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: No Hands, Lights Out Plant

What will a food factory look like in 2029? This session will address how future food plants will need to employ a higher level of automation.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Disruptive Road to Market

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Speaker: Steve Townshend, Chief Operations Officer, Berner Foods

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

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

Consumers and retailers are becoming more interested in farm to factory processes. This session will delve into deeper ingredient traceability and transparency.

11:15 - 12:00 noon

Ask the Experts: The Human Element of Advanced Automation


Moderator: Diane Wolf, Former Vice President, Operations and Engineering, Kraft Foods 

Recruiting, training and engaging the future food plant employee will be a challenge. This panel discussion will address how to navigate the workforce impact and the need for operators of highly technical equipment.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


12:00 – 5:30 p.m.


2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break Stations

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Solutions Theater

Track A
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Track B
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Expo Reception

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.