Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo

April 8-11, 2018

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
Bonita Springs, FL

Monday, April 9

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.

Welcome

mark tisdale1
Mark Tisdale, Publisher, Food Engineering


8:10 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks
The State of Food Manufacturing

debra schug1
Debra Schug, Editor in Chief, Food Engineering


Theme for Day One:  Manufacturing in the Digital Age

 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Automation Keynote Address: Keys to Reaching Operational Goals

In modern manufacturing, there are many advantages of having a connected plant. This session will address how food and beverage facilities need to upgrade equipment and technology to stay competitive.


9:15 – 10:00 a.m. 

The Shifting Retail Landscape

Food and beverage retailing is going through tremendous changes. This session will provide insight on how the new digital playing field might affect the food and beverage processing industry.   


10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Innovations in Automation    

Plants are featuring higher levels of automation as well as employing more robotics further up the production line. This session will discuss how new technology is increasing productivity.


11:15 - 12:00 noon

Ask the Experts: Overcoming Food Safety and FSMA Challenges

Panel: The Eli’s Cheesecake Company

From small to large operations, the new FSMA regulations have been introducing new challenges to food and beverage plants. This panel discussion will present some of the obstacles and unique approaches to navigating them.


12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon

12:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Expo

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.

4:05 - 4:35 p.m.

Track B

3:30 – 4:00  p.m.

4:05 – 4:35  p.m.


4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Expo Reception

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Barbecue