Agenda

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10:00 am

10:00 am

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

Enter Networking Lounge, Connect with your Industry Colleagues

  • Start your day off right and make connections with industry leadership
  • Join “drop-in” roundtables discussing current industry issues
  • Schedule private 1-2-1 video meetings with peers
  • Gather essential content and get exclusive offers at virtual exhibit booths

10:45 am

10:45 am

WELCOME FROM YOUR HOST

Plan your day to maximize your learnings and takeaways. This will help ensure that you don’t miss any of the key highlights of the event.

11:00 am

11:00 am

OPENING KEYNOTE: THE FDA TECH DIRECTIVE

Is Digital Transformation the Answer to our Industry’s Safety Challenges?

In July 2020, the FDA announced its blueprint for the NEW ERA OF SMARTER FOOD SAFETY. The initiative discussed leveraging technology and other tools to create a safer, more digital and traceable food system. Delve into the reasoning behind the blueprint as well as the latest pilot test learnings used to increase traceability throughout the chain. Take back fresh ideas to help your organization:

  • Exceed the FDA’s expectations
  • Determine what this means for your local (Canadian) operations
  • Investigate technology solutions that can truly make a difference in regulatory safety adherence for organizations on both sides of the border

Hear exclusive insights straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak) to ensure your competitors aren’t leaving you in the dust.

11:30 am

11:30 am

PANEL DISCUSSION: CREATING A CULTURE OF FOOD SAFETY

Instilling A Food Safety Culture to Reduce Risk and Increase Customer Satisfaction

Food Safety’ may be the name of a department, but the whole organization plays a part. Lead your company in developing a safety-oriented culture and cement senior management’s support. Establish a culture of food safety by:

  • Understanding the approaches of successful companies that achieve high grades for safety
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a failed Food Safety Management System (FSMS)
  • Learning from real examples of a true food safety culture

 

Master the success factor of the most safety-oriented companies and establish your own culture of food safety.

12:00 pm

12:00 pm

INDUSTRY EXPERT: TELUS AGRICULTURE

Leveraging Real-time Data to Improve End-to-end Traceability and Sustainability

Traceability throughout the food chain is crucial in cutting down on the frequency of recalls and helping protect your organization’s reputation. Use real-time data to optimize operations, streamline quality and food safety processes, stay compliant, decrease risk, and reduce costs. Delve into the  future potential to leverage data from across the entire food supply chain from seed to fork, enabling you to better forecast supply, source by attribute and enhance product provenance. Create a forward-looking, technology-based strategy to:
●      Minimize risk and increase visibility by pinpointing where your materials are at any point in time
●      Achieve better brand reputation and compliance by improving traceability and sustainability
●      Innovate your supply chain to source by attribute and gain more accurate supply predictions
Cut costs and improve food safety and sustainability by leveraging your data and technology.

12:30 pm

12:30 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: LABELLING REGULATIONS

Ensuring Food Authenticity & Trust in Your Brand by Increasing Transparency in Labelling

The FDA last updated the Nutrition Facts label in June 2020. Discover how to transform these changes (and future ones to come) into benefits for your brand. Use labelling requirements to highlight the taste profile and lack of preservatives that consumers want.  Gain practical insight into:

  • Understanding complex labelling requirements
  • Navigating strict regulations to provide consumers with the information they seek
  • Implementing labelling best practices to ensure authenticity

Turn labelling regulations into your brand’s competitive advantage.

1:00 pm

1:00 pm

INDUSTRY EXPERT: SIEMENS - Accelerated Innovation Vs. Regulatory Compliance

How to embrace complexity and turn it into a competitive advantage.

Companies invest millions in product development technologies to meet increasingly complex consumer demands, yet food safety and regulatory professionals are routinely positioned as the final “hurdle” prior to market release.   This traditional sequence of product development then regulatory review not only creates friction between innovation and regulatory professionals, it increases risk, and hinders time to market.

Join this session to learn how Siemens helps our regulatory and food safety professionals:

  • Shift left capturing food safety and regulatory requirements dynamically. Enable a rapid “design to” process instead of the traditional “checking for” process.
  • Embrace Complexity to leverage technology to meet innovation goals while always remaining compliant.
  •  Embrace Change to turn the constantly evolving regulatory and consumer demand landscape into a competitive advantage for you and your brand.

1:30 pm

1:30 pm

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

Build Relationships & Network, Visit Sponsor Booths and Experience Unparalleled Peer-To-Peer Learning

Expand your network and engage in specialized learning with your peers. Take advantage of our cutting-edge platform to deepen your knowledge and connect with industry leaders:

  • Visit sponsor booths and view live demos
  • Join “drop-in” roundtable chats in the networking lounge

2:00 pm

2:00 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: REIMAGINING PACKAGING

Change Your View on Packaging to Address Consumer Expectations

Packaging is essential for preserving food quality, minimizing food waste and reducing preservatives used in food. But COVID-19 has definitely raised alarm to the quantity used and its effect on the environment. Review your company’s packaging materials and processes in light of changing consumer value equations. Dialogue with thought leaders researching new, innovative ways to ensure food safety and share tips with senior management to:

  • Improve quality/safety of your products while saving money
  • Better understand the demographics of today’s consumers that are willing to pay extra to help save the planet
  • Use technological advancements to minimize packaging waste

Harness the impact of new packaging technology to improve consumer perception of your brands’ food safety and value.

2:30 pm

2:30 pm

TECH FOCUS ON TRAINING

Training Employees Digitally through the Safe-Food Training Hub

Technology: Advanced Solutions for Sourcing Digital Food Safety Training
The food and beverage sectors have been notoriously slow to adopt technology to better manage their food safety systems. Consider whether Covid-19 has brought to light the need for your company to re-evaluate eLearning and Virtual Training to ensure their employees develop skills for compliance and to support a food safety culture.
Discover how technology has been applied to:
  • Develop a robust solution that sources quality food safety training for skills development and career advancement.
  • Benefit companies to keep their employees safe thanks to eLearning and Virtual Classrooms
  • Enable SME’s to build an affordable training program that moves them from paper-based to digital records
Evaluate a new way for your organization to ensure a safe food culture

3:00 pm

3:00 pm

INDUSTRY EXPERT

Supply Chain Traceability Made Easier Via Blockchain

Who doesn’t want to cut down the time lag between listeria being detected and holding the product back from retail. Expand your knowledge as to how blockchain is helping various companies achieve better transparency in their supply chains. Take back concrete answers to:

  • Help determine future technology planning
  • Reassess your technological requirements post-COVID
  • Understand if/how implementing blockchain in your organization makes sense

Determine if blockchain is for you or just a passing fad.

3:30 pm

3:30 pm

CASE STUDY: WALMART

Realize the Value of Blockchain In Ensuring Food Safety

Walmart has embraced emerging digital technologies while not losing sight of the foundational elements of sound food safety management. Gain insight into how the retail giant is adapting to an increasingly complex global supply chain as well as changing consumer demands with an innovative mindset centered around food safety.  Integrate learnings from a world-class innovator to:

  • Ensure your food safety systems are modernized for future crises
  • Energize your employees to take part in an innovation-driven company
  • Position your organization as a global industry leader

Capitalize on the experience of an industry pioneer to successfully implement blockchain in your company.

4:00 pm

4:00 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT DISCUSSION: WHAT’S NEW IN 2021 AND BEYOND?

Implementing Supply Chain Digitalization to Optimize Food Safety Protocols

The food and beverage sector is notorious for lagging in technological transformation. Explore opportunities to get ahead of the competition using AI, IoT and other innovative solutions. Exchange ideas on which technology best addresses your challenges. Share proven strategies on how to:

  • Objectively assess the state of your ‘digital transformation’ in order to enhance food & beverage safety systems
  • Upgrade your current digital systems/partners
  • Bolster your business case to secure senior management buy-in

Rise above the competition through investment in supply chain digitization.

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

KEY TAKEAWAYS AND SUMMARY FROM YOUR HOST

Review the top solutions and takeaways from today’s sessions. Source a summary of action points that you can immediately implement at work. Hear the highlights for tomorrow’s sessions.

 

4:35 pm

4:35 pm

NETWORKING

Virtual Happy Hour!

  • Get to know fellow delegates in “drop-in” virtual roundtable chats
  • Engage in 1:1 video conversation with peers or vendors
  • Connect with other delegates based on similar interests and business objectives using our “recommend matches” tool

5:00 pm

5:00 pm

END OF DAY ONE

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