselves can dramatically increase energy costs. Stores can install controls to cycle or pulse the heaters on as needed, rather than running them 24/7. How do you maximize energy savings while making sure your customers can see what’s behind the glass? This session describes several controls strategies and products designed to optimize anti-sweat heaters. We will review each strategy, exploring their energy and maintenance implications, as well as what option can work best for your store. The savings are real, and you’ll learn the most effective way to grab them.

Speakers:
  • Ethan Bellavance - Senior Energy Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Ali White - CEM, Energy Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Impact of Shoppers and Technology on Store Design: From Front End to Back Door

Augusta (Level 2)

Technology has offered and will continue to provide shoppers with more control over their shopping experience.  Successful grocers will embrace this new world and adapt to the changes it creates.  Let’s explore some of the changes and the impact they will have on store design.  We will touch upon the front of store, center store and back room, with a view to how you can prepare for new store formats that will evolve over the next several years.

Speakers:
  • Tim Kane - Retail Solutions Industry Consultant, Zebra Technologies

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Conditioning Today’s Supermarkets

Savannah (Level 2)

The environmental design requirements of supermarkets are unlike any other commercial facility.  Fresh and frozen cases, cooking, lighting and skylights, and merchandising needs all impact the design criteria.  Today, new technologies and retailer omni-channel strategies are changing how supermarkets should be engineered. The best facility designs integrate the full eco-system of HVAC and all mission-critical systems to create the desired energy performance and shopper experience.  This session will discuss the key issues facing today’s supermarket and real-world approaches to balancing the major infrastructure systems to maximize the consumer experience, employee productivity, and profitability.

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

Speakers:

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Refrigerant Choices

(repeated from 1:45 pm)

Athens (Level 2)


Global, national and state policy and regulations are driving changes in system architecture and refrigerants.  After having learned about the policies and regulations, and the different system architecture innovations, attend this breakout session to hear from refrigerant and component manufacturers about how they are responding.  Refrigerant manufacturers Chemours and Honeywell will present their new lower GWP refrigerant options and Danfoss will represent all component manufacturers and discuss what has to be done at the component level to meet these new challenges.

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

Speakers:

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Break

Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 3)

Sponsored by Deem LLC

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing General Session: The "What If…?" Experience

Grand Ballroom (Level 3)

Every major invention, accomplishment and victory in human history began with the simple, almost childlike curiosity of a "What If…?" question. So, why aren’t you and your team asking this daily? After this compelling presentation, you’ll look at problems and impossibilities and ask, "What if we could?" Mike Rayburn will use his amazing guitar work and hilarious comedy to illustrate three tools designed to turn you and your team into an army of innovators.  You’ll gain the peak performance skills needed to transcend the status quo – by moving from managing change to creating it instead. Join us as we close the conference with a transformational, musical, memorable presentation.

Speakers:
  • Mike Rayburn - Keynote Speaker, Comedian, World-Class Guitarist, Author

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Off-Site Social Event – World of Coca-Cola

Buses begin departing at 6:30 pm from Andrew Young Blvd., outside the Capitol Ballroom (Level 1)

Buses return to the hotel beginning at 8:45 pm; last bus departs at 9:45 pm

Immerse yourself in the story of one of the world's most famous beverage brands at the World of Coca-Cola multimedia museum. View over 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take your taste buds on a trip around the globe and sample over 100 different beverages made by The Coca-Cola Company from around the world, followed by a delicious meal. We promise lots to do and see, and plenty of surprises!

Sponsored by globalFACT

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Facility and Design Tours (tours require pre-registration and fee; visit the registration desk for availability)

Buses depart promptly at 8:00 am from Andrew Young Blvd., outside the Capitol Ballroom (Level 1)

Facility Tour

Join us for a tour of two cutting-edge manufacturing facilities while you’re in Atlanta!  We’ll visit Bitzer’s newly enlarged reciprocating compressor plant, where we’ll see the compressor assembly process from raw components to final finished products. Attendees will learn about Bitzer’s exclusive processes to prepare, stage, assemble, leak-check, run-test, paint and final-finish each compressor.  We’ll also visit Hussmann’s facility in Suwanee, where we’ll tour the Hussmann manufacturing plant and visit the Hussmann display showroom.  In the showroom, attendees will learn about the latest technologies in distributed systems and the benefits they have for the industry.

NOTE:  The Facility Tour is open to all food retailers and wholesalers, as well as suppliers that don’t compete with Bitzer or Hussmann.  Tour registrants will be notified if they are not permitted on the tour.

Design Tour
Join us for a compelling tour of innovative retail food destinations in the Atlanta area, including the Kroger Marketplace Glenwood Station and the DeKalb Farmers Market. 

The Kroger Marketplace opened in 2016 and incorporates amenities not typically found in a grocery store, including expanded take-out options offering wood-fired pizza, freshly prepared pan-Asian bowls and a fast-serve burrito station. The store boasts an in-house bar serving wine and has local beers on tap, with a large café seating area. Additionally, there are home decor, kitchenware and automotive areas.  The DeKalb Farmers Market began in 1977 as a small 7,500-square-foot produce stand, which has since grown into a massive 140,000-square-foot indoor world market. The aisles are filled with fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, and beer and wine from around the world. Prepared foods, fresh pressed juice, a restaurant and a hot bar are among the other features interspersed throughout the store. Locals consider the market a mini-United Nations, proudly serving and employing people from around the world.

Ponce City Market is an historic mixed-use community hub focused on artisanal food, fashion, and technology. Reinvented to house a central food hall, various shops, apartments and offices, tour participants can explore the vast selection of food options in this very unique space, as well as the self-guided history exhibit of this iconic landmark.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Post-Conference Committee Meeting

Atlanta (Level 1)