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The innovative, discussion-based format of this event will foster networking at a deeper level than a typical industry conference, allowing you to make real connections with peers across the industry. Conversations are designed to be industry-level and forward-looking, to avoid sharing any sensitive or proprietary information

In key business discussions, we’ll cover:

  • The impact of disruptive technology in fresh foods
  • Next steps to boosting food safety in fresh
  • Game changing strategies for food loss, packaging and sustainability

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

6:45 AM - 7:45 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM

Welcome Remarks

8:10 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Keynote: The Big Picture View

A dynamic and motivational speaker will outline mega-trends involving consumers and retailers, and explain why it’s imperative to base fresh food strategies around these dynamics. This kick-off presentation will help set the tone for the event’s meetings, discussions and networking. 

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Impact of Disruptive Technology in Fresh Foods

The food retail industry is increasingly focusing on emerging technologies, from AI to machine learning. However, even as this focus intensifies, fresh foods stakeholders need to understand how new technologies impact their segment of the business. How will this differ from the impact on Center Store or other segments? How can fresh stakeholders take innovative approaches to technology to solve key business challenges? What are the best test-and-learn roadmaps that the fresh industry can embrace now? 

Speakers:

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Facilitated Group Discussions

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Break

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Group Synopsis and Q&A

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Next Steps to Boosting Food Safety in Fresh

Enhancing food safety is central to the industry’s goals. However, retailers and suppliers often feel they are playing catch-up in the face of ongoing outbreaks and recalls, especially on the fresh foods side. Stakeholders can make progress by identifying the most promising solutions and mapping steps for the fresh industry to pursue. How can executives address essential topics such as consistent processes and procedures; the roles of government, media and technology; and improved coordination across the supply chain -- from growers to consumers? What are the best opportunities for impactful industry initiatives?

Speakers:
  • Natalie Dyenson - Vice President, Food Safety and Quality, Dole Food Company
  • Adam Johnson - Vice President, Global Food Safety and U.S. Field Safety Operations,Ecolab, Inc.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Facilitated Group Discussions

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Group Synopsis and Q&A

6:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Buses Depart to Dinner

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Cocktail Reception and Dinner

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Breakfast

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Game-Changing Strategies for Food Loss, Packaging and Sustainability

Sustainability a major opportunity on the fresh side, and emerging solutions have the potential to open a new chapter on this topic. These strategies tie into areas such as food waste, packaging, recycling, transportation, and the future of plastics. How will these play out in fresh foods? Will smart packaging accelerate the life of foods and reduce loss? How can promising solutions open the door to new industry-wide efforts?

Speakers:

7:45 AM - 8:00 AM

Break

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Facilitated Group Discussions

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Break

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Group Synopsis and Q&A

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Closing Panel: Accelerating Fresh Foods: Retailer-Supplier Collaboration

Influential retailer fresh foods leaders will address today’s biggest fresh challenges and the importance of industry collaboration and action. Senior retailer and supplier panelists will offer perspectives on the key topics addressed at this year’s FreshForward, from emerging technologies to food safety and food loss, and offer perspectives on how to make progress. They will discuss the imperative of succeeding by collaborating taking measured risks.

Speakers: