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10:30 AM - 10:35 AM

Welcome to FreshForward

Speakers:

10:35 AM - 11:15 AM

Opening Keynote: Economist Outlook

A unique look at what’s ahead for the economy and business during this unprecedented period. The presentation will include potential scenarios for the coming months, relevant policy considerations, and high-level recommendations on what retailers and suppliers should be considering.

Speakers:

11:15 AM - 11:25 AM

Daily Introduction

Day 1 on The Consumer in Fresh brought to you by The Wonderful Company. Wonderful



Speakers:
  • Kurt Vetter - President, Wonderful Sales, The Wonderful Company

11:25 AM - 11:40 AM

CEO Insights: The Consumer in Fresh During COVID-19 and Beyond

Key insights on fresh foods from the leader of Albertsons, a retailer known for its strong consumer engagement across store banners. A major focus will be on the role of fresh foods in driving consumer engagement.

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Speakers:

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

Break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Consumer in Fresh During COVID-19 and Beyond: Panel Presentations

Hear our panel of experts explore the question :How can the industry build consumer confidence and engagement in fresh in the post-COVID-19 era?:

  • Latest Consumer Perspectives
    Steve Rogers, Deloitte’s Executive Director, Consumer Industry Center
    Consumers are experiencing a crisis that is causing them both financial and health concerns, affecting fresh food purchasing priorities and preferences. Rogers will provide a macro-level view of the situation based on the latest findings from Deloitte’s State of the Consumer Tracker and then go deeper into fresh food with results from an updated Future of Fresh survey conducted this July.  The latter highlights changes from the 2019 Fresh survey to better understand how COVID-19 has changed the consumer.

  • Rebuilding Consumer Confidence
    Susan Schwallie, Executive Director, Client Development, The NPD Group
    A new look at opportunities to boost consumer confidence in retail foodservice, including in areas such as hot bars and salad bars. These parts of retail have been challenged during the pandemic because of contagion fears.

  • Rethinking Health and Well-Being in Fresh
    Ujwal Arkalgud, CEO, MotivBase
    A nontraditional take on the topic of health and well-being during this disruptive time. Ujwal Arkalgud, an award-winning cultural anthropologist, will outline consumer insights and industry opportunities based on his organization’s big data ethnographic research.


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Speakers:

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Facilitated Group Discussions

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Group Synopsis and Q&A

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

FMI & Deloitte Daily Wrap Up

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM

Daily Introduction

Day 2 on Fresh Supply Chain in the Pandemic Environment brought to you by Invatron.



Speakers:

11:40 AM - 11:55 AM

CEO Insights: Fresh Supply Chain in the Pandemic Environment

Timely perspectives from the head of Kroger, a retailer with a strong commitment and proactive approach to the supply chain topic.

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Speakers:

11:55 AM - 12:00 PM

Break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Fresh Supply Chain in the Pandemic Environment: Panel Presentations

Hear our panel present relevant fresh supply chain lessons.
We'll dive into:
  • Leveraging Strategy, Technology and Collaboration
    Brian Baker, Managing Director, Deloitte’s Retail and Consumer Goods Practice
    This presentation will address how companies can improve the fresh supply chain in the face of significant challenges during the pandemic emergency. Strategies for improvement include predictive analytics and sensing technologies. This needs to be supported by collaboration and visibility throughout the supply chain to avoid unexpected demand shocks impacting perishable products.

  • Boosting the Meat Supply Chain
    John Pauley, EVP, Chief Commercial Officer, Smithfield
    A look at meat supply lessons learned during the pandemic and opportunities for trading partners to enhance the meat supply chain. The presentation will explore important angles, such as finding the right balance between streamlining assortments and maintaining adequate variety.

  • Overcoming Disruption in the Produce Supply Chain
    Michael Castagnetto, President of Robinson Fresh, a division of C.H. Robinson
    This presentation will offer key lessons learned during the pandemic about fresh produce supply and transportation. A key point will be how trading partners can collaborate in efforts to optimize supply chains and transportation.

     

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Speakers:

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Facilitated Group Discussions

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Group Synopsis and Q&A

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

FMI & Deloitte Daily Wrap Up

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM

Daily Introduction

Day 3 on Sustainability in the Coronavirus Era and Beyond brought to you by Cargill.



Speakers:
  • Tom Windish - President, Retail Channel, Cargill Incorporated

11:40 AM - 11:55 AM

CEO Insights: Sustainability in the Coronavirus Era and Beyond

Essential insights on fresh foods and sustainability from the leader of Ahold Delhaize USA, a company with a strong commitment to progress in sustainability. This topic is especially important in the wake of the pandemic.

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Speakers:

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sustainability in the Coronavirus Era and Beyond: Panel Presentations

In our final topic our panelists will explore sustainability 

Fresh packaging is broadening to embrace not just plastics and sustainability, but also food safety and contagions in the wake of the pandemic. Will food safety now trump sustainability when it comes to packaging considerations? How can the industry get sustainability back on track? 

We'll dive into:
  • Tug of War Between Safety and Sustainability
    Chris Foote, Sustainability Coordinator, Wegmans
    A leader at Wegmans Food Markets will relay new dynamics for packaging and sustainability. He will describe the tug of war between these two topics in the wake of the pandemic, and how the fresh foods industry can make progress.

  • How Leaders Partner to Achieve Sustainability Goals
    -Darcie Renn, Sustainability Director, Albertsons
    -John Beretta, Group Vice President, Albertsons
    A unique look at how the sustainability and business groups at Albertsons collaborate with each other to meet objectives in fresh foods. The sustainability goals addressed include food waste and packaging reduction.

  • New Insights on Packaging and Food Waste Reduction
    Viviana Alvarez, Head of Sustainability, Unilever North America
    How can the fresh foods industry benefit from sustainability lessons learned by the consumer packaged goods side? A senior-level executive from Unilever, known for its major commitment to sustainability, will address this topic.


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Speakers:
  • Chris Foote - Sustainability Coordinator, Wegmans Food Markets
  • John Beretta - Group Vice President – Meat & Seafood + Starbucks, Albertsons
  • Viviana Alvarez - Head of Sustainability, Unilever

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Facilitated Group Discussions

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Group Synopsis and Q&A

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

A View of Food Retail and Fresh from Wall Street

A panel of three well-known financial leaders will crystalize the key opportunities and challenges for the food retail industry and fresh foods sector. They will offer their outlooks on topics from food retailer sector financial performance to consumer demand at this unprecedented time in the business world.

Speakers:
  • Scott Moses - Managing Director and Head – Food Retail & Restaurants Investment Banking, PJ Solomon
  • Bill Schmitz - Managing Director, Jefferies
  • Karen Short - Managing Director, Barclays
  • Mark Baum - Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, FMI

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

FMI & Deloitte Daily Wrap Up

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