Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo

April 23-26, 2017

Naples Grande
Naples Florida

Monday, April 24

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.


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Mark Tisdale, Publisher, Food Engineering

8:10 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

The State of Food Manufacturing

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Debra Schug, Editor in Chief, Food Engineering

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Theme for Day One: The Future of Food Manufacturing

Automation Keynote Address: The New Frontier of Strategic Planning

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Speaker: Phil Viruso, Vice President of Manufacturing, LiDestri Food and Drink Read Bio

Learn how LiDestri Foods stays competitive through its manufacturing plan and uses innovations to enhance its plants’ capabilities.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Disruptive Road to Market

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Speaker: Steve Townshend, Chief Operations Officer, Berner Foods Read Bio

The retailing landscape is evolving to meet consumers’ needs. This session will provide insight from retailers on how the dynamic could affect food and beverage processing.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Smart Supply Chain

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Speaker: Stewart T. Leeth, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods, Inc. Read Bio

Consumers and retailers are becoming more interested in how food is made. This session delves into the growing importance of traceability, transparency and creating a more sustainable supply chain.

11:15 - 12:00 noon

People, Processes and Production in the World of Food Manufacturing

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Speaker: Su Rankin, Senior Vice President of Operations, Land O' Lakes, Inc. Read Bio

Continued technological improvements are necessary to stay competitive, but there are always many factors to consider. This session will provide insights into integrating varying human perspectives and processes, illustrated by learnings derived from a major renovation at one of Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s premier cheese plants.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


12:00 – 5:30 p.m.


2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break Stations

3:30 – 4:35 p.m.

Solutions Theater

Track A
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Eliminating Foreign Material Contamination with the Van der Graaf Drum Motor

Presented by Van der Graaf

Learn how to eliminate foreign material contamination with the Van der Graaf Drum Motor that requires no sprockets. Designed and engineered to drive conveyor belts in food processing plants where sanitation is paramount.

4:05 - 4:35 p.m.

The Future of Dough Production

Presented by Zeppelin Systems USA

Learn how pre-hydration with DymoMix can save processors on mixing time while also increasing dough production.

Track B
3:00 –3:30  p.m.

Big Data Starts Here - Leveraging MII for Smart Manufacturing with PepsiCo

Presented by Seeit Solutions and PepsiCo

Has your plant reached the digital age? SAP MII helps today’s leading manufacturers run smarter. Big Data connects manufacturing People, Process, and Technology to the extended supply chain, and in real time. Learn how PepsiCo improved manufacturing efficiency and reduced waste resulting in significant dollar savings.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Expo Reception

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.