• The UN Sustainable Development Goals: From Ambitious Goals to Actions for Food & Beverage Companies +

    Wednesday 1st March 2017
    8.30 - 9.15

    Join our roundtable discussion to explore how we as businesses can respond. In a recent report for the UN Global Compact, DNV GL examined the 17 SDGs that aim to end poverty, protect our plant and ensure prosperity for all. The report explores private sector solutions for progressing on the goals and case studies of pioneering companies. Join us and other food and beverage companies for a practical, interactive exploration of actions you can take to address relevant SDGs, create business benefits and respond to stakeholder demands.

    Ingunn Midttun Godal, Global Manager Food & Beverage, DNV GL – Business Assurance
    Tracy Oates, Principal Consultant, DNV GL – Business Assurance
    Tracy Shepard-Rashkin, Sustainable Communities Brand Manager, Unilever

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  • Managing Global Supply Chains under FSMA – Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies +

    Wednesday 1st March 2017
    8.30 - 9.15

    Join us as a panel of experts explores the impact of FSMA on global food safety management practices, industry challenges and the role of technology and innovation in ensuring compliance. The interactive session aims to facilitate the compliance journey for the food industry and will address:

    • Latest trends and best practices in effective FSMA compliance
    • Innovative solutions in enhancing efficiency and facilitating the compliance journey
    • The role of technology in supply chain transparency
    • Breakthrough solutions to manage Big Data and compliance in an era of increasing food safety regulations

    Hank Karayan – SGS FSMA Program Director (Session Moderator)
    Donald Prater – Acting Assistant Commissioner for Food Safety Integration, FDA
    Michael Taylor – Senior Fellow, Freedman Consulting (Former FDA Commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine)
    Chris Morrison – CEO, Transparency-OneNicola Colombo – CEO, C-LABS, an SGS Group company
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  • Food Safety 2.0 – Is the Industry ready for the challenges ahead? +

    Wednesday 1st March 2017
    8.30 - 9.15

    Sealed Air sponsored session at the GFSC 2017, Houston Texas will host a debate between a senior retail industry analyst and an academic food safety expert from a prestigious American University.


    The specialist of Retail insights will introduce mega trends in food retail and narrow down his analysis to the most critical ones while the academic food safety expert will correlate those market trends to food safety and review the potential consequences for the food industry and the food supply chain from various perspectives or areas. A Q&A session will then be opened with the audience. And the wrap-up and conclusion will focus on how the industry players can support the identified challenges.

    Come and enjoy inspiring and provoking food for thought on the future of the food retail industry and the consequences on food safety.

    Featured by two keynote speakers:
    · Robert B. Gravani, Emeritus Professor of Food Science and Director Emeritus of the National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Program at Cornell University
    · Jean-Jacques Vandenheede, Senior Retail Industry Analyst for ACNielsen Europe

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  • Better Together: Build Consumer Trust Through Collaboration With Your Global Supply Chain Network +

    Thursday 2nd March 2017
    8.30 - 9.15

    Ensuring the fulfilment of your brand promise requires a network of connected, sharing, transparent partners working collaboratively and responsibly across your supply chain. Consumer trust in the markets ability to answer specific questions and provide safety assurance is at an all-time low and it’s our responsibility as industry leaders to rebuild. Fast, accurate information on product sourcing and safety takes procedure and systems changes, a concentrated industrywide commitment, and hard work. To build customer loyalty, retailers must provide complete transparency and ease of access to product information. What is lacking is the ability to pull all this information into a single collaborative environment or to interface it with specific product data, whether drawn from supply-chain partners or retailers. Today many retailers maintain a siloed environment through their own database (or separate databases) for supply chain management and standards compliance. Oracle Retail recommends a joint, industrywide move to a single IT structure for retail standards compliance and supply chain management data. To meet the transparency requirements of today’s market, it is necessary to have a single truth, a single point of reference. Oracle Retail is committed to bringing this level of transparency to the market and empowering the industry at large. By working better together, retailers and their partners must build a network that is collaborative, open, industrywide, intuitive, and empowering..

    Join Paul Woodward, Oracle Retail Senior Director, Retail Supply Chain Solutions, in this interactive session to understand how retailers, their supply chain, and IT vendors can collaborate to meet today’s consumer expectations.

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  • The Internet of Things and its Impact on the Future of Food Safety +

    Thursday 2nd March 2017
    8.30 - 9.15

    To the uninitiated, predictions for a future dominated by the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies can seem more like fantasy than reality. In this session, we separate the facts from the fiction and explain exactly what IoT means for the food industry.We open with a must-see presentation from Internet giants Google, who share their vision for a world transformed by digital technologies and IoT. Google will also shed light on what food safety professionals can already learn from successes and failures in other industries.Building on this unique insight, Rentokil Initial will discuss new research by Quocirca that looks at the food industry’s specific readiness to exploit the full potential of IoT and improve food safety practice. Rentokil Initial will focus on the challenges and the realistic possibilities. Above all, it will set out how the industry can fully leverage the potential of technology to improve world-wide collaboration on safety and manage risk and compliance more effectively.There’s no doubt, the Internet of Things will be the key enabler for innovation-led solutions that open up fantastic opportunities for a new level of safety and incident prevention in the food industry. Ask yourself – how far could you improve food safety performance if your production facility could tell you it is contaminated, or if you could know risk of pest infestation is imminent because you can track the weather? By attending this session, you can start to consider the exciting potential IoT has to offer.

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  • How Can Digitalisation be Used to Advance Food Safety? +

    Thursday 2nd March 2017
    8.30 - 9.15

    As a global equipment and service provider to the food industry, Tetra Pak is always looking for ways to support our customers better - and food safety is naturally a key part of this. Digitalisation opens up a whole new world of opportunities.In this talk from Johan Nilsson you can learn about how digital technologies are being used by Tetra Pak to help customer’s improve their food safety.Whilst digitalisation is a key future topic, already today Tetra Pak is using digital technologies in the field. Find out how digitalisation can enhance food safety for you too.

    Johan Nilsson, Vice President Technical Service & Quality, Tetra Pak

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